Abia North Senatorial Zone is arguably the only senatorial district that has no representation in the 9th Senate today.
This is due to the recent conviction and incarceration of the senator representing the zone and former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu.
His absence in the red chambers has denied the good people of Abia North their right of representation and consequently their rights as a people in Nigeria.
According to the Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, the predecessor of the embattled incumbent, even projects he attracted in the last dispensation has been abandoned due to lack of representation and adequate Oversight.
Senator Mao who said this while holding a media chat with newsmen in Umuahia to mark the new year bemoaned the fate of the zone as a result of Orji Kalu’s conviction.
He said: “I regret that presently, Abia north is not being represented. I am worried and bothered that the district does not have a voice in the senate.
“I had projects and my plan is that going into the ninth Assembly, the projects, especially health centres, would continue.”
Ohuabunwa said that he was particularly concerned over the fate of the health centres, which had been built in many communities, waiting to be equipped.
He said, “By my programme, I would have by now gone to the next phase of equipping the health centres.”
He further expressed regrets that work on the Bende-Ohafia-Arochukwu Road, which was going on in earnest before the 2019 polls, had stalled.
He distributed the progress recorded on the road before his exit from the senate to his personal intervention and regular interface with the Ministry of Works.
He also said that the skill acquisition centre at Umunneochi Local Government Area, although completed, had yet to be equipped.
He, however, said that he was happy that the water projects he attracted to many communities and villages in the district had been completed and inaugurated for use by the people.
The former lawmaker also said that he was bothered that his bill for the establishment of a polytechnic in Item and Federal Government take over of the Arochukwu College of Education (Technical), which were pending in the Senate, had also suffered a major setback.
” I am bothered because the projects, including the Bende-Ohafia-Arochukwu Road, which I am passionate about because it is personal to me, will be very difficult to realise “because there is nobody to lobby for their completion,” Ohuabunwa said.
Ohuabunwa said that it was not within his power to agitate for Abia north seat in the Senate to be declared vacant.
“I am only one person in the whole of Abia North. If the people stand up and demand that their voice must be heard in the Senate, then Nigeria and the senate will act.
“But it will be unfortunate and a shame if they chose to keep quiet, considering the make up of the communities and personalities that are in the senatorial district,” Ohuabunwa said.