-By Albert OGRAKA:
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Bashorun Askia Ogieh, FCNA, CrFA, says the conferment of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) national honour award on the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is another iron-cast proof of his leadership asset to the nation.
Bashorun Askia noted that Okowa’s emergence as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections is an attestation of the premium leadership traits in nation-building process over the years.
He expressed confidence that Okowa’s determination for the PDP to take back the nation from its present anomie and atrophy is achievable.
A congratulatory statement signed by the DESOPADEC boss reads:
“On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, I wish to register our delight at the pleasant news of the deserving conferment of a national honour, Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON on our pragmatic Governor, His Excellency Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa by the Federal Government on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Anniversary of our great nation, Nigeria on Tuesday October 11, 2022.
“This award is instantly an attestation of the premium leadership traits you have been endowed and identified with, over the years of your political odyssey in the nation-building process.
“That it did not go unnoticed speaks volume of the criteria used by the assessors in finding you worthy of this impetus-generating national honour, amongst a star-studded list of equally eminent Nigerians.
“For us who have believed irrevocably in your leadership capacity and credibility over time, it gives us that soothing breath of fresh air that, indeed, we have not been misdirected one bit, being your associates and trusted allies. It further emboldens our collective resolve like the legendary unicorn, to walk by your side, as you continue to navigate the tough tempest of nation building, alongside other great patriots in the land.
“Your Excellency, by this singular national honour, the message is getting distilled that it was by no means a fluke, as to you emerging the choice as Vice Presidential candidate of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to raise the hand of our Presidential standard bearer, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections and take back our nation from its present anomie and atrophy.
“As you embark on this noble national assignment of restoring the sinking ship of state from a disconnected leadership, rest assured of our unalloyed, unwavering and unimpeachable support, to enable you achieve this all time objective, in the overall interest of our people.
“We shall surely overcome the hurdles and pitched booby traps on the road and engender a new Nigeria, full of bountiful opportunities, justice, equity and implicit pride to once more be called Nigerians.
“May this national honour therefore become for you a propelling tonic for the great call to duty.
“Once again, congratulations Your Excellency, for being primus inter pares at the national level! Your rising is further rising!”