CEM REPORT, PERSONALITY | The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has eulogized the Osaguobaro of Benin Kingdom, Chief (Barr.) Bright Ogbebor on his 80th birthday, hailing his contributions to the development of society.
Obaseki who was accompanied by top government functionaries to the birthday celebration of the Chief Ogbebor in Benin City, described the celebrant as a progressive who believes in the growth and development of the society, State and Country at large.
He said, “I have known the celebrant for over 30 years, his name is synonymous with the Nigerian Brewery as he was the Company’s Secretary for a very long time. To imagine that he is 80 years old is unbelievable as he doesn’t look like that; he is ageless. This tells you the quality and kind of person he is, the quality of his mind as he is progressive and young at heart.
“For the three or four decades I have known him, he has always been on the right path as he believes in the growth and development of his people and the community he finds himself in.”
Obaseki added, “I congratulate him and am very glad that he is celebrating 80 years and is very strong and healthy. We pray God keeps and preserves him in good health to be of more service to his Community and State.”
In his response, the celebrant expressed appreciation to the governor and other guests for coming to celebrate with him.
Other guests at the occasion include former Governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie Oyegun; Secretary to Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq.; Chairman of Alaghodaro, Asue Ighodaro and the Commissioner for Housing, Urban and Physical Planning, Isoken Omo, among others.
Barr. Ogbebor Bright attended Benin Divisional School, Evbohighae and Eastern Academy School, Onitsha. He attended Yaba College of Technology before moving to England to study at University of Aston, Birmingham from 1979-80. He studied Law at University of Lagos, 1984-89 and Nigerian Law School, 1989-90.
He worked briefly as Accounts Clerk at G.B. Ollivant Nigeria Limited before joining Bendel Insurance Plc as Accounts Supervisor and became Assistant Company Secretary of the same Bendel Insurance Plc in 1971. He finally worked as the Company Secretary from 1975-76. He join Nigerian Breweries PIc, Lagos as Company Secretary in 1981. He finally became the Company sec/Legal Adviser before exiting in 1994.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers; fellow Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators; mm: British Institute of Management, London; Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, London and Council of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria