THE STELLA ODUAH HUMAN CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT IMPACT IN ANAMBRA NORTH

Communities develop when residents grow and acquire the means and the sophistication to live decently. No society has developed in isolation of its people. Development is people driven; hence human capacity development is fundamental.

At a time of contending needs, Senator Stella Oduah has prioritised human capacity development and empowerment in Anambra North. This is because of her firm belief in the indispensability of the human effort in driving development. To bring development to her people, Senator Oduah has empowered the youth and the women of her constituency – one individual at a time. All lives have been touched.

On April 23, 2018, at an event, which was held in her constituency, the senator empowered more than 10 young entrepreneurs with a cash gift of N300,000 each. And she has done this consistently over the years.

Senator Oduah has trained more than 1000 young men and women in various skills and trades. And empowering the youth with skills and the cash gifts to support the skills has become her bounden routine.

Through the Stella Oduah Foundation, she has awarded scholarships to indigent students in the 52 communities of Anambra North Senatorial District.

Senator Oduah has also not left out farmers – both women and men – who constitute a sizable proportion of her constituency in her empowerment drive.

Since August, 2017, she has trained more than 1000 of her constituents in agriculture and other skills – all in a bid to make them self-reliant. The first batch of 350 beneficiaries was trained at Ebonyi State University and MTS in Onitsha.

Oduah, a princess of Akili Ozizor, with the milk of human kindness, explained that she chose to zero in on training some of her constituents in agriculture as a large number of them have taken avid interest in farming and fishery.

Hear her: “As of today we are training in various universities including Ebonyi and MTS Onitsha, about 350 youths out of 1000 that are currently acquiring skills in various fields. The essence of that is my constituency is a very poor one; we are farmers and fishermen because we already have those innate skills. I promised them that…let’s focus on that innate skills, let’s acquire a standardised skill that will give them the opportunity to improve on what they already know…. So if you can cultivate one hectare of land, you should be able to also cultivate 10 hectares after the training, so that the output would be commensurate with the input. In that way you create entrepreneurs that are doing what they are already used to enjoy doing without anybody paying them. We are going to create clusters in every local government. We are going to call them fish villages and farm villages, so that youths can actually live there, farm there and trade there. My interest is to take the skill which God has already given to them to a commercial level.”

As of May 2018, she has trained about 2000 of her constituents in agriculture and other skills, and has empowered them with the financial resources to live decently – in keeping to her word.

In Princess Oduah’s accustomed mission of bringing development to her people through human capacity development, she sponsored a bill seeking the establishment of the Federal University of Aquatic Studies at Ogbaru LGA, Anambra state.

The bill when passed will develop the aquaculture sector in the predominately fishing community of Ogbaru by ensuring the availability of highly skilled manpower and development of cutting-edge research and technology for the industry.

Besides empowering the people of Anambra North, the lawmaker, fondly called “Madam Project” has attracted about 50 major constituency projects to her district. They include provision and installation of solar street lights and ICT centers, primary healthcare centers, construction of roads, sport centers, police stations, and research centers.

The overall impact of the Stella Oduah empowerment mission is the building of solid entrepreneurs in Anambra North, and the positive disruption of the agriculture value-chain of the area – with a multiplier effect on the local economy.  Jobs have been created, and families can meet their daily needs. This is driving development in a community by empowering one individual at a time.

This brochure encapsulates the giant empowerment strides of Senator Oduah, and more

PROFILE OF PRINCESS STELLA ADAEZE ODUAH, OON, (ADAEZECHUKWU 1 OF ANAMBRA NORTH.)

Princess Stella Adaeze-Oduah (OON), Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Sea Petroleum and Gas Group of Companies, and former Minister of Aviation, Federal Republic of Nigeria, is without doubt, a woman of destiny.

Born January 5, 1962 in Akili-Ozizor, Ogbaru Local government area of Anambra state to the Royal household of Igwe D.O. Oduah, Princess Oduah commenced her early education at the St. John’s Primary School, Odoakpu, Onitsha and the Zixton Secondary School, Ozubulu in 1978. She then proceeded to the St. Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, Virginia, USA where she bagged a B.Sc in Accounting in 1982.

After her university education, the young Oduah returned to Nigeria same year and served with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) under the NYSC programme. She later joined the corporation as a permanent staff where she distinguished herself until 1992 when she voluntarily retired to form the now global Oil and Gas conglomerate, Sea Petroleum and Gas (SPG) Limited.

Princess Oduah is endowed with great managerial skills and vision. This is evident in her exploits in the oil and gas sector as well as the nation’s aviation sector where she left indelible footprints. Oduah took SPG from very humble beginnings in 1992 to become a global conglomerate within two decades. This is no mean feat against the backdrop that the exploits and unparalleled successes were recorded in a male dominated industry.

A passionate and tireless worker who believes in leading by example, Princess Adaeze-Oduah gives her all for any cause she believes in. Her passion and dedication is infectious and therefore motivates everyone around her to key into her vision.

She is a great believer in the ingenuity of the human mind and spirit. Her very fertile imagination and vision resulted in some novel concepts and approaches in the management of the SPG, which gave the company the cutting edge over her competitors.

Some of the innovative schemes include the “Home Delivery System”, an initiative that entailed the door-to-door delivery of fuel products to consumers nationwide through metered trucks and tankers, to bring relief to homes and offices at the peak of the era of fuel scarcity in Nigeria. This initiative heralded the “Total Fuel Management” concept aimed at managing the entire fuel needs of customers ranging from the supply, monitoring and re-stocking of their fuel needs. The scheme enabled SPG clients to focus on their businesses while trusting SPG to manage all their fuel requirements.

Apart from these innovations, Princess Adaeze Oduah pursued a vigorous policy of investment in capacity building and infrastructure development in SPG, ranging from barges, marine coastal vessels of varying capacities, storage depots in major oil cities in Nigeria, road trucks, and retail outlets including the latest innovation in retail sales called the “Mobile Fuel Stations”, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. All these contributed to giving the company the competitive edge in the downstream distribution sector of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.

Under the managerial acumen and dynamic leadership of Princess Oduah, SPG recorded many firsts:

  • First indigenous company to sign a Bulk Purchase Agreement with NNPC-PPMC for the coastal movement of petroleum products to multinational oil platforms
  • First indigenous company to invest in the ownership of marine tankers when it acquired two new vessels in 1996 for coastal transportation of bulk petroleum products
  • First indigenous company to feature and exhibit at the prestigious Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, USA in 1999.
  • First indigenous company to provide and establish a 24-hour energy support for operators in the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone in 1999, meeting their energy needs for offshore exploration campaign.

A go-getter who understands the importance of setting targets and performance evaluation, tools critical for achieving success in management, Princess Oduah is also endowed with the charisma that commands near-blind followership and loyalty. Her presence and aura gets things done almost effortlessly.

We are therefore, not surprised that the SPG Group today has interest spanning oil and gas, agriculture, engineering, logistics and trading. Her various business interests remain major employers of labour that continue to touch the lives of many far and wide.

 

PRINCESS ODUAH’S INDELIBLE FOOTPRINTS IN THE AVIATION SECTOR

Prior to July 2, 2011, the Nigerian aviation sector was beset with a myriad of problems ranging from the dearth of critical infrastructure, lack of skilled and trained technical manpower, failed domestic airlines and an unreliable revenue generating and collection systems.

But this gloomy scenario changed dramatically when Princess Adaeze-Oduah was appointed Minister of Aviation by President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR. Focused on discharging the mandate handed to her to turn around the dwindling fortunes of the nation’s aviation sector in compliance with the President’s Transformation Agenda, Oduah rolled up her sleeves and hit the ground running. Pronto, a Master Plan and Implementation Road Map were drawn. Their vigorous implementation resulted in the massive revitalization of the once moribund sector in the area of upgrade of critical safety and security infrastructure in compliance with global best practices.

Under the Master Plan, Oduah initiated the Airport Remodeling Programme (ARP) of all 22 federally owned airports, a feat applauded by aviation stakeholders within and outside Nigeria. Today, all Nigerian airports have the enviable record of having met operational standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO.

Under the Airport Remodeling Programme (ARP), Princess Oduah laid emphasis and focus not only on infrastructure upgrade, but more importantly on enhancing air safety and security, growing the capacity of domestic airlines, having a dignified national carrier, and developing agro-allied and cargo facilities.

The policy was also aimed at repositioning the aviation industry to become pivotal to Nigeria’s economic growth and a major contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Of note is the commencement of simultaneous construction work on five modern international passenger terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu. When completed, these terminals would make the dream of setting up aviation as a major contributor to the nation’s GDP a foregone conclusion. This is not even talking about the Aerotropolis project and the innumerable Perishable cargo terminals that today dot the entire Nigerian landscape.

Perhaps, Oduah’s most significant achievement for the people of the South East is the commencement of operations at the Akano Ibiam Enugu Airport, as a truly international airport. This has not only opened up the region to the world, but has also heralded a new vista of economic prosperity for the zone. 

SENATOR OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC

It is a fitting tribute to the immense contributions of Princess Oduah to the Nigerian nation, humanity and community service that this rare Amazon of exceptional qualities was handsomely rewarded by her people with a ticket to represent Anambra North Senatorial District in the Senate.

Her election, in a chauvinistic environment like Anambra state is a testament to her wide appeal to all categories of people – the young, the old, the elderly, the poor and down-trodden, the Royalty, as well as the High and Mighty. In the Senate, within a very short time, her voice is resonating far and near, while her footprints as a dogged fighter for the rights, welfare and wellbeing of her people are already registering in the sands of legislative brinksmanship in Nigeria. Although it is ‘morning yet on creation day’ as far as her stewardship in the Senate is concerned, it is however clear that the people of Anambra North never made a mistake by electing her to be their eyes, ears and voice at the national stage.

PRINCESS ADAEZE-ODUAH’S PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITIES

Princess Adaeze-Oduah is not all business, policy and politics. She is also a humanitarian and philanthropist par excellence. She has a very high dose of the proverbial milk of human kindness and has generously used this to touch many lives, near and wide.

Her numerous Empowerment Schemes bear eloquent testimony to this. The schemes are administered by a Foundation, the Princess Stella Oduah Foundation (PSOF). The Foundation is charged with the award of scholarships to students and seminarians for priestly training, granting micro-credit facilities to farmers, artisans and traders as well as organizing sport competitions for primary and secondary schools to discover local talents.

Other Humanitarian/Empowerment programmes include:

  • Skill acquisition programme for the youth
  • Empowerment programme for women
  • Empowerment programme for widows
  • Provision of food and drug for the elderly
  • Establishment of perishable crop settlements and collection centres
  • Construction of rural access roads
  • Provision of boreholes in communities
  • Provision of primary healthcare facilities
  • Organizing talent hunt in debating, sport, holding Essay writing competitions, amongst others.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we cannot exhaust the towering profile of a global business icon, a Lady of Vision and Substance, the Amazon of Transformation, a Humanitarian and Philanthropist par Excellence, a Lawmaker of repute like Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, OON, the Adaeze Chukwu 1 of Anambra North in one short chapter. The complete volume of the remarkable journey of this enigma of a Lady will certainly be written at the fullness of time.

Thank you.

BILLS

  • Constituency Project Bill

A Bill for an Act to provide for Constituency Projects in the annual Budget of the federation; and other matters connected therewith. This Bill is designed to put to rest, the perennial lingering crisis that brews between the executive and the legislature over the issue of allocation of funds for constituency projects. The aim is to make sure every nook and cranny of the federation feels the impact of governance with Federal presence in form of projects executed by the Federal government to meet the needs of the people at the grassroots. The Bill if passed, will mandate FG to allocate 20% of Federal budget to rural development which is where the core of our population dwells.

 

  • Renewable Energy Bill

A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Utilisation, Sustainability and Adequate Supply of Renewable Energy for Electricity and Heat Generation and for Related Matters. This Bill will serve as framework to support and develop renewable energy sources by creating enabling environment to attract business in that sector. It will help grow our power sector with reduced pressure on the ailing sector to meet our power demands. It will support the conventional powers sources that have repeatedly failed us. The underlining objective is to make energy affordable to everyone regardless of where you live in Nigeria. It will also support the development, utilization and efficient management of renewable energy sources.

Object of the Act

  1. The object of this Act is to provide for the utilization of renewable energy sources for electricity and heat generation in an efficient and sustainable manner.
  2. For the purpose of subsection (1), the object shall encompass
  3. the provision of (i) a framework to support the development and utilization of renewable energy sources; and (ii) an enabling environment to attract investment in renewable energy sources;
  4. the promotion for the use of renewable energy;
  5. the diversification of supplies to safeguard energy security;
  6. improved access to electricity through the use of renewable energy sources;
  7. the building of indigenous capacity in technology for renewable energy sources;
  8. public education of renewable energy production and consumption; and
  9. the regulation of the production and supply of wood fuel and bio-fuel.

 

  • Personal Information Protection Bill

A Bill for an Act to Promote the Protection of Personal Information Processed by Public and Private Bodies; to Introduce Information Protection Principles so as to Establish Minimum Requirements for the Processing of Personal Information; and other related Matters. This Bill seeks to promote the right to privacy of individuals by organizations or government agencies while also promoting free flow of information. The objective is to give effect to the right to privacy, by introducing measures to ensure that the personal information of an individual (data subject) is safeguarded when it is processed by responsible parties.  It also aims to balance the right to privacy against other rights, particularly the right of access to information, and to generally protect important interests, including the free flow of information within and across the borders of Nigeria. 

 

  • South East Development Commission Bill.

A Bill for an Act to Establish the South East Development Commission in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to act as a catalyst to develop the commercial potentials of the South East; and Other Connected Matters. The Bill is to promote development of the South East that was left with heavy devastation after the civil war with the Federal Government NOT fulfilling the Reconstruction aspect of RRR that was pledged. It is a general consensus that the South East is the most backward in infrastructural development due to neglect by all the past governments post-civil war. This bill is expected to address the deficit and ruins.

 

 

  • NYSC Act Amendment Bill.

An Act to amend the National Youth Service Corps Act, CAP. N84 LFN, 2004 to provide for free and compulsory acquisition of vocational skills by corps members, and for such related matters. The Bill is designed to provide for free and compulsory acquisition of vocational skills by Corps members as a solution to our perennial problem of unemployment. The objective is to make our youths the future employers of labour as entrepreneurs after youth service. The bill will go a long way in addressing post-graduation unemployment that is ravaging our system presently.

 

 

  • Religion Equity Commission (Est, etc), Bill, 2017

An Act to provide for the establishment of the religious equity commission (REC) and to prohibit all forms of religious discrimination, religious victimization, religious harassment, hate speeches, and for matters connected therewith. This Bill will redress the imbalances in religion in Public Sector and Private Institutions including all our social lives and help project our secularism in all aspects of our governance which was a belief that formed the bedrock of our foundation by our founding fathers. The Bill is critical in redressing the challenges minority religion suffers in some parts of Nigeria.

  1. deal with all matters relating to the protection of the fundamental human right to freedom of religion and belief as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the African Charter, the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other international treaties on human rights to which Nigeria is a signatory;
  2. monitor, investigate and prosecute all cases of religious discrimination, victimization and harassment and take such other actions as it may deem expedient in each circumstance;
  3. assist victims of religious discrimination or violations and seek appropriate redress and remedies on their behalf;
  4. undertake studies on all matters relating to religious rights and practices and assist the Federal Government in the formulation of appropriate policies on the guarantee of right to freedom from religious discrimination and victimization;
  5. Monitor and investigate all cases of religious extremism, hate speeches and utterances meant to incite religious tension and prosecute persons responsible for such hate speeches.
  6. Detect early warning signals of speeches or acts that can trigger religious tension and take appropriate measures to curtail such;
  7. Review the safeguards provided by or under the Constitution or any law for the time being enforce for the protection of religious rights and recommend measures for their effective implementation;
  8. review the factors, including acts of bigotry, stereotyping, religious profiling, terrorism and religious extremism that inhibit the enjoyment of the free exercise of religious rights and recommend appropriate remedial measures;
  9. publish regular reports on the state of religious rights protection and promotion in Nigeria;
  10. create awareness and promote advocacy through seminars, workshops and conferences on religious harmony and inter-faith peaceful co-existence and any other programmes;
  11. participate in all international activities relating to the promotion and protection of human rights especially as it relates to freedoms of religious beliefs and expressions;
  12. maintain a library, collect data and disseminate information and materials on inter-religious harmony and coexistence; and

carry out all such other functions as are necessary or expedient for the performance of these functions under the Act.

  • An Act to establish the National Integrated Community Development Agency to promote sustainable change in social and economic relations and supporting the goals of growth and development in rural economy.

This Bill is designed to establish the National Integrated Community Development Agency as a national unit to help implement and coordinate the activities/efforts of various other Ministries/Departments/Agencies engaged in the mobilization of the development of the Community areas in Nigeria. It empowers the agency with diverse functions aimed at the improvement and development of the quality of life in the community areas. These functions include the provision of roads, basic infrastructures and increased food and industrial raw material output, the stimulation of agricultural and non-farm activities, human resource development and any other activities that will facilitate an improved quality of life in the Community areas of the country.

  • Bill for an Act to establish National Artisans development centres, to provide for the development of artisans across the country; and for other matters connected therewith.

This Bill seeks to establish Artisans Development Centre to provide adequate centering for the acquisition and Development of Skills for unemployed persons in Nigeria. It is to address the high level of unemployment across the nation especially for the less privileged and uneducated youths who are roaming the streets seeking for job opportunities.

  • Constitution 1999 Alteration Bill.

A Bill for an Act to further alter the provisions of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999(as amended) to provide for independent candidates in elections to the offices. This Bill was designed to alter the 1999 Constitution and provide for Independent Candidates as practiced by leading democracies in the world including some African countries. The Bill will give equal opportunities to many other individuals that are qualified to vie for positions in various levels of government but are deprived by the politicking and power influence that bedevil our political structures.

  • Harmonized Retirement Age of Staff on the National Assembly Service Bill, 2017.

The bill is designed to harmonise the retirement age of National Assembly workers in conformity with civil service rules.

 

  • Government Performance and Accountability Bill, 2018 (Sb.629).

The objective of the Bill is to address the challenges of Accountability and transparency in governance while also setting standards to measure performance to optimize productivity in public sector.  It puts the issue of accountability at the forefront of governance

  • An Act to provide for the protection of investors and promotion of investment; to achieve a balance of rights and obligations that apply to all investors; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
  1. The Bill seeks to achieve a balance between the rights and obligations of all investors in Nigeria, to provide adequate and equal protection to foreign investors and domestic investors, and to promote investment. The Bill confirms the legal position that foreign and domestic investors, their investments are protected under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (‘‘Constitution’’), and applicable domestic legislation. The Bill seeks to treat foreign investors and their investment not less favourably that of domestic investors in like circumstances are treated.

 

  1. The Bill confirms a commitment by the Nigerian Government to protect all investments irrespective of their origin. The underlying philosophy of the Bill is to clarify the protection that an investor may expect, and to promote all types of investments by creating a predictable business environment that is readily understandable to an investor.

 

  1. The Bill also confirms that both foreign and domestic investors are protected under the Constitution. In some instances it may be unavoidable to differentiate between foreign and domestic investors. However these instances are limited and do not violate the principle of equal treatment. Government’s right to regulate is emphasised since legitimate policy measures should be implemented in the public interest.

 

  1. The Bill seeks to strengthen Nigeria’s investment regime by seeking to achieve that:
  2. That Nigeria remains open to foreign direct investment (‘‘FDI’’);
  3. That Nigeria provides adequate protection to FDI; and
  4. These objectives are balanced with the right of the government to regulate in the national and public interest.

 

  1. The intention of the Bill is to clarify provisions typically found in Bilateral Investment Treaties (‘‘BITs’’), by codifying them in the Bill and ensuring compliance with the Constitution.

 

  1. The Bill therefore seeks to balance the rights and obligations of investors, to provide adequate protection to foreign investors, to ensure that Nigeria’s constitutional obligations are upheld, and to ensure that government retainsthe policy space to regulate in the public interest.

 

  1. Furthermore, the Bill draws on a review of international experience as well as recent national experiences across a wide spectrum of both developed and developing countries.

 

  1. The following clauses, in turn, outline the policy perspectives and objectives of the core substantive provisions to be found in the Bill.
  • Federal University of Education Aguleri, Anambra State (Est, etc.) Bill, 2018 (SB.653) (Co-Sponsored by Victor Umeh).

The Bill which was co-sponsored by Senator Victor Umeh was designed to address the perennial admission challenges in Anambra State and other environs.

Yearly, Anambra State and many South East States top the list of States with highest number of students seeking admission into tertiary institutions across the country. Many of these youths who are seeking to develop their human capital through modern education are deprived admission with flimsy geo-political reasons of catchment area.

Yearly, many of these young people denied their right to education are forced into desperate survival strategies that make them vulnerable to the waiting hawks called yahoo boys, human traffickers, kidnappers etc. who promise them life changing opportunities and quick money to migrate into the club of Nouveaux riche at such a young age.

These overtures which are tempting to them and so difficult to reject create the part way to the destruction of lives and minds of our young people.

This tertiary institution has come to cushion the effects by increasing the number of young people who gain admission yearly.

The Following Benefits are tenable when this Bill is passed:

  1. Many young people seeking admission into tertiary institutions that are deprived hitherto will have more opportunities to gain admission
  2. The institutions will contribute to training of many teachers who will in turn contribute their quota towards the development of other young students as teachers in those schools.
  3. Location of the school will contribute towards the development of the communities around Aguleri as the presence of students will increase economic activities in the area.
  4. This will help to reduce illiteracy level around the area
  5. It will attract a lot of economic activities including real estate development around the communities
  • Religion Equity Commission (EST, etc), Bill, 2017. An Act to Provide for the Establishment of the Religious Equity Commission (REC) and to Prohibit All Forms of Religious Discrimination, Religious Victimization,Religious Harassment, Hate Speeches, And For Matters Connected therewith.

This Bill will redress the imbalances in religion in Public Sector and Private Institutions including all our social lives and help project our secularism in all aspects of our governance which was a belief that formed the bedrock of our foundation by our founding fathers. The Bill is critical in redressing the challenges minority religion suffers in some parts of Nigeria.

  1. deal with all matters relating to the protection of the fundamental human right to freedom of religion and belief as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the African Charter, the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other international treaties on human rights to which Nigeria is a signatory;
  2. monitor, investigate and prosecute all cases of religious discrimination, victimization and harassment and take such other actions as it may deem expedient in each circumstance;
  • assist victims of religious discrimination or violations and seek appropriate redress and remedies on their behalf;
  1. undertake studies on all matters relating to religious rights and practices and assist the Federal Government in the formulation of appropriate policies on the guarantee of right to freedom from religious discrimination and victimization;
  2. Monitor and investigate all cases of religious extremism, hate speeches and utterances meant to incite religious tension and prosecute persons responsible for such hate speeches.
  3. Detect early warning signals of speeches or acts that can trigger religious tension and take appropriate measures to curtail such;
  • Review the safeguards provided by or under the Constitution or any law for the time being enforce for the protection of religious rights and recommend measures for their effective implementation;
  • review the factors, including acts of bigotry, stereotyping, religious profiling,terrorism and religious extremism that inhibit the enjoyment of the free exercise of religious rights and recommend appropriate remedial measures;
  1. publish regular reports on the state of religious rights protection and promotion in Nigeria;
  2. create awareness and promote advocacy through seminars, workshops and conferences on religious harmony and inter-faith peaceful co-existence and any other programmes;
  3. participate in all international activities relating to the promotion and protection of human rights especially as it relates to freedoms of religious beliefs and expressions;
  • maintain a library, collect data and disseminate information and materials on inter-religious harmony and coexistence; and
  • carry out all such other functions as are necessary or expedient for the performance of these functions under the Act
  • An Act to provide for the protection of investors and promotion of investment; to achieve a balance of rights and obligations that apply to all investors; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

This Bill was designed to;

  1. be CONSCIOUS of the need to protect and promote the rights enshrined in the Constitution;
  2. RECOGNISING the importance that investment plays in job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and the well-being of the people of Nigeria;
  • AFFIRMING that the State is committed to maintaining an open and transparent environment for investments;
  1. DESIROUS of promoting investment by creating an environment that facilitates processes that may affect investments;
  2. CONSIDERING the responsibility of the government to provide a sound legislative framework for the promotion and protection of all investments, including foreign investments, pursuant to constitutional obligations;
  3. SECURING a balance of rights and obligations of investors to increase investment in the Nigeria;
  • EMPHASISING the right to just administrative action;
  • ACKNOWLEDGING that investment must be protected, promoted and encouraged in accordance with the law, administrative justice and access to information;
  1. REAFFIRMING the government’s right to regulate in the public interest in accordance with the law;

COGNISANT of the government’s commitment in respect of international law to ensure that human rights, fundamental freedoms and protection of peoples’ resources are adequately protected

MOTIONS

  • Need to give recognition to Anambra and Kogi as oil producing states and to forestall further hostilities between the warring communities of Odeke Echeno in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State and Enugu-Otu Aguleri and Eziagulu-Otu Communities in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.

This motion was designed to reduce the bloodletting and tension among these communities that occupy the corridors of this epicentre of new oil discovery. Many people have lost their lives already in the crisis. There is need for Federal Government involvement to help settle the dispute through recognizing these states for peace to reign among the communities.

  • Need for the Establishment of Inland Ports at Onitsha, Enugu and Other Land-locked States.

This Motion was designed to reduce the challenges business men and women in those landlocked cities with high volume of economic activities go through daily to get their imports down to their destinations from major seaports across the nation by road. It will help to reduce pressure on our roads which are currently used to move these goods and equipment from the existing ports of entry. It will also help FG to increase revenue base while many unemployed youths will be engaged.

  • Need to encourage multi-nationals and other companies in participating in Corporate Social Responsibility CSR.

This motion is to address the dangers companies pose in their host communities which they pollute their air, water, land, farmlands etc. and care less to address the hazard even when they earn huge revenue to the detriment of their host communities. The motion will help to foster peaceful coexistence between the host communities and the companies and their staff. The companies are expected to address the dearth of social amenities in their host communities for peaceful relationship. It will service the following objectives:

  1. Compel corporate organizations to engage their host communities through CSR
  2. Compel corporate organizations to pay compensation to host communities for any environmental hazard their activities inflict on their communities
  • Compel Corporate organizations to engage the youths of the communities through employment, scholarship programs and other empowerment programs that will benefit the youths of the communities
  1. Help to build cordial relationship between the host communities and the organisation.
  • Need to re-assess Nigeria’s Foreign Policy objectives in Line with emerging Economic realities.

The Motion was designed to recalibrate our foreign policy from the maxim that Africa is the centrepiece of Our Foreign policy to a more pragmatic foreign policy in the face of current realities. The motion is targeted to make the life of our citizens abroad the centrepiece of our foreign policy just like many countries in the world. The era where Nigerians are slaughtered, jailed and dehumanized across the globe by other countries should be jettisoned, with emphasis on protection of Nigerians and their wellbeing regardless of any where they are across the globe. Also our economic, social and political interest should be paramount in our new foreign policy.

  • Motion on the Need to Grant Voting Rights to Nigerians in Diaspora.

The Motion is designed to recognize the role of about 17million Nigerians in Diaspora in exercising their franchise as our democracy deepens, as it is practiced all over the world. Nigerians in Diaspora contribute immensely to our economy as they repatriate billions of Dollars yearly to cater to their families and loved ones. In the same vein, considering their importance in shaping our economic and social-political life here, they deserve to contribute towards the growth of our democracy through voting in our elections regardless of where they reside. It will also help the government to keep accurate data about Nigerians in Diaspora.

  • Need to boost Agricultural production, prompt distribution and optimum utilization of fertilizers in Nigeria.

The motion is to address the issue of efficient and prompt distribution of fertilizers to farmers across the country, while recognizing the different farming seasons across the country due to geographical differences. It will also address the issue of government promoting increased local production of fertilizers to meet the rising demand from farmers.

  • Need to improve the lives of retired civil servants and police personnel.

This motion is to address the issue of welfare that has remained a concern among civil servants and Nigerian police engaged in service when they retire. It is designed to urge the Federal government to constitute inter-ministerial committee to work out necessary policy framework for a smooth commencement of welfare program for these people.

  • Need to stop under-representation of women in elective and appointive positions at all levels of Government in Nigeria, and to implement affirmative action of thirty percent of women representation in Government.

This motion is targeted to address the issue of marginalization of women in elective and appointive positions in government. It calls for compliance with the 30 percent representation of women in government. It also calls for a mandate to the relevant committees to ensure full compliance. 

  • The Need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to implement rural electrification using alternative energy sources.

This motion is geared towards encouraging FG to seek rural electrification program by exploiting other alternative energy sources like wind, coal, solar etc. to help electrify all the rural areas in Nigeria. Interestingly, many of these rural areas have these alternative sources that are yelling for exploitation by government.

  • Need to ban the importation of Palm Oil.

This motion is to address the need to sustain protectionist policy in palm oil by banning its importation into Nigeria so as to allow Nigerians optimize the opportunities lying moribund as Nigeria is blessed with many palm trees and palm plantations that require further investment to harness the resources in that sector

  • Motion on the need for the Government to Revisit the CBN Policy of denying Foreign Exchange for the Importation of Certain Items.

The motion is meant to encourage the government to review the CBN policy on forex for importation of certain items which we rely heavily on to meet the local needs of the products. Our economy is still growing so we are heavily import dependent, this is why the economy is ruing due to the clampdown on these products that we still need. The motion is calling for a review of the policy

  • Urgent need to embark on massive provision of boreholes in rural communities in Anambra State and communities in other states of the Federation.

This motion is to address the shortage of drinking water in Anambra North to help those rural communities that rely on unhealthy sources of water for their daily lives. These communities require adequate water for survival and even for their agricultural activities. The motion calls for massive construction of boreholes in Anambra rural communities. This motion is also to urge the FG to embark on massive water scheme across the entire federation and Anambra North in particular to help reduce the menace of water borne disease in these areas and reduce the threat to lives of children who die yearly for water related diseases.

  • The need to construct Dams in all communities across Nigeria.

The motion was designed to urge FG to seek lasting solutions to the reoccurring disaster of flood across Nigeria which destroys many lives and properties yearly especially across the river banks.

Senate resolved to:

  1. Encourage the federal ministry of Water Resources to construct small captive dams in all communities and locations at the rate of 4000 small dams per year.
  2. Urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to work on all river crossing of the highways with capacity to capture some water without jeopardizing the road structure itself since this will allow the money spent to serve dual purpose.
  • Urge the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to carry out investigation of ground water situation in all River basins and monitor its deployment;
  1. Direct the Committee on Water Resources, Works and Agriculture and Environment to develop implementation guidelines for captive dam construction programme
  2. Urge FG to effectively and fully utilize existing dams for the purpose they were built
  3. Urge Ministry of Water Resources to conduct environmental impact assessment of the communities before embarking on construction of dams 
  • Urgent need for the Construction/Rehabilitation of Rural Roads across the country.
  1. The motion is to urge Federal Govt to construct and rehabilitate rural roads in Anambra State and other states of the Federation.
  2. To urge FERMA to as a matter of special intervention policy rehabilitate and maintain rural roads in Anambra State and other States of the federation
  3. Mandate the Committee on Works, Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure full compliance with the above two prayers
  • Motion on the urgent Need to Control the Indiscriminate Erection of Speed Bumps on Federal Roads Nationwide.

The motion is targeted at the indiscriminate erection of speed bumps on Federal highways making it difficult for free flow of traffic and heavy impact on the wear and tear of vehicles that ply those roads.

The Senate resolved to:

  1. Direct the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to remove all speed bumps indiscriminately erected off Federal Highways nationwide and also regulate and standardize the erection of speed bumps
  2. Urge the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to cause owners of petrol filling stations to build a service lane of not less than 50m on both sides of the stations to avoid customers turning directly to and from the highways
  3. Urge the Ministry of Power,Works and Housing to enforce set back regulations for fixed structure along Highways;
  4. Urge Planning Authority regulations for motor parks , markets and places of worship
  5. Urge Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to enforce the inclusion of road signage as part of road construction 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

A total of one hundred and fifty five beneficiaries were given scholarship by the Distinguished Senator Oduah in the following institutions

  • Metallurgical Institute, Obosi – 67 beneficiaries(49 returning beneficiaries and 18 newly admitted beneficiaries)
  • Grundtvig Institute Oba – 58 Beneficiaries
  • Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State – 30 beneficiaries
  • Decency Institute, Onitsha – 300 beneficiaries
  • John’s High School, Odoakpu, Anambra State – 15 Students enjoy 6-years free Secondary Education

LIFE CHANGING/TRANSFORMATIONALEMPOWERMENTS

  • Making of Millionaires. In her quest to bridge the widening gap of social inequalities and to promote a more equitable society, Distinguished Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah on 13th April, 2018 embarked on a life-changing financial empowerment scheme where the cash prize of N300,000.00 was doled out to 7 promising entrepreneurs with the best business plans at Shanahan hall Basilica Of The Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha Anambra State.

Mr. Francis Onyedika receiving his cheque
Mr. Francis Onyedika receiving his cheque

Young entrepreneurs showing off cheque of N300,000.00 each
Young entrepreneurs showing off cheque of N300,000.00 each

Mr. Obiora Chigozie receiving his cheque
Mr. Obiora Chigozie receiving his cheque

Over 500 beneficiaries from Anambra North received a life changing business opportunities from our beloved distinguished Senator. Being a grassroot person, she made sure to affect a lot of lives with this empowerment. Given out were Cars, Tricycles, Motorcycles, Sewing machines, vulcanizing machines, complete photographing set, Palm oil processing machines, grinding machines, Kerosene tank, truck, barbing and hairdressing salon kiosks, dryers, generating set, charging centers, poultry kiosks, barbing equipment, drinks retailing etc. Road side food sellers and fryers were not left out.

Making of Millionaires

With a vision of creating an enabling environment for the non-so academically inclined persons to attain meaningful & sustainable livelihoods that would guarantee a holistic salvation, Senator Oduah embarked on an initiative to create young millionaires. 25 young entrepreneurs were each given a cheque of N100,000 each and challenged to turn that into millions by 2021 (three years) after which the winner(s) would be rewarded substantially. This event took place at the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, Onitsha.

Widows Empowerment

400 indigent windows selected across Anambra state were empowered financially by Senator Princess Oduah, through the Maxlife Foundation. The event took place at Bethany house Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha Anambra State.

Petty Traders Empowerment

A number of 180 Petty traders around Onitsha were empowered with a sum of twenty thousand naira(N20,000.00) each tosupport their trad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAININGS

  • Training of Traders on Agro Impact Potentials in Anambra North Senatorial District, Anambra State
  • Wood Utilisation Research in Anambra, Derealisation of Communities and Forest Preservation to Avoid Flood In Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Research/Study/Training and Establishment of Seven Pilot Schemes in Anambra North Senatorial District, Anambra State
  • Training and Empowerment for Women with HIV/AIDS and Widows in Anambra North Senatorial District, Anambra State
  • Sensitization on Pivotal Role of Agriculture on Economic Growth in Anambra North Senatorial District, Anambra State. 60 people participatedin the training
  • Cottage Industry Importance and Funding Potentials/ Platforms in Anambra North Senatorial District, Anambra State. 60 people participated in the training
  • Sensitization on Available Federal Government Platforms for Entrepreneurs in Anambra North Senatorial District, Anambra State. 60 people participated in the training
  • Training of Youths on Agro Value Chain in Anambra North Senatorial District, Anambra State
  • Research And Training on Soilless Farming for our Community where Planting is only for 8 months of the Year due to Impact of Flood from River Niger
  • Capacity Building for Farmers on Coconut Production in Anambra North Senatorial District, Anambra State. 60 participants were present. 135 farmers participated in the training.
  • Training ofFarmers on Mechanized Fishing and Processing With Starter Packs in Anambra North Senatorial District, Anambra State. 60 participants were present
  • Training on Cosmetology, Computer appreciation, satellite cable installation soap making in Anambra North Senatorial District (In partnership with National Directorate of Employment). 225 participants were present at the training.

TRAININGS UNDER THE 2018 BUDGET YET TO BE AWARDED

  • Entrepreneurship Training for Youths and Women in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Capacity Building Workshop for Youths and Representatives of Women Cooperative Society in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Capacity Building Programs for Women and Youths on Modern Farming Techniques in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Training and Empowerment of Widows on Entrepreneur Skills in Agriculture in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Training of Youths on Asphalt Machine Operation and use of Heavy Duty Construction Equipment in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Training on Water Management to Improve Standards of Living in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Training and Empowerment of Youths and Women in Agriculture in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Training on Fishing Services in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Strategic Conflict Resolving Training in Anambra North
  • Democracy and Development For Peace at Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Infrastructure for Peace Grassroot Platform/Capacities in Nigeria for Youth and Women Seminar
  • Training in Health Services in Anambra North Senatorial District

Participants learning how to farm during Coconut farming workshop in Aguleri,

Facilitators of the coconut farming workshop

 

Participants during the Sensitization on Available Federal Government Platforms for Entrepreneurs

Participants after Pivotal Role of Agriculture on Economic Growth, Cottage Industry Importance and Funding Potentials/ Platforms and Available Federal Government Platforms for Entrepreneurs with National Directorate of Employment in Anambra North

Some of the participants of Pivotal Role of Agriculture on Economic Growth Training showing off their certificate

Cross section of participants during the Training on Mechanized Fishing and Processing in Tourist Garden, Aguleri, Anambra State

 

Start-up Kit for the participants of the Mechanized Fishing and Processing training

CHARITY

Senator Oduah has always been known for her philanthropic heart.As the saying goes, “home is where the heart is”, knowing how much she loves her constituency, she never forgets to share her privileges with her people. This was why she created ISSOM (I Support Senator Oduah Movement), to assist her in her charity work for effective distribution. This group of individuals have toured around Anambra North visiting orphanage homes, hospitals, market places etc. sharing some love as they go. Also

 

Adaeze always thinking of the wellbeing of Ndi Anambra North.

PROJECTS

  • Installation of Solar Street lights in;
  1. Ogwuaniocha,
  2. Atani,
  3. Ihitenasa in Iyiowa Odekpe,
  4. GMO Okpoko,
  5. Creek road Fegge,
  6. Afuberah Street Onitsha,
  7. Ugwunagbankpa Inland Town Onitsha,
  8. Nteje Oyi LGA,
  9. Enugwu-Otu,
  10. Eziagulu-Otu,
  11. Ode Anambra West,
  12. Odamagu Anambra West,
  13. Uga street,
  14. Silas Works,
  15. Venn Road,
  16. Okosi Road,
  17. Modebe by Ozomagana,
  18. Miss Elens,
  19. Akili-Ozizor.
  • Construction and Rehabilitation of roads in the following areas;
  1. Ayamelum-Anaku-Umueje-Adani road,
  2. Akili-Ozizor Inland Town
  3. Odekpe inland-Odekpe
  4. Inoma-Nzam-Okpelle roads.
  5. Okpoko roads.
  6. Otuocha-Umueze Anam-Oroma Etiti-Nzam-Ibaji-Abuja Road
  • Construction of internal communal roads in the following areas;
  1. Bishop Onyeabor Street by MCC,
  2. St Lwanga Catholic Church Road by Obodoukwu road,
  3. Sinez by Moore Street,
  4. Creek Road by Bida, by Bethlehem Secondary School,
  5. Nkisi Road by Federal Housing gate,
  6. Deeper-life Road Along Atani Road
  7. Atani road,
  8. Amiyi,
  9. Ossomala,
  10. Umunankwo,
  11. Idemili by Okoti, Oyi LG,
  12. Iruogbo – Umudim, Anambra East
  13. Umudora-Umuikwu,
  14. One road to Nsugbe,
  15. Onitsha North
  • Provision and Installation of Manual water hand pump boreholes in the following area in Anambra North Senatorial District;
  1. Onitsha South LGA: Akunnia Njote Street, Ozubulu Street by Alor, Nkuruma Street by Uzodinma, Otumoye Street by Bida, Okolonji Street by Onwudiwe, Umuoji Street by Okpoko
  2. Ogbaru LGA: Amako by Animodu, Ifeanyichukwu by Ejirika, Ezembaji by Orumba, Gbuhemuobi Street, Amiri Street, Ukachi Street,
  1. Anambra West LGA: Odeh, Odekpe
  2. Construction of sport centre;
  3. Akili-Ozizor,
  4. Okpotuno Odekpe,
  5. Onitsha Sports Club,
  6. Awada
  • Construction of Mini Basic Sports Stadium in Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe and Okpoko
  • Provision and Installation of Transformers
  • Construction of Primary Health Centres in;
  1. Akili-Ozizor, Ogbaru LGA (Ongoing)
  2. Umuzu, Ogbaru LGA (Ongoing)
  3. Umerum, Ayamelum LGA (Ongoing)
  • Construction of Police Station in the following areas;
  1. Anaku,
  2. Odekpe,
  3. Atani
  4. and Okpoko communities
  • Renovation of the following police stations;
  1. Nteje Police Station,
  2. Akili-Ozizor Police Station
  3. and Ogwu-Ikpele Police Station
  • Construction of Skill Acquisition Centres in; Akili-Ozizor (In progress),
  • Construction of Women Skill Centre (Contract awarded)
  • Construction of ICT Centre in Nzam, Anambra West LGA (Completed)

2018 PROJECTS YET TO BE AWARDED 

  • Construction of Environmental Research Centre on Climate Change in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Construction of Mopol and SARS HQ in Okpoko Ayamelum, Anambra State
  • Construction of Police Station in Atani and Odekpe in Anambra State (Ongoing)
  • Construction of 6 Man Rank and File Police Residence in Ogwuikpele
  • Construction of Police Outpost in Mputu
  • Construction of Police Barracks in Akili-Ozizor and Purchase of 2 Nos. Patrol Vans
  • Construction of Marine Police Station in Umunankwo and Purchase of Nos. of Speed Boats
  • Construction of Marine Police Station in Odekpe
  • Repair of Existing Federal Roads in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Installation of Solar Lights and Transformers in Various Communities in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Installation of Solar Water Pumps and Hand Pumps in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Provision of Solar Boreholes and Hand Pumps in Various Communities in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Provision of Solar Powered Boreholes at Various Locations in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Provision of Empowerment Materials/Equipment for Women and Youths in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Strategic Empowerment for Widows/Less Privileged in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Construction of A Block of 3 Classrooms with Solar Powered Borehole in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Deratization, Pest And Vector Control For Lassa Fever in Anambra North Senatorial District
  • Primary Health Medical Mission at Anambra North Senatorial District

Senator Princess Oduah inspecting some of her numerous constituency projects

Police Station Okpoko under construction

Police Station Okpoko under construction

Below is the Contract award letter for Construction and Equipping of Women Centre. Already awarded.

 

The distinguished Senator in 2015 was named by the Eagle, an online news column, as the fourth (and the first female) most vibrant Senators of the 8th assembly.

Her Excellency during her tenure, has won numerous awards.

Below are pictures some of the awards:

To access Senator Princess Adaeze Oduah, you can go to any of her constituency offices in the following locations:

Anambra East LGA –

Anambra West LGA –

Ayamelum LGA – 1 Omor Road, Ayamelum

Ogbaru LGA – 1 Farm Road, Akili-Ozizor

Onitsha North LGA – 88 Upper New Market Road / 38 Awka Road Garbs Plaza, Onitsha

Onitsha South LGA – 19 Silas Works Fegge

Oyi LGA – 1 Oye Road, Awkuzu, near Civic Centre, Muonua’s compound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISION STATEMENT 

To promote human capital

and social development in Anambra

North Senatorial District and

Anambra State for sustainable

growth and development

MISSION

To ensure that women and the youth

of Anambra North Senatorial District

become self-reliant and the pride of

the nation through skill-acquisition

MY PLEDGE TO ANAMBRA NORTH

BY SENATOR STELLA ODUAH

  1. To fundamentally transform people’s lives through human developmental programmes and activities, I prioritised empowerment and skill acquisition. I have been on this mission for years, and I will continue this assignment in the next four years through my ‘Wepu Ubiam Programme’. I will consolidate on the gains made so far and empower more of my constituents in the seven local government areas of Anambra North Senatorial District.  
  1. I will pursue and actualise my bill for the establishment of the Federal University of Aquatic Studies in Ogbaru Local Government Area. The university will create jobs for our people, train our children and give them a competitive edge in business or employment.
  1. I will continue to provide scholarship for indigent students in the seven local government areas of Anambra North Senatorial District as I currently do through the Stella Oduah Foundation but under the ‘Nmuta na zo ndu Initiative’.
  1. I have attracted more than 53 major projects to the constituency, which include schools, hospitals and roads; I will attract more projects to the district in the next four years through the Anambra-North Massive Project Scheme. These projects will be in the areas of providing pipe-borne water, power and means of transportation for my people.
  1. I will pursue and actualise my motion for the establishment of an inland port in Onitsha, which is my Onitsha Dry Port Project. The establishment of the port will open the senatorial district to more business opportunities. Traders in Onitsha can have their goods come in through the port instead running to Lagos port for every import and export.
  1. I promise the youth and women of my constituency to continue to represent them well by pushing agenda, bills and motions on issues that affect them.
  1. Specifically on empowerment, I will pull more Anambra North women out of poverty by providing no-interest loans, and hiring experts to guide them through their business. This will be through the Oganiru Free-Loan Scheme.
  1. I will continue to work with the Anambra State Government to ensure that the interest of Anambra North is always protected.
  1. I will continue to promote youth inclusion in government by sponsoring more leadership training courses for the young men and women of my constituency, and by also giving them the necessary support in getting into elective or appointive office at the state or federal level through my Anambra- North Youth Leadership Scheme.
  2. Generally, I will continue to work to ensure that poverty and unemployment are completely eliminated in Anambra North.