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World Women’s Day: Nnenna Ukeje Redefining Leadership In NASS

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On the March 8, 2017, the world celebrated, World Women’s Day, a day set aside by the United Nations to recognize the impacts of women in shaping our world. Throughout history and across cultures, religions, tribes, nations, ethnicity and the global world, women have played and still play great roles in shaping the destiny of societies. Indeed, Women are very important!
This piece is principally designed to celebrate one of Nigerian women’s finest at the moment at the green chamber of the National Assembly, Hon. (Mrs) Nnenna Elendu Ukeji, representing Bende federal constituency of Abia State. But, I will deviate a little to briefly talk about some women who have greatly made impacts and even till now still affecting lives positively across borders. Some of them had gone to the great beyond; some had retired while others are still crisscrossing the length and the breadth of the world positively transforming lives. Women are very special; and unique, no doubt about
it. In this connection without mincing words, no women, no society.
This is why their bravery, loves, and dedication towards the general wellbeing of humanity cannot be quantifiable. Many of them serve as source of inspiration for others. I am talking about global women icon like Susan Anthony, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Marie Curie, Mother Teresa, Anne Frank, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Wangari Muta Mathai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Shirin Ebadi, Benazir Bhutto, Dr. Mae Jamison, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Malala Yousafzai etc. All these women till date, their immeasurable efforts’ are still positively changing lives.
What can we say about Nnenna Elendu Ukeji, the member representing Bende federal constituency at the lower chamber of the Nigeria National Assembly? With all sincerity and honesty, she can be compared to any of the global women icon as highlighted above. Not because of any other specialty but, in view of her commitment towards making Nigeria, Africa and the world better than she met it. Before I forget, my recent encounter with a man at the National Assembly who spoke positively about Nnenna made me to come out with this piece on her.
According to the young man who hails from Edo State, he was just struggling on daily basis to make ends meet until destiny brought him to her. As a result of that encounter, today this young man from Edo State is gainfully employed and doing very well all to the kind gesture of Nnenna. This testimony about her is just one out of thousands of lives God has tremendously used her to positively impact.
Back in her constituency that she is representing, the story is the same ranging from her constituency projects of primary school structures, scholarships for secondary and higher institutions students, constructions of bore holes, training of the youths, women and the downtrodden on skills acquisition programmes, provision of free medical care for the elderly and the poor, electrifications of the rural communities, and building of market stores among others.
She also holds quarterly town hall meeting to directly relate with the grassroots people to know their needs and to urgently attend to them.
At the national level, Nnenna has performed excellently beyond imagination in all the assignment given to her especially at the National Assembly. She stands tall among her colleagues in the area of sponsorship of bills, and contributions on issues of public interest.
Prominent among the life changing bills she has sponsored include; Bill for the Public Officers Protection Act. She is a well known advocate of human equality. It was as a result of her quest for human equity, justice and fairness for all devoid of religious, tribal, political affiliations and parental background that made her to venture into the murky water of politics in 2007. She contested and won the House of Representatives seat under the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). As a result of her excellent performance, she was reelected in the year 2011 and 2015 respectively.
Nnenna before taking a shot into politics was a development manager with Hudson Petroleum. She later went into hospitality business and rose to become a manager of the defunct Protea Hotel at Victoria Island, Lagos, Lagos State.
Nnena presently is the House Committee chairman on Foreign Affairs.
The position which she is using to build up good image for Nigeria across the globe. Many Nigerians across the globe are also feeling the positive impacts of her legislative experience as a result of her efforts in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make sure that Nigerians abroad are treated decently. To say Nnenna knows the business of legislating is like asking Maradona whether he knows how to play football. Nnenna is a well-bred politician, a detribalize Nigerian, kind, generous, intelligent, pretty, benevolent, outspoken, God-fearing and above all, humble to a fault. A believer in Nigeria as an entity and promoter of African culture. She can hardly be seen wearing foreign attires thereby projecting the culture of Nigeria to the world. This woman of substance has shown that when women are given opportunity, they can perform, even better than men.

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#EndSARS protesters break into Lagos International Airport (Videos)

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#EndSARS protesters break into Lagos International Airport (Videos)

Young Nigerians protesting against SARS brutality, under the #EndSARS movement, stormed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos state.

The protesters in their hundreds are preventing movement in and out of the busiest airport in the country.

Nationwide protests have been going on over the past 11 days, demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings, but since it began, this is the first time protesters would disrupt activities inside an airport.

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#EndSARS Protesters take over apple junction in Festac, Lagos

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#EndSARS Protesters take over apple junction in Festac, Lagos

Some Nigerians protesting against police brutality have taken over apple junction in Festac area of Lagos state causing serious gridlock.

The protesters with different banners are calling for end to police brutality. They blocked roads while asking to be heard by the government.

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Yul Edochie calls for Buhari’s resignation

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Yul Edochie calls for Buhari's resignation

Popular actor turned politician, Yul Edochie, who had signified interest to contest the presidency in the forthcoming elections in 2019 has called for the resignation of President Buhari.

He made the call via his Twitter handle on Monday afternoon, October 19.

According to Yul, President Buhari was very vocal during the Goodluck Jonathan administration and called for the resignation of the former President on the basis of poor performance.

He opined that President Buhari has performed worse than Jonathan, therefore he should resign from office.

”President Buhari was very vocal during the previous Govt. He called for Goodluck’s resignation on the basis of poor performance. Today Buhari’s performance is worse than that of Jonathan. We put our hopes in him & he failed us. I call for Buhari’s resignation. #ENDBADGOVERNANCE” he tweeted.

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