MILESTONES: Dada, Kashamu honoured; Archibong, Madam Lambo, die

APPOINTED

Bank Okoroafor has emerged the new chairman of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).

A statement by the association’s publicity secretary, Nik Odinwiwe, on March 22, said Mr. Okoroafor was chosen at the just-concluded annual general meeting in Port Harcourt.

He replaced Emeka Ene, who steered the affairs of the association for four years.

Also elected as executives of the association are Gbolahan Lawal, secretary; Wole Ogunsanya, assistant secretary; Emmanuel Onyekwen and Chubby Ibe as ex-officio.

HONOURED

Ayo Dada, a record-breaking first class graduate of University of Lagos who scored the maximum 5.0 CGPA, was on Wednesday, March 23, honoured by the House of Representatives.

Mr. Dada was given the privilege of attending plenary at the House of Representatives, where he received a standing ovation from lawmakers for his rare accomplishment.

The recognition followed a motion brought by Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila and after its adoption, the lawmakers took turns to eulogise the wiz kid.

Responding, Mr. Dada said the honour was “like a dream that should not come to an end”.

Buruji Kashamu, the Chairman, Kasmal Group of Compnies and senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District was on March 19, 2016 conferred with the Life Time Community Service Award for 2015/2016 by the International Association of Lions Clubs, District 404 B1 Nigeria.

The club cited his humanitarian activities and exemplary leadership as reason for conferring the award on him.

The award was presented by the club at the 2015/2016 Elders/Founders Day celebration held in Abeokuta on Saturday March 19.

The award was received on his behalf by the former Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ogun State and the State Coordinator of Omoilu Foundation, Niyi Osoba.

Other categories of awards given to other eminent persons, include Community Service Award, Pillar of Service Award, Hallmark of Service Award, Service per Excellence Award, Passion for Service Award, Emerging Leadership Award, Post-Homous Award, Lifetime Community Service Award and Icon of Service Award.

LAUNCHED

University of Ibadan, on March 14, opened its ultra-modern subsurface research centre that will boost the development of top rate manpower for the nation’s oil and gas industry.

The centre was donated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC.

The centre has 15 fully-networked workstations, a high-end server complete with internet facilities, a standby 45-Kva generator, among other facilities.

“The SPDC JV’s intervention to turn around the subsurface centre of the university is a careful choice to support the institution to deliver the next generation of technologies and skills that will help Nigeria to unlock more oil reserves,” said Igo Weli, SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations at the handover ceremony in Ibadan.

“With all the modern facilities and promise of uninterrupted power supply, the centre has the capacity to showcase the potentials of oil and gas sector, while attracting bright minds. Our hope is that students will make the best use of it.”

PASSAGE

Kenneth Archibong, a former member of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, March 22, passed away in Abuja.

Mr. Archibong, who hailed from Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, represented Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency between 2011 and 2014.

​He succeeded Ita Enang at the House of Representatives after the latter was elected to the Senate.

At the House, Mr. Archibong chaired the committee on Air Force.

Dinah Lambo, the widow of Africa’s first professor of Psychiatry and former Director General of the World Health Organization, Adeoye Lambo, is dead.

A statement by the Ogun State government said Mrs. Lambo died on Saturday, March 19 at the age of 93.

Her husband died over a decade ago and was buried in Abeokuta, his hometown.


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