Lagos - A Group of Nigerians in Europe heaped praise on prominent politician, businessperson and philanthropist, Dr Ngozi Olejeme, for her contribution to the development of the country.
The Netherlands Group hailed her as a business mogul with a proven track record of business acumen.
"She is a living witness of women's ability and intelligence if and when given an equal opportunity like men. As the Chairman of the board of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSSITF) and Trust Fund Pensions, Olejeme has equivocally proved sexists wrong with her managerial shrewdness and ability to deliver."
For group said for those who might consider. Olejeme's managerial intelligence and ability or numerous achievements at the organisations, a sheer luck or coincidence, the success story of her vast business empire was a convincing testimony of her status as a "managerial juggernaut."
"Whether as the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of ABLE-JES Nigeria Limited, Julind Nigeria Limited, Fresh Energy Nigeria Limited, or member Board of Directors of Ajaokuta Steel Company and Sheraton Hotels and Towers, to mention but a few, Dr. Olejeme, a boardroom guru with impeccable experience, has proved herself an indomitable manager you hardly can ignore."
The Netherlands Group said Olejeme's record in philanthropy was proven.
"In a culture where many politicians fastidiously enrich themselves at the expense of the poor masses, it is therefore ironic indeed that Olejeme has rather spent a substantial amount of her personal wealth on charity," stated The Netherlands Group.
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"Her deep involvement in and total commitment to the women and youth causes cannot explain less why she was elected in 1998 as National President of Igbo women forum, an NGO deeply rooted in charitable work aimed towards women and youth empowerment. Her various Widowhood Projects try to redress social - economic cum cultural challenges facing widows through empowerment and grants for trade."
Olejeme, the group said, was an unapologetic human rights activist and nationalist, who has left a lasting imprint in the Nigerian political arena.
"During the dangerous military regime of late General Sanni Abacha (1993-1998) when many Nigerians fearfully withdrew into their cocoons, while others turned sycophants, Olejeme on the other hand, defiantly challenged the dictator on human rights records and corruption and sensitized many women on their rights.
"Partly, her political agitation gave birth to democracy in Nigeria. But as a tireless visionary leader, the return of democracy did not end her dreams and campaign for a better Nigeria."
Olejeme's achievements in education were lauded.
"Dr Olejeme has received uncountable rewards and recognitions in Nigeria and abroad for her selfless services and contribution to the betterment of her beloved country, Nigeria.
"Apart from being an alumnus of many reputable universities, amongst them Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, Wharton Business School, to mention just a few, Dr. Olejeme has been awarded more than 12 Honorary Doctoral Degree in recognition of her tremendous services to the powerless."
- CAJ News