Lawan, Bamidele extol Akume @ 70 


Former President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC Yobe North) and Leader of the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central), have extolled virtues of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume in celebrating his 70th birthday.

In separate congratulatory messages sent to Akume on Tuesday, both serving senators described Akume as a patriot and progressive minded Nigerian who had and is still contributing his quota to the unity, progress and development of Nigeria.

Lawan in his own message said: “It is with great joy and admiration that I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, His Excellency, Sen. George Akume, CON, a distinguished leader and dedicated public servant. Your contributions to the growth and development of our nation are truly remarkable.

“Throughout your illustrious career, you have exemplified the ideals of good governance and selfless service. Your unwavering commitment to the progress of our country is evident in your accomplishments as a seasoned administrator, a visionary politician, and a passionate advocate for the welfare of all Nigerians.

“Your astute leadership as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has been pivotal in coordinating and harmonizing the activities of various government agencies and stakeholders. Your administrative acumen has ensured effective policy implementation, efficient service delivery, and a collaborative approach to governance.

“As Senate Minority Leader (2011-2015) and distinguished Senator representing Benue North-West (2007 – 2019), you championed the aspirations of your constituents and contributed significantly to legislative reforms in the Senate that have positively impacted the lives of many.

“As Governor of Benue State from 1999 – 2007, your dedication to the development of the state was visible in your commitment to quality education, and your unwavering efforts to promote peace and reconciliation. Overtime, these have left an indelible mark on the state and the nation as a whole.

“On this auspicious occasion of your 70th birthday, we celebrate your many achievements and the invaluable contributions you have made to our nation. Your dedication, wisdom, and unwavering spirit of service are truly inspiring. I wish you good health, happiness, and continued success as you continue to serve our great country.

Senator Bamidele in his message described Akume as a progressive general, who contributed greatly in making the progressives take their rightful place in the governance of the country.

“On this day, I celebrate one of the priceless generals in the ranks of the progressives, who worked valiantly to rescue and reclaim Nigeria from the claws of regressive elements that ruled between 1999 and 2015.”