Chris Azubogu : Reflections As “Mr. Project” Goes Back To The Green Chamber.
Popularly called Mr. Project, Hon. Chris Azubogu is a clear representation that leadership is the ability to transform vision into reality. He has proven that despite the high expectations of the citizens from their leaders, representatives of the people can still endear themselves in the hearts of the populace by making appreciable impacts.
For Hon. Chris Emeka Azubogu, it is the story of the quintessential legislator who has redefined representation in Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency, it is story of the Engineer turned lawmaker who has been able to combine intelligence and brilliance to rally human and material resources to achieve predetermine developmental objectives in his constituency by changing it’s face of representation in the National Assembly, it is about the man who has become a mass movement not only in his constituency but beyond.
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Eight (8) years ago, a relatively unknown Chris Azubogu was elected to represent Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency under the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), as a first timer, he appeared to have used his first three years to learn legislative process of the National Assembly, apart of the little empowerment programs he did and some projects he attracted, he didn’t do much, his presence was not felt in the Green chamber, however, because of his gentle disposition and his sincere approach to issues, while some were raising doubts about his competence, others believed that he deserves a second chance.
Fortunately for him, he got the ticket of his new party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to re-contest his position, after dumping his former party, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). He faced a very stiff opposition during the election, however, he emerged victorious despite allegation of manipulations that followed the election.
Going back to the House of Representative in 2015, we saw a reinvigorated Hon. Chris Emeka Azubuogu, a lawmaker who was responsive, articulate and visionary, he became a regular face in the legislative proceeding of the Green Chamber of the National Assembly, as the Deputy Chairman and later acting Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, he became a rallying point for many lawmakers, on the floor of the House, Chris Azubuogu’s intellectual depth in issues of National interest made him valuable among his colleagues.
Back to his constituency, Hon. Chris Azubogu became known for construction of projects, he earned the name “Mr. Project” because of the hundreds of projects under his name. He started and completed the construction of over Thirty (30) different roads in most of the communities in his constituency. Infact, he was adjudged to have constructed more roads in his constituency than the State Government have done.
He attracted and distributed hundreds of street lights and Transformers in most communities in his constituency. On the area of education, he started and completed many classroom blocks for many schools in his constituency. Early last year, he distributed Science laboratory equipments worth millions of Naria to schools. He also embarked on building and equipping the Computer Laboratory of schools in his constituency. On the area of Youth Empowerment, he engaged the youths in different empowerment programs, last year, over Two Hundred and Fifty (250) youths in his Constituency, participated in entrepreneurial skills training, sponsored by him, he also distributed medical equipments to most hospitals in his constituency.
One of his major achievements is the attraction of the Nnewi Automotive Industrial Park, a project, if completed by the Federal Government, will turn the economic activities of Anambra State and also create thousands of employment.
Apart from his many projects, bills and motions, Hon. Chris Azubogu was very accessible, he picks his calls and respond immediately, his constituency office was open and very efficient. He was very humble that you can see him on the road and stop him.
For Hon. Chris Azubogu, contesting for the Third (3rd) time which have never happened in the history of his constituency was nearly a walkover despite the rotation agitations. The support he got in the three local governments in his constituency was massive, during his campaign, he was simply told to go and rest because his return to the Federal House of Representative was sure. Despite the propaganda against him, he won the election landslide to defeat his closest rival, Iju Nwabunike of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). Out of 89,964 of the total vote cast, Chris Azubogu garnered 54,533 votes to his credit, while Iju Nwabunike got 18,811 votes. It was indeed a victory that showed that the masses are satisfied with his performance.
As he begins his 3rd journey to the Green Chamber, many are expecting that he will consolidate on his achievements in the next four years, however for some, he is only on a temporary assignment as he is being expected to become the Governor of Anambra State in the next twenty (20) Months.