The visionary cum result-oriented representation for which the member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Engr. Chris Emeka Azubogu has come to be known drew a rain of accolades over the weekend from various strata of society.
The atmosphere was radiant and effortlessly manifested on the faces of elated students and the management and staff of Mater Dei secondary school located within the rear verge of the very expansive compound of St. George’s Catholic Church, Ifite, Oraifite.
And the occasion was the official commissioning of the Refectory Hall attracted for the school by the quintessential Lawmaker christened #MrProject by appreciative constituents. [The post 9th Assembly project begun at the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown was started and completed in under three months].
On hand to commission the building to the glory of God and benefit of students was His Lordship, Most. Rev. H. P. O. Okeke, Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, under whose jurisdiction the school is domiciled.
The Prelate, in his post-commissioning remarks, eulogized Hon. Azubogu for attracting the project and effectively representing the federal constituency. He equally thanked all who contributed in one way or the other to ensure successful and speedy implementation and prayed to God to bless all, including those who would use the facility.
In his remarks, Rev. Fr. Calistus Ajero – the Local Superior of Vincentia Fathers overseeing St. George’s Parish, recalled how he approached Azubogu [whom he had never met before then] to assist and how he [Azubogu] requested him to do an official letter to that effect and submit same at the constituency office at Nnewi.
Fr. Ajero said he did and was pleasantly surprised when Azubogu subsequently invited and warmly received him in his Umudim Nnewi country home to further discuss the project; the rest is now history. In his words, “the journey has just begun between Azubogu and the parish community”, going forward.
In a brief and emotion-laden ceremony that followed, the management of the school presented a beautifully enlarged portraiture to Azubogu as a mark of appreciation; even as the vice-chairman of the Parish Council symbolically inducted him into the family of St. George’s by formally presenting him with the parish uniform.
From one speaker to another, it was all kind and encouraging words for the lawmaker who has built an enviable and unprecedented reputation for delivering on his promises. Little wonder Fr. Ajero, during his remarks, bequeathed him with an additional title of “Ekwu-eme” – meaning ‘Talk and do’ in simple language.
Responding, the University of Nigeria Nsukka [UNN] trained Agricultural Engineer cum Techpreneur thanked all present for the accolades rained on him. He attributed whatever successes he has recorded thus far to the prayers and guidance of the likes of His Lordship the Bishop and a legion of other clergies daily praying for him as a lawmaker passionate about the people’s welfare.
Going forward, Azubogu commended the role of the church generally as a development partner and pledged to continuously work and cooperate with the various denominations to build a society that can solve her problems.