Welcome Speech By The Chairman at the HLF 15th Anniversary
Delivered byPROFESSOR EMERITUS UMARU SHEHU - CHAIRMAN BOARD OF TRUSTEES
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of our Foundation, The Hallmarks of Labour Foundation. I am particularly thankful to our special guest of honour distinguished Senator Ken Nnamani , Former Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and our Chairman Professor Emeritus Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe. I would like to express our sincere appreciation to my colleague and friend Professor Emeritus Akinkugbe for agreeing to chair the ceremony at very short notice.
I welcome in a special way all our awardees today, Great Nigerians whose achievements we are here to celebrate. As I stand on this podium the thought that we are gathered to mark fifteen years makes me wonder how quickly time flies. But it is also time to reflect on what the Foundation has been able to achieve during this period.
The Foundation was set up with a mission to change the mind set of Nigerians and awaken in us the spirit of nationalism and hard work by developing positive attitude that success through hard work is more fulfilling and rewarding. We have also continued to send the message of hope to our future generations on various platforms including our book series. This is not an evening for long speeches but a time to celebrate our great patriots.
Over the past six months, we have been in contact with various Agencies related to the different award categories for today. We have gone through various nominations and the selection committee worked tirelessly to coordinate and finally arrive at our awardees, whose exemplary achievements are an inspiration and a beacon of hope to us all.
We are proud to present them with the knowledge that each and everyone of our awardees today, in the tradition of Hallmarks of Labour Role Model Awards, cannot be faulted.
However, we regret that the last category, The Best Performing Schools in Mathematics and English in the West African School Certificate Examination (WASC) is inconclusive. This category is particularly dear to the Foundation and we will continue to liaise with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to get the names of the winning schools.
Having been a part of the Foundation since its inception, I will not miss the opportunity of today’s event to say a word or two about our Executive Secretary, Mrs. Patricia Otuedon- Arawore, who has worked hard and diligently over the years, which is instrumental in bringing the Foundation to where it is today. We thank her and wish her a very bright future.
Let me take this opportunity to thank our partners’ VANGUARD NEWSPAPERS, MOBIL PRODUCING NIGERIA, NOVARTIS, NORTHWEST OIL AND GAS, NATIONAL AGENCY FOR CONTROL OF AIDS (NACA) AND AGORA CAPITAL LTD, for their tremendous support.
Once more, I thank you all for coming to celebrate with us as we look forward to a memorable evening.