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R-L: Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi; Chairman, Senate Committee on Youths and Sports Development, Obinna Ogba, first civilian Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Egwu and National Vice-Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party(South-East), Chief Austin Umahi, during a farewell service for the late Senator Offia Nwali, the first black man to obtain a Ph.D in Computer Studies from the Harvard University at the Onueke Township Stadium in Onueke on Friday

Ebonyi renames Presco junction after Offia Nwali

R-L: Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi; Chairman, Senate Committee on Youths and Sports Development, Obinna Ogba, first civilian Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Egwu and National Vice-Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party(South-East), Chief Austin Umahi, during a farewell service for the late Senator Offia Nwali, the first black man to obtain a Ph.D in Computer Studies from the Harvard University at the Onueke Township Stadium in Onueke on Friday
R-L: Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi with the first military administrator of Ebonyi State, Walter Feghabo,during a farewell service for the late Senator Offia Nwali, the first black man to obtain a Ph.D in Computer Studies from the Harvard University at the Onueke Township Stadium in Onueke on Friday

In a distinguished  way of honouring  one of the   late founding fathers of Ebonyi State, Sen.

Offia Nwali,  the David Umahi-led government has named the popular PRESCO
junction situated along the ever-busy  Abakaliki-Enugu federal highway after him.
Engr. Umahi, who  made the announcement on Friday during Nwali’s funeral  at the Onueke Township Stadium, Ezza South Local Government Area of the state, noted  that it was a way of immortalizing him.

He added that a “beautiful statute  of Nwali would be erected at the junction so that

people coming from both ends of the junction would behold its magnificence.”
The governor  noted that the moment called for sober reflection on man’s journey
on earth as the  date of his tragic and painful demise shall
remain a historic reminder of the moment that not just Ebonyi or
Nigeria  and humanity   was diminished by this colossal loss.
“I praise Nwali’s courage, resilience and forthrightness while alive,

as he was a huge blessing and figure of genuine distinction and pride
to his family, Ezza clan, Ebonyi, Ibo race and Nigeria,” Umahi said.
He noted that nobody would believe that over two years ago, Nwali
contested the state’s governorship position and was the first man to
courageously confront the so-called anointed man of the past
administration, who claimed to be called to lead the state.
Engr. Umahi urged his family, relatives and people of the state to be

consoled by  the legacies Nwali left behind and pledged that the
state government would always identify with the family.
President of the Nigerian Senate,Dr. Bukola Saraki, described Nwali as
a seasoned politician, ardent scholar and erudite educationist who
made significant contributions to the growth and development of his
people.
Saraki, represented by Chief Obinna Ogba,  noted that Nwali  displayed exceptional discipline,
character and exemplary statesmanship worthy of emulation.
  Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, noted that Nwali
represented many things to many people: while to some, he was an enigma, to
others, a godfather and yet to others, an embodiment of perseverance
with uncommon composure and comportment.
His family members, individuals and groups from all sectors of human
endeavour from the state, national and across the globe, paid glowing
tributes to the late statesman and icon.
Nwali was the first  blackman  to obtain a Doctorate degree in
Computer and Analytical Studies from the prestigious Harvard
University, United States. He represented Abakaliki
Senatorial District under the old Anambra State at the National
Assembly between 1979—1983.

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