Entrepreneurship Award to Odogwu, Most Timely, Says DNIDA


Impressed by what it called laudable initiative, the Delta North Indigenes in Diaspora Association, (DNIDA) Atlanta Georgia, United States chapter, has lauded Anioma Professionals Forum for honouring Chief Sunny l. Odogwu with the Lifetime Award as Outstanding Personality of the Decade for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy.

The association in a statement signed by its President, Dr. Willy Oyem and Secretary,  Uche  Monyei, respectively, said they were most impressed by the Anioma  Professionals forum’s  action, adding “while there is the penchant  for Nigerians to idolise  icons and legends only after  their death, though  Odogwu  is a recipient   of many awards, but this recent honour becomes more apt and timely, because it is coming at a period when Nigeria and the world at large,  are placing high premium on entrepreneurship  in an age of crippling unemployment and recession.”
The statement further stressed: “We make bold to say that such an award will go a long way in building the bridge of progress, unity and further help in mentoring our teeming youths into becoming future leaders. It is beyond contention that  Chief Odogwu has been a leading light in entrepreneurship  in the country, who, while many in his generation  readily settled for colonial civil service jobs, veered off the ‘norm’ to go into private  business, especially the unpredictable and comparatively unknown insurance sector in Nigeria. He remains undisputedly and admirably, one of the first ever notable then Bendel   Igbo to dominate the business world and has made lasting impressions in the mould of other icons of his generation, like the now late Olorugun  Micheal  Ibru.”

The group further noted that, from  Insurance  Odogwu established  the SIO conglomerate which became one of the leading private sector companies, employing thousands of youths across the country, adding that Odogwu’s  SIO  Industries at his home town,  Asaba  became the highest private sector employer of labour in  Delta State in the late 1990s and early 2000.
The association further called on the  Delta State government  and the nation’s  leadership at large, to tap from Odogwu’s  huge business experiences  to chart a new course in rebuilding the state and  Nigeria’s dwindling  economy through  private sector-driven policies  for  lasting entrepreneurship and prosperity.
The group added: “We urge the Forum and other bodies of similar interests,  to continue to dig deep and recognise other outstanding personalities in the area and beyond,  as this will serve as  an inspiration to the younger generation in an age where value for hard work and honesty have been thrown overboard.”