Chief Anthony Enahoro
Onwuka Nzeshi in Abujaâ€¨
The House of Representatives Tuesday urged the Federal Government to re-name the National Museum Centre in Benin-City after Chief Anthony Enahoro, one of Nigeria’s heroes of independence and icon of democracy.
The demand came through a motion sponsored by Hon Friday Itulah (PDP/Edo) who recalled the demise of Enahoro two years ago and sought his immortalisation in appreciation of his contributions to national development.
Itulah said Enahoro apart from his record in the independence struggle, had left legacies which could inspire learning and political thought in Nigeria and beyond.
“The man was a political icon who brought his wealth of experience into the Nigerian political scene to emancipate the Nigerian people from colonialism. The memory of Chief Anthony Enahoro will ever be remembered in history if the House could accord due respect to this former member of the House of Representatives.
We can do this by resolving to urge the Federal Government to re-name National Museum Centre, Benin-City as Chief Anthony Enahoro National Museum Centre, Benin-City, Edo State,” Itulah said.
The motion was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.
Also yesterday, the House mandated its committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to investigate the circumstances that resulted in the abandonment of the Lambata-Bida-Mokwa-Jebba-Ilorin Federal Highway.
Hon. Ibrahim Ebbo who sponsored a motion to draw the attention of the House to the road disclosed that FERMA had commenced rehabilitation of the road two years ago but suddenly abandoned it after covering a few kilometers. The road,according â€¨to Ebbo was constructed 50 years ago and had not undergone â€¨any comprehensive maintenance since then.
The FERMA Committee has three weeks to submit the findings of its investigation.
Meanwhile the House rejected a bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Police Reform Trust Fund. The bill suffered a death blow as lawmakers kicked against it, recalling how some self-styled non-governmental organisations had set up a similar fund in the past that enriched some individuals but failed to address the needs of the Nigeria Police.