Tribute to Pa Omoruyi @ 81 By Louis Odion, FNGE

Author, Louis Odion FNGE…Loves sporting out olden days rule of excellence and literally rewarding such

Whenever sleaze and sloth get
ascribed to civil service today in Nigeria,
one man is always heart-broken. He is Pa Peter Omwanghe Omoruyi. And for a good
reason. 
After joining the public
service as a teacher in the colonial days and rising steadily through the ranks
from teaching cadre and later the medical corp in the post-Independence years
and ending his remarkable career in 1993 as the pioneer secretary of the Edo State Hospitals Management Board, Pa Omoruyi can easily be described as
one of the surviving pathfinders.


Today, he recalls with nostalgia
that love of service, rather than obsession for gratification, was the primary
motivation for enlisting in the service in his time.

That same value would make him take
up an appointment as a member of the Area
Customary Court
at Okada in 2000, seven years after formal
retirement. 

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

Today, the love of service still
drives him even at advanced age to mediate family conflicts in his community in
Benin City and mentor younger ones to
inculcate the right values, beginning from home, to become useful to the
community at large. 
On the philosophical plane, he would
challenge anyone he encounters daily to ask himself or herself the existential
question, “What will I be remembered
for?”
The more that poser is answered
positively, he believes, the better for the society. 
The Benin sage, who hails from Utese in Ovia North East, turns 81 on Tuesday (June 6). Here is
wishing him more years in the service of mankind. 

Immediate Past Governor Adams Oshiomhole

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