LAGOS — The President General of Ogbako Ndigbo, Lagos, Professor Anya O. Anya, weekend, explained why the former Aviation Minister, Princes Stella Oduah, is being honoured by different organisations and groups after she has left office.
Anya, who spoke while Oduah was honoured in Lagos by Ndigbo, said Oduah’s determination to turn the aviation sector around marked her out as a patriotic Nigerian who deserves to be honoured.
He also described her as “a pride of Ndigbo, a rare woman of substance, an achiever that has brought international recognition to Ndigbo in concrete terms by facilitating the building of an international airport at Enugu, South-East Region.”
According to Anya, Ndigbo regard this singular feat as a great achievement because of how long it took to be realised and the rapid economic growth it will engender to the region.
The award, according to the organisers, was in recognition of her immense contribution in transforming the aviation sector into world-class standard.
Others honoured along with Oduah were eight other illustrious sons of Ndigbo who have also made impact in their fields of endeavour.
They include the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi; immediate past Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika; former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Dele Ezeoba and former Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji.
Others were former Executive Secretary of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Reginald Chika Stanley; former Managing Director/CEO of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Reginald Ihejiahi, former Managing Director of Nigeria Liquidfied Natural Gas (NLNG), Chima Ibeneche among others.