Naija News gathered that the call was made by a lawmaker, Romanus Obi, representing Orumba North State constituency.
Mr. Obi said that the late former vice president’s selfless contributions to the development of Nigeria would remain in the sand of time.
He said, “Ekwueme was a unifying factor in the political movement of this country and never hid his wealth of knowledge or used it selflessly. The former vice president embraced all tribes and preached unity of the Nigerian nation.
He described late Ekwueme as a great and humble leader who inspired and related well with all and sundry, irrespective of the background, hence, deserved to be immortalised.
The member representing Orumba South Constituency, Nikky Ugochukwu also described Mr. Ekwueme as a “man of extra ordinary character”, appealing to the federal government to name the Federal Polytechnic, Oko after him.
Supporting the motion, Ikem Uzoezie, representing Aguata 11 state constituency, Chigbo Enweuzor representing Onitsha North constituency, hailed the late icon for his transparency and sacrifice for the country, saying he had left a huge vacuum that would be difficult to fill.
They, therefore, prayed that God grant his soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.