•They should work for the people, not selves and cronies —Enugu monarch
•They should forge good alliance with other members for the good of the region
•They should not arrogantly display wealth while their constituents wallow in poverty
•Must speak out on marginalization of Igbo, poor infrastructure —Obasi
AS the newly elected members of the National Assembly prepare to relocate to Abuja to begin the business of law-making, residents of the South- East region have offered pieces of advice to those elected from the region. The advice comes against the backdrop of the general feeling that the region had not really had quality representation in the past, with some of them missing in the legislative chambers when important debates and decisions took place.
In Awka, Anambra State, Dr. Fabian Nnaka, a political science lecturer, expressed joy that some of the people going to represent the zone possess what it takes to meet the aspirations of their constituents.
According to Nnaka, South-East lawmakers should realise that the National Assembly is a battlefield of sorts, those going to represent the zone must be battle-ready with ideas. He noted that the zone has peculiar problems that require fearless people who must look other lawmakers in the face and table the needs of their districts.
An Awka-based lawyer, Anselm Okeke said he was happy that most of the former senators from the zone are not returning because they performed below standard.
“Some of them thought that going to the Senate was just to enhance their status symbol. When their colleagues were attracting multimillion naira projects to their states, those from this part of the country had nothing to show. That is why we are happy that someone like Victor Umeh is returning because he provided quality representation and was the face of Igbo nation during the short period he was in the Senate.