(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – Some individuals who are envious of the natural endowments of Rivers State, the treasure base of Nigeria, have laboured in vain to sell the narrative that Rivers people are lazy. The reason why they failed is because of their conclusions are based on wrong premises.Rivers State, like other states in Nigeria, and the world at large, definitely has her own.fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly.However, over all, the people cannot, by any stretch of the imagination be described as lazy people because the facts, as the lawyers say, speak for themselves.
The treasure base of the nation parades so many men and women, who are standing tall – shoulder to shoulder with their counterparts from other parts of the country and the world. Time will fail me to talk about the late Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas, who stood shoulder.higher than his contemporaries while he served as Attorney General in the Eastern Region and at the national level during the administration of General Gowon.
Recently, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Rt.Hon. Chibuike Amaechi contested decisively for the presidential tickets of their parties: the People’s Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress respectively. Although they lost, their impact was felt nationally, as they both came second in the primaries of their parties.
The evidences are everywhere that the Rivers man and woman can hold his own any time, and are comparable to the best that can be found anywhere. The outgoing Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Ipalibo Banigo Harry trained as a medical doctor, and retired from the Rivers State Civil Service as Head of Service until the time of her invitation to serve as deputy governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2015 election. In appreciation of her excellent performance, she has been given the ticket to contest for the Rivers West senatorial district seat in the 2023 elections.
To further prove that Rivers State is not lacking in women, who are not only brilliant but also elegant, the state is presenting to the world, another amazon and treasure of inestimable value. Her name is Ngozi Nma Odu, a Professor of Food Microbiology and Public Health at the University of Port Harcourt.
This graduate of Paisley College of Technology, Renfrewshire, Scotland, University of London (Queen Elizabeth College) and University of Port Harcourt has, over time developed herself and her.networks to the point that she can wear any cap.It was therefore not surprising that many Rivers people considered her nomination as the running mate to the governorship candidate of the PDP in Rivers State, Sir. Sim Fubara, as well deserved. This is a lady who rose through the ranks in the Rivers State Ministry of Health to the post of permanent secretary, and served in that office for six and half years (1999 – 2006). From there, she was appointed as commissioner for Education during the administration of Dirt.Peter Odili.
Prof. Ngozi Odu is one of the jewels that Rivers State is proud of her Midas touch and long list of success stories. She has the mental capacity to add value to efforts aimed at advancing the course of development in Rivers State and Nigeria. She also has the social and political networks – which are invaluable.assets in public service.
It is therefore one’s considered opinion that the decision to give her an opportunity to further contribute to state and national development is timely. May her sun continue to rise so that she can have more opportunities to show the world that Rivers State has in abundance, men and women who are comparable to the best anywhere in the world.