John Abebe Honoured
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.