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Ngige, small man with a big house

The funeral of Chris Ngige’s father brought photographs of his luxury mansion in Alor, Anambra State to several Nigerian websites.

Ngige is currently the Minister for Labour. He was governor of Anambra State from May 2003 to March 2005 and then a senator representing Anambra Central from 2011 to 2015. He was a civil servant before he went into politics in 1999.

Most of the commentary on Ngige’s house on social media drooled over it. And in typical fashion, no one asked where the money came from. One website even claimed that Ngige was “reaping the reward of his hard work”, even though the house was clearly built in the period he was in (s)elected office.

When he became a senator he claimed: “One promise to Nigerians is that Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige from Anambra Central Senatorial District will champion a bill that Nigerians will never forget in their lives. The Senate will know that some people passed through here. Even if it is for one day, two days or for four years, Nigerians will feel the presence of Ngige and other progressive senators. It is a promise”.

Minister for Labour and Productivity Chris Ngige, politics has been "productive" for him
Minister for Labour and Productivity Chris Ngige, politics has been “productive” for him

His presence was not felt in the Senate. He didn’t do anything of note. All his presence in politics has delivered is a huge mansion and other financial rewards for himself.

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