The Authority Icon: OSITA BONAVENTURE IZUNASO
For his deep, sweeping vision of humanity which have guided many game-changing socio-economic and political interventions; for demonstrating with his life story that dreams backed by discipline, persistence and hard work come true - thus inspiring the youth to reach beyond perceived limitations and achieve, Senator Osita Bonaventure Izunaso, Ochuariri, Kpakpando, is The AUTHORITY Icon
He is an accomplished journalist, astute technocrat, academician of note and an uncommon social engineer who has greatly impacted his socio-political environment. Meet Senator Osita Bonaventure Izunaso, Ochuariri, Kpakpando and a respected Knight of St John Catholic Church.
He was born on October 30, 1966, in Ohakpu Village in Oru-West Local Government Area of Imo State, to Chief Joseph Izunaso and Chief Florence Izunaso. Young Osita attended Trinity High Oguta, Imo State (1979-1983) and subsequently, the School of Basic Studies, Makurdi, Benue State (1984-1986). Moving forward, he attended the University of Jos (1986-1989) where he graduated in English and Linguistics. He bagged a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism, Abuja and Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Calabar. Currently, he is rounding off his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.
A precocious child, focussed and hardworking personality, he was elected Member, Fedral House of Representatives, representing Ohaji Egbema/Oguta/Oru-West Federal Constituency of Imo State and served between 2003 and 2007. He was chairman, House Committee on Housing and Urban Development (2003-2007). He was also Member, Reps Committee on Communications, Information, Foreign Affairs, NDDC, et cetera.
He was elected to the senate to represent Imo-West Senatoriual District (2007-2011). While in the senate, he was Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas Resources (2007-2011); Member, Senate Committee on Housing, Foreign Affairs, Local & Foreign Debts and NDDC. He was elected National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2014.
Senator Osita Izunaso was a member of the APC Merger Committee (2012-2013; Interim National Organising secretary (2013-2014); Chairman, Sub-Committee of APC Second National Convention, October 2014; Chairman, Sub-Committee of APC Presidential Convention – December 2014; Member, National Working Committee – 2014 till date; Member, National Caucus of APC 2014 till date; Member, National Executive Committee of APC – 2014 till date.
He worked as a reporter at the Satellite Newspapers, Enugu, 1990; Bureau Chief, Satellite Newspapers, 1991; State House Correspondent, Satellite Newspapers, Presidential Villa, Abuja, 1990 – 1992; Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Abuja, 1992-1993; Chief Press Secretary to the Minister of Youths and Sports, 1995-1997; Head, Media and Public Relations to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, 1998-1999; Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, 1999-2000; Executive Assistant to the Governor of Imo State on Policy/Strategy, 2001-2002; Chairman/CEO, Imo Broadcasting Corporation.
Senator Izunaso who loves reading, writing and strategic planning is married to the love of his life, Lady Ifeoma Izunaso - and the union is blessed with four lovely children.