The desire to be exceptional breeds excellence. Each time a new Governor or head of an executive government is sworn-in he or she assumes the title “Your Excellency” – this is informed by the expectation more than the regard attached to that office. But then, not all Excellencies have been exceptional and not all Distinguished have distinguished themselves.
No one really excels without having dints and touches of excellence. Excellent people are naturally meticulous – they pay attention to detail. They are rarely carried away by the spur of the moment and they remain focused on the task at hand.
Over the last decade, Senator Uche Ekwunife has shown a level of excellence unseen in Nigeria’s political atmosphere. For those who know her, her quest for excellence is not only seen in her public life but equally evident in her personal engagements.
Making her maiden appearance into political office in 2007, Ekwunife clearly set out to distinguish herself as she represented the people of Dunukofia/Njikoka/Anaocha Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Aside lawmaking, Senator Ekwunife as a Rep member showed strong flair for tangibles. She attracted, executed and completed a number of constituency projects to a level unseen prior to that era. Towns like Agulu, Nimo, Akwaeze, Adazi Nnukwu, Aguluzigbo, Enugwu-ukwu, Umunnachi, Obeledu, Neni, Agukwu Nri and many other towns in the constituency benefited from her astute representation even as a first timer in the House. Her subsequent representation in 2011 equally towed same line, as Senator Uche Ekwunife increased her presence across the 51 wards of her constituency.
Senator Ekwunife, arguably, more than anyone else undertood the need to get our young people actively engaged. She never failed to use all the contact within her reach to place young Anambrarians in federal agencies whenever the opportunity presents itself – on the last count Senator Uche Ekwunife has assisted 314 graduates with employment in various agencies of government.
Her entrance into the Senate came with a lot of excitement and expectation. However, that excitement was short-lived by a controversial December 9, 2015 Appeal court judgment which denied the zone and the entire southeast region their chance of further Chairing the Senate Petroleum Downstream Committee – one of the most lucrative committees in the Nigerian Senate.
Today, voices are rising in strong echoes for Senator Uche Ekwunife to return to the political field and reclaim a mandate many adjudge to be stolen; a mandate some quarters believe was lost as a result of judicial rascality.
Kingsley Chukwumeka Ubani
Writes from Awka.