I'LL RENDER AN EXEMPLARY SERVICE - AKUNYILI
Former minister of information, Prof. Dora Akunyili has vowed to render an exemplary service to Nigerians at the Senate if elected.
Prof. Akunyili, who is contesting election for Anambra Central Senatorial Zone on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) platform said she would tell her constituents the amount of money that accrues to them as constituency allowance and discuss with them what the money would be used for.
The former minister also said her salary as a senator would also be made public and that only a percentage of her salary would go for her, while the rest would be utilized for development of her zone.
She told the communities of Abba, Ifite Dunu and Nawfia and Nimo, where she visited in the course of her campaign, that she would set up a programme that would help in providing for the widows in her constituency.
She also announced her intention to provide scholarship for indigent students in the zone to enable them advance their education.
She remarked that those who represented the zone in the past failed to consult the people they represented on issues that they supposed to have contributed ideas. The APGA candidate said she was not contesting the senatorial election for her own interest but for the interest of the people of her constituency.
'I did not leave my office as a minister to contest the senatorial election to make name or money for myself but to serve my people.' She assured the people that she would surely put smiles on their faces before the end of her one year as a senator.
According to her, she would draw foreign agencies to come and join hands in developing not only Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, but the entire Anambra State, pointing out that many foreign donor agencies and individuals had already indicated interest in helping her bring development to the state.
Said she: 'I will help the government to make Anambra State the number one state in Nigeria.
Prof. Akunyili said she would represent Anambra Central Senatorial Zone the way it had never been represented before.
She declared that she needed an elective position to help her constituency and Anambra State in general , pointing out that all she had done in government so far was not on elective position. The APGA candidate said she started serving on appointed positions since 1994 as a supervisory councillor for agriculture.
At Abba, the traditional ruler, Igwe L.N. Eze gave Prof. Akunyili the royal blessing and noted that she proved her mettle at the places she had served so far. Also at Ifite Dunu, she also received the royal blessing given to her by the traditional ruler, Igwe Emeka Iluno, who advised the candidate to keep her promises to the people if she won the election.