IFEANYICHUKWU OKONKWO writes on the personality and rare achievements of the Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Ltd., Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, who is also the publisher of The AUTHORITY newspaper.
Exactly four decades and five years ago, a star was born in the galaxy. Just as most great men such as Charles De Gaulle, Winston Churchill, Dr. Nnamadi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and others, no comets were sited when Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah was born in Otolo Nnewi, Anambra State of Nigeria.
We have noticed the systematic and enduring impact this colossus has had on our planet.
According to the famous English writer and poet, William Shakespeare, some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them.
Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah squarely fits into the second lexicon of this evergreen quote, because, through dint of hard work, perseverance and an incontrovertible fervent trust in God, out of nothingness and from a humble beginning, he achieved greatness by building a business empire that is far beyond the dreams and comprehension of his contemporaries.
The Philanthropy of Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah which is heavily propelled by the burning desire to give back to the society led him to establish the Ifeanyi Ubah Foundation.
The Foundation has, over the years, been in the business of giving free University Education to numerous students, installing electric transformers, constructing and repairing roads and providing free fuel to the popular “Okada” riders and bus drivers every Monday in all his filling Stations.
His generosity is boundless with profound touch of sympathy, empathy and near heavenly bliss. In him is imprinted the true emblem of brotherhood for God and humanity.
Suffice it to say that this big-hearted rare gem of our time, singlehandedly built a state-of the-art ICT centre for the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna, donated money running into millions of naira to the clergy, Churches, schools and other notable institutions in the society. It is also worthy of note to state that he sacrificially took up the responsibilities and feeding of thousands of Nigeria refugees, who fled from Congo Brazzaville.
Time and space may fail me to religiously enumerate all the notable achievements and humanitarian works of this giant. All the same, I take solace in the fact that just like a goldfish; Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, has no hiding place.
May God Almighty continue to bless and further expose him to the boundless frontiers of untold achievements, grace, good health and long life for the good of humanity.
I salute you “Nwoke di ora nma”, I great you “Ebube Chukwu Uzo”, I thank you, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.