Prince Chibudom N. Nwuche, OFR
Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives (1999 – 2003)
Rt. Hon. Prince Chibudom Nwabueze Nwuche was born in Enugu, South East Nigeria on September 30, 1961 to the family of His Royal Highness, Eze Clifford Cheta Nwuche – the late traditional ruler of Upata Kingdom in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.
An accomplished scholar, Hon Nwuche attended some of the best schools in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom where he bagged honours degrees in Politics and Philosophy with Astronomy and History as subsidiary subjects. He also has a Bachelor’s degree (LLB. Hons) and Masters (LLM.) in Law earned from Kings College, University of London.
He was active in the private sector since 1991 before he went into politics in 1998 at the behest of his people who overwhelmingly elected him into the National Assembly where he was subsequently elected to the post of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Hon. Nwuche was fondly referred to as “The Tiger” by his colleagues in the House of Representatives because of his fearlessness, principled disposition and for being the strategist and key member of the think-tank of that august assembly.
His tenure in the National Assembly was a milestone in Nigeria’s Parliamentary history. The Assembly was vibrant and Hon Nwuche was a critical player in the Green Chamber which was poignantly representative of the wishes and aspirations of the Nigerian masses.
He, as Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee of the Whole, passed over 114 Bills, some of which he personally sponsored or played a very critical role in their expeditious passage, like the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act, Corrupt Practices (EFCC) Bill, National Minimum Wage Bill, Coastal and Inland (Cabotage) Bill, Women Trafficking and Child Labor Eradication (WOTCLEF) Act, and the Nigerians with Disabilities Act. He was the originator and pioneer sponsor of the Nigerian (Local) Content Act which was passed by a later Assembly.
Hon Nwuche runs a thriving law practice in Abuja and Lagos, and remains a consummate politician, an astute business personality and a key player in the oil and gas sector of the economy. He was member Presidential Advisory Council (PAC); Acting Deputy National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); and also Chairman Board of Governors, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM).
In recognition of his contributions to national growth and socio-political development, President Goodluck Jonathan in 2009 conferred on him the National Honour of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).
He has also been honored with several awards and traditional titles from various parts of the country including: Mataimakin Sarkin Talakawa Nijeriya of Kano; Nta-Nta of Oron, Ada Idaha Ke Efik Eburutu of Calabar; Ebubedike of Ogbunike; Onwa Na Etiliora of Enugu; Agbawo Dike Izu of Egbema; Ozulumba of Umunya and Aha Eji Aga Mba of Okigwe.