The Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Orji Kalu, has assured Nigerians that the ninth National Assembly will not be a rubber stamp to the executive.
Kalu said this on Wednesday, August 14, in an interview with newsmen in his Camp Neya country home in Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia.
He spoke on the sideline of a meeting of the executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the ward, local and zonal levels in his Abia North Senatorial District.
He said that the Ninth National Assembly (NASS) is made up eminent Nigerians, who had attained great heights in the nation’s political and economic life and could not be afraid of anybody.
“Some of us have been governors and attained great heights in different spheres of life. We cannot be afraid of anybody,” he said.
He said that NASS is an independent arm of government and would stand on the path of justice and rule of law in discharging its mandate of lawmaking and oversight.
Kalu promised that NASS would partner President Muhammadu Buhari to realise his “Next Level” mantra which, he said, centred essentially on security and economic growth.
He also said that he had faith in the capacity of the ministers-designate to support the president in driving his economic agenda for overall national development.
“Nobody is perfect but the president has demonstrated the will power to take Nigeria to the next level.
“You remember that the world suffered economic recession but Nigeria was the first to exit from it under Buhari so NASS believes in him and will continue to support his policies,” he said.
Kalu described his few weeks experience in the Senate as exciting and rewarding, saying, “We see ourselves as classmates, with the Senate President as the class monitor.”
The former Abia governor further spoke on his Orji Kalu Foundation and its empowerment scheme in collaboration with foreign partners, including Fords Foundation and Bill Gates Foundation, among others.
He described the scheme as non-partisan, saying that the beneficiaries of the palm seedlings in the five local governments in the senatorial district cut across party lines.
He said that the empowerment was part of the foundation’s numerous packages designed to reduce poverty among the people, irrespective of their party affiliation.
“The empowerment scheme is for everyone, whether you are APC, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), I don’t want to know.
“The day I was inaugurated as a Senator, I swore an oath to be a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not for APC, PDP or APGA,” Kalu said.