- Nigerians took time out to honour Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, March 8 as he celebrated his 64th birthday
- Various events across the country were held in honour of the vice president by his friends and well-wishers
- Some of the events had a life-changing impact on participants who got grants from associates of VP Osinbajo
As Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, clocked 64 on Monday, March 8, friends and associates celebrated the life and impact of the VP with a line-up of events to commemorate his birth anniversary.
The events spread across states, including Lagos, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
They include the announcement of the Annual Entrepreneurship Development Programme for young Nigerians and small businesses in Nigeria, as well as support for health workers and a nationwide Ophthalmological intervention.
Also line up were:
2. MSME grants to beneficiaries in Nasarawa state
3. A novelty lawn tennis competition
4. Visits to Children’s Homes in Abuja
5. Social impact activities and
6. A prayer meeting by a group of FCT women.
OVP Novelty match
On Sunday, March 7, staff of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) organized a novelty lawn tennis competition in Abuja to mark the VP’s birthday. The event was flagged off by Deputy Chief of Staff, OVP, Ade Ipaye, and featured players like Wahab Akande, PLO to the VP; ADC to VP, senior aides, among others
At the end of the match, symbolic presentations were made to players that participated in the novelty tennis competition and cash prizes were made to the chosen charity of the winning team.
Nasarawa MSMEs grants
In commemoration of VP’s 64th birthday, the Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Mohammed Sidi Bage, hosted a prayer/empowerment scheme event at his palace.
During the event, which was attended by the Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, who represented the State Governor Abdullahi Sule, the Emir of Lafia flagged off the Grant disbursement of N100,000 to 50 owners of small businesses in Lafia town.
Aside from the cash grant of N100,000 each to 50 persons, some beneficiaries got sewing machines from the Friends of Osinbajo.
Visit to Children's Homes
On Monday afternoon, a delegation from the OVP led by DCOS, Ade Ipaye, visited the Abuja Children’s Home in Karu, and the FCT Unity Children’s Home, Gwarko, in commemoration of the VP’s 64th birthday.
Several items were donated to the homes, including blankets, diapers, noodles, baby formulas, bags of rice, bottles of palm oil and vegetable oil, containers of salt, biscuits and cereal.
International Women’s Day, FCT women pray for VP Osinbajo
As Vice President Osinbajo’s birth date was also the day to mark International Women’s Day, a diverse group of women from different works of life, cutting across different occupations and religion came together at the Government Secondary School, Jikwoyi, in Abuja to pray for the VP on his birthday.
The unemployed women at the meeting were empowered with funding to start businesses and those with existing businesses were equally empowered to expand their businesses.
Similarly, many Nigerians took to social media platforms to celebrate the Vice President with trending hashtags.
Meanwhile, VP Osinbajo's spokesperson, Laolu Akande, has shared insights into his leadership qualities in a statement on Sunday, March 7, seen by Legit.ng.
Akande said with the kind of relationship that exists between President Muhammadu Buhari and Osinbajo, the vice president has demonstrated that good leaders are first good followers.
Recall that the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, on Wednesday, March 3, conferred on VP Osinbajo, a special award of the ‘Defender of Faith’.
The award was conferred on VP Osinbajo at the 16th Biennial Delegate Conference of the PFN held at the Michael Okpara Square in Enugu state.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.