Abebe Urges Nige­ri­ans to Make Im­pact in So­ci­ety


An alum­nus of the Univer­sity of La­gos and Chair­man, In­ducon Nige­ria Lim­ited, Dr. John Abebe, has ap­pealed to wealthy Nige­ri­ans to reach out to the less-priv­i­leged by con­tribut­ing to their eman­ci­pa­tion and the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion at large.

Abebe, a for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Cricket Fed­er­a­tion, was one of the re­cip­i­ents of the re­cently held 2017 dis­tin­guished alumni awards and cel­e­bra­tion of UNILAG at 55, or­gan­ised by the alumni as­so­ci­a­tion.

He ex­pressed de­light at the award, say­ing that he was hum­bled by the recog­ni­tion he was ac­corded. “One has been as­so­ci­ated with the pro­mo­tion, the spon­sor­ship and fund­ing of cricket in Nige­ria for the past 40 years with­out re­ally ex­pect­ing any recog­ni­tion and praises. As for one’s ac­tiv­i­ties in the Old Boys As­so­ci­a­tion of St Gre­gory’s Col­lege, I re­ally didn’t think it would be no­ticed and com­mented upon by my alma mater. So I thank God for it.”

He noted that the length of time he has con­sis­tently been do­ing what he en­joyed do­ing for cricket and for the col­lege must have in­flu­enced the de­ci­sion of the UNILAG Alumni to hon­our him, adding that the award will spur him to do more

“I have al­ways ad­vo­cated that gov­ern­ment alone shouldn’t be al­lowed to han­dle ev­ery­thing about ed­u­ca­tion. Nige­ri­ans should learn to give back to the so­ci­ety that has made them what they are,” Abebe said.

He had for long in his pri­vate ca­pac­ity spon­sored cricket com­pe­ti­tions across the coun­try and do­nated cricket kits and equip­ment to the Na­tional Cricket Teams and many schools within and out­side La­gos. As Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Cricket Fed­er­a­tion be­tween 2011 and 2005, Abebe ran the fed­er­a­tion with­out gov­ern­ment fund­ing and sin­gle-hand­edly spon­sored the na­tional team on in­ter­na­tional train­ing tours and com­pe­ti­tions.

St. Gre­gory’s Col­lege has also dur­ing his stew­ard­ship as pres­i­dent of the old boys as­so­ci­a­tion, wit­nessed tremen­dous trans­for­ma­tion in terms of fa­cil­i­ties and qual­ity of teach­ing.

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