MILESTONES: Buhari honoured, Ooni weds, Ibru passes on

Appointment

JACOB GYANG BUBA, the Gbong Gwom Jos and chairman of Plateau Council of Chiefs, was on Wednesday, March 16, installed as the 3rd Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka.

His investiture was part of activities commemorating the 10th convocation of the institution.

Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Julius Okojie, represented President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the visitor to the university.

Mr. Buba is one-time Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service.

DIKKO RADDA, was on March 14 appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as director-general of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, for a period of five years.

Mr. Radda graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, in 1996.

He obtained two Master’s Degrees in Agricultural Extension and in International Affairs and Diplomacy; and also doctor of philosophy in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, all from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, between 1998 and 2015.

A former teacher, banker and local government chairman, Mr. Radda was until his new appointment, the chief of staff to the governor of Katsina State.

Honoured

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI on Monday, March 14, in far away Equatorial Guinea, received the country’s highest national honour, the Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence.

Mr. Buhari dedicated the honour to the people of Nigeria, who, he said, worked tirelessly for peace in the country and Africa.

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea said the honour was conferred on Mr. Buhari for his “personal integrity, exemplary leadership style and courage to fight terrorism in order to ensure peace and safety in Africa.”

Anniversary

IMADE COLLEGE, Owo, on Saturday, March 19, marked its 70th anniversary as an educational institution that has produced notable citizens of the country.

The college, which was founded in 1946, has the Olowo of Owo, Folagbade Olagbegi, and the late former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof. Ilemobade, among its many notable products.

The first civilian governor of Ondo State, Adekunle Ajasin, was the first substantive principal of the college.

The occasion, attended by its alumni from different parts of the country and abroad, featured a N250million appeal fund for further development of the school.

Wedded

ADEYEYE OGUNWUSI, the Ooni of Ife, on Saturday, March 12, married a new wife, Wuraola Otiti, a daughter of the families of Obanor and Obayuwana in Benin City.

The reception of the traditional wedding was held at the Edo Hotel, located at No 4, Okada Avenue in GRA, Benin City, Edo State.

The royal father was represented by his father and uncle, who led guests from Osun State and other places to Benin City.

Passage

JAMES OCHOLI, the late minister of state for Labour and Employment, was on Friday, March 18, laid to rest amidst tears and eulogies from family members, friends, colleagues and associates.

He was buried alongside wife, Blessing, and son, Joshua, in their family home in Abocho, Biraidu District, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The three family members died in an auto crash on March 6, on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Speaking at the funeral service, the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, described the three deceased family members as “saints called home by the Creator”.

FELIX IBRU, the first civilian governor of Delta State, departed the earth on Saturday, March 12 at the age of 80.

He was born into the family of Peter and Janet Ibru on December 7, 1935 at Agbarha-Otor, a rural community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.

He was one of the seven children of the famous Ibru family, renowned for business ventures in the country.

Mr. Ibru was educated at Yaba Methodist School. After his secondary school education at Igbobi College, he proceeded to the Nottingham School of Architecture in England where he qualified as an architect in 1962.

He served as governor of Delta State between 1992 and 1993 and later as senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District between 2003 and 2007.

He was president-general of the Urhobo Progress Union.


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