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The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. (Engr.)Victor Ochei has expressed optimism that the re-election of Major General Patrick Aziza as the President General of the Urhobo Progress Union, would serve as a catalyst to the much desired peaceful coexistence amongst Deltans and NIgerians in general.

He made the observation in a recent congratulatory messages to General Aziza, adding that the re-election is an attestation to his sterling leadership qualities, strengthened by patriotic candor as critical factors in the successful discharge of past national assignments, thereby contributing immensely to then development of Delta State, Nigeria and in deed, humanity.

 

 

 

In my over five decades on mother earth, I have never comprehended the import of the cliché ‘’never judge a book by its cover” until by divine providence, I met Rt Hon Victor Onyekachi Ochei, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, during the recent Annual Conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Asaba. His inclination to listen, discuss and offer advice to the teeming and enthusiastic crowd, devoid of the Bonapartean carriage of c’est moi d’etat (I am the state) was a sort of curious paradox. 

Though I was enthralled by his simplicity; I was determined to unearth this enigma, who had been severally and erroneously classified as haughty. My inquisitiveness provided an interesting vista on his innumerable accomplishments in diverse fields of human endeavour, which stemmed from his courtship with courage and confidence as core components in achieving success.

Unarguably, Rt Hon Victor Ochei’s accomplishments find unshakable base on the Shakespearean postulation that “there is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries”. In other words, the rare combination of courage and confidence are somewhat predisposing factors in the quest for success.

If not for the above, what could have prompted Rt Hon Ochei, who in 1994, qualified as a young chemical engineering graduate, plunged into the vicissitudes of self- employment, by setting up a one-room boutique within the Asaba, Delta State metropolis in apparent acquiescence to an Thomas Henry’s submission ‘’that the rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher’’

His undiluted sense of purpose in 2003 further elucidates the topic in focus, as he was the only minority member of any state legislature in the South-South zone, a feat achievable by only the courageous and confident, because during that period, the Aniocha North constituency was a strong base of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which paraded an array of political stalwarts. Against all odds, he emerged victorious at the polls.

His educational resume validates these virtues as central to his inter- professional accomplishments, obtaining a first degree in chemical engineering, then crossed over and got an MBA in financial management, subsequently schooled in corporate governance at the Leeds Metropolitan University culminating in a masters degree,  added a diploma in Education Management from the prestigious Harvard University as well as a law degree from the Delta State University(DELSU).

What could be more ensconcing than his submission in a press interview that, “people miscomprehend confidence for pride, I am a confident man and nothing gives me confidence other than education. That is why I give so much to education”.

Reasonably, he has acted this submission by his numerous contributions to the growth of education, ranging from the primary through the tertiary levels in the state, by way of providing over 20 brand new buses and books worth millions of naira to secondary schools and DELSU, Abraka respectively , institution of annual awards to the best 10 graduating students in 10 departments of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba worth over two million naira and assistance to indigent students in tertiary institutions in the payment of fees and other sundry charges, just to list a few.

His resume as a philanthropist which transcends ethno-political and religious bias, provides further illumination on his avowed inclination to enhancing societal development through educational and economic empowerment programmes, a trait that exudes courage and confidence.

From 2002 till date, he has empowered over 10,000 people in his Aniocha North constituency and beyond, as exemplified by the recent empowerment of over 1000 women with materials and cash worth over N25million, which he has pledged to replicate in the remaining twenty-four local government areas of Delta State, which by the multiplier effect theory, translates to almost a million people.

His helmsmanship at the Delta State legislature gives an interesting insight as a confident, courageous and focused leader, illustrated by the numerous administrative and infrastructural innovations, a feat that elicited commendation from his colleagues through a motion moved by Hon Talib Tebite and unanimously adopted by the House.

The summation of this man of several positive attributes, is his unflinching belief that courage and confidence are critical factors in soaring to unassailable heights, thus; aptly lending incontrovertible credence to an American poet, memoirist, actress and an iconess of the American Civil Right Movement, Maya Angelou’s submission that “courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently”.

Keith Ebiuwe is a Public Affairs Analysts and lives in Warri, Delta State.

Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon (Engr) Victor Ochei, says that Super Eagles qualification for the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, underscores the need for Nigerians to harness the abundant human and material resources within the country and in the diaspora as a veritable platform for enhanced reckoning in the comity of nations.

He made the observation in his congratulatory message to the nation’s senior team that secured a berth at the Brazil 2014 soccer mundial through an overwhelming defeat to Ethiopia in the final qualifying match in Calabar, which he describes as reinforcing Nigeria’s ascendancy to impressive reckoning in the global soccer fraternity, considering the recent exploit of Nigeria’s Eaglets that emerged champions of the FIFA U-17 Soccer Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

Hon Ochei deposed further that these accomplishments which began with emerging African Champions at the 2013 AFCON, as well as clinching the Mandela Trophy both in South Africa give credence to the fact that Nigeria is a prospective world beater in diverse spheres of human endeavour, if her potentials are exploited.

According to him, “the exemplary bond of unity Nigerians exhibit during such crucial soccer encounters is relevant to the country’s quest for unity even in diversity as a positive ingredient in nation building “.

He urged Nigerian compatriots to emulate the prevalent camaraderie in our national team, which has laurels and reckoning to the country.

Good spirited individuals have been urged to assist in establishing a result oriented synergy with the state government in providing life enhancing amenities for the overall development of Delta state.

Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon (Engr.) Victor Ochei FNSE, FIAS made the call while commissioning a six classroom block at the Umuebu Secondary School, in Ukwuani Local Government Area, which was built and donated to the community by Sir Kenny Okolougbo, a commissioner at the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Commission (DESOPADEC).

According to the legislator, his call is borne out of the need to assist the government in her drive for providing excellent amenities to the citizenry, as government alone cannot single-handedly provide all facilities, especially in the education sub sector which is the hub of societal development.

Rt Hon Ochei also pledged that the state House of Assembly will provide furniture for the commissioned classrooms, in line with the call for effective and result oriented synergy between the government and the private sector, as the ultimate example of accentuating the three point agenda of the Delta state government

He said that such gestures will enable government pay attention to other critical areas of the economy, with the overall aim of ensuring even sectoral development within the polity.

Earlier in his address, the Delta State Commissioner For Basic and Secondary Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare eulogised Sir Ken Okolougbo, whom he described as a committed philanthropic patriot, whose contribution to the development of education in Delta state is noteworthy.

While pledging to offer some assistance in making the building conducive for learning, he frowned at the level of encroachment and erection of illegal structure on the government acquired land by the indigenes.

He therefore urged them to device effective means of checkmating and discouraging this practise, promising that government will evolve ways of checking this unwholesome development.

 

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