By Patrick Obia
The African Students Union Parliament has honored the chancellor of the Arthur Jarvis University, Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong.
Mr. Archibong received the “Pan African Distinguished Leadership Honor as Icon of Nation Building in Nigeria,” recently in his office read a statement from the Varsity’s communications unit to CrossRiverWatch.
The institution is the pioneer private Varsity in Cross River State and as part of its effort to reach out to a wide array of people, hopes to kick off the Institute of Online Journalism in the first quarter of 2021.
Meanwhile, ex students of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Ipuole Gregory Wonah, Bassey Bassey Okon and 108 ex-corps members have received presidential awards for their various exploits during the Nation Youth Service Corp scheme.
Ipuole Gregory, a graduate from the Department of Visual Arts Technology in 2016, CRUTECH, received an award of best Corp member in Benue State while Bassey Bassey Okon, a graduate of Computer Science, same University, received the best Corp member in Yerwa, Maiduguri Local Government Area of Borno State.
Wonah, who hails same Local Government (Yala LGA) as current CRUTECH Vice Chancellor and Bassey Bassey, an indigene of Bakassi LGA, amongst other corp members also landed automatic employment in the Federal Civil Service and Post Graduate Scholarship up to PhD in any Tertiary institution in Nigeria.
In a virtual 2018/2019 President’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) honours award ceremony held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, President Buhari, announced cash rewards for the ex-corps members also.
Urging the honourees to sustain the patriotic zeal that earned them the award, the President said:
‘‘It is noteworthy that the young men and women being honoured have excelled in the four cardinal programmes of the scheme, namely: Orientation Course, Primary Assignment, Community Development Service and Winding-up/Passing-out, which formed the basis of assessment for the Honours Award.
‘‘On behalf of the Government and the good people of Nigeria, I heartily congratulate those honoured on standing out from their peers in order to merit the honour being bestowed upon them.
‘‘You have proved yourselves worthy Ambassadors of your respective families and the National Youth Service Corps. I am very proud of you and confident that the award shall spur you to greater service to the Nation and humanity”.
The President implored the awardees and Nigerian youths not to be deceived by those who want to exploit their intellects and zeal of nation building for wrong doings.
‘‘I wish to remind our youth, who have the greatest stake in the future of our country, Nigeria, and of course the generality of Nigerians to embrace our initiatives on value reorientation, as this is essential for the achievement of a country we shall all be proud to bequeath to future generations.
‘‘As young men and women, I recognize the extreme peer pressure you experience; it is my plea to you to be wary of those who would like to exploit your youth, intelligence and positive energy by channeling you into wrong paths”.
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