Hon. Independence Ogunewe: Incalculable loss to Nigeria's democracy and Imolites
A former House of Representative member, Hon Independence Ogunewe is dead.
Nigerians received the news earlier today with shock. Hon. Ogunewe was a politician with exceptional policies rarely seen among “the political gladiators currently dominating our political climate."
“He was upright, cerebral, courageous and loyal to his electorates while he was serving in various public offices."
“His wealth of experience and contributions to the political landscape in Imo State and Nigeria in general will be greatly missed."
As a two-time member of the Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Hon. Ogunewe made several indelible marks at the the green chamber. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara immediately issued a heartfelt eulogy upon hearing of the death of Hon Ogunewe. In a press statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara expressed shock over the sudden passing of the former lawmaker. “Ogunewe was a man of courage who stood for the truth always”, said Dogara.
In truth, During the 5th & 6th Assembly, we can’t forget the huge impacts left behind by the former astute legislator. We remember his heroic roles in bringing about many people-oriented policies in the country under his leadership of various committees in both the 5th and 6th legislatures. We also cannot forget his many acts of philanthropy, which the people of his Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Mbaise Federal Constituency greatly benefitted from. Some of Ogunewe’s legislative legacies include his co-sponsorship of the motion that stopped a hasty handover of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon until key national issues were sorted out. This motion, no doubts, contributed to the welfare of the indigenous people of bakassi, most of whom were resettled by the government before the eventual handover of their communities to the neighbouring country.
Again, Ogunewe’s many poverty alleviation schemes, as well as women and youth empowerment schemes, are some of his acts of kindness that will remain indelible now that he’s gone.
Nigerians in general and Imolites in particular commiserate with the people of Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Mbaise Federal Constituency over this painful loss of their benefactor. No doubts, his roles as a key voice of Democracy in Nigeria will be greatly missed. May the Lord rest his soul in perfect Peace.
Over the weekend, I joined my children to watch the
much talked about ‘Black Panther’. It was a good film, and I was happy they
took me to see it. However, I came out of the movie theatre a little upset. When the first scenes came up, and I saw “Sambisa Forest”
I was unhappy that the only reference the film makers could have for Nigeria
was a negative one, but I was later encouraged by the thought of Africans
solving African problems. That is a good thing, the kinds of things we used to
do. For young people who may not remember, Nigerian civil servants and indeed
most able citizens used to contribute money every month to support the struggle
against Apartheid in South Africa. Nigeria was the single stabilizing force
across West Africa. Helping to restore peace in Liberia and Sierra Leone are
examples of the gigantic status we once had.
The maiden edition of the 'my phone photography exhibition' held on the 23rd of March. The Shehu Musa Yar'adua Centre located in central area, Abuja, played host to this event. It was an atmosphere filled with calmness but you could also hear the joy and excitement in the voices of the over 100 people who came through the exhibition doors. The idea of the exhibition was born by one of the exhibitors (Omofuoma Agharite). Haven taken numerous pictures with her phone, she wanted to share those pictures with others and at the same time support a charity organisation. It was then that the idea was born and given to Ivy Events to nurture. After months of planning and execution, a group of exhibitors came together to showcase some of the amazing pictures that they had photographed with only their phones.