John Abebe Hon­oured

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - HIGH SOCIETY -

DR. Abebe, a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Cricket Fed­er­a­tion, has been hon­oured as one of the award re­cip­i­ents at the re­cently held “2017 Dis­tin­guished Alumni Awards and Cel­e­bra­tion of UNILAG at 55,” or­gan­ised by the alumni as­so­ci­a­tion of the Uni­ver­sity of La­gos.

The Unilag Alumni Pres­i­dent, Dr. Sunny Kuku, had in his wel­come ad­dress said the awards took cog­nizance of those who con­trib­uted to the growth of the uni­ver­sity in the past.

Speak­ing on the hon­our, Abebe said he felt very hum­bled with the recog­ni­tion, adding: “One has been associated with the pro­mo­tion, 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 uni­ver­sity alma mater.

“So, I thank God for it.”

Abebe, cur­rently pres­i­dent of St. Gre­gory’s Col­lege Old Boys As­so­ci­a­tion, added that the long length of time he has con­sis­tently been do­ing what he thor­oughly en­joys do­ing for cricket and for his col­lege must have in­flu­enced the de­ci­sion of the Unilag alumni to hon­our him.

He stated that the award would spur him to do more, adding that he had al­ways ad­vo­cated that gov­ern­ment alone should not be left to han­dle ev­ery­thing about ed­u­ca­tion, say­ing: “Nige­ri­ans should learn to give back to the so­ci­ety that has made them what they are.”

Vice-pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo, who was the Spe­cial Guest of Hon­our at the cer­e­mony, con­grat­u­lated the awardees, say­ing their achieve­ments were wor­thy of cel­e­bra­tion. Asides Abebe, oth­ers who were hon­oured in­clude for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of AMCON, Mustafa Chike-obi, Chair­man, Niger Delta De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (NDDC), Ndoma Egba, and Ma­jor­ity Leader, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Femi Gba­jabi­amila.

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