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Senate suspends plenary over colleague’s death

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By Naomi Sharang

The Senate on Thursday, officially announced the demise of Chairman, Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity, Sen. Ben Uwajumogu and subsequently suspended plenary in his honour to Friday.

This followed a motion by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi during plenary and subsequent Senate resolution suspend Rule 13 of the Senate in order to conclude and finish businesses before the legislators embark on Christmas and New Year break.

“Going by our tradition, I move that a minute silence be observed in honour of the deceased,” Abdullahi moved.

While raising Point of Order ’43’, Abdullahi said that the late Uwajumogu who represented Imo North Senatorial District, died at 51.

“We regret to announce the tragic loss of our colleague, Sen. Uwajumogu. Nigeria has suffered a great loss. He had made his contribution on the floor of the Senate a day before his death.

“It was a loss that startled all of us. We pray God to grant his soul eternal rest,“ he said.

The Senate Leader further noted that the late Senator was a former Speaker, Imo House of Assembly and a Senator per excellence.

Seconding the motion for the suspension of plenary, Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe stated that: “As Igbos, we have several names that we use whenever death happens.

“You can have names like ‘death, don’t come’, but the one that we give that is most appropriate today is that death will never take away your name.“

“Today while supporting this motion, I want to let all Nigerians know that death will not take away his name from us.”

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said that suspension of Rule 13 was to enable the Senate sit on Friday which he noted was not a ‘sitting day.’

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Uwajumogu died early hours of Wednesday. (NAN)

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Chief Okeke, Governorship Aspirant Blows Hot On The Need To Anchor Anambra on ICT Industrialization

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•Chief Ugochukwu Okeke

AWKA – Chief Ugochukwu Okeke, the youthful and charismatic Governorship aspirant for the Anambra governorship election, has said he will tap from the best brains in the state to run the first knowledge driven state in Nigeria.

According to him, Nigeria and indeed the third world having missed the industrial revolution would rely on Anambra State for new primary source of wealth creation when he is elected.

Chief Okeke, said that Anambra State is blessed with some of the finest brains in the information and technology world and that if he is elected, he will harness these brains to provide better life for Ndi-Anambra.

A frontline grassroots politician in Ananmbra and former governorship, believes that there is no limit to human imagination and is glad the Anambra state is richly blessed especially with men and women at home and Diaspora flying the continent’s flag high.

Fondly called Enyioha for his  infectious style of touching lives,  Chief Okeke, said Anambra state do not need to run but must cheetah-pole-vault to reap the benefits of ICT and human resources that abound in the state.

Chief Okeke who hopes to pick the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the forthcoming election urged Ndi-Anambra to keep their hopes burning in spite of the ruinous cloud of bad governance that has enveloped the state over the past few years, leaving critical infrastructure in tatters and rural communities in adverse neglect, that the state can still be redeemed.

“Perhaps there has never been anytime in the history of this state that the consequences of our decision to choose who to lead us as governor will be weightier, more dramatic and consequential. Our state is standing on the threshold of history, we are on the verge and all socioeconomic indicators have taken a huge plunge amidst the huge potentials our State is endowed with”, Chief Okeke said

According to Chief Okeke “We cannot afford to gamble with the choice of who picks the ticket of our party as the task of redeeming our State from the present quagmire is an arduous one. It therefore behoves on our party to build a workable consensus and effective synergy to tackle the chronic leadership failure that has befallen us.”

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