An alumnus of the University of Lagos and Chairman Inducon Nigeria Limited, Dr. John Abebe has urged Nigerians on the higher rungs of the social ladder to reach out to the less-privileged by contributing to their emancipation and the nation’s development.
Abebe, a former President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, was one of the recipients at the “2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards and Celebration of UNILAG at 55’’ organised by the Alumni Association of the University of Lagos last weekend at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.
The UNILAG Alumni President, Dr Sunny Kuku, had in his welcome address said that the awards took cognizance of those who contributed to the growth of the university in the past.
Expressing his feelings about the award, Abebe said that he was humbled by the recognition he got for using personal funds to sponsor cricket competitions across the country, donate cricket kits and equipment to the National Cricket Teams and many schools.
Abebe also ran the Nigeria Cricket Federation between 2011 and 2005 as President without government funding and single-handedly sponsored the national team on international training tours and competitions.
“One has been associated with the promotion, the sponsorship and funding of Cricket in Nigeria for the past forty 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,” he said.
Abebe, who is the President of the St. Gregory’s College Old Boys Association, said he contributed to cricket and his alma mater because he enjoyed doing so.
He said that the award would spur him to do more, adding that he had always advocated that government alone should not be allowed to handle everything about education.
“Nigerians should learn to give back to the society that has made them what they are,” said Abebe.
The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was the special guest at the event, congratulated the awardees, saying that their achievements were worthy of celebration and such had indeed emanated from a great institution.
“I would like to thank everyone, and to hope that when we celebrate our 60th you will all be here. And we will all be here to celebrate the 70th and 80th and 100th as well for the young ones amongst us,’’ he said.
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