The Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase (Retd) commissioned CLEEN Foundation newly acquired edifice for its corporate Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
The building located at 27 Moses Majekodunmi Crescent, Opp Keystone Bank, Utako is named after the founder of CLEEN Foundation, late Mr Innocent Chukwuemeka Chukwuma with the inscription, “Innocent Chukwuemeka Chukwuma House.”
The former IGP, ably represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Dr Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku, commended the Trustees, Board Members and staff of CLEEN Foundation for upholding the big dreams of late Chukwuma.
“I welcome everyone seated here to witness this epoch-making ceremony in honour of my respected and illustrious friend, Innocent Chukwuma, founder of CLEEN Foundation.
“My friendship with Chukwuma dates back to my years in the Nigeria Police Force as the Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police where we found a common ground in our series of interactions and engagements on repositioning the Nigerian Police Force to be reliable, accountable and responsive to people.
“Innocent was a committed Nigerian and very passionate about good governance who amplifies the voices of Nigerians through CLEEN Foundation in defence of human rights.
“He denounced inefficiency, corruption and impunity in the Nigerian Police Force and demanded for attitudinal change in the Nigeria Police Force through research and training.
“I made bold to say that Mr Chukwuma was instrumental in securing $300,000 funding from Mercado Foundation to the Nigerian Police Force for the anchor programme of Community Policing in Nigeria in 2004.
“The death of Chukwuma on the 3rd April 2021, came as a rude shock to me and has continually reminded me of the transient nature of life.
“As we gather here today, surrounded by the love of family and friends in commemoration of the life and time of dear friend, Chukwuma, his legacy is worth emulation and recognition.
“I must say that Innocent Chukwuma lived an honourable and exemplary life with precise and indisputable records of works.
“We should continue to honour him and push for those ideas he lived and fought for, for accountability in our security sector, for social justice, for changes in law and social behaviours.”
In his remarks, the Chairman, CLEEN Foundation Board of Directors, Prof Ma’azu Abubakar noted that coming to the new Headquarters is to enable them to continue with what they’re doing in CLEEN Foundation.
He added that the CLEEN Foundation approach was to engage and find solutions, noting that the CLEEN Foundation team led by the Executive Director, Mr Gad Peter has put in a lot of effort to make the movement from Wuse, the old office to the new office in Utako possible.
Abubakar also noted that the transient to the new office has not changed anything but the object or the mandate of the CLEEN Foundation remains the same.
Also in his remarks, the Executive Director of the CLEEN Foundation, Mr. Gad Peter thanked the Board, management and staff of the foundation for their tireless support which owning the new office possible.
He assured that the team will not relent in their effort to sustain the legacy of the founder, the late Mr Innocent Chukwuemeka Chukwuma.
Mrs Josephine Innocent Chukwuma, the wife of the CLEEN Foundation founder and Executive Chair of Innocent Chukwuemeka Chukwuma Empowerment Foundation (ICCEF), in her opening remarks, said she can’t express her joy enough, recounting that that time in 2021 she was weeping and mourning her late husband, Chukwuma but the event on Wednesday was rather a celebration of life of a man she was proud to be married to about twenty-two years.
She thanked God for the journey made far and also acknowledged the support of the Board Members of the CLEEN Foundation which has made the journey easy.
She expressed joy for naming the new office complex after her late husband for even unborn generations to be told and also see the legacy of the great Chukwuma.