Old Aguata Union (OAU), Oko community and Federal Polytechnic Oko, yesterday organized a colloquium on reminiscences on life and times of Dr Alex Ekwueme.
The event featured the crème de la crème from Aguata, OAU and the entire Anambra state.
Speaking at the event, the guest speaker, Professor Chukwuma Soludo talked about the life and times of the late elder statesman.
Prof. Soludo noted that Ekwueme was a humanist and nation builder per excellence.
Speaking further he said:
“I must admit that Alex Ekwueme was one of the early influences on my life. I believe that our lives only make meaning when we live for others, and that at a macro level, public service is the best form of philanthropy. Alex Ekwueme exemplified these, and that’s part of why I was a devotee”
Representing the Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solochukwu Chukwulobelu described late Ekwueme as a man of great virtues. He noted that Ekwueme lived an exemplary life, a life worthy of celebration. He consoled the OAU community and literated the state government’s commitment to honouring the life of the late icon.
Hon Ben Nwankwo, Professor Nwankwo and others took turns to eulogize late Ekwueme. Ben Nwankwo noted that the late elders statesman was a mentor and father figure to him and many others, while Professor Nwankwo on his part decribed the late former Vice President as a model. They further called the attention of the federal government to immortalize the late former Vice President by upgrading Federal Polytechnic Oko to a Federal University of Science and Technology.
Also gracing the event was Senator Andy Uba, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Chief Okeke Ogene, CY Nwamuo, Igwe Offor and other dignitaries.
The event was steered by Prof Ifeanacho Orajaka, HE Chief Emeka Sibudu and coordinated by Hon Barr. Uchenna Okonkwo-Okom