As Delta PDP delegates match out to cast their votes to nominate the person who will be the Party’s governorship aspirant for the 2015 gubernatorial election in Delta State, it is of great importance that they put some salient issues into considerations.
A governorship candidate that is marketable, with a charisma that has courage and competence to properly manage the Delta State affairs and a personality who is highly placed that can promote unity across the ethnic divides of Delta States.
It is obvious that PDP will never stand and watch Delta State lost to another party, and for such not to happen, it becomes imperative that a person that fits these qualities enumerated here above, is no other person than Dr. Ngozi Juliet Olejeme, the Amazon of Delta Politics, a woman par excellence, a mother, a rare gem who contributed immensely to the Nigerian project in the area which she was given the saddle to handle.
Call her an amazon par excellence, an amazon par difference, an administrator par excellence, a politician par excellence, a politician cum administrator, indeed she fits into any of them very well, for someone of her nature she means different things to different persons, to some she is an astute administrator, a bridge builder and an expert in the financial and insurance sector, moreso, she is an entrepreneur, a manager, a philanthropist, politician, social mobilizer, Human Rights activist, nationalist and a devout Christian and much more a mother.
Rising from a humble beginning, Olejeme went into prominence when she joined forces with other serious minded progressives, to challenge and opposed the military dictatorship of the late Sani Abacha as they believed that the invasion of military into the Nigerian politics is indeed an eccentricity to democratic philosophy.
Olejeme’s journey to the service of the Nigeria nation was seen when she was appointed into the Board of the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited in 2006 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and in 2009, Late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua appointed her as Chairman Board of Directors of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, becoming the first female to hold such position in the country.
Coming into the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) a Federal Government agency empowered by the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA) of 2010 to implement the Employees’ Compensation Scheme (ECS) for the benefit of the Nigerian worker was not an easy task for Olejeme who met barrage of issues and problems in the organisation which was nearly comatose, but the coming of Olejeme made a change in the organisation turning NSITF into a world class organisation in the area of Social insurance and security.
Olejeme stunned many who believe where a man didn’t succeed, how a woman will succeed, but Olejeme proved all everyone wrong she sat on the sail while every person was on looking. Barely one year into office, Olejeme regularised the social insurance scheme by seeing to the promulgation in 2010 of a more comprehensive and responsive scheme called the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA). This Act repealed the contentious Workmen’s Compensation Act (WCA) of 2004 and empowered NSITF as the sole manager of the Act.
In 2006 when she joined NSITF, the office can only boast of two functional offices, but today, the Fund has more than 51 functional and well equipped branches and 11 regional offices, a visit to Abuja the Nation’s capital, where the fund headquarter is situated, one will be held spellbound with the bastion where intelligence works and glamorous magnificence is enshrined.
For instance the NSITF is now computerised with latest software found in the computer world, with such software as ISO certificate (ISO 27001) and Information Security Management System (ISMS) certificate, today the organisation is seen as the first to be public sector organisations in Nigeria to be so certified.
In the area of staff strength, when she took the saddle, the organisation has less 100 staff on its payroll, but today the organisation has more than 4,000 young men and women working to achieve the dreams of Ngozi Olejeme.
Unlike many public institutions that wait for virtually all of its funding from the government, NSITF today is self sustained even as the organisation was voted as one of the best public sector agencies in service delivery in 2014.
Just like Oliver Twist, Olejeme not satisfied with her numerous achievements at NSIF still wants to do more, for instance, is at the moment fighting for the enactment of a bill for full social security that will take care of both the hampered employed and unemployed, the aged, physically challenged and indigent children of this country.
In clarity, it is glaring to now see her handiwork in NSITF, there no much left to doubt as to whether she will take Delta to enviable heights, a Delta beyond oil, this is Olejeme’s dream for a new and modern Delta.
The Amazon, an alumnus of Ivy League Universities in both the US and the UK also has shown here shrewdness and devoutness when became the Convener of Subsidy Re-Investment And Empowerment Program (SURE-P) On Public Works.
Aside the public service, Olejeme humane and philanthropic nature saw here set up a Ngozi’s pet foundation the U and I and widowhood projects designed to improve the lives of widows and the down-trodden persons, has seen her foundation donates cash prizes to widows in Delta and beyond.
Her generous donations have also gone to market woman to enable them improve on their trades. While committing her personal resources to afford educational facilities for the indigent and brilliant students in different parts of the country, she has equally assisted many displaced youths and graduates to secure gainful employments in government establishment.
Olejeme’s milk of human kindness also is seen in the area of giving financial support to the old people’s homes, as well as giving priority attention to traditional institutions in Delta State all these is to ensure that royal fathers uphold the Delta’s rich cultural heritage, encourage family values and promote peace and unity among various ethnic groups as well as to contribute to the political system of governance.
In recognition to Olejeme’s outstanding and selfless contributions to the nation and to her state, she has been seen lots and lots of awards, honours and recognition come her way.
In 2013, Olejeme was honoured by her Asaba people who came from different parts of the world to confer on her the “Distinguished Citizen Award” in a colorful ceremony, which was well attended by dignitaries such as the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof) Chike Edozien (CFR) and the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar amongst others.
Olejeme has also bagged an honorary Doctorate Degree from the American Heritage University of Southern California and the prestigious African International Award (AIA) in Ghana.
A Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration and Life Member / Commonwealth Ambassador of Royal Commonwealth Society, among others, little wonder a former Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton, portrayed her as an excellent class of African women leaders who are championing democratic leadership in Africa.
In May 2014 Olejeme was recognised for her role in adding value to the NSIFT, when she was conferred with the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ Positive Thinkers Award.
Amid the many important main observers and supporters of Olejeme’s genuine qualities, reliable leadership and pivotal role in the socioeconomic development of the nation is former Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, who recently commended Olejeme for her sheer commitment, honesty and managerial competence.
Also, another person who had spoken and commended Olejeme’s leadership style in NSITF is the PDP Deputy Chairman, Chief Emmanuel Ighomena from Oghara who described her as a highly cerebral and urbane politician.
He also said; “Deltans need Dr. Ngozi Olejeme in 2015”.
Also for the Commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Chief Tom Amioku in company of Olejeme’s friend told them Olejeme would be the first elected female governor in Nigeria.
Olejeme is also an alumnus of the following Ivy League institutions; The Prestigious Harvard Business School, Boston, USA;Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA; University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Saad Business School, Oxford University, United Kingdom; Pan African University (Lagos Business School), Nigeria
In recognition of her inexorable effort for the subjugated and good governance, she has been awarded the following honors: Honorary Doctoral Degree by American Heritage University of Southern California (Doctor of Public Policy, Honoris Causa); Prestigious Africa International Award (AIA) Ghana; Fellow, Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration, FCIDA, (Nigeria); Fellow, Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (Nigeria);Champion of Workers Welfare Award by Labour Writers Associations Of Nigeria; Friend of Nollywood Award by Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria 2014 ; NAWOJ Leadership Award, 2014 ; Honorary Life; Member/Commonwealth Ambassador of Royal Commonwealth Society, Nigeria; Life Member Institute of Directors (Affiliate of Institute of Directors UK); International Leadership Award by Africa Women Diplomatic Forum, Ottawa, Canada; Woman of Integrity and Exemplary Leadership Award of State House Press Corps (VILLA) and Newspaper Proprietor Association of Nigeria ( NPAN);The 2013 Valiant Award by National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) in Atlanta Georgia, USA; Award of Excellence/ Mother, Per Excellence Award for Loyalty and Service to Humanity by Amazon International Houston, Texas, USA. September 2013; American Global Health Network Patrons Award for Excellent Service By Ohio House of Representatives, 2013;Global Excellence in Leadership Award by Student Association of Nigeria in Diaspora (SAND); Member, The Association of Business Executives London; Award for Excellence by Women of Love, Ireland 2013;World Peace Ambassador for Peace Award (Amb.P) by United; Nations -Polac Peace Programme Nigeria, 2013; Delta State Leaders of Excellence Award by Delta State Grassroots Movement;National Assembly Media Correspondents’ Award of Charity Services To Humanity;Meritorious Award of Excellent by Ijaw Youth Council; Global Achievement Award for a Societal Rehabilitation and Capital Development;Montage Africa Women of Excellence Awards 2013; 2013 Delta Most Celebrated Personality Award by organizers of the Delta Role Model Awards (DREAMS) in collaboration with African Child Foundation; Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award, Africa Woman of the Year 2012 By All Africa Student Union (AASU); Award of Excellence and Peak Performance in the chosen Career and Assignment, 2013; 6th Africa Leader PAR Excellence Award 2013 by International Center ForComparative Leadership for Africans and Blacks in Diaspora; Best Technocrat in Nigeria Award 2014 by City People Media Group; Mother of Nigerian Youth by Nigeria Unity Football Tournament; Panelist on the Session on Law and Social security, 2013 by Nigeria Institute of Advance and Legal Studies; Member, Board of Patrons, Congress of Muslim and Christian Youths for Unity.
Olejeme secrets behind her success life are being relied on the fact of her share of philosophy about which be believes is here absolute; “Faith in God and rendering selfless service to humanity”
On the last line, there is no better candidates than Olejeme to grace the Government House Asaba come May 29, Delta PDP delegates vote wisely and vote good.
Ekene Israel Writes from Abuja