The Successful Flag Off of Steve Oruruo Foundation- A Domino Effect of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’ Investments in the Education Sector

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THE SUCCESSFUL FLAG OFF OF STEVE ORURUO FOUNDATION – A DOMINO EFFECT OF GOVERNOR IFEANYI UGWUANYI’S INVESTMENTS IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR

...Akpugo High School students rewarded for academic brilliance, another bags scholarship up to Masters degree in choice varsity

~Nnamani Samuel Freeman, Prince Ejeh Josh and Onochie Jon-Igwesi~

A foremost USA female footballer, Mia Hamm, once said: “No one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance.”

Going from the above, there could not have been any better opportunity and appropriate time, laced with some touches of good luck to the teeming awardees, than the one benevolently made manifest on Thursday, 30th day of September, 2021, at Akpugo High School, Akpugo, Nkanu-West Local Government Area of Enugu State, by Barrister Steve Oluchukwu Oruruo, SPA to the Governor of Enugu State on Information, through the official launch of his Foundation – STEVE ORURUO FOUNDATION, as an extension, as well as a knock-on effect of both the

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s uncommon love and sacrifices for education, the results of which are his well-documented giant achievements in Nigeria’s education sector; and his uncommon generosity, through which men; the host inclusive, have been identified and repositioned for greater impacts in not only Nigeria, but in the global leadership trajectory.

Steve, a suave and stylistic scholar, who back then as a young student of Akpugo High School, Akpugo, rode on the backbone of the tripartite pillars of determination, hard work and diligence to achieve enviable positions in academics, sports, politics, real estate, law and business; even while still enjoying a well-deserved meteoric ascension onto the pinnacle of his already illustrious career, thought it wise to serve his Alma mater and the larger society as the ultimate experiment between nature and nurture, by not just giving back to them once, but setting up a platform for doing so at intervals, even after his life time. Little wonder the event was flooded with the crème de la crème in academics, politics, media, sports, business and other walks of life; illustrating the age-long saying that birds of a feather flock together.

 

In his keynote address, the visibly elated Legal Luminary and intellectual maestro, while appreciating his boss – Governor Ugwuanyi, for according him the opportunity to serve in his government, from where he saved up the wherewithal for floating his foundation, and quoting Malcolm X’s axiomatic statement that: “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”, directed the attention of the attendees, especially the students, on the need for adequate preparation through dint of hard work and determination.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Citing himself and other trailblazing old students of Akpugo origin, who, having made it to the top, though, by scraping through the hurdles of intense competition for qualitative education in the village, further enjoined the students to be focused as there is no short cut to academic excellence except through good planning and perseverance.

He concluded by thanking specifically his late father – Igwe Uwakwe Oruruo in whose loving memory the foundation is dedicated, for bequeathing him with sound education, good virtues and other essential life skills without which he could not have become whom he is today.

A guest speaker, Dr. (Mrs) Amaka Nwafor, a lecturer in the Department of Law, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, speaking to the students, especially the female ones, reiterated the need for hard work as the only indisputable route to academic excellence. She maintained that though a girl child is unarguably faced with greater deal of societal challenges resulting from gender inequality and consequent stereotyping, she has no pretexts for below par academic performance. She told them that the burdens of child bearing and domestic responsibilities should not deter a girl child, insisting that if she could make it in flying colours, going into her bar exams two days after putting to birth, that no girl child has any excuses for failure.

In his keynote speech, the Chairman of the occasion, a veteran broadcaster and a commentator of high repute, Sir Richard Asiegbu, expanding further on the notes of Dr. (Mrs) Amaka Nwafor on the indispensable need for hard work, though, bemoaning the short supply of critical educational facilities such as well equipped libraries, as a cog in the wheels of academic performance of students, still encouraged them to ‘be very serious with their education’ even with the anomalies. The so much celebrated ‘golden voice on Radio’, Sir Asiegbu, thanked the host – Steve Oruruo, for the rare privilege given him to be part of the life-changing event.

Shifting attention to the crux of the event –Rewarding the brilliance of the best performing students of Akpugo High School, Akpugo, the best students in each subject and class, from Junior Secondary 1 (JSS1) to Senior Secondary 2 (SS2) were each gifted with educational materials, home appliances and an award presentation, worth millions of Naira, in recognition of their towering efforts in the exams carefully conducted by external examiners, under the auspices of STEVE ORURUO FOUNDATION.

It is said there are no extraordinary men, but just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with. This vividly captured the atmosphere when the event rose to an unimaginable crescendo, with a Lagos- based business mogul, Chief Clifford Ofor Nnaji – CEO, Fordmarx Nigeria Limited, while making an award presentation to Master Peter Njoku of JSS 1B on behalf of STEVE ORURUO FOUNDATION, announced to the amazement of the cheering crowd, a scholarship award that will see to the little boy’s education up to his Master’s degree in any university of his choice anywhere in the world. Luck was, therefore, born for little Peter when his hard work crossed the path of his opportunity.

Also at the event, the duo of female and male football teams of Akpugo High School, Akpugo, sponsored by STEVE ORURUO FOUNDATION, were fully kitted and unveiled to the crowd.

If STEVE ORURUO FOUNDATION was a colossal success at its official launch, one then wonders what it stands to achieve going forward.

Other dignitaries at the event include: Dr. Samuel Nwatu, Dean Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus; Justice C.C Nweze, Hon. Justice of supreme court; Hon. Chief John Ogbodo (Johnny Nash), Deputy Chairman, Nkanu-West LGA; Hon. Ifeanyichukwu Nnamani, SSA to the Governor of Enugu State on Youth Mobilization; Barrister Ihele Ezeani, Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Enugu State Chapter; Hon. Cornelius Onwubuya, SPA to the Executive Governor of Enugu State; Hon. Sir Erochukwu Ugwueze, SPA to the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Hon. James Okereke Akadu, Chairman, ESHA Committee on Education; Professor Gozie Ogbodo, Dean, Faculty of Law, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, SPA to the Executive Governor on Agriculture, Engr. Mike Ogbuekwe, etc.

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