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Member representing Aboh Mbaise State Constituency in the Imo House of Assembly, Hon. Mike Iheanetu has bagged the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Public Service at the grand finale of the 2017 press week organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo State Chapter.

Member representing Aboh Mbaise State Constituency in the Imo House of Assembly, Hon. Mike Iheanetu has bagged the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Public Service at the grand finale of the 2017 press week organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo State Chapter.


The award according to the Chairman of the Council, Sir Innocent Igwe was not for money making but he said it was based on critical analysis of personal achievements and the individual's level of impacts on lives of the people and society at large, saying that Imo NUJ award is not for everybody. Igwe furthered that the award is for people whose contributions to the human capacity and politics have brought positive change to the society, maintaining that nobody can influence NUJ award because it is based on professionalism and ethics.
Speaking shortly after the award, Hon. Mike Iheanetu expressed gratitude to God Almighty for his love upon him, positing that he was humbled by such an award from one of the most prestigious professions in the world that serves as the watchdog of the society. He pointed out that going by the award, it does appear that nothing is hidden before anyone with the views that as an opposition and in a parliament he is in opposition having limited opportunities of doing one or two things yet, inspite of that NUJ as a watchdog of the society were able to pick him and see something in him.
“It is to the glory of God, but have given me a challenge to do more”, Iheanetu reiterated, said he have told his people that NUJ has prepared him as a man and have done a lot in Imo State, added that by God's grace he gets to the National Assembly will do more.
Answering questions from newsmen on the botched budget presentation where allegation has it that the House was requesting money from the Governor that was why they boycotted the presentation, Hon. Mike Iheanetu said they were not demanding bribe from anybody, despite the government has taken position on it by saying it is typographical error on things to be written and corrected, said no problem so be it but his own Mike Iheanetu as a politician, a legislator, the facts remains whenever the House is properly constituted, due processes must be followed for budget is not a small thing, as the House made one demand, and still demanding it that they have done 3 years budget and they don't have budget performance report of the previous ones, to be able to know what is done, what is yet unfinished to help them know what to reflect in the next one which is purely administrative.
He further stated that the problems are there, as a legislature, should know who the contractor and supervisor, the dimension and designers of government projects, to help them go for oversight.
On the suspension of the clerk, Hon. Iheanatu said it is like any other administrative issue which if by any means found wanting on your job, the administrative way is to call the clerk to order by suspending him, “we suspended him at the floor of the House, it remains that way”, Iheanetu emphasized noted that House don't need to query him because clerk is not their staff rather he is a civil servant, and the person to query him is the Head of Service but as the clerk of the House “we have done what we should do”, Hon. Iheanetu stated.

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