WELCOME ADDRESS AT ITS 17TH ANNIVERSARY & GREAT NIGERIAN AWARD CEREMONY AT THE ORIENTAL HOTEL, LAGOS

Delivered byEMERITUS PROFESSOR UMARU SHEHU, CFR, HLR, CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF TRUSTEES, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR FOUNDATION

Your Excellencies, my Lord spiritual and temporal. On behalf of myself
and the entire members of the Board of Trustees, Hallmarks of Labour
Foundation, it is with a sense of mission that I welcome you warmly to
our special twin celebrations – the 17th Anniversary of the Foundation
and the conferment of Role Model Awards to deserving Great Nigerians.
With other protocols duly observed, we are grateful to His Excellency,
Chief Eleazer Chukwuemeka Anyaoku, GCVO, CON, HLR our Special Guest of
Honour and Professor Mrs. Grace Alele Williams our Chairman of this
special occasion, both of them are distinguished Nigerian and worthy
Role Model of Hallmarks of Labour Foundation.  We also appreciate the
esteemed presence of you, our guests and award winners, without whom
there would be no celebration. Thank you for honouring our invitation
to rejoice with us.
Set up in 1996 with a mission to change the mind-set of Nigerians and
awaken in us the spirit of nationalism and hard work, the Foundation
strongly advocates that success through positive efforts is most
fulfilling and rewarding. The project, Hallmarks of Labour has indeed
come a long way these past 17 years, with exemplary achievements in
its wake. Being well aware of the extremely short life-spans of
several NGOs in our society, it is noteworthy that this Foundation is
steadily heading for its second decade of active involvement in
societal development.
The Foundation’s journey has also been greatly facilitated by the
unwavering commitment and concrete support of our partners:  Mobil
Producing Nigeria, Northwest Oil & Gas Limited, and Mahogany Limited.
You are great partners.
As we congratulate our award winners for their deserved honours, it is
pertinent to inform you that the various categories went through the
mill of due process – from the nominations through the screenings to
the final selections. Presenting them to you today is without
reservations, and in the established tradition of Hallmarks of Labour
Role Model Awards.
As we commence this historic programme, we wish you a memorable experience.
God bless you.

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