A renowned security expert, entrepreneur and organizational Strategist, Chief Irimiya Ezekiel Afukonyo has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts aimed at stabilizing the economy, stressing the need for more strategic cooperation in the public and private sectors to speed up development in the country.
Afukonyo who added another year to his graceful age today, also charged leaders across all sectors of the country to maintain the spirit of true nationalism to stimulate the nation to achieve desired growth.
Speaking at his Abuja residence earlier today, Irimiya who is the chairman of Open Palm Nigeria Limited, while speaking on the ongoing security and economic challenges in the country
so as to encourage sustainable development and progression of our national vision.
He also expressed gratitude to God Almighty for the grace of a new age, in good health and marital bliss.
Chief Irimiya has, however, continue to receive countless congratulatory messages, prayers, wishes and gifts from well-wishers, family members, friends, reputable personalities and high leveled executives in Nigeria and from across the world.
Some felicitations via the social media space spotlighted his undaunted capacity, vibrant intellectuality, selflessness and dedication towards promoting development in Nigeria and the northeast, where he hails from.
In an extensive review into the fundamental capacity of Chief Ezekiel, his earnest civic engagements towards sustainable growth and development in Nigeria include his service with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Research Department from 1997 to 2010 and was later made Chief/Head, Consular and Immigration Department in the Ministry. Considering his integrated pedigree in security and international intelligence, Chief was appointed a pioneer Board Member of the Economic and Financial CrimesCommissionn (EFCC).
He has also served Nigeria at several International missions which include the Nigerian Mission In Abu Dhabi, UAE as Head Consular and Immigration in 2009 and the Nigerian Mission In Rome Italy, as Head Economic and Commercial Desk in 2010.
Chief Irimiya has represented Nigeria at several international forums and functions, including Ecowas Draft Expert Committee Meeting in Ghana on Child Trafficking in 2001, Common Wealth Youth Forum in the UK in 2001, and was Leader of the Team that evacuated Nigerian Refugees and Prisoners from Bangkok Thailand in 2006.
In that same year, Chief Ezekiel Represented Nigeria In Netherlands at the Joint Experts Training On Immigration Programme, Delegate at the International Conference For Security Experts in 2009 at Abu Dhabi and represented Nigeria at the Oil And Gas Conference at Ravenna, Italy in 2010.
With his outstanding excellence and intensive knowledge of local and international security, Chief Ezekiel has, however, handled several classified Operations and Duties for Nigeria, both at home and abroad. While enclosed in the notable engagement of his civic responsibilities for the nation.
He participated and frontline several civil activities. Some of this responsibilities include Patron of Taraba Association of Peace and Development, Patron of the International Agency for the Protection of Child and Women Against Trafficking, Patron of Taraba State Choir Association-Interdenominational, Deacon of Living Faith Church Worldwide and Founder of Afukonyo Memorial Foundation, a humanitarian organization, dedicated to promote and sustain the legacy and visionary perspective of Afukonyo across Nigeria and Africa.
He was also decorated with a traditional title in Ibbi Chiefdom, where he was honoured with the “Katukan Ibbi” title and another in Anambra state as the “Ike Oma of Nnewi community.