Posted by News Express | 2 May 2019 | 3,964 times
A University of Lagos (UNILAG) law graduate, Kelechi Madu, has made history in faraway Canada, where he has been appointed a Government Minister.
Popularly known as Kaycee, Mr. Madu took oath of office as Minister of Municipal Affairs in Alberta, Canada, on April 30, 2019.
He is one of the 22 new cabinet members Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney, swore in on Tuesday morning at the Government House in Edmonton.
Kaycee was also elected this year to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Edmonton South-West. On May 21, he will be sworn in as a lawmaker.
When that happens, this distinguished Nigerian will be serving in dual capacity as the Minister of Municipal Affairs of the Province of Alberta and at the same time a member of parliament representing his Edmonton South-West constituency. The ministry is the third largest in Alberta with over $3.7 billion portfolio and it is to be superintended by an immigrant that has sojourned there for barely 14 years.
A lone United Conservative Party (UCP) lawmaker in Edmonton, Madu won in one of the closest races in the provincial election, garnering 7,742 votes to beat his competitors: John Archer of the New Democrat Party (NDP), who polled 6,974 votes; Mo Elsalhy of the AP with 2,111 votes; Marilyn Burns of the AAP who polled 178 and Rigel Vincent of the GPA with 108 when 62 of 64 polls reported. The significance of his victory is underscored by the fact that Edmonton remains solidly orange, an opposition column.
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