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65 Hearty Cheers To Prof. Bart Nnaji, Aka Ji Oku, Nigeria’s Former Minister Of Power

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Japhet Usoro

“Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.”

The above quote from Henry Ward Beecher aptly captures the unique and sterling attributes of one of Nigeria’s greatest, former Minister of Power, Professor Bart Okechukwu Nnaji, an embodiment of humility and class, who Tuesday (yesterday) to the glory of God, marked his 65th birthday.

Professor Bart O. Nnaji is the Chairman/CEO of Geometric Power Limited, the first indigenously owned private sector power company in Nigeria. Geometric Power develops and invests in power plants, sub stations, electricity distribution infrastructure and gas pipelines.

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Prof. Bart Nnaji

Prof. Nnaji served as the Federal Minister of Power from 2011to 2012. Prior to that, he served as Special Adviser to the President on Power & Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power from 2010 to 2011. During this period, he developed the Roadmap for power reform in Nigeria. He subsequently led the implementation of the Power Roadmap as well as privatization of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), the state-owned utility monopoly as Honourable Minister of Power. During his tenure as Minister, he was a member of the National Economic Management Team, chaired by the President and includes Senior Ministers and select Captains of Industry. He served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council from March 2010 to January 2011 and was the Chairman of the Power committee of the Council. In 1993, he served as Federal Minister of Science and Technology of Nigeria. Prior to his appointment, the Ministry had been abolished by Government. He re-established the Ministry to sustainability to date.

In 2009, he was appointed by then President Yar’Adua as a member of the National Energy Council (the apex decision making body on energy in Nigeria). He was the pioneer President of the Independent Power Providers Association of Nigeria (IPPAN). He served on the Governing Board of the Nigerian Merit Board from 2008 to January 2014.

Prof Nnaji was a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1983 to 1996. He subsequently became the Alcoa Foundation Professor of Engineering at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1996 to 2003. In 2003, he served as the William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Engineering at University of Pittsburgh where he also spearheaded the creation of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Centre for e-Design as a multi-campus NSF Center of Excellence in the United States of America and served as its first Director. He resigned as William Kepler Professor of Engineering and Director of the U.S. NSF Center for e-Design in 2007.

Prof Nnaji also served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on over $50 million research sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, NATO, US Department of Defence, NASA, GE, Boeing, IBM, Ford Motor, and many other major companies.

He has published 5 books and over 100 technical articles. His book, Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering, won the 1994 world best text book prize for Manufacturing Engineering. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Design and Manufacturing and has served as Editor of many professional journals.

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Prof. Bart Nnaji as a young man

He has also served as Chairman of many conferences including the World Conference on Robotics Research (1991); the UN Institute for Training and Research Workshop for diplomats from various parts of the world at the UN headquarters on debt and financial management for developing countries (2001 and 2002).

He has received numerous awards including: 5 honorary doctorates from prestigious universities; Nigeria’s highest intellectual national honour — Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM); the National Honour – Commander of the Order of Niger (CON); Fellow of Nigerian Academy of Science; Fellow of Nigerian Academy of Engineering (FAEng); The U.S. Secretary of State’s Distinguished Public Service Award (1995); Distinguished Scientist Award by the World Bank – IMF Africa Group (October 1998); West African Power Industries Life-time Achievement Award for 2014; among others.

Prof. Bart Nnaji, a global citizen, hails from Umuode in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Happy birthday Aka Ji Oku of Igboland, Agu Na Eche Ibe, Onwa Nkanu! from all of us at GMTNews

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  1. Chief Joseph Ani

    July 16, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Congratulations sir in your new age, may God Almighty bless your new age with good health, long life and prosperity in the name of Jesus

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“Traditional Title Taking Preserves Our Cultural Heritage”, says Supreme Court Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, As Onyedikachi Umelo is Initiated into Nze na Ozo Society

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Nze Onyedikachi being robed in traditional Nze astaire

By Chijioke Ogbodo with additional reports from Chibuzo Pascal

Nze na Ozo Title Taking Ceremony: A Fusion of Heritage and Modernity

Hon Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme of the Supreme Court acknowledging cheers

Umuwala Nkwerre, Imo State Nigeria – On the vibrant Afor market day, Wednesday, December 27, 2023, the Umuwala community in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria, witnessed a historic event – the traditional title-taking ceremony of Nze Onyedikachi Umelo. A 17-year-old prodigy, Justice Onyedikachi Umelo, born and raised in Canada, embraced his Igbo roots by undertaking the sacred Nze na Ozo initiation. The ceremony not only marked a personal milestone for Nze Onyedikachi but also underscored the resilience of Igbo culture.

The significance of Afor market day in Igbo cosmology is deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of the people. Afor, one of the four Igbo market days, holds spiritual and communal importance. It serves as a symbol of unity, commerce, and cultural exchange. Choosing this auspicious day for the Nze na Ozo ceremony adds a layer of cultural authenticity to the event, reinforcing the connection between tradition and the contemporary world.

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L-R: Nze Hilary Umelo and Nze Onyedikachi Umelo

The ceremony, hosted at the palatial home of Nze Ugonnaya Hilary Umelo at Umuwala in Nkwerre LGA, unfolded amidst a gathering of influential personalities from diverse backgrounds. Honourable Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, a luminary of the Nigerian Supreme Court, praised the initiative, stating, “Such practices ensure that Igbo culture doesn’t go extinct, preserving our rich heritage for generations to come.” This sentiment reflects the broader significance of traditional title takings in maintaining cultural continuity.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to have been initiated into the esteemed Nze na Ozo traditional society as Nze Nnanyereugo. This Igbo cultural rite comes with great responsibility, and I am committed to upholding the values it represents,” Justice Onyedikachi Umelo expressed with gratitude evident for the bestowed honor. “I pledge to hold it with integrity, fairness, and justice as I embark on this new journey. The rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Igbo people will guide my actions as I contribute to the continued growth of our community.”

Nze Justice Onyedikachi Umelo (Nnanyereugo)

Addressing the Nigerian youth of Igbo extraction, particularly those residing outside Nigeria, he passionately conveyed, “Our global diaspora is a testament to the strength and resilience of our Igbo people. Embrace your roots, celebrate your heritage, and actively contribute to the development of both your host countries and Nigeria.” Umelo junior continued with a call to action, asking, “How can we foster stronger connections between the youth in the diaspora and those at home within the framework of our Igbo cultural values? How can we leverage technology to create platforms for meaningful dialogue and collaboration?”

With a vision of unity and collaboration rooted in Igbo traditions, Justice Onyedikachi Umelo concluded, “Let us work together to build bridges that transcend borders, fostering a sense of shared identity and purpose within the context of our rich cultural heritage. In doing so, we can contribute to a brighter future for Nigeria and the global Igbo community.”

Among the esteemed guests were Obiageri Ihekwoaba, a veteran Nollywood actor, and the chairperson of Igbo women actors. The ceremony also drew participation from foreign-based Nigerians, exemplifying the global reach of Igbo cultural celebrations. The Marist Brothers Juniorate Uturu old boys association, led by Mazi Emma Offor (Chinyelugo na Izuogu), added an academic touch to the event, showcasing the diversity of attendees.

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Umuada Umuwala, led by Applonia and Eucharia Emem, displayed the strength and unity of Igbo women. The Umuwala Autonomous Community, with its home-based males, joined the celebration, emphasizing the communal spirit inherent in Igbo traditions. The presence of Nze na Ozo Umuwala – Nkwerre, Imo State, added an official and ceremonial touch to the gathering.

The ceremony, conducted by the Nkwerre Nze na Ozo society, resonated with the beats of the Kalu Uka-led Ohafia War Dance (Ikpirikpe) from Abia State. The captivating performance added a theatrical and energetic element to the celebration, connecting the audience with the warrior spirit of the Igbo people. Mmiri Kwe Onwa Ya-Agbaa cultural group from Nkwerre, led by Ifeanyi Mba, contributed to the cultural mosaic, showcasing the richness and diversity of Igbo artistic expressions.

Nze Onyedikachi Umelo’s traditional title, “Nnanyereugo,” holds a special place in the Igbo cultural tapestry. It signifies the embodiment of esteemed qualities, including wisdom, integrity, and leadership. As a 17-year-old who has spent much of his life outside Nigeria, Nze Onyedikachi’s embrace of this title reflects a commitment to preserving and promoting Igbo heritage among the youth in the diaspora.

Obiageri Ihekwoaba, a veteran Nollywood actor, and the chairperson of Igbo women actors

In a world where cultural preservation faces numerous challenges, the Nze na Ozo traditional title-taking ceremony serves as a beacon of hope. Honourable Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme aptly captures the essence of this cultural resurgence: “It is a very good development, ensuring that Igbo culture doesn’t go extinct. These practices serve as a bridge between generations, fostering a deep connection to our roots.”

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“I am incredibly grateful to all our esteemed guests who graced the Nze na Ozo traditional initiation rites of my son, Justice Onyedikachi Umelo. Your presence brought immense joy and significance to this auspicious occasion, and your support means the world to us,” said Ugonnaya Hilary Umelo, expressing heartfelt gratitude to the attendees.

“As we gather to celebrate this time-honored tradition, it serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of sustaining and preserving our cherished Igbo culture,” Umelo senior continued. “Our traditions and customs are integral to our identity and provide a rich tapestry of heritage that connects us to our ancestry,” he emphasized, highlighting the significance of cultural preservation.

Turning to the newest Nze, “Nnanyereugo,” Justice Onyedikachi Umelo, Nze Hilary Umelo offered words of advice, saying, “Let the values of justice, honor, and wisdom guide your actions and decisions. Embrace the responsibility bestowed upon you with humility and grace, and use your newfound authority to uplift and unite our community. May you carry the spirit of our ancestors with you as you navigate this esteemed role, always mindful of the legacy you represent,” Hilary Umelo imparted.

Nzes Hilary & Onyedikachi Umelo (middle) and other guests

Once again, he expressed heartfelt appreciation to all who joined in commemorating this significant moment in their family’s journey, saying, “Ndi nke anyi, dalu nu nke ukwuu.”

The Nze na Ozo traditional title-taking ceremony for Justice Onyedikachi Umelo was not merely an event; it was a fusion of heritage and modernity. It showcased the resilience of Igbo culture, bridging geographical and generational gaps. As the beats of the Ohafia War Dance echoed through Umuwala, it echoed a powerful message – the heartbeat of Igbo tradition remains strong, pulsating through the veins of each generation, ensuring that the flame of cultural identity continues to burn bright. GMTNews

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59th ICAN President, Dr. Okwuosa, Charges on Sustenance and Growth of the ICAN Brand at Agbani and District Society’s Inauguration, as Prof Onyekwelu Assumes Pioneer Chairmanship Year

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ICAN, also known as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, is a professional body that oversees the training, registration, and regulation of accountants in Nigeria. Established in 1965, ICAN plays a crucial role in setting and maintaining high standards of professionalism and ethical conduct within the accounting profession. Recently, ICAN held the investiture and inauguration of a new district society in Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria, showcasing its commitment to expanding its reach across the country.

During the investiture ceremony for Prof Uche Lucy Onyekwelu, the pioneer chairman of ICAN Agbani and District Society, Dr. Innocent Okwuosa, PhD, FCIB, CIPA, FCA, the 59th President of ICAN, eloquently elucidated the institute’s indispensable role as a vanguard for transparency and accountability in the intricate landscape of Nigeria’s public finance management. Dr. Okwuosa, in emphasizing ICAN’s dedication to these paramount principles, expressed sanguine expectations that the newly established district would effectively amplify the voice advocating for accountability and transparency within the regional context of Enugu State. His insightful discourse not only underscored the specific mission of Agbani and District Society but also resonated with ICAN’s broader commitment to upholding professional standards and ethical practices in the dynamic realm of financial management.

“The institute plays a very important role in advocating for transparency and accountability in public finance management in Nigeria. We have the ICAN accountability index,” stated Dr. Okwuosa while addressing attendees.

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He expressed optimism that ICAN Agbani and District Society would contribute to the voice for better accountability and transparency in Enugu State. “Our expectation is that ICAN Agbani and District Society would help us lend a voice so that better accountability and transparency will be heard in Enugu State.”

Confident in the leadership, Dr. Okwuosa remarked, “I am very confident with the professional and administrative abilities of the chairman and her incoming executive, as she has already distinguished herself in other similar establishments where she leads.”

Speaking on the importance of attracting new entrants, he noted, “With all of you seated here today, I am optimistic that Agbani and District Society will do a great job in attracting all of you into the profession.”

Acknowledging the challenge of attracting young people to accounting, Dr. Okwuosa thanked attendees for being present, stating, “I can testify that the accounting profession is still very attractive.” He also expressed gratitude to Enugu and District Society for their cooperation and encouraged continuous collaboration between the two districts.

Dr. Okwuosa thanked the executive team, expressing confidence in their success. “Let me thank the Exco that will work with Prof., together you will succeed, together you will have an easy journey and you will succeed in all KPIs that have been allocated to you. Agbani and District Society will grow from strength to strength, and birth more districts.”

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ICAN president Dr. Okwuosa (L) inducting Prof. Onyekwelu

In the momentous gathering at Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), the investiture of Prof. Onyekwelu as the pioneer chairman of the newest ICAN district society of Agbani took place.

Professor Uche Lucy Onyekwelu, in her acceptance speech as the inaugural chairman of Agbani and District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), conveyed deep appreciation for the occasion’s significance. She stated, “I am truly honoured to stand before you on this momentous occasion,” emphasizing the importance of advancing accountancy professionalism in the region.

Expressing gratitude for ICAN’s endorsement of the district’s creation, Professor Onyekwelu specifically thanked the 59th President of ICAN, Innocent Okwuosa, and other council members for their presence. She remarked, “This day holds significant meaning, not just for the birth of the Agbani and District Society but for the advancement of accountancy professionalism in our region.”

Acknowledging the challenges faced in pioneering the district, Professor Onyekwelu recognized the dedication of the Enugu & District leadership, past chairman Mrs. Catherine Ifeoma Otiji, and others. She noted, “Pioneering anything has never been an easy task, but the resolute commitment of all concerned has metamorphosed into the celebration of today.”

Outlining the policy thrust for her chairmanship year, she stated, “My chairmanship year will pursue distinct programmes to further engrave the name of Agbani & District in the sands of time.” These programs include expanding ICAN’s membership, fostering educational initiatives, establishing relationships for student internships, organizing workshops, collaborating with stakeholders, encouraging member participation, supporting new members, and maintaining ties with the ICAN National Secretariat. Additionally, she introduced the Businessmen-Professional Round Table, emphasizing its role in knowledge sharing between business owners and professional accountants.

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Prof. Onyekwelu (in long gown) and her Exco members

She performed first task of her chairmanship year by inaugurating other members of her executive committee.

The inaugurated executive committee members of the district include Isaac Okoh, Vice Chairman, who is the immediate past Bursar of ESUT, Friday C. Ogbodo, General Secretary, Benedicta Ngene, Treasurer, Ukamaka Nweke, Financial Secretary, Ifeyinwa Nnajieze, Technical Secretary, Chukwuebuka Onovo, Social and Publicity Secretary, Calister Aninwike, Assistant Secretary, Sunday Ijegalu, Ex-officio 1 and Mark Eze, Ex-officio II.

This occasion, which was chaired by Chief Simon Aniobi, and attended by Engr Titus Onyekwelu, husband to the chairman, Dr. Augustine Ojeh, chairman, ICAN Emugu District and Society (EDS) who doubles as ESUT Bursar, and Ifeoma Otiji, immediate past chairman of ICAN EDS, also brought together the academic and professional worlds, exemplified the harmonious blend of “Town and Gown.” With Prof. Onyekwelu’s esteemed professorial background, his appointment as chairman underscores the credibility and expertise she brings to the accounting profession. The event, held at the prestigious Professor Julius Onah Auditorium within the university’s premises, symbolized the collaboration between academia and industry, fostering an environment of knowledge-sharing and growth for students and professionals in the field of accounting.

Professor Uche Lucy Onyekwelu, PhD., FAMSSRN, FFAR, FCA, is also the Head Department of Accountancy Enugu State University of and Technology, ESUT, a Fellow of ICAN, Founding & Pioneer President & Fellow Association of Management and Social Sciences Researchers of Nigeria, AMSSRN, Fellow Association of Forensic Researchers and Associate member of The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN

Earlier, the 59th President, Dr Okwuosa and his entourage paid a courtesy visit on the Vice Chancellor of ESUT, Prof. Aloysius Okolie.

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L-R: Prof Aloysius Okolie, ESUT VC and Dr. Okwuosa

ICAN currently consists of 77 district societies, each serving accountants and accounting professionals in specific regions throughout Nigeria, USA and UK. GMTNews

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Enugu Reps Member Obetta Empowers Constituents with N18m, Demonstrates Exemplary Representation

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By Chijioke Ogbodo

Nsukka Enugu State – In a shining testament to the true essence of democratic representation, Honourable Chidi Mark Obetta (Labour Party), who serves as the Member representing Nsukka and Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, has proven that diligent service to one’s constituents can be a beacon of hope and an inspiration to others in the assembly.

One of the hallmarks of Honourable Obetta’s four months in the House of Representatives (HoR) has been his commitment to open and transparent communication with his constituents. He demonstrated this by organizing a kickoff townhall meeting, where he engaged with the people he represents, listening to their concerns, needs, and aspirations. This not only demonstrates his willingness to connect with the constituents but also his dedication to bringing their voices to the forefront of national decision-making.

Furthermore, Honourable Obetta has made sure that his constituents have easy access to his services by opening a constituency offices, strategically located in Nsukka, Nsukka local government area and Ibagwa-Aka in Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area. The offices are not just symbolic gesture6; they are fully equipped and staffed with about ten personnel each who are readily available to attend to the needs of the people. This level of accessibility and commitment to serving the public showcases his dedication to the betterment of his constituents.

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In an innovative move, Honourable Obetta appointed 36 Special Assistants (SAs), one for each of the 36 electoral wards in his constituency. What sets this apart is the introduction of a novel half a million naira business support initiative for these aides. This not only provides employment but also empowers these individuals to contribute meaningfully to their communities. It is a unique way of not just creating jobs but promoting entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency among his constituents.

L-R: Chidi Obetta, Prof Uchenna Okpoko

Another striking aspect of Honourable Obetta’s tenure is his unwavering commitment to infrastructure development. He has earmarked projects for each of the 36 electoral wards in his constituency, ensuring that progress is evenly distributed, and no area is left behind. This comprehensive approach to development highlights his commitment to equitable and inclusive growth.

Chidi Obetta at the townhall meeting on October 21, 2023, held at the PAA Hall, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, announced identification a comprehensive set of 91 projects across all the Wards in Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency. These projects encompass a wide range of initiatives, including the grading and construction of access roads, drilling of boreholes for access to clean water, the construction of Civic centers, provision of solar lights, and empowerment programs focused on skill acquisition for women and youths. Obetta aims to address essential community needs through these projects.

Obetta stated, “Our aim is to address these pressing community needs and make a difference in the lives of our constituents.”

Obetta’s project selection demonstrates a commitment to improving local infrastructure, access to clean water, community engagement, safety, and economic opportunities for residents. He believes that these initiatives are vital for the betterment of the constituency. Each project serves a specific purpose and contributes to the overall well-being of the community.

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What sets Chidi Obetta’s approach apart is his intention to present these crucial projects before federal decision makers by sponsoring Bills. He sees this as a proactive strategy to secure the necessary support and resources to implement these projects effectively. By bridging the gap between local needs and federal support, Obetta shows his determination to advocate for his constituency’s interests at the national level.

L-R: Igwe Christian Asogwa Ugwuoke (Ede Oballa), Pius Agbo (Opi Agu), Donatus Eze (Eha-Ndiagu), Linus Atugwu (Ezema/Edem Nru)

Obetta’s vision for community development is evident through his identification of these projects and his active pursuit of federal support through Bill sponsorship. His goal is to create a lasting, positive impact on the constituency by addressing pressing needs and fostering change. Through these efforts, Obetta seeks to enhance the lives of the people he represents.

Obetta emphasized, “Our long-term goal is to bring about positive, lasting change in our constituency. Together with the support of our constituents, we can achieve our vision.”

In a significant display of his dedication to the welfare and environmental well-being of his constituency, Honourable Obetta has actively raised awareness about the ravaging erosion at Alor-uno. By bringing this pressing issue to the attention of the National Assembly, he has shown that he will go to great lengths to advocate for the interests of his constituents, even when dealing with complex and critical matters such as environmental challenges.

Hon. Obetta has been unwavering in his efforts to address the recurring flooding challenge that has significantly affected his constituents during the rainy season. His commitment to the well-being of his people is evident through his persistent engagement with the Ecological Fund Office, seeking their assistance to mitigate this long-standing issue.

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Among his notable initiatives, Hon. Obetta has presented a motion urging the Federal Government to allocate funds for the rehabilitation of the Otupko, Obolo-Afor, 9th Mile Road. He has also introduced a bill aimed at establishing the Federal Medical Centre in Obukpa, Nsukka, which has successfully passed the first reading in parliament. Furthermore, he championed a motion stressing the urgent need for federal funding to address the deplorable state of the Ogrute-Umuida-Unadu-Akpanya Odolu Road in Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area.

Senator Okey Ezea inaugurating the Chidi Mark Obetta Foundation Board of Trustees

These are just a few examples of the remarkable work that Honourable Chidi Mark Obetta has undertaken in his capacity as a representative. His commitment to open communication, accessibility, empowerment, infrastructure development, and environmental advocacy serves as a model for other assembly members across the nation. Honourable Obetta’s dedication is not only encouraging to his constituents but also an inspiration for his fellow lawmakers, demonstrating what good representation can achieve for the betterment of society.

During the event, the legislator took the opportunity to establish the Chidi Mark Obetta Foundation Board of Trustees (BoT), inaugurated by senator Okey Ezea. The BoT is headed by Dr. Obiorah Ekwueme. Agricultural Committee led by Mr. Mike Eze was equally inaugurated. In a notable move, the Foundation initiated a Five Hundred Thousand Naira Empowerment Fund aimed at assisting the entrepreneurial endeavors of the thirty-six ward Special Assistants he appointed.

Speaking at the event, Senator Okey Ezea, representing Enugu North senatorial district of Enugu State, expressed concern about the dire state of the Enugu-9th Mile-Obolo Afor-Otukpo Road, attributing it to food insecurity in the Southeast. He emphasized that the road’s impassability has disrupted the supply of foodstuff from the North, resulting in skyrocketing food prices.

Similarly, Barrister Chijioke Edeoga, the Enugu State Labour Party governorship candidate in the March 18, 2023, governorship election, advised the constituents of Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency to moderate their expectations of Representative, Chidi Obetta. Edeoga clarified that representatives focus on legislative duties, and the responsibility for project execution lies with offices such as the president, governors, and council chairmen.

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Dignitaries that graced the occasion include Professor Patrick Uchenna Okpoko, Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Honourable Dennis Agbo, former member representing Udenu/Igbo-Eze North federal constituency, Malachy Okey Onyechi, member representating Nsukka West State Constituency, Enugu State House of Assembly, Comrades Fabian Nwigbo and Bennett Asogwa, the Enugu State chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) respectively. Their Royal Highnesses Christian Asogwa Ugwuoke (Ede Oballa), Pius Agbo (Opi Agu), Donatus Eze (Eha-Ndiagu), Linus Atugwu (Ezema/Edem Nru) among many others. GMTNews

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