As Osinbajo pleads on Democracy Day: let’s make sacrifices
The Government of Rivers State on Saturday conferred the prestigious Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS) award on the Managing Director of leading oil and gas logistics giant, INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gabriele Volpi.
Mr. Volpi, who is also the Founder/President of Orlean Invest Holdings Limited, was honoured alongside other prominent Nigerians, which included former President Goodluck Jonathan and 125 others as part of activities marking the Golden Jubilee of Rivers State, which was created in 1967.
Mr. Gabriele Volpi was honoured in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the development of Rivers State, the Niger Delta and Nigeria.
Speaking at the event held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, described the award recipients as persons of exemplary character who have distinguished themselves in leadership and service to the people of the State.
Chairman of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations Committee, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, described the awardees as “special individuals who have impacted greatly on the State since its creation in various fields of endeavour”.
A visionary businessman, Mr. Volpi pioneered and facilitated the creation and growth of no fewer than 20 corporate entities engaged in various lines of business activities in the oil and gas industry, providing jobs either directly or indirectly to over 200,000 Nigerians.
INTELS Nigeria Limited, which was established by Mr. Volpi and a few other Nigerian investors, is a multidimensional logistics company with headquarters in Onne, Rivers State and the clear leader in the provision of cutting edge logistics solution to operators in the oil and gas industry.
The General Manager, Legal of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mike Epelle, who received the award on behalf of Mr. Volpi, said the company remains fully committed to maximizing, in a sustainable manner, the use of Nigerian human resources, materials, equipment and services in its operations without compromising the company’s values, quality, health, safety and environmental standards.
He said INTELS Nigeria Limited is the leading Oil and Gas Logistics Service provider and a maritime service provider in Nigeria.
“INTELS has been a trusted partner to major Oil and Gas producing companies in Nigeria and a monumental logistic partner to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in the development of ports infrastructure and service in Nigeria.
“In over 30 years, we have added substantial value to the Nigerian Oil and Gas service industry and the operators have found our services strategic to their operations.
“In the maritime sector, INTELS’ operation as a port infrastructure developer and maritime service provider reinvigorated and brought the needed momentum and life to Nigerian ports and the maritime industry with improved capacity to serve the nation.
“These efforts by INTELS have in turn boosted earnings and contributions by these sectors to the Nigerian economy while generating the much-needed employment for Nigerians.
“To achieve our vision of providing an integrated, efficient, reliable and cost effective logistics solution to the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria, we introduced an innovative “one-stop-shop oil service centre concept” designed to meet the growing specialized needs of oil producing companies in one location to provide an integrated, efficient, reliable and cost effective logistics solution to operators in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
“This innovative concept has enhanced service delivery and turnaround time for Oil and Gas industry projects and thus endeared INTELS to its partners,” Epelle said on the sidelines of the award ceremony.
In 2006, INTELS was awarded concession by the Federal Government to operate Terminal A (Federal Ocean Terminal) and Terminal B (Federal Lighter Terminal) of the Onne Port Complex, which houses the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone. It also operates terminals in Warri, Calabar and Apapa ports.
INTELS has received several local and international awards and commendation.
In the meantime, acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday urged Nigerians to make sacrifices for Nigeria’s greatness.
He spoke at the Interdenominational church service to mark Democracy Day at the National Christian Centre in Abuja.
The theme of the service, “The dry bones shall live again” was taken from Ezekiel 37:11.
Prof. Osinbajo recalled the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37 and urged Nigerians not to behave like the politician and the cleric in the story who looked the other way when they saw a man that was attacked by thieves.
He urged them to emulate the Good Samaritan, the man who had compassion on the injured, poured oil on his wounds, bandaged him and took him to the hospital.
Osinbajo said: “When we look at our country, it is not the state that fell that is the story, but the story is how the people reacted when you see the nation that needs to be helped.
“While the politician and cleric looked the other way when they saw the man that was half dead, the Good Samaritan had compassion on him, bandaged him and took him to the hospital.
“Who truly loves the nation? Is it the priest that said a prayer, walked past, or the politician that looked and walked past or the Samaritan that took the wounded to the hospital, paid some money and said treat him, on my return, I will upset the bill.
“The nation requires those that can make the sacrifices to make it great. They are those who Jesus spoke about, people that may not be of note but prepared to make the nation great again. Some are doctors, teachers, young graduates.
“There is sacrifice of integrity against corruption. When you speak against corruption, it fights back, so you must be ready to make sacrifice no matter how highly-placed or small you are. Teachers who are prepared to teach, doctors who are prepared to provide health services, no matter what.
“Make the sacrifices required to make our nation great whether you are a leader or a follower.”
The acting President prayed to God to speedily heal President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on medical vacation in Britain and bring him back safely.
He also prayed for grace on those willing to make sacrifices to make the nation great again.
Additional report from Nation