Lokoja Amusement Park hall was on Saturday 10th, October 2020 filled to capacity as dignitaries in and outside the state converged in Lokoja the state capital to extol a political Icon and former speaker Kogi State House of Assembly,Rt Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam
Dignitaries who attended the ceremony include: former administrator of Lokoja Local government,Hon. Shiru lawal, Political Associates of the celebrant, chieftains of the ruling party and non governmental organisations among many.
Some political associate of the celebrant who spoke with this reporter Commended Umar Imam for his concern for the less privilege among the society.
They said they have always been fascinated by the quality of Imam’s philanthropy.
There is a certain quality that is out of the ordinary just like his human Empowerment, provision of Scholarship to indigents students and constituency projects among others, which has changed the lives of many for better.” they said
Dr Aminu Isah Of Federal University Lokoja,who delivered lecture with theme :”Education and entrepreneurship”, described Rt Hon. Ahmed Umar as a man with a large heart, and dependable, who delivers assignment of constituency interest with utmost patriotism, adding that the former Speaker and one time member Lokoja 1constituency has done a lot for the less-privileged, especially in the areas of Education and human Empowerment.
A member of an oppossion party,Chief Adejoh Abraham said “This is the kind of thing we should emulate across the state , to celebrate ourselves irrespective of political differences.
This is the first step towards achieving the unity we all desire.
I urge well-meaning Kogites the former speaker at all time”he said.
Rt. Hon. Ahmed Umar Imam,in an emotion-laden remarks told his audience that his joy was that Allah in His infinity mercies has speared his life and has also given him the opportunity to touch lives and put smiles on the faces of somebody.
According to him the birthday ceremony was organised by friends and well wishers,who he said he owned them a depth of gratitude.
Ahmed, who appealed to youths to avoid vices urged the people of the state to support government programs for the benefit of citizenry.
He thanked all those that attended the occasion and reassured them of his determinations to continued to work for the interest of the people and the state in general.
Highlights of the events include: the exhibition of art works by the celebrant.
Other dignitaries in attendance were the Deputy Clark,Kogi State House of Assembly, the DSO Lokoja Local government, Hon Yusuf Waziri, a.k.a Bala mystic, former aides to the celebrant.