…Calls On him to make himself available for the post
Delta Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has been called upon to make himself available for the president of Nigeria come 2023.
The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu made the call on Saturday September 11, 2023 in his remarks during the Installation of Rtn Odinigwe Odigie as the 2nd President of Asaba Downtown District 9141 for the 2021/2022 Rotary Club year, held at the conference hall of Orchid Hotels and Conference Centre, Asaba, Delta State.
Elumelu commended Governor Okowa for his selfless service and sacrifices and said that his godly nature led to the unprecedented infrastructural development in Delta State as well as a better living standard for the people of the State.
He described the Governor as a rare gift not only to Delta state, but also to the nation Nigeria at large, saying that the Governor is gifted with the capacity and proficiencies to serve the nation at the topmost level where he can duplicate the successes recorded in Delta at the national level.
“I sincerely call on him to make himself available to serve the nation again. He deserves to be the president of this country come 2023.
“Indeed, our nation has been wrecked by the incompetent, divisive, directionless and blatantly corrupt All Progressives Congress (APC) administration. The APC has brought escalated mass killings, mindless bloodletting, terrorism, banditry, infrastructural decay, acute poverty, excruciating economic hardship while foisting a siege mentality and utter hopelessness on our nation.
“It has never been this bad in our national history. I therefore beckon on all Nigerians to join hands in the collective democratic efforts to rescue our nation from the stranglehold of the APC. This is more so because there is no way our country can survive if APC is allowed to stay in office a day beyond May 29, 2023, the renowned Federal Lawmaker said.
Elumelu assured that as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, he will not relent in deploying all legislative instruments at his disposal in championing the rights of the people as well as ensuring good governance for the benefit of all.
He lauded the efforts of Rotary Club in Nigeria, particularly, the Club of Asaba Downtown District 9141 and said that they have come a long way in touching the lives of people in many special ways.
“Over the years, the Club of Asaba Downtown District 9141 has continued to exert itself along the line of Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, in bringing positive change to our world and community in the basic areas of promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies and protecting our environment.
“It is in this regard that I sincerely salute the sacrifices and selflessness of Rotarians, who, as professionals, businessmen and women, government officials, skilled workers and private individuals in all walks of life, for committing their resources, intellect, skills, energy and connections towards the overall good of others,” Elumelu stated while urging them to redouble their efforts in their noble cause, noting that the tasks ahead are still very demanding.
“For this, I am particularly delighted that we are gathered to further strengthen this resolve with the installation of no other person than Rtn Odinigwe Odigie as the 2nd president of 2021/2022 Rotary club year.
“Rtn Odinigwe Odigie is a humble, strategic and exceptionally empathic personality with a heart for the good cause. He is a remarkably committed person with an outstanding wealth of experience and a track record of performance in handling tasks entrusted in his hands.
“I therefore have no iota of doubt that Rotary Club in Delta state is in the best hands in the 2021/2022 Rotary Club year,” he noted, even as he charged, Rtn Odinigwe Odigie to note that the task before him was an enormous one with high expectations, given his reputation as an achiever.
“As you step to this noble office, I believe that success awaits you, particularly given the solid pedestal already established by our action governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Governor of Delta State,” Elumelu said
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has bagged the Leadership Service Award of Rotary Club of Asaba Downtown.
The award was presented to the Speaker, Rt Hon Oborevwori who is also the National Deputy Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria at the installation ceremony of Rtn. Odinigwe Odigie (PHF+1), as the 2nd President of Rotary Club of Asaba District Downtown for 2021/2022 Rotary Year Rotary ( District 9141) Saturday, 11th September, 2021 at Orchid Hotel, Asaba, Delta State.
The Chairman Installation Committee, Rtn. Nnamdi Honnah said that; “This special award is an initiative of Rotary Club of Asaba Downtown aimed at recognizing outstanding achievements among distinguished personalities who have contributed immensely to Education, Community, Socio-Political and have stood and supported Peace and Unity”.
“We are very much aware that over the years, you have been in the forefront in Leadership endeavours hence this presentation of the Leadership Service Award to you”, he said.
He added that; “As you may be aware, Rotary is an international organization of professionals who provided humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build peace and light up the world. Rotary is base on core values, services, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership. These are the values we live by and the values we strive to bring to communities we serve”.
In a brief remarks after he was presented with the award at the Colourful ceremony, the Speaker commended Rotary International for the honour done him.
The Speaker who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Dennis Otu said that he was humbled by the Leadership Service Award.
According to him; “This Leadership Service Award is inspiring. Am humbled by this award. It will interest you to know that I would have been here today to personally receive this award, but I am far away undergoing Advanced Leadership Programme aimed at serving our people better”.
“Thanks for this recognition. Thanks for this wonderful honour. It is highly appreciated. I never knew that my efforts to the society are being noted and monitored for a day of honour like this”, he said.
Rt Hon Oborevwori added that; “This Leadership Service Award which I am dedicating to God and humanity will encourage me to do more for our people because to whom much is given, much is expected. Certainly, today is not for long speeches and so once again, thanks and God bless all you in Rotary Club of Asaba Downtown for this great Leadership Service Award”.
In his acceptance speech, the newly installed President, Rtn Odinigwe Odigie harped on the need to help the needy in the society, saying that; “Let us all leave here ready to make their lives better in a way that we can. As Rotarians, it will not be good enough to give only what we have left over or what we can spare, but we must truly give of ourselves with vigor in support of the ideals of Rotary”.
Highpoint at the event was the formal installation of Rtn. Odiniwwe Odigie as the 2nd President (2021/2022) Rotary Club Year, Asaba Downtown District 9141 and presentation of awards to distinguished personalities that included the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and the Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission, Chief Nkem Okwuofu amongst others.