AUN announces Elendu-Ukeje as speaker at its 11th Commencement

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Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, a strong parliamentary voice in Nigeria, has been announced as the 2019 Commencement speaker at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) on Saturday, May 18.

Elendu-Ukeje, member, representing Bende Federal Constituency in Abia State, is the chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs at the House of Representatives.

The federal legislator is a notable voice in the campaign for better welfare for Nigerian soldiers, their families, and war veterans.

She will be the 11th Keynote Speaker at the University’s graduation ceremony since the inaugural class in 2009. She will be following in the footsteps of notables like Nobel Laurette Archbishop a Desmond Tutu (2009); former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, the late Dr. Robert Alan Pastor (2012); US rights activist Ms. Charlayne Hunter-Gault (2013); former United States ambassador John Simon (2014); and Columbian education rights advocate Ms. Vicky Colbert (2015), among others.

Like the Commencement speakers before her, Elendu-Ukeje is expected to advise graduating students on life behind the four walls of the university.

The third-term legislator has sponsored the bill establishing the National Commission against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons. She is as well a strong advocate in the push for the domestication of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Among her many interventions are the legislative diplomacy between the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the South African Parliamentary Delegation to curb xenophobia targeted at Nigerians living in South Africa and the establishment of the Nigerian-US Bi-National Commission.

Legislative positions she has held include Chairperson, House Committees on Donor Agencies and Development Partners, Navy, Defence, Women in Parliament, Telecommunication, Information Communication Technology, and Member of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Restructuring Nigeria, and the Petroleum Industry Bill.

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