Recently, Senator Osita Izunaso was named an Honorary Citizen of the City of Newark. The ceremony which was held in conjuction with Humanity for Africa Foundation took place at the City Council, Newark New Jersey.
At the event held in honour of His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Senator Izunaso was decorated by Councilwoman Mildred .C. Crump.
IMO STATE BLOG witnessed the event. Shortly after the ceremony, we caught up with Senator Izunaso for comments on the conferred citenzenship from the U.S city of Newark, New Jersey. In our short chat with the distinguished Senator , he said that although the Award came as a surprise, he was honored by the recognition.
They didn’t tell me they were giving me an Award. So, it came as a surprise to me.
I guess they gave me the Award based on my contribution to the national integration in Nigeria and my contribution towards the Oil & Gas sector.
It could be part of the things that were done in the past and moreso my interest in physically challenged persons because that is one special area that has been neglected in the developing nations. I don’t want to part of that neglect. I want to see what I can do.
Anyone can be disabled tomorrow…. anything can happen to anybody so, because we are where we are now, we should be able to help. I believe all these things put together might have attracted the Award to me.
While speaking to IMO STATE BLOG, Senator Izunaso expressed profound appreciation to the City Council of Newark. He further disclosed that a partnership had been formed with the Humanity for Africa Foundation to assist Organizations in Nigeria provide aid to the physically challenged.
…. I felt honoured. I mean… when you’re given an Award of that nature, one should appreciate it because it was not planned. Coming from the United States makes it more credible and am happy about that.
Immediately after that, we also swung into partnership with an American based Non-profit organization on how best they can help the physically challenged persons in Nigeria. Not how best they can help KpaKpando Foundation but to all other Organizations in Nigeria. We have signed an M.O.U and I believe we will do our best.
Senator Izunaso holds a Bachelors degree in Linguistics from the University of Jos, a Diploma Certificate in Journalism and an MBA from the University of Calabar. Unknown to many, he managed the media affairs of the Hon. Ministers of Youth & Sports (1995-1997), Labour & Productivity (1998-1999) and Senate President (1999-2000).
His political journey has been a notable one. In 2003, he was elected into the Federal House of Representatives. Four years later, he declared his interest to run for Senate. In what may be listed as one of the most historical elections in Imo State, Senator Izunaso’s campaign crippled the Political machinery of the incumbent Senator, Arthur Nzeribe. The defeat was recorded with a landslide victory.
During his tenure at the Senate, Senator Osita Izunaso chaired the Joint Committee on Gas. It will be recalled that Senator Izunaso was a member of the high power delegation led by late President Yaradua for a meeting with President George W. Bush.
Years later, Senator Izunaso’s recognition by the City Council of Newark validates the saying ” In the end, we are remembered not for what we had, but what we gave.”