I was extremely sorry to learn recently of the death of Cllr Crada Onuegbu after a long illness. Crada served with me on Lewisham Council for many years. She was the Cabinet member for Community Safety and later for Young People. She also served as a member of the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority and at the time of her death she was chair of the national organisation Local Authority Action for Southern Africa.
She made an outstanding contribution to our borough in many ways and only stood down as a cabinet member due to ill health. Her understanding of the issues which faced our community in the context of dealing with crime and safety was outstanding and her commitment to our young people was unstinting.
I am proud to have had Crada as a colleague and a friend and I know that we lost a great servant of our borough. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.