Activist and cerebral lecturer at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Dr PHILIPS NTO has donated one million Naira to the institution for the sustenance of the newly introduced Okpara lecture series.
This is as he dedicated the MOUAU ambassador award given to him by the institution to a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji (Ochendo Global) and his parents.
Speaking at a reception organised in his honour at Umuahia, Dr Philips Nto, who is the immediate past Provost of Abia State College of Education, Technical, Arochukwu, ASCETA, explained that the donation was in appreciation of the University’s management efforts to further immortalize Okpara through the lecture series.
Nto said he was satisfied with the first class organization of the inaugural lecture and the brilliant interrogation of the topic by the guest lecturer and Governor of Anambra state,Prof Charles Soludo.
Nto, a former Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning disclosed that he dedicated the award to his boss, Senator Orji aka Ochendo ,” because he discovered and nurtured me to whatever I am today”.
” Ochendo Global gave me the first break in life by making me a Commissioner through his sheer belief that I can serve. That’s why I will ever remain indebted to him, “he declared.
Dr Nto, also a former World Bank consultant said he was also immensely grateful to his parents, who, as teachers, instilled discipline and virtues of hard work and honesty in him.
He commended the Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Prof Maduebibisi Iwe for the award and promised to continue to serve the institution faithfully
In his remarks, another former Commissioner in the state, Engr Emma Nwabuko who represented Senator Orji,commended Dr Nto for his level of loyalty to Ochendo Global, and described him as an asset to Abia State and Nigeria.
Also speaking, a former Secretary to Abia State Government,Mazi Donatus Okorie said the entire people of Arochukwu local government were in a celebratory mood because of the award received by Dr Philips Nto.
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