…As NICOM Chairman congratulates Agunbiade’s exemplary conduct in U.S. Navy***
The Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom has described a Nigerian Information Technology Consultant, Victor Osagie as one of the best Britain has to offer, due to his ingenuity, in the mass production of ventilators, to boost the National Health System (NHS) fight, against the coronavirus pandemic.
In a commendation letter from the cabinet office of the UK and jointly endorsed by all partners including Ford and Airbus, Victor Osagie was commended for his role in the just concluded ventilator challenge project which was an initiative of the cabinet office.
“Thank you for your invaluable contribution to our ventilator challenge UK team. As we battled together to save lives threatened by Covid-19 your energy, ingenuity and camaraderie made a tremendous difference. You are a shining example of the best UK has to offer”.
Victor Osagie ‘s team delivered the quality control system that rapidly converted disused warehouses into assembly lines. His team swiftly converted Ford Motors vehicle production lines and Airbus Aircraft production lines into Ventilator Production lines. They produced over 14,000 ventilators within a 90 day period. This boosted the NHS ventilator capacity from less than 9000 pre COVID19 era to over 25000 capacity in July 2020.
British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson noted that the ventilator challenge has proven how much Britain can achieve when confronted with difficult problems.
“Bringing together the best minds in manufacturing, innovation and design was the right decision. Thanks to your effort, everyone who needs a ventilator had access to one. And the NHS has the vital machines needed to continue providing lifesaving support against the deadly virus”, he said.
On his part, health and social care secretary, Matt Hancook said.
We protected the NHS during this global pandemic. The impact of COVID – 19 showed the best and the brightest stepping forward to serve their country. The response the government received to this challenge was astonishing.
A former director with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Gabriel Ehilebo said assets like Victor Osagie will be value-added if Nigeria can get them to work with the Nigeria economic sustainability Committee to be able to robustly respond to the challenges posed by the COVID19 pandemic in Nigeria.
In his comment, Victor Osagie advised the Nigerian Government to redirect educational resources to producing medical personnel in doctors and nurses, Information technology consultants that can be exported all over the world to earn foreign exchange and also serve as a cheap source of further enhancing the skills of such personnel who can subsequently return home to provide world-class services. This will be an opportunity to addressing some of the challenges of graduate unemployment in Nigeria.
In the meantime, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Monday applauded a Nigerian, Lt., Victor Agunbiade of the U.S. Navy for being a good ambassador of Nigeria.
Dabiri-Erewa gave the commendation in a statement signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit of NIDCOM in Abuja.
She said that Agunbiade’s excellent and outstanding behaviour earned him a medal of commendation for his meritorious service from the U.S. Navy.
“It is most commendable that Mr Agunbiade, working with the U.S. Navy, effectively managed its largest cash disbursing office, handling $45 million (N17 billion) in cash transaction.
“The U.S. Navy said you supervised its fund, which accounted for 70 per cent of its overseas disbursing volume without any hitch,’’ she said.
Dabiri-Erewa said that Agunbiade earned the honour while serving as Cash Disbursing Officer at the Navy’s Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti between October 2019 and July 2020.
“Agunbiade also managed 100 per cent accountability of $23 million (N8.7 billion) across six rigorous inspections and independent audits with zero discrepancies.
“With this exceptional financial integrity, good accountability, excellent behaviour and dedication to duty, you have reflected great credit upon yourself and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval service as well as your country Nigeria,’’ she said.
NIDCOM chairman noted that this was not the first time Agunbiade would be making Nigeria proud with his exemplary character.
She recalled that Agunbiade was named the Navy’s 2018 Officer Recruiter of the Year, alongside 17 others, and honoured at the annual Recruiter of the Year ceremony in Washington D.C.
She said that Agunbiade reflected a positive image for Nigeria and Nigerians in the Diaspora with his exemplary conduct and outstanding character.
“We are truly proud of you and urge you to continue to extol the virtues and strength of the Nigerian heritage of excellence, honesty, integrity and honour.
“Your shinning beacon serves as an inspiration to the youth of Nigeria,’’ Dabiri-Erewa was quoted as saying.