Jonathan gets Award from Uniport ‘Class ’81 Alumni Association

Former Nigerian president,Goodluck Jonathan and former manager,finance and budgeting of the Nigerian National petroleum corporation,NNPC,Dr.Stanley Lawson at the weekend were bestowed with awards by the University of Port Harcourt ‘class of 1981’ alumni association.
National Wire which covered the award ceremonies reports that the awards were a fall out of a three day ‘reunion meet’ organized by the pioneer Students-graduants of the University held in Yenagoa,the Bayelsa state capital.
The former president’s award christened, ‘award of excellence for global citizenship’ and that of the former NNPC’s finance manager christened ‘award of excellence’ respectively, the pioneer Uniport graduates have said were necessitated by the recipients examplary leadership as well as professional excellence in their chosen careers,amongst others.
The association said: “Jonathan has been a role model and a worthy example of what was expected of every University of Port Harcourt bred graduate. He served Nigeria meritoriously and has become a global citizen,a global brand.
” Lawson has also been a pillar of this association and have excelled so well in his chosen career. He single handedly hosted the first reunion of this association in 2017  in Abuja. Indeed both of them were carefully selected for this awards.”
Receiving the award,the former president described the class ’81 fondly called ‘UU 81’ as a pacesetter for the Rivers State located institution.
He commended the association for finding him and Lawson worthy of the awards,saying that all members of the association deserve one form of award or the other, following their various contributions not only to the University,but to national unity, development and excellence in their respective endeavours.
He said: “The class 81, ‘UU 81’ of the University of Port Harcourt was and has continued to be a pacesetter class.Indeed,every member of this class like alumni members of other Universities and institutions in Nigeria has contributed to the development of this nation in various ways.
“And so it’s my believe that every body, all members of the class ’81 of the University of Port Harcourt deserves an award.
“We’re so lucky,during our time there was no Jamb, you just apply for any University of your choice,so some persons,depending on your financial strength could apply for two,and some even three Universities. But I was able to apply for just two, Uniport and Nsuka, and so Uniport granted me admission as one of her pioneer students in the school of Biological sciences in 1977 and we graduated as pioneers in 1981. And since after our graduation,40 years ago,we’ve been living as brothers and sisters,as members of one indivisible family.”

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