Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
WITH less than two weeks to the 2023 edition of Maris Annual Public Service lecture, renowned Delta-born billionaire businessman, Dr Gabriel Ogbechie, OON, has agreed to be Chairman of the occasion.
Secretary of Maris Trust Council (MTC), organisers of the annual lecture series, Comrade Fidelis Egugbo, disclosed on Friday in Asaba, Delta State, that this year’s edition would be a gathering of who-is-who who’d proffer solutions to the challenges of the society.
According to him, “we are very excited that Dr. Gabriel Ogbechie, OON, Group Managing Director, Rainoil Limited, will be Chairman at this year’s edition of Maris Annual Public Service Lecture series.
“Dr. Ogbechie is a prominent Deltan who is contributing to the global economy, and because charity begins at home, Dr. Ogbechie’s footprint dots across the length and breadth of Delta State, he is a man loved by the people.
“Dr. Ogbechie was carefully chosen to Chair this year’s lecture because of the key words in the title of the lecture, ‘Infrastructure and Democracies;” across the country and beyond, you will find infrastructures provided through the efforts of Dr Ogbechie.
“For this year’s lecture, a successful private and public sector operator, Chief Sir Okenmor Fidelis Tilije, Commissioner for Finance, Delta State, will deliver the lecture titled: ‘Provision of Infrastructure As Catalyst For Growth Of Democratic Governments.’
“The lecture, by the grace of God, shall hold on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba at 12 noon.
“Last year, Ambassador Godson Echegile was the Chairman of occasion and the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Rt. Hon. Festus Ovie Agas set agenda for humanity with the lecture titled, “Selfless Service, A Phenomenal Virtue.” Rt. Hon. Agas, was the Guest Lecturer at that lecture.
“Also, the Deputy Governor-Elect of Delta State, Chief Sir Monday Onyeme, delivered the 2021 edition of the lecture where he spoke on the topic, ‘Effective Tax Administration For The Delivery Of Democratic Dividends.’
“We thank God for the journey of contributing positively to the growth of the society using Maris Annual Lecture as a platform and we thank God for using Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to provide the enabling environment for such international discourse to take place annually.
“Governor Okowa, who has always attended the lecture as Special Guest of Honour, magnanimously provided the Unity Hall, Government House for use and with his strong belief in an egalitarian society, has assisted us in several ways for the lecture to be a success story.
“Maris Lecture is free for well-meaning individuals of the society who wish to contribute positively to the growth of the society.”