Eminent Nigerians Bid Distinguished Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu Goodbye (Photos)
The late distinguished Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu (Odokaraomee), representing Imo North (Okigwe zone) at the national assembly was laid to rest today 21st February 2020 in his home town Umuihi, in Ihitte Uboma LGA of Imo state.
Recall that the late Senator Uwajumogu passed on last year on December 18, 2019 in Abuja few months after being declared winner of the Okigwe North Senatorial seat for a second term.
Eminent dignitaries across the country graced the funeral event to pay their last respect to the fallen gentleman politician who until his death was an accomplished businessman, former speaker of the Imo state house of assembly, and a senator of the federal republic.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, with his deputy Ovie Omo-Agege led other members of the national assembly (upper and lower chambers) to pay last respect to their late colleague.
The Imo state governor, and a former senator, Hope Uzodinma, together with the former governor of Imo state and now a senator, Rochas Okorocha, with other members of the national assembly from Imo state where handy to receive their colleagues as they arrive for the funeral of late Senator Uwajumogu.
Speaking at the funeral, the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma described late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu as a humane, but action-packed legislator whose contributions to the political development of his area, Imo and Nigeria would remain indelible.
He said Senator Uwajumogu’s life and times are testimonies of what he represented, noting that even in the face of difficulties, “Ben survived political turmoils to return to the red chambers the second term but death did not allow him accomplish this desire to provide for his people effective representation”.
Governor Uzodimma used the occasion to immortalize the late Senator by renaming the state-owned College of Education, Ihitte Uboma to Benjamin Uwajumogu College of Education.
The late Senator’s burial ceremony was attended by Nigerians from all walks of life with President Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Minister of State for Education, Chief Emeka Nwajuba, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, his Deputy, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and about 20 serving and former Senators of the Federal Republic.
Others who graced the occasion were former Imo State Governors, Ikedi Ohakim and Senator Rochas Okorocha and former Deputy Governor, Dogulas Acholonu, former Imo SSG Jude Ejiogu, former Chief of Staff Uche Nwosu and others.
The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ude Oko Chukwu represented Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. Members of the House of Representatives, the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins and members of House of Assemblies of South East States and several notable politicians from across the country also attended.
The roll call of dignitaries include Dr. Chris Ngige (Minister of Labour and Employment), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Minister of Science and Technology), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Dr. Alex Otti, Prof. Maurice Iwu, Prof. Anthony Anwuka and Dr. Uche Ogah (Minister of State for Mines).
The All Progressives Congress (APC) was well represented at the burial both from the National Headquarters and the state.
Those in attendance from the APC include Chief Emma Eneukwu, George Moghalu, Malcom Nlemigbo, Dr. Onyebuchi EJK, Uzoma Obiyor, Longers Anyanwu, Regis Uwakwe, Emma Ibediro, among others.
The serving and former senators who attended include Enyinnaya Abaribe, Andy Uba, Uche Ekwunife, Mao Ohuabunwa, Sylvester Anyanwu, Ezenwa Onyewuchi, Victor Umeh, Rochas Okorocha, Ike Ekweremadu, Osita Izunaso, Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume
Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Secretary to State Government, Maurice Iwu and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Nnamdi Anyaehie were also present.
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