04 June 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Minister of State Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah has lauded late Dr. Michael Okpara for his leadership style as Premier of the Eastern Region of Nigeria.
Dr Ogah, who was honoured with the Award of Excellence in Public Service, Business Development and Philanthropy, gave the eulogy at the Centenary Celebration, and Leadership Awards, Book Presentation and Lecture held in honour of the 100 Years posthumous Birthday of the Premier, in Abuja.
The Minister who stated that Dr. Okpara’s leadership style was nothing but exemplary, enjoined leaders to reflect soberly and emulate such leadership model for economic growth of the country.
He stressed that if such selfless leadership style of creating industries, building agricultural centres for food revolution is followed, it would greatly reduce the insecurity challenge the country is currently facing.
“if people are working and busy, they will not have time for crime”. Dr. Ogah added.
He appreciated the Advisory Board of Michael Okpara Foundation, Abia State Government and a Magazine for finding him worthy of the honour at the Centenary Celebration of a man, who challenged him while he was growing up through his achievements.
In his remarks, Governor of Abia State, Dr Ikpeazu Okezie who was represented by Prince Mgbeahuru reiterated the leadership style of the late Premier, describing it as the “highest economy style anybody can talk about.
He pledged his support to the organizers of the program and tasked them to ensure they continue to celebrate the late leader annually.
Earlier, Minister of Science and Technology, and Chairman of the Occasion, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, while recounting the long relationship with Dr. Okpara, stated that he was not only a man of vision dedicated to the service, welfare and wellbeing of his people but invested greatly in the development of human capital for value addition.
Dr. Onu explained that following such footsteps of selfless service by leaders would help create jobs, wealth for individuals as well as the nation and thereby make Nigeria that great nation of everybody’s dream.
He therefore called for the celebration of heros so that the younger generation would know the country had great and selfless men who worked to build the nation.