Prof. Uduma Kalu, a renowned academician on Friday commended the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on the number of projects he has attracted and executed in Abia North Senatorial District since he was elected in 2019.
The University Don stated this in a chat with newsmen, saying that he is not surprised by the performance of the former Abia State Governor.
He said: “Abia North Senatorial District has made progress in the last three and half years and the remarkable results are there for all to see.
“It is not surprising that all over the country, when people are giving examples of good stories to tell of former governors that performed well while in office, majority of Abians still name Orji Uzor Kalu as the best. During his era as Governor of Abia State, education was free from primary to secondary schools. Abia State University was well funded by him with students paying below N10,000. Today, ABSU is in shambles and teachers are not paid. During his era, teachers including other civil servants were well taken care of, including timely payment of their salaries, allowances and gratuities. He even paid thirteenth month salary back then.
“He also built and funded health centres where drugs were given out to Abians for free of charge. He built Abia State University Teaching Hospital with world class facilities, go there today, you will weep for yourself. Kalu is a thorough leader with outstanding qualities. He built roads across the three Senatorial District without discriminating any zone. He invested so much in agriculture thereby providing food security for Abians even when President Olusegun Obasanjo tried to make life difficult for him.
“Today he is doing the same thing as the Senator repressing Abia North Senatorial District; Performance is in his DNA,” he said.
He appealed to the people of Abia North Senatorial District to continue to support the Chief Whip of the Senate, noting that Kalu was ready to do more for the district if reelected in 2023.
“We must unite and reelect Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, because we cannot afford to go backward to the era of zero project. Abia South and Central are envious of Abia North because of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu’s performance. We are talking of over 70 verifiable projects across Abia North. From Umunneochi down to Arochukwu is now a construction site. We must rally round Senator Orji Uzor Kalu by returning back to the Senate overwhelmingly.”