Nigerian civil service needs Pst Omachi’s experience – Prof. Ojowu 

Renowned economist, Professor Ode Ojowu, has charged the federal government to seek the wisdom and patriotism of the likes of Pastor Raymond Omenka Omachi in the drive for economic revival, strategic survival and service delivery amid the current socio-economic and security challenges facing the country.

Professor Ojowu, a former chief economic adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, gave the charge in Abuja, Sunday, during a thanksgiving service organised by friends and associates of Pastor Omachi, in appreciation to God on his recent appointment as a Federal Permanent Secretary by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, following years of dedicated service to his father land.

Speaking as the chairman of the occasion at the reception programme, Ojowu described Omenka Omachi as “an exceptional civil servant who rose to the peak of his career by dint of hard work, focus and commitment to excellence in whatever he does,” noting his cerebral academic proficiency as ‘exceptional’ and his relationship with humanity, ‘contagious’.

It is a thing of joy for me to see Pastor Omenka Omachi rising to the peak of his career in the civil service as a Federal Permanent Secretary, particularly noting that it was in his father’s house I stayed when I began my teaching career in 1969,” Professor Ojowu said.

Reading an abridged profile of the permanent secretary, Mr Edwin Odah, a senior federal civil servant, said owing to his exceptional academic performance, Raymond Omachi enrolled at the Igede Community Secondary School, Okileme in Oju local government area of Benue state where he left unbeatable record on graduation in 1984.

With the gyratory fire to hit the roof of his academic pursuit, Raymond Omachi gained admission to read Accountancy at the prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka (Enugu Campus) and graduated in 1988. He did his mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC) in Kano state before working with the Borno State Agricultural Development Company.

His rise in the civil service bureaucracy to a Director, Finance and Accounts in the Ministry of Interior before his recent elevation to the position of Permanent Secretary was described as deserving, given Omenka’s vivacity, humility and integrity.

Notable figures at the ceremonies, besides Omachi’s colleagues and friends, were Dr Isaac Akuma Egboja, Barrister Peter Ulegede, Eld Igbudu Ugada among others.