Following the zoning formula released by the NWC of the ruling APC after consulting President Bola Tinubu which identified Hon Ben Kalu Member of House of Representatives (Bende, Abia) Federal Constituency as Deputy Speaker designate of the House of Representatives in the 10th Assembly, more and more national stakeholders from different sectors have been applauding the ruling party for making a very good choice.
This time, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) in a statement released by SSA Media and Public Affairs to the National President Barr Val Iwuchukwu extoles the virtue of Hon Kalu.
The statement reads: “It is a geometrical axiom to state that when one straight line falls perpendicular with another straight line that lies horizontal, the angles formed are supplementary angles of one hundred and eighty degrees, therefore the choice of Hon Ben Kalu as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives is a round peg in a round hole
“Benjamin Kalu was elected to represent the good people of Bende Federal Constituency, Abia State in the 2019 General Elections and sworn in to office on the 11th of June 2019. He was re-elected to the same office in the 2023 General Election. He is currently the Spokesperson of the House of Representatives at the Nigeria National Assembly as the House Committee Chairman Media and Public Affairs.
His wealth of experience has been resourceful to the major committees of the house where he serves as a member; Defence, Airforce, Navy, National Security and Intelligence, Agricultural Services, Health Institutions and Health Services, Basic Education, Federal Judiciary, Petroleum Upstream, Climate Change, Federal Charater, Pensions and other Adhoc committees like the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) etc.
“He sat in different stakeholders meeting where strategic decisions were taken, why such decisions were taken and its impact in the overall interest of the nation sank well with him amd it has become unforgettable experience. It is trite to say that in the 9th Assembly, he acquired matchless experience which makes him the best man (from the South East) for the job.
“He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria who has been involved in series of complex international business structuring from start-up, negotiation, pre and post incorporation stages. He has been engaged in international trade, import and export financing. He has handled series of financing deals for marine vessels purchases and documentation which involved syndication with multilateral finance institutions and local banks. Before settling down for the practice of law, Benjamin has built international businesses from start-up to international recognition. His communication skills within the public and private sector acquired through years of experience in both sectors is an advantage to the value he will create as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“His experience in government and governmental affairs will assist him in upholding the interdependence of the arms of the government while upholding most importantly the independence of the Legislature,” the statement concluded.
It will be recalled that on May 8, 2023, APC leadership released the zoning arrangement as follows: Senate President – (South South) Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Deputy Senate President – (North West) Senator Barau Jubrin (Kano).
Speaker, House of Representatives – (North West) Hon Bass Tajudeen (Kaduna); Deputy Speaker – (South East) Hon Ben Kalu (Abia).