It was a day of jubilation and celebration as drums were rolled out by different social cultural, age grades, NGOs, political allies, Traditional rulers, Chiefs and the entire Eleme Kingdom on the occasion of a grand reception organized in honor of a bastion of hope, the immediate past Ambassador of Nigeria to the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands Chief Oji Ngofa after a meritorious service which has brought dignity to people of Eleme, Rivers South East Senatorial district, Rivers State and Nigeria at large.
The epoc making event began with a visit to the Royal Palace of HRH King APOLLOS CHU, The Egbere Emere Okori Eleme and the Nchia Council of chiefs in Ogale where a chieftaincy title “EMERE ODALA-ETA EBO” was conferred on Oji Ngofa for bringing glory to Eleme land.
Other activities of the program outline followed at Aleto his home town as dignitaries from all parts of the country took turns to deliver goodwill massages in honor of the Icon.
Dignitaries who graced the historic moment in no particular order include:
The chairman of the occasion, *Prof. Ndowa E. S. Lale* ( Former Vice Chancellor Uniport) who discribed Oji Ngofa as a man with trajectory and charisma for success who took Eleme Local Government to a height when he was the council chairman in 2008.
The Nigerian Ambassadorial designate, *Dame Maureen Tamuno* on her part commended Ngofa for representing the people of Nigeria without blemish and congratulated him for returning in flying colors with much pride to Rivers State.
Dame Maureen Tamuno further encouraged followers and associates of Oji present at the occasion to learn from him as she discribed him as a gentleman per excellent who has transcended the Local Government, State, National and the International global market and has come back with great honor.
In her words, “if I were a daughter, son or a resident of Eleme, I will not look at political party but the individual, I will follow Amb. Oji Ngofa.
She also used the opportunity to appreciate the man whom God used to raise men and women of honor in Rivers State, *Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi* who at every point in time is looking for Rivers sons and daughters with integrity and capacity that can lead Rivers people to the next level.
The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) *Chief Hon. Victor Tambari Giadom* also brought massage from National Secretariat where Ngofa served as Deputy National secretary before he was appointed an Ambassador.
Recall that Chief Giadom and Oji served as elected council chairmen of Gokana and Eleme LGAs respectively in 2008.
Chief Giadom stressed further to say that he heard on good authority that Ngofa performed so well that his records in the international community will remain in history for a very long time.
In the party were I succeeded him, he was an Icon of objectivity.
“If you want to find somebody who will speak the truth and stand by it, you can look for Oji Ngofa.”
What Eleme people have done today is a clear manifestation to show that you know the difference between light and darkness.
“Oji Ngofa represents light and his antecedents that I know has been that of the welfare of the people.” He is a man who believes that what is due the people should be given to the people.
Finally, the Eleme born Star and Honoree, Ambassador Oji Ngofa seized the opportunity to appreciate *His Excellency Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi* for finding him worthy of recommendation to *President Muhammadu Buhari* for the appointment.
Ngofa while addressing the crowd insisted that building of human capital development is more beneficial to any advancing society than infrastructural development especially as governance in Rivers State is narrowed to building of flyovers.
He said “governance is the ability to build a productive population because the future of Rivers people do not depend on flyovers”
“Any development that doesn’t invest in the people, that does not include human capital building, education, health and incentivizing industrialization, that does not include stimulating the local economy by funding small business and cooperatives, that is no governance”
Other dignitaries include but not limited to…
Hon. Dr. Gift Okere, the leader of APC Oyigbo represented by Mr. Emmanuel Nnah.
Hon. Fortune Oguru
(Perm Sec. Emeritus)
Dr. Innocent Barikor
(Chairman, Rivers State Selection Committee, FGN. SPW.)
Mrs. Beatrice Amobi
Acting APC Woman leader Rivers State.
Dame Patience Saka
Hon. Ajuri Saka
APC Chairman Designate Eleme LGA
Comrade Celestine Akpobari.
Mr. Osaro Nwakaji
Hon. Sylvanus Sanwi
Hon. Walter Olaka
Mr. Ken Minimah
Hon. Ajiwa Abey-Olloo
Hon. Barr. Loveday Obari
Hon. Fredrick Oyor.
Chiefs, Elders, Clergies and party faithfuls across party lines.