From Habiba Ibrahim-Sam
A Nigerian with the status of a Briton, Pauline Akhere George, has been elected as a Mayor of London Lambeth Borough.
Pauline is from Okhuesan in Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
George, who was born into the Alenkhe family, was a councillor in the Lambeth Borough where she served a four-year term.
In her acceptance speech, Mayor Pauline George said, “if you try, you will succeed, even at last. I am proud to be the first female black Mayor in London Lambeth Borough. I am from a small village called Okhuessan, born into the families of George and Alenkhe.
“As a growing child, my parents couldn’t afford to cater for my education. I assisted my mother by hawking yams in the city of Lagos. But today, I am the first citizen of Lambeth Borough.
“I’ll try everything to make Lambeth the envy of London. I therefore request everyone to assist in this task. We are looking forward to working with the diplomats,” she said.
Mayor Pauline George won her election on the political platform of Labour Party, England.
The out gone Mayor, Anni Gaius, described Mayor Pauline as a “resilient personality.”
While in the business of politics in the United Kingdom, Mayor Pauline, who is a trained and practicing nurse, is also a radio and television personality in London.
She is to be assisted by the Deputy Mayor Sabas Bandi.
Meanwhile, the younger brother of Mayor Pauline, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, who is the chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council, was live with other Edo Journalists to watch the inauguration.
The online viewing of the inauguration at the Edo NUJ Press Center in Benin City, witnessed merriments and other entertainments.