- The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), South Africa chapter, has urged the FG to immortalise the late former vice president Alex Ekwueme
- It asked the government to name the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra, after the late elder statesman
- Ekwueme died in a London hospital at the age of 85 and will be buried on Friday, February 2
The South Africa chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has called on the federal government to name the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra, after Dr Alex Ekwueme, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Henry Onyekumnaru, chairman of APGA in South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Friday, February 2, that the former vice president deserved to be immortalised because of his contributions to nation building.
Ekwueme, Nigeria’s second republic vice president died in 2017 in a London hospital at the age of 85.
He said: “ Dr Alex Ekwueme lived and worked for the unity, progress, and development of this country. His death came as a big shock to us in South Africa.
“ We appeal to the federal government to immortalise him and let his name be remembered by generations."
The chairman said that as an architect, Ekwueme did magnificent designs for major projects in the country.
Onyekumnaru said: “The federal government can as well, look at the various constructions which he designed and name one of such projects after him."
According to Onyekumnaru, Ekwueme did not live to see his ideas and projections on nation building become reality.
He added: "In the conference that led to the 1999 constitution, Ekwueme made proposals for the restructuring of the country. Unfortunately, he is not alive to witness the restructuring of the country.
“We urge the federal government to look into the quest of restructuring the country because it is very important for us as a nation.'
Onyekumnaru commended the Anambra government for the honour given to the former vice president during his funeral.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that former president Shehu Shagari described late Ekwueme, as a vice president he trusted while their service to the nation lasted.
Shagari also said that because of the deep trust he had for Ekwueme it was difficult for mischief makers to drive a wedge between them.
The Second Republic president of Nigeria said this in a tribute made available on Thursday, February 1, in Enugu.
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