Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The senator representing Anambra-Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, Sen. Uche Ekwunife, has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the demise of his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, describing it as a great loss to Nigeria.
Ekwunife, in an interview, further described the late Kyari as one who dedicated his life to hard work and sincerity of purpose.
“Although I did not have close relationship with the late Kyari, it is a difficult experience to lose a trusted head.
“I wish to convey my condolences first, to Mr President, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I also commiserate with Alhaji Abba Kyari’s family, his wife, children and close relatives and all the people that worked with him when he was alive.
“He was a great technocrat, an astute administrator, a very hard working man,” Ekwunife said.
According to the senator, those that worked with Kyari described him as a straightforward human being.
“As a nation, we lost a technocrat, we lost someone who worked hard to put the country together.
“We have lost him in such a time Nigeria is passing through this global pandemic, when his wealth of experience is needed to bring the country together,” she added.
Ekwunife, however, said that Kyari’s death from COVID-19 pandemic, had, once more, invigorated the need to build the nation’s economy, especially the health sector.
She said: “We can see now that health is very important to the development of any nation.
“Look at Germany that is always investing in health also found it difficult to come to terms with what is happening in the country, likewise America.
“So, the time of health tourism in other countries is gone. We have no choice but to invest in our health facilities, build first class hospitals and equip them.”
Ekwunife noted that the country was blessed with good researchers and scientists, who lacked support and funding to bring out their innovations.
She called for funding of the Ministry of Science and Technology as well as other relevant ministries to boost the nation’s science, technology and innovation sectors.
“America is already working hard to come out with COVID-19 vaccines by early next year. We have technocrats and researchers in this country that can as well do that, ”she added.