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Senate holds valedictory session to honour Uwajumogu

The Senate on Wednesday held a valedictory session to honour late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, who until his death represented Imo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC.

The Session which started at 11am local time, had Senators eulogizing and reliving individual experiences and last moments with the deceased lawmaker who died on December 18, 2019.

The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (APC Kebbi North), who opened the floor for valedictory speeches described the lawmaker as an icon who had an active and impactful political life.

Late Senator Benjamin Chukwumeka Uwajumogu was a distinguished colleague who excelled in every facet of his senatorial duties, whether to his constituency or in his committees’ duties as well as his usually articulate contributions to Senate debates.

As an industrialist, he could be best described as a colossus. He was a think-tank for several birds of both private and public sectors; amongst them, is the Nigeria Shippers Council.

In politics, Late Senator Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu could also be described as a political icon. He has a rare stewardship with exemplary leadership qualities. He lived an active and eventful political life, Yahaya said.

The lawmaker, added that Uwajumogu who was the only Senator elected on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) from the South East Geo-political zone in the eighth senate served as Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Climate Change and member of other Senate Committees on Agriculture, Marine, Housing, Banking, Army, Custom and Petroleum.

A total of 34 Senators paid glowing tributes at the valedictory session held by the Senate in honour of the deceased.

Among the lawmakers are: Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Deputy Senate Leader, Ajayi Boroffice; Deputy Chief Whip, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi; Minority Whip, Philip Aduda; Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC Imo West); Ezenwa Francis (PDP Imo East); Ike Ekweremadu (PDP Enugu West); Oluremi Tinubu (APC Lagos Central); Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central); Olamilekan Adeola (APC Lagos West); Yusuf A. Yusuf (APC Taraba Central); Biodun Olujimi (PDP Ekiti South); Michael Nnaji (PDP Ebonyi South); Gershom Bassey (PDP Cross River South); and Abba Moro (PDP Benue South).

Others are: Isaku Abbo Elisha (PDP Adamawa North); Fadshunsi Adenigba (PDP Osun East); Abdulfatai Buhari (APC Oyo North); Barau Jibrin (APC Kano North); Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC Kebbi South); Francis Alimikhena (APC Edo North); James Manager (PDP Delta South); Albert Bassey Akpan (PDP Akwa-ibom North East); Ali Ndume (APC Borno South); Sani Musa (APC Niger East); Danjuma Goje (APC Gombe Central); Clifford Ordia (PDP Edo Central); Matthew Urhoghide (PDP Edo South); Samuel Egwu (PDP Ebonyi North); Obinna Ogba (PDP Ebonyi Central); Sarajudeen Ajibola (APC Osun Central); and Isa Jibrin (APC Kogi East).

In his closing remarks, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said, Senator Uwajumogu gave a very good account of himself as a human being. Calm, cool, calculated and purposeful.

He joined us a little bit late in the eighth senate, and being the only Senator of APC extraction from the South East, he was close to everyone especially in the APC caucus and the entire Senate.

Every time there was a seeming crisis, he would preach ‘let us unite, let us work for Nigerians who have sent us here’. That was in the eighth senate.

In the ninth senate, he was delayed in joining us, so he took his oath of office after the inauguration. He remained the same person up till the last day of the debate in which he participated here.

When he stood up here to contribute, in his intervention on the maltreatment of traders of Nigerian extraction in Ghana, he emphasized the need for us (members of the National Assembly), the government and people of Nigeria, to stand for our citizens wherever they are.

After the close of plenary, he followed me to the office and he said, Senate President, you need to take this matter up with the executive arm of government, so that they act fast. I assured him we would do our best as leaders of the senate, to meet the executive arm of government to expedite action.

Nigerians have been suffering in many parts of the world, especially in Africa. That was coming after the South African Xenophobic attack on Nigerians, and we all felt very strongly that our citizens must be defended wherever they are, especially those who are doing legitimate businesses, and those who are not should be prosecuted through the legal processes in those countries rather than killing and beating them up.

So, he lived and died for his people. As a politician, he had a very good trajectory, having served as State Assembly member and Speaker of that legislative arm of government in Imo State, and of course here in the Senate, he was a friend to everyone.

Normally, you’ll find a committee Chairman in a lot of controversies and tendencies, but I think Senator Ben Uwajumogu was not someone who was controversial. He was always straight to the point, no controversy but deep in his submission.

He has gone, but he has left humanity for us and to continue to remember him, frankly, is to continue to do those things that he believed in, lived for, and died for.

For us in the Senate, and indeed this ninth Assembly, there’s nothing more important to us than working for Nigerians. That is what our late colleague believed in, and worked for, Lawan said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria