By Akeem Abas
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, has been honored with the title “Outstanding Friend of Ibadan” on the occasion.
NAN reports that the Okorocha Prize was in recognition of his contributions to the education of needy students through his free education programs.
Okorocha said poverty and injustice are Nigeria‘s common enemies, saying Nigerians must stand up to find lasting solutions to the threat.
He said the problem of poverty and injustice still ravages the nation, despite his small efforts to resolve the problem.
“I have built schools throughout the federation to give access to poor children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school.
“Despite this effort to solve the problem, poverty and injustice still ravage the nation,” he said.
Okorocha noted that it was difficult for poor and vulnerable children to go to school in Nigeria due to poverty, calling on well-meaning Nigerians to unite in the fight against the common enemy.
According to him, “If all these children gathered here and many of them who came through my foundation had not had the opportunity to receive free education, they would have become problems for Nigeria.”
He thanked the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, as well as the sons and daughters of Ibadan for having founded it worthy of this award.
NAN reports that Okorocha had through his Rochas Okorocha Foundation established a college in Ibadan.
About 25,000 destitute children in the South West, including 6,000 from Ibadan, have benefited from free education at the school.
Chief Yemi Soladoye, general chairman of the Central Indigenous Council of Ibadan (CCII), said the annual Ibadan Week is to celebrate the Indigenous people of Ibadan and others who have contributed to its development.
He urged all indigenous people in Ibadan, both at home and abroad, to continue to support the development of Ibadan and fulfill their responsibilities for the upliftment of Ibadan.
The other winners of the event are Senator Kola Balogun (PDP–Oyo South), Professor Idowu Olayinka, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Mr. Aderemi Oseni, Professor Sabitu Ariyo and the Hon. Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye among others.
NAN reports that the event featured a cultural exhibit and a tribute to the Olubadan of Ibadanland. (NOPE)
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