Mr Theodore Ogaziechi
By Doris Esa
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe, has extolled the virtues of the retiring Director of Information in the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, describing him as a good team player.
Umakhihe, who made the remarks at the celebration of the retirement and 60th birthday of Ogaziechi on Friday in Abuja, noted that the retiring director’s productivity was very high.
“Ogaziechi is a very good team player; he is also a sports man, with his elegant status. We have bonded very well; this is a man I cherish.
“We will miss him greatly. We pray for good health and we want to assure him that this family (ministry) will continue to identify with you. Though you are retiring, you will continue to engage with us and we, with you,” Umakhihe said.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Mr Funso Adebiyi, described Ogaziechi as a man of integrity, with a good heart.
He advised people to be kind to others, irrespective of the positions they held.
Director of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Ume Umoh, and his General Services counterpart, Mr James Solomon, described their retiring colleague as a man of integrity, wishing him good health and prosperity.
Also, Deputy Director of Information in the ministry, Mrs Eno Olotu, described Ogaziechi as a wonderful person, team player and career builder, who ensured that he carried everyone along in the discharge of his duties.
Responding, Ogaziechi expressed happiness for the show of love and the encomiums poured on him.
“I feel honoured and elated by this kind of event held for me today, which marks my 60 years on earth as well as my retirement from service.
“I am so touched. I thank God for the opportunity to meet you all. l bless your good souls for the resounding sent-off. I thank you all,” he said.
He called on men to always protect women and fight for their rights, stressing without women, there would be no society.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the high point of the event was the presentation of an award of excellence to Ogaziechi by Umakhihe, presentation of gifts, cutting of the birthday cake as well as prayers for the celebrator and his family. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)