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Senator Samuel Anyanwu’s Three Years Of Purposeful Representation (Part Two)

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Three years on, Sen. Anyanwu (Samdaddy), the most preferred PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Imo State, has proved himself a Senator to be reckoned with in the 109 member chamber with the best Senate Committee Chairman rating in 2016. It is certain that majority of his constituents and indeed other Nigerians can testify to the public service orientation of this rare bred politician that is reputed to be God fearing, homegrown, humble and accessible.
At the level of lawmaking, he has over seven people-oriented bills and over five motions to his credit. His bill on the establishment of the South East Development Commission and the upgrading of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education to a Federal University of Education have become a beacon of hope to the entire South East region. The reason is not far fetched because the bills when passed into law will release a flurry of job opportunities as well as position the region towards infrastructural revolution. He also sponsored a bill to restructure the NYSC to reflect the imperative need for Nigerian graduates to become productive members of the society by a paradigm shift from the welfare to entrepreneurship.
His motion on a vote of confidence on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the peak of the crisis that bedeviled the leadership election at the Senate played a big role in stabilizing the senate, as well as positioned him as a critical member of the 8th Senate.
As the Chairman Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions; Senator Anyanwu has used his strategic Committee to resolve cases of injustices, abuses and violations against his constituents, Imolites and Nigerians in general. One celebrated case that will forever stand him out is the case of one Sgt. Amos Olaniyan, who was verbally suspended from the Nigerian police force for 21years on an offence that a Police Orderly Room trial has since exonerated him. Senator Anyanwu’s Committee resolved that the IGP should apologize, reinstate, promote and pay Sgt. Olaniyan all salaries and allowances due him.
Senator Anyanwu is also the Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, Member Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Member Senate Committee on Youth and Sports, Member Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Member Senate Committee on Science and Technology, etc. This feat no doubt is uncommon for a first time senator from an opposition political party, but clearly manifests Senator Anyanwu’s capabilities in the senate that has been viewed as arguably the best since the advent of democracy in the country.
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Kelechi Eke,
Media Aide to Sen. Samuel Anyanwu.

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