Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has again immortalised the two-time governor of the defunct Mid-Western region and old Bendel State by naming the rebuilt and remodeled New Era College in Benin City after the elder statesman.
This is the second time Governor Oshiomhole would be immortalising Dr Ogbemudia as he had, in 2014, built a statue in honour of the former governor at the state-owned Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
Speaking at a birthday party organised by the state government to celebrate Ogbemudia on his 84th birthday on Saturday, Oshiomhole said, “You came, you saw and you conquered and Edo people are proud. Therefore, with your permission and in exercise of my privileges as the governor of the greatest state in Nigeria, the only state that is up-to-date in the payment of salaries in the entire South-South, the only state that increased the minimum wage when others cannot pay it, on behalf of the government and the people of Edo State, this college, New Era College that you built, that they destroyed after you left, that I came to rebuild will hereafter be named Dr Samuel Ogbemudia College. It is my hope this will inspire other people to give their best to our state, to our country so that role models shall be formed within us. God bless you. God bless your family, and if you ask me, may God give you another eighty-four years.”
He continued, “I just want to say, we are very proud of you and we thank God for your life. We are celebrating an example of how just one man can lay such a solid foundation for generations upon generations to build on. So, our leader, Dr Ogbemudia, I am proud of you. Edo people are proud of you. Nigerians who know you are proud of you, and even children yet unborn will be proud of you when they read the history of your contributions to the growth and development of Midwest Region, Bendel State, and Edo State.
“Fashola, former governor of Lagos State, now Minister of Works, Housing and Power, said to me, do you know if any one government under any one governor can complete the process of governance, Ogbemudia would have done so.
“So, you have people in the North, in the East, in the West, across all the divides in Nigeria that respect you for your patriotism, your doggedness, your commitment, your honesty of purpose, your leadership by example, and your unwavering commitment to building and supporting one indivisible Nigeria.