Name Asaba airport after Osadebay – Asdev
FROM ISAAC ANUMIHE, ABUJA
ASDEV ’81 Club, Asaba, has called on the Delta State Government to immortalise the pioneer premier of the defunct Mid Western Region and former President of the Senate, Chief Dennis Osadebay, by naming the Asaba Airport after him.
Speaking to newsmen, the Abuja Coordinator, Osadebay Lecture Organising Committee, Ogbueshi Fred Okonta, regretted that all contemporaries of the former premier of Mid-Western State have been recognised one way or another.
To this end, he said Asaba indigenes are organising a lecture in honour of the former premier. The indigenes, under the auspices of ASDEV ‘81 Club, Asaba, appealed to the authorities on the need to immortalise Osadebay to encourage other selfless leaders like him.
According to him, Osadebay who also acted as president of Nigeria, was selfless, detribalised and a stabiliser because he had the power to site the capital of Mid-Western State in Asaba but he chose to site it in Benin.
“We are fighting injustice and marginalisation and equity demands that you give equal treatment to all,” he said.
Osadebay, who was born on June 29, 1911 and died on December 26, 1994, was premier of Mid-Western State from 1964 to 1966 and acted as president in 1960.