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PoliticsGroup Hails Tinubu Over Onyejeocha's Ministerial Nomination
  • Says nomination reward for hard work, competency

Emameh Gabriel in Abuja – A women group in Abia, Asiwaju Super Women (ASW) has commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for nominating former Deputy Cheif Whip of House of Representatives, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, as minister.

The group has also described Onyejeocha’s nomination as reward for hard work, competency and her dedication to the democratic development of Nigeria.

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, had during Tuesday’s plenary, unveiled the list of 28 ministerial nominees on the floor of the red chamber, with Hon. Nkeiruka making the list of 25% of women nominated by the President.

In a statement by the Deputy Coordinator of the group, Hon. Lady Jane Ogbauta, the group described Onyejeocha as the most competent hand in the state with track records for diligence, dedication, and service delivering.

Hon. Jane said with Onyejeocha in Tinubu’s cabinet, coupled with her verse education background, experiences both in the private and public sector, there would be huge impetus to the “realisation of the Renewed Hope mandate”.

She said: “As the State coordinator of Asiwaju Super Women, Hon Onyejeocha threw herself into the campaign without restraint. She mobilized us effectively to the extent that, when men were hiding their face in the dust for fear of intimidation and gang-up, Hon Onyejeocha chose to be selfless and courageous.

“She crisscrossed the length and breadth of Abia State and the entire South East, campaigning for her candidate. This is a sweet victory for consistency and forthrightness.

“It is her outstanding qualities and courage to stand by her party, even when the conspiracy was very thick that took her this far. She campaigned vigorously for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu when it wasn’t safe.

“Since her appointment was announced yesterday, we have been unable to contain our joy because this is one person whose pedigree we can vouch for. Hon Onyejeocha does not take ‘no’ for an answer. In a country suffering an acute supply of men and women of character, the appointment of this Amazon should be celebrated because they are not many like her.

She though the people wish to continue to have her represent them in the House of Representatives continually, this assignment is on national level, that would allow her make “more impacts on the governance of this country”.

Hon. Onyejeocha is the immediate past Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, which she obtained from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (2021). She bagged Masters in Transport Management (MTM), from Ladoke Akintola University, Oyo, Nigeria, in April 2009. Similarly, in August 2005, Hon Onyejeocha clinched Masters of Arts International Affairs and Diplomacy.

Upon the conclusion of her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in July 2017 from Abia State University, Abia, Nigeria, She proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, in August 2019.

In July 1993, Hon Onyejeocha bagged a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies from the University of Nigeria. She also obtained a National Diploma in Social Work/Communication Development in July 1988 from the University of Nigeria.

Until she was nominated a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), she represented the good people of Isuikwato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency for four consecutive terms 2007 – 2023 (16 years). As Member of the Federal House of Representatives, she emerged as Deputy Chief Whip of the 9th Assembly.

During these years, she was Chairman House Committee on Aviation, Chairman Women in Parliament, Member House Committee, Navy, Member house Committee, Petroleum (Up Stream), Member House Committee, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Member House Committee on House Services/Welfare, Member house committee on Public Procurement, Member House Committee on INEC and Member House Committee on Police Affairs.

These positions availed her the opportunity to sponsor several bills including the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act 2017 to enable every possibly Nigerian shot, access to immediate medical care in the absence of a police report; Sponsored Anti-torture Act 2017 to prohibit the maltreatment of all accused persons in Nigeria; Sponsored National Senior Citizens Centre Act, 2018 to cater for Nigerian Senior Citizens after retirement, among many others

Onyejeocha political career started with her appointment in 2002 to the executive cabinet of Abia State as commissioner for Resource Management and Manpower Development. In 2003, she became the executive chairman of Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State.

She is, among others, an officer of the Order of The Niger (OON); an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Shipping (ACIS); an Associate of Institute of Personal Management (AIPM), and Member National Council of Women Society (NCWS).

She has also received several local and international awards, including the Prestigious Forbes Award.

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