From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
The Anambra State Government has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing an indigene, Mr. Chudi Ofodile, into the management board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), assuring that it was a wise move.
Ofodile, a former Chairman of House of Representatives Special Committee on Joint Venture Oil Operations, was last week appointed NIMASA Executive Director, Finance and Administration following Dr. Bashir Jamoh’s appointment as the agency’s director-general.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Don Adinuba, said that “Ofodile is eminently deserving of the appointment. He is, in fact, worth everything in gold.”
In further accolades on the lawyer, political analyst and author, who represented Awka Federal Constituency from 1999 to 2005, the statement read: “Though he left the legislature 15 years ago, his colleagues and officials of the National Assembly speak nostalgically about him on account of the brilliance, commitment and vibrancy he displayed.
“Having discharged his duties with aplomb, he set a standard by which a lot of his colleagues are still judged in matters of transparency, probity and commitment to the common good, as well as legislative delivery”.
It noted that Ofodile was among the first major investors in the state after the return of democratic rule in Nigeria in 1999, and he “encouraged many people from Anambra State to follow his bold example of Think Home.
“His impressive record made Governor Willie Obiano to appoint him last December a member of the Anambra State Vision 2070 Committee, a group drawing up a strategic plan to make the state attain the status of a fully developed entity in the next 50 years.
It added: “Ofodile’s appointment into the leadership of NIMASA, a key parastatal, is obviously in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise during the 2019 electioneering campaign to appoint persons from Anambra State and the South-East geopolitical zone into strategic positions.
“We still expect more key appointments because all the people the president has appointed from our state and the South-East geopolitical zone always display outstanding competence, integrity and loyalty.”