Bello @ 60: Buhari, Tinubu celebrate ‘technocrat, administrator’

By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress(APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu  have felicitated with the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, on his 60th birthday anniversary.

In a statement by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari lauded the commissioner for his contributions to the media profession over the years.

“President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with serving Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, as he turns 60 July 1, 2021.

“The President applauds an accomplished journalist, political scientist, lawyer, and public administrator, who has shown that through dint of hard work and the grace of God, the door of success remains wide open.

“He encourages the younger generation to draw inspiration from the reporter with the then Concord Press, who rose to Political Editor, Editor, Sunday Concord, and Editor, National Concord.

“Bello also served as Chairman Editorial Board at Thisday, and thereafter as Commissioner for the Environment in Lagos State, Secretary to the State Government, and now Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources.

“President Buhari equally felicitates with the media family, the legal profession, as well as family and friends of the celebrant, wishing Bello longer life and greater service to God and humanity”, the statement said.

Tinubu described Lagos State Environment and Water Resources Commissioner as a technocrat, administrator and visionary.

He said Bello, who turns 60 today, has made significant contributions to Lagos State and Nigeria as a celebrated journalist, lawyer and politician.  In a statement by his Media Office signed by Tunde Rahman, the APC stalwart said: “Bello deserves nothing but accolades on this day. As brave and forthright activist, he ceaselessly fought for the democracy we now have today. Bello’s extensive experience and vast knowledge proved particularly vital in the struggle to end military dictatorship.

“Bello’s contributions to democracy did not stop there. They merely entered another phase. Due to his belief in public service, Bello has become the most accomplished and durable civil servant in Lagos State of his generation.

An illustrious son of Lagos, he has been an indispensable factor in the socio-economic progress of the state since the return to democratic governance in 1999.

“He contributed immensely to the 24-year Development Plan designed by my administration to accelerate growth, thereby changing the destiny of state and its people. Bello’s contributions to urban renewal as Commissioner for Environment are also of enduring importance.

“His integrity, intellect, work ethic, and dedication to progressive ideals truly set him apart as a public servant and as an exceptional human being.

“As my friend, comrade and partner on the progressive front turns 60, I pray that Almighty Allah grant him many more years, good health, renewed strength and vitality to continue to serve our people and country.”

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