By Sharon Isaalah
The Managing Director, Liquefied Resources Limited, Engr. Tony Amechi, has congratulated the former governor of Delta, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, “The Odidigborigbo of Africa” on his 62nd birthday anniversary describing him as the founder of Modern Delta State in particular and Niger Delta region in general.
The industrialist made this known in an August 4 statement, personally signed by him and made available to the Press where he extolled the virtues of the Oghara-born politician and publisher who turned 62 on Wednesday noting that Chief Ibori’s records and political sagacity remains unbeating in every sphere of life be it: politics, social and business circles.
He therefore joins the entire world and the host of heaven to celebrate this man with a large heart. Engineer Amechi described the former governor as a colossus, who’s feet will forever remain indelible in the annals of Delta State politics. he added that Chief Ibori took the mantle of the leadership of the oil-rich Delta State at a critical stage in our political life, when Asaba, the state capital was like a small hamlet but within a short while, he turned the erstwhile bank of the River Niger small village to a metropolitan city and has been growing in lips and bounds till date.
On records, Engineer Amechi stated, was the giant stride the former governor made in bringing pressure to bear on the Federal Government under the auspices of resource control, to ensure that equity and justice is done the “goose that lay the golden egg”, together with other compatriots he championed this goal with high enthusiasm and vigor, this he noted culminated into the 13% derivation from the proceeds of oil and gas which the region enjoys today. That efforts by the ‘great Ibori’ then has the redefined the story of Niger-Delta region in Nigeria political history.
How else do we celebrate a man that foisted peace amongst the multi-lingual State, Engnr Amechi noted, than to state that he has made his ‘glorious mark’ in the sand of time saying, the verdict of history shall be kind to Chief Ibori as he prays for a long and excellent life for the former Delta State Chief executive describing his as a mentor and builder of human resources.
Chief Ibori according to the Ndokwa-born Engineer, has been specially blessed to touch humanity noting that till date, no politician in the Delta region with a broad mind and good heart like him, stressing that his tenure as governor paved the way for the positive developments in the state till date noting that he engineered the oil-rich state on a sound footing within his 8-year reign as governor.
“There’s no better way to celebrate the man who brought out the best from deltans across board than to say: Congratulations on his birthday as we join the entire world to pray for him and his household. He is a father of all and that much, we all appreciate.
“There is no gain saying the fact that Ibori’s life is an open book for all to read through, he is an epitome of excellence, role model to many, a man with a large heart, a good man who stands in for the best at all times. We pray God endow him with longevity.” Engr. Amechi who is the CEO. Tony Amechi Foundation, TAF, stated.