The Anambra House of Assembly has Urged the Federal Government to immortalise Nigeria’s first Vice President, late Dr. Alex Ekwueme as a reward for his service to the country.
The assembly made the call at the House plenary session in Awka. They noted that the late Ekwueme, who died on Nov. 19, 2017, at the age of 85, had worked for the unity of the country and deserved lasting honour.
The call which was based on a motion on notice moved by the member representing Orumba North State constituency, Chief Romanus Obi stated ‘’the fallen icon deserved great respect at death considering his selfless service and great contributions towards the development and unity of the Nigerian nation’’.
Obi said “Ekwueme was a unifying factor in the political movement of the country and never hid his wealth of knowledge or used it selflessly. According to him “The former vice president embraced all tribes and preached unity of the Nigerian nation, ‘’Ekwueme belongs to his constituency and related well with the low and high’’.
Speaker of the house Mrs. Rita Maduagwu urged the Anambra State Government to name a monument after him. Stating that the state has lost a great icon and leader, she called on political and non-political leaders in the country to emulate his footprint.
Ikem Uzoezie who represented Aguata 11 state constituency supported the motion adding that ‘’Ekwueme sacrificed a lot for the country’s development, immortalizing him would encourage Nigerians to be good ambassadors.