Insecurity: Lawmakers Flee Communities . Host Constituents In Owerri

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By Onyekachi Eze

The fear of the unknown is the beginning of wisdom among Members of the Imo State House of Assembly.

Apprehensive of the pervading nature of insecurity across communities in Imo State, the Elected Representatives at the hallowed chambers of Imo State  have resorted to hosting Constituents in Owerri.

Aside Lawmakers from Owerri Municipal Council, Owerri North, and Owerri West, the remaining twenty-one of them are constitutionally answerable to their Constituents who elected them in 2019.

And all activities concerning each of the State Constituencies are bound to hold within the confines of their localities.

However, the current Lawmakers have violated their mandates when they begin to host their people in Owerri.

Recently, Assembly Vibes noticed that many of them who wish to hold Constituency briefings prefers to hold it in either their Owerri residence or in a hotel or event centers in the State capital.

When confronted, their reasons were not unconnected to the insecurity in their communities.

While some of them who still value and understand the legislative tenets still defy all odds and conduct it in their local governments, others make diversion of choosing Owerri town.

It would be recalled that since last year the unknown gunmen launched attack on security formations and rural areas, non of the Members had thought it wise to hold Constituency briefing.

For few of them, they only visit radio stations, buy airtime and reel out what they felt as Constituency briefing.

Others too make use of the social media to pen down their achievements for the last three years.

Interestingly, a member of the House, Hon. Paschal Okolie in one of his Media Briefings boldly told newsmen that reason why he has not conducted any Constituency briefing was due to the insecurity in Orlu.

Okolie aptly added that it would be uncalled for to converge his Orlu Constituents in Owerri for that regard. instead it was held in Orlu, the hot spot of insecurity in Imo State.

Such disposition however received accolades from the public, unlike others who transports their constituents to Owerri for scorecard presentation.

A question posed to the Lawmakers therefore is, should they continue hosting their constituents in Owerri, what would happen in 2023? Will they also be dragged to cast their votes in Owerri rather than their Constituencies?