OrderPaperToday – Senator Rochas Okorocha, representing Imo west senatorial district in the Senate, has made no contribution to the motions and petitions tally at midterm of the 9th Senate.
Okorocha, who flies the APC flag in the red chamber, is the immediate past governor of Imo state who was sworn into the senate after a controversial election that led to his emergence as a senator. He is one of the former governors who gained access to the Senate in 2019.
Sen. Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi (PDP) representing Imo East senatorial district in his singular motion addressed the urgent need to revive the palm oil industry in Nigeria.
Onyewuchi in his submissions appealed to the Senate to urge the federal government “to accelerate it’s policies on diversification and support improved production of palm oil to meet not only domestic needs of the market but also increase exports in order to improve FOREX earnings; revive the moribund Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), in Benin to improve investment in research and production of quality oil palm seeds.”
He urged the federal government “to give grants and provide seedlings to local farmers who are engaged in palm produce and plantation; federal government and other relevant MDAs to encourage private sector investment in palm oil production by providing incentives, tax breaks and soft loans to ease their business.”
Similarly, he urged the ministry of agriculture at the federal and states levels “to set up production bases that can sustain high-yielding palm seedlings through the presidential Initiatives to drive accelerated revival of oil palm exports trades; mandate the committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to investigate the Challenges of developing the palm oil industry.”
In his single petition, Onyewuchi sponsored a petition against Imo State COVID-19 Management Team for the release of 96 youths (Almajiris) who came into Imo State in contravention of the ban on inter state travel and breach of NCDC guidelines/protocols.
Sen. Frank Ibezim (APC) representing Imo North also in his single motion addressed the urgent need to construct the power transmission substation in Okigwe LGA for rapid growth.
He urged the federal ministry of power to urgently effect the construction/completion of the already approved but abandoned Okigwe 132/33KVA substation; and to upgrade the Okigwe Power facility to a district station.
Cumulatively, Imo Senators contributed 1.4% and 0.2% respectively to the motions and petitions sponsored during the period under review.
However, Ibezim is the only Senator from Imo state with zero record of bill sponsorship at midterm