UNIBEN Alumni gets commendation for promoting hardwork, excellence in Delta Schools
- By Nosa Akenzua
The Alumni Association of the University of Benin, Asaba Branch has received commendation for its efforts in nurturing young people to strive for excellence through its Schools’ Reward for Excellence programme.
The Delta State Head of Service (HoS), Mr. Reginald Bayoko, mni, gave the commendation in Asaba, the State capital, while declaring open the 4th edition of the UNIBEN Alumni Association’s Schools’ Reward for Excellence programme for students in secondary school within the Asaba metropolis on Wednesday
Mr. Bayoko, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Cornelius Semiteje, lauded the association for initiating and sustaining the programme which he described as laudable, and called on co-operate organizations and public-spirited individuals to lend their supports for the annual event.
While reminding young people that their generation represented the hope of the country, Bayoko enjoined participants to take advantage of the mentorship programme of the association to strive for excellence as well as gain valuable insights into the next stage of their university education.
Earlier, the Chairman of the association in the State, Smart Edoge in his welcome address disclosed that the programme was targeted at rewarding academic excellence, adding that expanding the frontiers of education in the State was conceptualized to encourage students’ interests in academics.
“The purpose of the School Reward for Excellence and Quiz Competition is to ring with many echos that hard-work in academic still pays and education is light and the only sure way to ensuring development/prosperity. While the quiz is to build confidence in our students, prepare them to think on their feet and make them moving circles of knowledge,” Edoge said.
The Chairman who spoke via his representative, Mr. Steve Afam, while disclosing the theme of the event: “Mind Orientation for Excellence”, called for cooperation from government and corporate bodies towards the realization of the set goals of the association.
He explained why they chose to give career talk on Accounting, Law and Medicine as a profession in this year’s edition.
The chairman expressed optimism that at the end of the exercise, students would have been exposed to the usefulness of the various professions and the financial rewards and humanitarian services they render to the society.
Edoge who appreciated Mr. Bayoko as the Guest of Honour, Permanent Secretaries who attended the event, teachers and students of the participating schools and members of the association for their support, appreciated the Ministry of Secondary Education for granting their request for partnership.