a United Kingdom-based Nigerian, Mrs. Kate Anolue, has been officially inaugurated as the new Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield.
Anolue, a midwife and the second black female Mayor of Enfield, hails from Nanka in Anambra State.
The Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that although the position of Mayor in UK is mostly ceremonial, it places a distinction on a serving councillor who is respected by all the political parties.
She followed her father’s desire for her to become a nurse and moved to Edmonton more than 20 years ago, starting her training in May 1972, eventually qualifying as a midwife.
In an interview with NAN, Anolue said she would devote most of her time to civic functions, including presiding over full council meetings, as well as acting as returning officer during elections.
She said she would also devote her time to giving attention to vulnerable children and young people.
“I will also want to raise money for children’s charities. I have spent all this time delivering babies, I need to know that someone is looking after them,” she said.
Anolue said although this was a big responsibility; it was a dignified and honourable thing to do.
Commenting on the appointment, Head of Chancery at the Nigeria High Commission in the UK, Mr Ahmed Umar, described Anolue as “a true representative of Nigeria.”
He said, “Councillor Anolue is a very dedicated, hard working, committed and passionate Nigerian. She is always willing to serve at all times,” Umar said.
He urged other Nigerians in the UK to emulate her patriotic zeal and dedication to service.
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