By Jon Egie

 

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NASSS President presenting the award to Henry Olori

NASSS President presenting the award to Henry Olori

The National Association of South-South Students (NASSS) has presented an award of merit tagged ‘Icon of Hope and Community Development’ to Chief Henry Olori, MD of Olori Motel, Ughelli.

While presenting the award, the President of NASSS, Comrade God’sgoodness Igbiriki said the pick of Henry Olori for the award was predicated on reports of his commitment in adding value to the people and communities of the South-South region as well as his contribution to national development.

“Your love for students and the helping hand you have given to the less privileged engendered us to honour you with this award in appreciation of your countless assistance to the welfare of students in the South-South region”.

She lamented that in spite of the wealth of national endowment in the South-South geopolitical section of of Nigeria, the tale of the region had remained a sad tragey of neglect and hence used the opportunity to call on the FG to ensure that all disarmed youths in the Niger Delta are usefully engaged.

In his acceptance speech, Chief Henry Olori promised to consult widely with stakeholders to mobilize resources for the welfare of students in the region, assuring that the award will further encourage him to greater commitment to the students of the S/S region.

 

Celebrating the award with friends

Celebrating the award with friends

Speaking, Prof Festus Arhunaye of Delta State University, Abraka expressed satisfaction that the spirit of activism for political and economic freedom which burned in him and others in the 80s was still alive in the students.

“From the synopsis of the address read by the President of NASSS, I can beat my chest that what we fought for then will come to pass one day. Having young ones like you believing in one Nigeria for us and our children is laudable and I want to enjoin you to keep it up because, Nigeria will not fail. All Nigeria needs is just good leadership to make things work and with young ones who believe in an egalitarian society, there is still hope.”

He thanked the recipient for his contribution to community development, a parameter which the students used to single him out for the honour.

 

Group photo with friends and representatives of NASSS

Group photo with friends and representatives of NASSS

A friend to the recipient, Mr Chris Idogun, described the award on Henry Olori as not misploaced but well directed. On behalf of the recipient he pledged a bursary of N100,000 for three years for students across the region who will excel in a competitive test. The bursary according to him will be graduated in three categories of : 1st (N50,000), 2ND (N30,000) and 3rd (N20,000).