Personality Profile: Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje
Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje is from Bende Federal Constituency of Abia State. She hails from a family tradition of public service. Her Late father; Captain Elendu-Ukeje retired gloriously from the Nigerian Airways as a Pilot after many years of meritorious service. Her mother; Rosaline Elendu-Ukeje served honorably and retired as a Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
She was born on the 24th October 1969. She had her early education at Federal Government Girls College Owerri where she obtained Senior School Certificate. She bagged a degree in English Language at the University of Benin and a Post Graduate Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos.
She distinguished herself as a Business Development Manager with HUDSON PETROLEUM. She then moved to PROTEA HOTEL Victoria Island as a Hotel Representative and later as a Director between 2002-2005.
In her own words, she was seduced into politics by an honest desire to channel her energies into impacting Nigerian lives. She put herself forward in the 2007 elections and won a seat to represent her constituents in the Federal House of representatives and served as Chairman House Committee on IntI. Donors & Civil Societies between 2007 – 2011 and initiated a Bill on International Donor and Development Partner Coordination (2011) which is still very much under review.
Presently, she serves as the Chairman House Committee on Foreign Affairs; charged with the responsibility of protecting Nigerian citizens abroad, foster commercial inter-course with foreign nations and safeguard Nigeria’s business interest abroad, Technical assistance to foreign countries as well as oversight the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Among the Bill sponsored by Hon. Elendu-Ukeje are:
Public Officers Protection Act (Amended) 2009,
National Commission against Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2013.
She is a strong advocate of Human Rights and the Gender agenda and a Co sponsor of the Bill to eradicate the Discrimination of people living with HIV & AIDS.
A strong advocate of Human rights, she was one of the strong voices on the CEDAW Bill particularly with regards to gender mainstreaming.
She has impacted the lives of her constituents in areas such as education, health, skill acquisition, poverty alleviation, resurrecting and entrenching core societal values amongst other things.
Her sincere commitment to better the lives of her constituent as evident in her good works gave the platform for an overwhelming return to the house of representative on the s” of June 2011.
A core legislator who while respecting the enormous power of the Executive arm of government, is a strong advocate of the doctrine of separation of power and a truly independent legislature; a point she made very eloquently in the last election of the Leadership of the 7th Assembly, House of Representatives.
A very vibrant and visible member of the House of Representatives, she is presently the Chairperson House Committee on Foreign Affairs and has tremendously used her elegance and eloquence to project not only the image of the committee but the entire Assembly. Her excellent leadership qualities as well as genuine proactive approach to foreign relations issues (both in the 7th and present assembly) underlines her “inbuilt Diplomatic Charisma” without straining bilateral relations.
Nnenna Elendu Ukeje is an intelligent observer of legislative processes, blessed with so much composure and resourcefulness; which can be clearly seen in her delivery every time she’s given the privilege to air her sentiments on the floor of the House.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje was at the inaugural meeting of the Nigeria – America bi-National commission, Washington DC, June 2012 where she expertly delivered a paper on behalf of the former Speaker House of Representatives Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO COMBACTING CORRUPTION.
In response to the security challenge we face as a country, she sponsored the National Commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons Bill 2013; a bill that passed through legislative process in record time.
(Her input to the legislature was honoured at the THISDAY AWARDS of February 2012 where she bagged an award for Legislative Excellence.)