2023: OKOWA DESERVES TO BE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA, SAYS ELUMELU; CALLS ON DELTA GOV TO MAKE SELF AVAILABLE FOR 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

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. Shariff Oborevwori and the Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission, Chief Nkem Okwuofu amongst others.

FULL TEXT OF HON. NDUDI ELUMELU’S ADDRESS

Remarks by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Ndudi Elumelu, at the Installation Ceremony of Rtn Odinigwe Odigie, as the 2nd President for 2021/2022 Rotary Club Year. (Club of Asaba Downtown District 9141), Today, September 11, 2021.

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It is with utmost sense of commitment and service that I address this distinguished gathering of Rotarians at the installation of my own dear Rtn Odinigwe Odigie as the 2nd President for 2021/2022 Rotary Club year.

Indeed, I am very proud of Rotary Club in Nigeria, particularly, the Club of Asaba Downtown District 9141. You 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.

However, I must state that the task ahead is still very demanding. There are still many miles to cover and many obstacles to surmount, and for this, you must redouble all efforts in this noble cause.

For this, I am particularly delighted that 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.

On this note, I charge, Rtn Odinigwe Odigie to note that the task before him is an enormous one and that expectations are very high, given his reputation as an achiever.

Though a lot have been achieved, there is still a need to redouble efforts to further address critical issues of access to quality education, particularly in the remote areas, community development, skill acquisition and employment for our youths as well as protecting our environment from degradation.

Of course, like other parts of the world, diseases such as malaria, cholera, heart related ailments, diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis among others, are still confronting humanity. This is in addition to the adverse effect of Covid-19 to our social and economic lives.

In the same vein, social vices including issues of domestic violence, human trafficking, drug related, issues in addition to problems associated with unattained dreams by our young ones are further challenges that require serious attention. Indeed, duty beckons.

My dearest Odinigwe, I have no doubt that you will succeed, particularly given the leadership qualities imparted on you by our best mother, Dame Nkem Okwuofu the Agunwanyi of Anioma nation.

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.

I must commend Governor Okowa for his selfless service and sacrifices that have led to unprecedented massive infrastructural development in our dear state as well as a better living standard for our people.

Governor Okowa is a rare gift not only to Delta state, but also to our nation Nigeria, at large. I firmly hold that he is endowed with the capacity and proficiencies to serve our nation at the topmost level so that he can duplicate the successes recorded in our state 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.

May I also use this opportunity to assure all of us that, as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, I will not relent in deploying all legislative instruments at my disposal in championing the rights of our people as well as ensuring good governance for the benefit of all.

I heartily congratulate Rtn Odinigwe Odigie and the Club of Asaba Downtown District 9141.

Thank you for listening and may God bless you all.

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