OrderPaperToday– The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan has showered encomiums on his deputy, Ovie Omo-Agege, who he described as a “big blessing” to the Senate.

Lawan stated this on Sunday at a thanksgiving service organised by Omo-Agege to celebrate his emergence as deputy Senate president at the Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church, Warri, Delta State.

Lawan, while speaking at the event, said, “You know the more you thank God for the blessings He bestows on us, the more he gives us more blessings. For us in the National Assembly, we have come to thank God for two things- for the blessings he bestowed on our colleague and for us to have our colleague as the deputy president of the Senate.

“He (Omo-Agege) is a big blessing for us even though none of us emerged unopposed, other senators ran against us but today, the Senate is one. In fact,  here we have all the principal officers of the PDP in the Senate, led by no other person but the leader of the minority, Senator Abaribe.

“This is someone (Omo-Agege) who is loyal, committed, dedicated, courageous and never shy of taking responsibility. These are the kind of leadership traits we need in Nigeria.
We love what you have been doing in the Senate. In fact, our sojourn started right from the 8th Senate when you joined us. Right from there till date, no one has any reason to doubt our loyalty, commitment and ability to ensure that as a people with different ethnic backgrounds, we work together to make Nigeria better.”

The president of the Red Chamber also used the occasion to explain why the federal chambers will continue collaborating with the executive arm.

He said, “We believe this is necessary particularly in this time. Politics was done by the time of elections but it now the time for governance. I am happy… we are working with Mr. President to ensure that we are able to fix all the challenges we face as a country. We need to continue for Nigeria. In fact, we must continue to pray for Nigeria.

“We must work. We pray, we work. That is what God wants us to do. For us in the Senate, we have since decided to work hand in hand, harmoniously with the executive arm of government. Why do we have to do that? It is a must.

“The framers of the 1999 constitution did not envisage that National Assembly should fight with Mr. President for progressives to be established. It is assumed there will be disagreements between the two arms of government but even then, it is assumed the differences will be for national interest and that is what we are trying to do. We will continue to support Mr. President all the way.”

The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, was present at the event where he lauded the principal officers of the Red Chamber over their leadership.

He said, “Both himself and Senator Lawan were the unanimous choice of most of us in the APC. At the leadership of the APC, there were very little doubts about these two and we worked very hard to make it happen. The reasons are very simple. Senator Lawan has always proven to be a party person and same as Ovie.”

Still on Omo-Agege, Osibanjo said, “It is very hard to find someone who is so well educated. He is a very brilliant young man. As you know, being brilliant and bright as a lawyer is not sufficient to win elections in a rugged terrain. Everybody knows it is a very rugged terrain. It is not just the brilliance but a lot of courage.”

The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, in his own remarks at the event, promised to keep working with the federal parliament, being a product from there.

Reverend Father Anthony Mario Ozele, who gave the sermon, advised Omo-Agege and other top politicians to focus on developing the infrastructural facilities in the region.

Ozele said, “We need Warri Port; we need Sapele Port; we need Aladja rolling mill, we need…We do not need a Federal Polytechnic in Delta state, we need a University of Food Science and Technology.

“Thank God Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is here, you are a beloved neighbour of Delta State. Assist our brother in bringing home dividends of democracy in Delta Central. I thank God for the presence of the federal Minister of State for Labour, Barrister Festus Keyamo is here and hearing me. Assist your brother in bringing home the dividend of democracy. Mr. Vice President sir, you are an ardent believer.

“Let us put aside all political division and lift up this illustrous Urhobo son; for his success is our collective success. Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, be wise and be courageous. We know courage is not a virtue you are lacking; in wisdom be wise. .. For the sake of your people, reach out your hands across the political divide; search for common grounds.”

The ceremony was well attended by senators from the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), present and past.

Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, minister of state for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, former SGF, Babachir Lawal and others were present, as well as the governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa and ex governors of the state, Emmanuel Uduaghan and James Ibori.


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