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Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi have expressed sadness over the death of Senator Annie Okonkwo.
Okonkwo, a former lawmaker representing Anambra Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, reportedly died in the United States after a prolonged illness.
In a statement by his Press Secretary on Thursday, Governor Soludo noted that as a prominent son of Anambra State who hailed from Ojoto in the Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, the late Senator Okonkwo paid his dues to the state.
The governor commiserated with the family and friends of the deceased over this painful loss.
Also, in Twitter post on Thursday, Obi, who is also a former governor of Anambra State, praised Okonkwo as one of the strongest pillars of his presidential ambition despite not being a member of the Labour Party.
He said the deceased lawmaker’s “highly entrepreneurial spirit and political sagacity will be greatly missed in the country today.”
Late yesterday, I received with huge shock, the devastating news of the death of Senator Annie Okonkwo. I was aware that he was sick, but I prayed and hoped for his full recovery. Distinguished Sen. Annie Okonkwo was a veteran of Nigerian politics.
In another report, the Governor Soludo-led government in Anambra State has revealed that plans are currently underway to unveil an electronic identity card (e-ID) for civil servants and other government employees in Anambra.
Chukwuemeka Agbata, the managing director of the Anambra State ICT Agency, in a statement on Thursday, said the innovation was in line with Mr Soludo’s determination to digitise the state and its workforce.
In a statement which was made available to The Eastern Updates on Friday, the Anambra government said; ‘The unveiling will be a historic event and testament to the visionary leadership of Governor Soludo in accordance with his mantra of ‘Everything technology and technology everywhere’.