Buhari, Osinbajo, others eulogise Mamora’s commitment to development, democracy
President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, have applauded the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, for his contribution to the development of democracy, the health sector, and family values as he clocks 70 years.
Also, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and erstwhile governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, expressed delight over what they described as the ‘ethos of Omoluwabi’, which Mamora was said to have demonstrated from his younger age.
Buhari, in his message, said that Mamora has contributed immensely to the development of democracy in the country.
The president also commended Mamora for setting up a leadership foundation that would enable the minister to impact the upcoming generation positively.
Buhari also acknowledged the contributions of the senator to the elections that brought him to office in 2015 and 2019 adding that: “Mamora cannot, therefore, be separated from my political success.
“I consider Mamora a co-traveller in my political journey, having served as Deputy Director General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Election Campaign Committee in 2015, and 2019, respectively.”
“These were elections that brought me to office as President and renewal of the mandate for the second term. Mamora cannot, therefore, be separated from my political success, as he worked with his heart, mind, and strength for electoral success. Thank you very much.
“The medical doctor turned politician has made a name as Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly; a senator of the Federal Republic; Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA); Minister of State for Health, and now Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation. Thank you for service to our party, the APC, and to Nigeria, our own dear native land.”
Osinbajo acknowledged Mamora’s contributions to some of the transformations in the legislative arm of government both at the state and national levels. The vice president recalled how the erstwhile minority leader of the Senate was part of the APC’s successes in elections and governance since 2015, even as he encouraged him not to relent in his good work.
Some of the dignitaries at the occasion were: former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel; Boss Mustapha, Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Rasaq Okoya, Rotimi Amaechi, Obafemi Hamzat, Prince Julius Adeluyi, retired Justice Oguntade, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), traditional rulers among others.
However, Mamora in celebration of his 70th birthday launched a charity organisation called, ‘Mamora Education and Leadership Foundation’ (MEL Foundation).
The foundation, a not-for-profit and non-political, focuses on tertiary education sponsorship of indigent students to help shape their future.
Also, a book titled: ‘OLORUNNIMBE’, was launched as part of activities marking his birthday, Mamora said that most students in tertiary institutions are usually left behind, noting that his mission is to create access to a bright future for indigent students through tertiary education sponsorship, mentoring, entrepreneurship, and leadership training.
The 22 chapters and 316 pages book written by Wale Okediran and Omololu Ogunmade chronicled Mamora’s sprawling accomplishments and contributions.
His word: “Our mission is to raise an empowered and successful generation. Some people asked us why we are focusing on education. Education is a vital tool in breaking the poverty circle in every family. Our desire is to contribute towards the attainment of SDG 4, which focuses on education.
“Our action plan is to sponsor, mentor and send them for leadership development and entrepreneur training. This will enable them to be self-reliant in the absence of white collar jobs.”
Also, his wife, Mrs. Olanlesi Mamora, urged the people to support them in what she called a noble cause so that more people can benefit from the scheme.
According to her, “We cannot do it alone, so we are calling on all Nigerians and organisations to support us in this mission so that our society can become a better place for all.”
In his congratulatory message, the Chairman of the occasion and former President Olusegun Obasanjo described Mamora as the true son of his father, who was his teacher in school.
Obasanjo, represented by Gbenga Daniel, said that he (Obasanjo) was not surprised by the successes Mamora recorded in his career, as his family has a history of noble birth.