Every of those people as soon as served Nigeria meritoriously in several capacities earlier than they left the scene. It’s nonetheless not clear the place they may very well be and what they’re doing presently; ELEOJO IDACHABA wonders.
Honourable Chibudum Nwuche was former deputy speaker, Home of Representatives, between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP); a lawyer by coaching, this tall, good-looking and lanky Rivers state indigene, however raised in Enugu state, can greatest be described as one of many uncommon Nigerians born with a silver spoon. His main breakthrough in public service got here when the individuals of Ahoada East/Abua Odua Federal Constituency of Rivers state voted for him as their consultant for the Home of Representatives seat in 1999. Fortunately, his colleagues later elected him as deputy speaker of the Home on June 4, the identical yr. Whereas in that capability, he chaired the Committees on the Entire Home, vice-chairman, Home Committee on Choice and as vice-chairman, Nationwide Meeting Joint Committee on the Overview of the 1999 Structure. He additionally led a number of delegations to varied worldwide summits and conferences.
A group employee and grassroots activist, Prince Nwuche performed an necessary function within the passage of the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC) Act and likewise bankrolled the Onshore Offshore Dichotomy invoice. He additionally arrange scholarships and grants schemes for indigent college students of the state in addition to incentives for small/medium scale enterprise women and men in his state. He made efforts to return to NASS, however misplaced the bid as he misplaced to Osinakachukwu Ideozu for the Senate seat in 2003.
Since then he has been operating from pillar to submit in an effort to acquire political relevance. For instance, in 2016, he was stated to have defected from PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in what analysts say was an try to achieve the eye of Abuja and overshadow Rotimi Amaechi, the perceived chief of the social gathering within the state, however that try landed him within the black guide of Amaechi who noticed the transfer as a menace.
Whereas he was but to recuperate from that shock, he took a swipe at Governor Nyesom Wike for what he referred to as poor dealing with of safety within the state. Reacting to him, the state chairman of PDP, Felix Obua, stated, “It’s apparent that Prince Nwuche’s assertion on safety within the state is that of a drowning and an uninformed individual; no marvel he continues to leap from pillar to submit in quest of political visibility after dropping relevance because of his failure to adequately characterize his individuals on the Nationwide Meeting and failed try and safe the extremely aggressive ticket for the Rivers West Senatorial seat within the Senate on the platform of our nice social gathering, the PDP.”
Nwuche, although nonetheless younger, appears to not have recovered from his political shock as each try and stage a comeback to political reckoning has not been profitable. One wonders the place he’s presently and what he’s doing.
Prof. Adenike Grange
Mama, as she was fondly referred to as whereas within the cupboard of former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as minister of well being, was somebody whose roles couldn’t be ignored. A professor of Drugs, she grew to become the primary feminine to be appointed in that capability within the ministry. As a minister, she was notably famous to have drawn severe consideration to the significance of the health-related Millennium Growth Objectives (MDG) by calling on the Nationwide Meeting to move the then Nationwide Well being Invoice.
Talking throughout one in every of her outings at a discussion board on Worldwide Well being and Growth, she stated, “There are sufficient by way of data initiatives, methods, instruments, medicine and remedy protocols to remedy illnesses and extend life, however the actuality is that the system designed to result in these outcomes are insufficient at greatest and even non-existent. This can be a international downside,” she famous.
With a sound background within the self-discipline and as somebody who knew her onions, she was on the way in which to writing her identify within the Guinness Guide of Document when nonetheless in March 2008, barely lower than a yr she was appointed, then President Yar’Adua ordered her interrogation and subsequent arrest over the ministry’s unspent fund totalling N300 million within the 2007 funds.
In her defence earlier than the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), she stated she was misadvised by the administrators within the ministry whom she stated informed her that such funds had been often shared as bonuses for sure classes of employees and different stakeholders. Within the occasion thereafter, she was faraway from the cupboard. Commenting on her quick keep within the ministry, the Nigeria Medical Affiliation, (NMA) stated of her, “Her dedication to responsibility within the space of look after Nigerian youngsters endeared her to tens of millions of individuals.”
Shortly after she left the cupboard, Prof Grange was reported to have entered into non-public medical observe in Ibadan at the side of some non-governmental organisations; nonetheless, not a lot has been heard about her since then.
Dr. Muhammed Ali Pate is one former public officer who has not been seen for a protracted whereas now. He was the previous minister of state for well being below the previous president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, between 2011 and 2013. His appointment follows the successes he recorded whereas as the manager director of the Nationwide Main Well being Care Growth Company (NPHCDA). In contrast to different ministers who had been both sacked or eliminated in a cupboard reshuffle, he resigned from the cupboard in an effort to decide an appointment as a professor in Duke College’s International Well being Institute within the US.
He was and nonetheless is a member of a number of worldwide medical associations and board member of American-based medical institutes. Dr. Pate was appointed to run NPHCDA when the polio epidemic was at its peak in Nigeria identical to different international locations like Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, a growth he fought vehemently.
In June 2009, Dr Pate instigated a coverage of participating revered conventional rulers within the north below the management of the Sultan of Sokoto to assist ship the immunisation programme message together with the event of an efficient major well being care system which had failed within the earlier decade. This was as a result of many states within the north didn’t undertake proactive measures in direction of fixing the pandemic as soon as and for all. This former minister is somebody who believes in practising his core career as in opposition to different politicians who, based on analysts, haven’t any different vocation aside from politics.
It’s, nonetheless, not very clear the place he’s presently.