President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and wife Dolapo, governors of Abia and Bayelsa states, Ministers, wives of state governors, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and other dignitaries converged in Owerri on Saturday to celebrate with the wife of Imo state governor, Mrs Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha on her 50th birthday.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo arrived the state as early as 8am while his wife Dolapo arrived the previous day. They commended Mrs Okorocha for her love and concern for the less privileged ones in the society.
They gave the commendations respectively at a colloquium and book presentation to mark the 50th birthday of Mrs Okorocha at the Nick Banquet Hall, Government House Owerri. The vice president had earlier unveiled an ultramodern Wellness and Diagnosis Centre for children and women built by the Women of the Divine Destiny Initiative (WODDI), a pet project of Mrs Okorocha.
In his speech, President Buhari’s representative said “I was specifically called by President Buhari on two occasions to be in Owerri to honour you today. This shows that you occupy a very special place in the heart of the President. At 50, you have achieved much more than can be imagined especially through your SNARP projects and just like the Levites in the Bible, you can now rest and enjoy God’s favours in your life”.
The vice president in his remarks said “I have always been fascinated by the quality of Nkechi Okorocha’s philanthropy. There is a certain quality that is out of the ordinary just like her SNARP project which has changed the lives of many widows for better by providing quality homes to them. Just today we opened the WODDI Wellness and Diagnosis Centre which focuses on preventive approach to sickness or illness especially in women and children.
Wife of the Speaker of House of Representatives, Mrs Gimbiya Yakubu Dogara who represented wife of the President Hajia Aisha Buhari described Mrs Okorocha as a woman with a large heart and dependable, who delivers assignment of national interest with utmost patriotism, adding that the woman has done a lot for the less-privileged.
Many other dignitaries were in attendance. Some of them include Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state,Minister of Commerce, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of state for Education, Prof Anthony Anwuka and several others.