President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the conferment of a national honour on the Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District of Ekiti State, Distinguished Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, on October 11, 2022 in Abuja.
This was disclosed in a statement released by Senator Bamidele’s Media Office, stating that the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, who also doubles as the Chairman, Southern Senators’ Forum in the 9th Assembly, is listed among the recipients of the 2022 National Honours Award of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). The letter which conveyed the Award of Honour to Sen. Bamidele was signed by the Honourable Minister of Special Duties and Inter-government Affairs, Senator George Akume on September 16, 2022.
The letter from the Minister reads thus: “I have the honour to formally inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the conferment of the National Honours on you, in the rank of CON, Commander of the Order of the Niger.
“The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 9am.” Bamidele is the Chairman of Southern Senators Forum, and was a Member of the 7th House of Representatives between June 2011 to June 2015) where he served as the Chairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research. He also served as Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State between July 2007 and February 2011. Before then, he had served as the Honourable Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Social Development in Lagos State from July 2003 to May 2007 as well as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Lagos State between July 2000 to May 2003.