Wednesday, March 25, 2009
NWADIALO, YET ANOTHER FIRST!
Icheoku extends our warm congratulations to Dr. Bernard-Shaw Nwadialo on his appointment, by President Umaru Yar'Adua, as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs! With the confirmation of this son of the soil, to a well merited and deserved position in a Nigerian institution, Icheoku says, the much awaited reintegration of the people of the South East of Nigeria, formerly of Biafra, has finally begun in earnest? As the first Nigerian of Igbo extraction to ever hold this position, CG Nwadialo now joins the ranks of the other doctor on the console at Nigeria's central bank, Dr. Chukwuma Soludo? The President of Nigeria, Umaru Yar'Adua shares in this congratulation for not caving in to some feudal pressure to permanently domicile the office of the Comptroller General to a particular section of the country? Our faith is on CG Nwadialo to deliver and set an example that Nigeria could attain any height, if only the right people are given the opportunity to run affairs therein. CG Nwadialo's appointment also telegraphs that meritocracy has once again triumphed over crass tribalism and nepotism. By confirming this formerly substantive position, President Umaru Yar'Adua correctly placed a round peg in a round hole; and let the healing continue. With one down, one more to go, Icheoku asks, how about the Nigerian Police's Ogbonnaya Onovo, Mr. President? With a PHD in soil science, CG Nwadialo joined the Customs service as deputy comptroller, in 1988 from the University of Nigeria, where he had lectured. CG Nwadialo was promoted to a comptroller in 2000 and then Assistant Comptroller General in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Service in 2004 and later to Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Strategic Research and Policy, a position he held until his present appointment as the over-all head of the Nigeria Customs, The Comptroller General! Once again, our congratulations!