Thursday, 12 June 2014

President Jonathan Immortalizes Late Prof Ownuliri, describes him as a symbol of hardwork

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President Goodluck Jonathan has described late Prof Celestine Onwuliri as a symbol of hardwork and excellence and urged young academics to emulate his virtues.
 Jonathan said this in Nsukka during the colloquium and foundation laying ceremony of Centre for Disease Control in honour of Onwuliri who died in a Dana plan clash on June 3, 2012 near Iju in Lagos.
 He said that honouring and immortalizing late Onwuliri who served his fatherland with dedications should encourage young generation to pursue excellence with honesty and hard work.
 “I encourage our young generation to emulate the startling qualities of this erudite scholar, public administrator and community leader in contributing to national development.
"This colloquium and centre for disease control is in honour of great a man who distinguished himself before his sudden demise.
 “History will continue t to remember anybody who made significant impact to the advancement of knowledge and national development", he said.
 Jonathan who was represented by Minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development Mrs Akon Eyakeny said that his administration would support the university in the realization of the centre as it would help immensely to solve some of the health problems in the county.
 The President urged the Nigerians to team up with his administration to rescue the country from insurgents who had continued to unleash terror on innocent Nigerians.
 “I know with your firm support we will overcome the security challenges in the country.
 “Nigeria will forever remain one indivisible nation as no amount of threat by insurgents to tear the county apart will succeed”, he stressed.
 In a remark the Deputy Speaker of House of Representative, Chief Emeka Ihedioha congratulated the new Vice-chancellor of UNN, Prof Benjamin Ozurumba, who assumed office same day for his selection as the new VC of the foremost university in the country and urged him to be fair to all during his administration.
 “I congratulate you as the new VC of this highly respected university and urge to carry all along in your administration", he said.
 Ihedioha described late Onwuliri as a man of many parts who achieved success through hard work, honesty and fear of God.
 He said, “I am happy Onwuliri left wife and children who are following in the footstep of their father and husband.
 "I commend UNN and especially the faculty of biological science for celebrating this rare academic icon".
 In a remark Ozurumba the new VC of UNN said late Onwuliri was a celebrated academics, researcher, writer who died on active service while serving fatherland.
 “The achievements of Onwuliri is too numerous to mention as he served the country excellently well in various capacities.
 “The institution will continue to remember his numerous contributions to both country and the university", he noted.
 Speaking, the widow of late Prof Onwuliri, Prof Viola Onwuirli, Minister of Foreign Affairs said the husband was one who achieved success in academics and administration because of his belief that excellence should be achieved through hard work, honesty and fear of God.
 “My husband endeared himself to many people through his honesty, fear of God and his patriotism in serving the fatherland.

“I am indebted to Mr President who has been sportive since the 2012 the unfortunate Dana clash occurred.
 “I am also grateful to university for finding it worthy to immortalized my husband", she stated.

Orient Daily



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