HLF Symposium Reunion Welcome Address

Delivered byEmeritus Professor Umaru Shehu, CON, CFR, HLR

Welcome Address 

Emeritus Professor Umaru ShehuCON, CFR, HLR 

Chairman, Board of Trustees, 

Hallmarks of Labour Foundation 


On behalf of the Board of Trustees, management & staff of Hallmarks of Labour Foundation, I am delighted to welcome you to our Re-Union 2017. 

The Foundation considers this assembly among the best in our great country, Nigeria; and for good reasons. Over the years, you have demonstrated your mettle in various fields of endeavour – academia, governance & administration, the professions and disciplined services – through integrity, hard work and commitment to the socio-economic and political upliftment of your immediate and extended environments – locally and internationally. 

Nigeria owes you a debt of gratitude and we are indeed proud to provide the forum to give honour to who it is due. 

One of the key elements of this Re-Union is a Symposium. The central theme is aptly tagged Restoring a Tolerant and Value-Driven Society in Nigeria” because that is what you, our role models, exemplify and have consistently pursued.The Symposium is therefore in line with one of the Foundation’s main objectives to:

Help make Nigeria a decent society that attracts a pride of place in the comity of nations through re-orientating our mind-set and awaken in us the spirit of Nationalism, Patriotism and Loyalty”.

This is particularly so as our country goes through the throes of regeneration to sustainable growth and development. The topics for presentation and discussions are also germaine to issues of the day. 

The Foundation considers it fitting that virtually all the Symposium Resource Persons have been selected from our Roll Call of Role Models – The Chief Host, Chairman, Moderator, Speakers, Discussants and author of the Keynote Address. 

Permit us to remember our Role Models that have passed on: Professor Adeoye Lambo; Hon. Justice Chukwudifu Oputa; Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello; Pa. Michael Imoudu;  Senator Abraham AdesanyaAlhaja Abibat Mogaji; Ambassador Matthew Tawo MbuAlhaji Babatunde Jose; Professor Olikoye Ransome-KutiChief Frederick Rotimi Alade Williams; Mr. Gamaliel Onosode; Professor Babatunde FafunwaHon. Justice Kayode Eso; Chief Dr. Molade Okoya-Thomas; and Hon. Justice Andrews ObasekiMay their souls rest in peace. Amen.

We thank you for being part of the Foundation’s vision and we are grateful to our sponsors for their support in keeping the dream alive. 

We hope you all will find it worthwhile to be part of this Re-Union Symposium, which, judging from the calibre of speakers, is bound to be very illuminating and impactful. It is indeed our collective duty to join hands and make Nigeria better.

You are welcome.

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