By Shola Akingboye, 8 November 2021
It was all roads to the nation’s capital at the weekend as friends and well-wishers troop to Abuja to felicitate with Chief Dr Uche Egenti (MON), on his new federal appointment as the Governing Board Chairman, of the Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Not a few traditional rulers also graced the church thanksgiving cum grand reception event organised by friends in honour of HRH Uche Egenti. It all began at the All Soul’s Anglican Church, Amac/Aco Estate in the FCT.
HRH Egenti (MON) honours God during the church’s thanksgiving service
Accompanied by his family members to honour God for the appointment, Egenti while appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari, for counting him worthy of the appointment, says he gave everything to God who pilots the affairs of man and He is the only decider of who gets what on earth.
The Imo state born Eze Igbo General of Abuja, who doubles as
Chairman Igbo Traditional Council & Coordinator, Association of Eze Igbo in 19 Northern states and the FCT, went further to reflect on his journey to stardom.
He reminisced on the fact that all he has become in life would not have been made possible without his creator, hence the need to take his crowd before the altar to worship the highest on the honour done on him by President Muhammadu Buhari, according to him, with promises to perform beyond expectations at duty post as the newly appointed Governing Board Chairman, of the Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI).
However, it was encomium galore so to speak at the palace residence of HRH Egenti in Abuja; not a few among the invitees at the event, who eulogised Chief Egenti describe him as truly worthy of the mettle.
Chief Lady Evelyn Azih, the Ugoeze Ndigbo 1 of Holland, is the President of, Nigerian Community in the Netherland. Fielding questions from RegentAfrica Times at the occasion, she submitted that Chief Egenti is a known friend of many years and a down to heart personality that deserves what he got as a great achiever.
Chief Lady Evelyn Azih, the Ugoeze Ndigbo 1 of Holland, and the President of Nigerian Community in the Netherland fielded questions from RegentAfrica Times at the reception.
“Chief Uche Egenti is a very close friend of mine. I know him for a very long time, he is very humble and a great achiever. He is the Ibo leader, the recognise Eze Ndigbo of Abuja and now bags another recognition from the federal government as the Governing Board Chairman, of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This is a thing of joy and that is why all his friends are here today to felicitate with him.” She enthused.
On the qualification for the position, she added: “This is a round peg in a round hole appointment given to Chief, we appreciate the President for the honour done on this noble son of the land
“Even if Chief Egenti is given more than the board chairmanship appointment, he truly deserves it.
“If given a minister of the federal republic, Egenti measures the mettle, both as a staunch supporter of this administration right from inception and one who has paid his dues as one of the key stakeholders in the properties and housing sector in Nigeria.
“You can see that one of the challenges we are facing in Nigeria is the infrastructural deficit, and having someone more dedicated to duty as Chief Egenti in the right place goes a long way to help solve some of the problems bedevilling this sector, and things will work out well.
“I think someone like Chief Egenti is in the right position to occupy this position.” Chief Lady Evelyn opined.
Advising HRH Egenti, Chief Evelyn seized the opportunity to appeal to the newly appointed Governing Board boss to be mindful of the fifth columnist while at the switchboard If he want to succeed:
“My advice for him is that he should beware of self-centred Nigerians who don’t want you to succeed, all they care around you is to bring out money for them to share and go back to destroy your work and image.
“So I will advise him that he should know that the position given to him is by God Almighty, and for him to make a positive impact in the lives of Nigerians in that aspect, he should just go and deliver.” HRH Evelyn admonished.
On his part, HRH, Serki Alhaji Yaro Danladi, the Chairman traditional rulers, Hausa Community in the South-East/South-South, says the appointment given to HRH Egenti did not come cheaply, he speaks:
“Chief Egenti is one of us, he is a traditional ruler like me, we are here today to appreciate God for this appointment given to him by the Presidency.
” This is not one of those appointments that are easily come by, and when good things happen around our friends, we felicitates and that’s the reason we are here today.” The traditional ruler declares.
On capability, HRH Serki Danladi continues: “Egenti is a great man, everyone respects him and as you can see the calibre of people that came for this occasion to felicitate with him.
“You can hear what everyone said about him, he is more than capable; he has been there and knows his onion on how to handle even a bigger office ahead.
“My words of advice to him is that he should just be himself and allow the humility for which he is known rules over him, not to allow himself to be distracted, but go out there and work for the government of Nigeria to the benefits of the citizenry.
“So he should continue the good works that earned him this honour.” Highness snapped.
Equipped themselves with a press statement to the occasion, as obtained by RegentAfrica Times, the Association of Eze Ndigbo (19 Northern state & FCT), led by its President, His Highness, Eze (Dr) Pampas M.I Ngozi Wahiwe, JP, noted that the honour done on HRH Egenti, who doubles as the coordinator of the body is an honour to the entire institution.
The statement reads:
“The appointment is not only in recognition of your passion for the service of God and humanity but an honour to us all.
“Your unquantifiable contributions in our Association for the sustenance of our tradition and culture in the 19 Northern states and FCT, is highly appreciated and commendable.
“I pray to almighty God who has found your highness worthy of this exalted position to give you wisdom, robust health to be able to discharge the function of your new office.
“Your highness sir, once again congratulations.” It reads.
Meanwhile, having sojourn in the property and real estate sub-sector for decades, as an estate developer and a key player among the various association in the industry, Egenti understands the language of infrastructure as far as housing is concerned, vis-à-vis related problems the nation is facing in terms of infrastructural deficits.
It was widely believed at the weekend that this appointment would not have come better than now that the nation demands experts such as Egenti at the corridor of housing and roads developments.
Dignitaries at the occasion include government officials, captains of industries, estate developers, some men of God among other traditional rulers beyond ethnic borders.
Below are the photos of the activities organised by friends of Egenti to celebrate the man many describe at the event as detribalised Nigerian and a friend of all.
PHOTOS: By Felix Ojo
Egenti, family and friends at the All Soul’s Anglican Church, Aco Estate, Abuja during the thanksgiving service on Sunday 7th November 2021
Images at the reception organised to celebrate HRH Egenti, by his friends at his Aco Estate palace, Abuja, are below: