Sit-at-home impeding growth, development of Southeast region – Kalu

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has again, lamented that the “sit-at-home’’ order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and it is impeding the growth and development of the Southeast region.

Kalu stated this in Abuja when he received a delegation from Aba Creatives Collective, organisers of Aba Fashion Show, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the National Assembly on Friday.

The event which is aimed at showcasing the creativity of fashion designers and enthusiasts in Abia state, udually holds every December.

A statement by his Special Assistant on Press Affairs, Udora Orizu, said the Deputy Speaker commended the delegation on the initiative, saying that it perfectly aligns with the objectives of highlighting the rich cultural heritage and artistic talents of Abia people, while also noting that the event presents a unique opportunity to harness potentials of the untapped fashion industry to drive economic growth, Kalu, however, said the issue of insecurity in the region has been a great challenge.

According to him, the sit-at-home agenda of non-state actors has led to loss of manpower, increasing unemployment and exodus of investors from the region, and therefore urged the Igbo to reject the sit-at-home agenda, and say no to the fear sold by “these faceless individuals who don’t mean any good for the Indigenes”.

Earlier, the team led by Mr. Chinyere Akataobi told Kalu that they visited to congratulate him on his emergence as Deputy Speaker and as well solicit for his support at the upcoming event.

In another development, the Deputy Speaker reassured the National Assembly’s readiness to reconsider rejected gender advising Nigerian women to extend the advocacy for inclusion in leadership positions to the grassroot level.

Receiving a delegation from an advocacy group known as Women Round-table for Development and Good Governance, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, Kalu said, “The legislature is just one, executive is there and the judiciary. As you advocate for the participation of women and the balance in the legislature, encourage your girl child to also show presence in the judiciary. It is important that they are educated to occupy the leadership position that exists in the judiciary, which is driven by professionalism, by education…”.

Speaking earlier, leader of the advocacy group, Hon. Princess Nikky Onyeri, appealed to the Deputy Speaker to help ensure that the gender bills when reintroduced, get the support of his colleagues.