Prince Dayo Azeez, a licensed customs agent and prominent ANLCA leader on Wednesday 25 October 2017 clocked 62 years of age, on earth.
Lucky Azeez, he doesn’t even look 50, one could pardonably mistake him for a 40 year-old, but for a manner of speaking, a tiny soft drawl associated with people in their 60s.
Well, one good turn deserves another. In appreciation of Azeez’s outstanding, selfless and enviable positive contributions to the growth and development of ANLCA and the profession of customs cargo brokerage for years, his colleagues in ANLCA gave him a surprise birthday soiree.
Dayo was summoned to ANLCA secretariat that Wednesday evening for a supposed briefing. But on his way he called at a super-mart to purchase some edibles and wines as presents for his birthday. At the point of paying his bills, a super-mart attendant approached him. He was not aware that almost similar items had earlier been bought by his colleagues for his birthday. He stopped the transaction.
The birthday soiree was attended by a select few ANLCA functionaries including the President himself, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, Prince Kayode Oyinlola, Mr Pius Ujubuowu, Aloy Anokwuru, Alhaji Bojuri. It was an evening of adulations, commendations, ululations and prayers for the celebrant with fine wine and cuisine to savour.
The Master of Ceremony, Mr Pius Ujubuonu described Dayo Azeez as always looking younger than his real age, a trait which he considered a special blessing from God. He revealed that the celebrant inspired him to further his education at Lagos State University for which he remained ever grateful.
Wale Oni, PortNews Publisher, thanked Prince Azeez for intellectual, moral and financial contributions to the evolution and growth of PortNews, especially at the teething stage. Oni noted that the celebrant still looked sharp and smart like he was 20 years ago and wished him many happy returns.
In his views, the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Francis Maduekwe described the celebrant as a friend and colleague of over 30 years who is very blunt and honest in his views. He said Prince Azeez is intellectually inclined, honest and public spirited. “We were contemporaries at LASU, his set following immediately after mine. He was known at school for rigorous debates which he channeled towards achieving a better society. I wish him long life in good health,” he prayed.
Comrade Aloy Anokwuru described Prince Azeez as an honest and committed patriot who is selfless and dedicated to the ANLCA cause. “He’s someone I respect because if he believes in a cause he commits himself to it and he has really been helpful and supportive and loyal to ANLCA over many years and he is a very professional customs agent. I wish him many happy returns and God’s blessings”.
The President of ANLCA, Prince Olayiwola Shittu noted that the celebrant and himself have established a brotherly relationship dating back to the 80s and over this period his respect for Azeez has never waned. “Dayo is like my brother whom I love so much. He is plain, straight forward and resourceful. I wish him many years of good health, Insha Allahu,” noted Shittu.
In his responce, the celebrant, Prince Dayo Azeez, who is the CEO of Mambilla Shipping, a long standing licensed customs agency, thanked all the guests for sparing time for his birthday and for their beautiful remarks about him. He promised to keep the virtues which they have noticed in him. “I am deeply grateful to you all for this birthday honour and I promise to dedicate myself even more to the cause of ANLCA, the larger society and especially the less privileged,” promised Dayo Azeez who is also the CEO of Mambilla Hotels.
Other guests at the occasion included Chief Lawrence Oladipupo Bolade, Alhaji Uztaz Mustapha, Otunba Abiodun Ogunfowora, Brother PC Ike, Captain Tajudeen Alao, Chief Ossy Okolichi, Mr Emeka Onwuka, Alhaji Hamzat Akinsola Bojuri.