By Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Lawmakers in the 7th legislature of Anambra state have paid glowing tributes to their departed colleague Hon. Nnamdi Okafor, who was the Majority Leader of the House of Assembly until his death.
It was an emotion-ladened valedictory session at the legislative Chambers Awka on Thursday 8th December, 2022 as past and present colleagues of the House of Assembly including families and friends of the departed lawmaker, recalled how the late Majority Leader executed his duties and obligations so diligently.
One of his colleagues, Hon. Cater Dike Nnamdi Umeoduagu, representing Aguata1 state constituency, who suggested that the late Majority Leader should be accorded a state burial, recalled the role the late Nnamdi Okafor played in making him a Councillor in Awka-South local government area, where he began his political career even as a non-indigene.
Umeoduagu noted that apart from giving the late Majority Leader a befitting state burial, there was absolute need to immortalize the late lawmaker because of his monumental contributions to governance and administration. That the late Majority Leader played a very pivotal role in the laying of foundation stone for the construction of the International Convention Centre in Awka.
Cater Dike Nnamdi Umeoduagu who condoled with the families and relatives of the departed lawmaker, described the late Majority Leader as one of the finest lawmakers ever produced in Anambra state and Nigeria at large. He said the late Nnamdi Okafor was his boss because he made him a Councillor in Awka-South even though he is an indigene of Aguata local government area.
The Aguata 1 constituency representative said that he is a stakeholder in Awka-South because the late Nnamdi Okafor made it possible for him to represent the non-indigenes ward, adding that the late Majority Leader will forever be missed by all and sundry.
The late Majority Leader died at 58. Until his death, he was the lawmaker representing Awka-South 1 state constituency and the Majority Leader of the Anambra State House of Assembly.