Nine months into his tenure as Secretary to the State Government, SSG, of Anambra State, representatives of the sixteen Ogbaru communities, traditional rulers, politicians and friends, gathered at the Ogbaru Local Governmnet Headquarters to honour Oseloka Obaze, in a grand civic reception.
It was also an ocassion to fete Hon. Obaze who celebrated his 58 birthday on 9 April 2013. Rev. Fr. Collin Ojene, Rector of the Madonna of Mercy Home for the Aged in Odekpe, served as the overall coordinator.
Among the special guests who attended the event were Governor Peter Obi, present and former members of the National Asembly from Ogbaru, Honourables Okwudili Uzoka and Afam Ogene, the chairman of CAN Anambra State, Bishop Ephriam Ndife, and members of the Anambra Executive Council, Judiciary and House of Assembly.
Significant among the special guests of the day, were inmates of institutions for the handicapped, destitute, aged and lepers, who regularly received support from SSG Obaze.
He also drew attention to plight of the handicapped and disenfranchised, which he attributed to “fate”.
The people of Ogbaru used the civic reception to thank him especially for transparently handling the 2012 flood disaster that devastated Ogbaru and for coming home to serve, which various speakers including Governor Obi and HRH Obi Ogene, variously characterized as “a selfless and enormous sacrifice”.
In his formal speech titled “We are called to serve so that our posterity may be enriched”, SSG Obaze explored the leadership challenges confronting Nigeria and Anambra State, and the purposeful and good governace that Gov.
Obi was offering. He observed that Obi was “not just a Good leader” but “a good steward and a good servant of the people”.
Assessing the post-Peter Obi scenario, SSG Obaze urged the people of Anambra to “pray for the ability to make the right choices; and the ability to take Anambra from being good to being great.”
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