The National Association of Nigerian Students, Zone B has organized a summit to equip students on the pathway to redefining leadership.
This was held on the 25th of May at the Institute of Petroleum Studies building, Abuja Campus. The summit which was tagged “EDUCATION: THE PATHWAY TO REDEFINING LEADERSHIP” was held to sensitize students and the teaming youths on the importance of readdressing issues facing us.
The summit was graced by notable guest speakers including, Chief Timipre Marlin Sylva, Prof. Stephen A. Okodudu, Mr. Leo Leo Umana.
In his opening remarks, the Coordinator of NANS ZONE B, Comr. Etinyene Offongekpe expressed satisfaction to students coming together in seeking the best possible way to readress issues poised with the nation, he strongly believes this will redefine leadership.
Mr. Leo Umana, the Executive Director of Akwa Ibom revenue service gave a resounding brief speech. He encouraged the youths that there’s still hope for Nigeria. He said, “If I could make it, you can too.” The director made mention of losing his father once he entered secondary school and lost his mum immediately after he got admission to the University, but life circumstances didn’t stop him from moving forward.
Chief Timipre Marlin Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources while addressing the public urged the youths to position themselves because opportunities can knock at their doorsteps at any time.
He made it clear that education is the tool to achieving a step further in leadership.
The Honorable Minister also urged the youths to say good things about their nation, in foreign countries they strive not to speak ill of their nation, that this culture should be imbibed by us.
The Minister said: “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t see myself as anything different from you, that’s why I said you must prepare yourself because if you want an opportunity you don’t expect people to give it to you, you must take it, and how do you take it? by preparing yourself! So that when the opportunity is before you, you can take it. So this is an opportunity, don’t waste it because you do not know what the future holds for you.”
The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof Stephen Okodudu while giving his speech commended the leadership of the Students’ Union body and addressed them as responsible. “I expressed joy when this program was brought before me for approval, he said”.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor commended the efforts of NANS Zone B leadership and urged them to keep it up. Also, Prof stated that during his short stay as Acting VC that his leadership has seen that students who were faced with issues and challenges in the past were all settled and many of them have fully graduated.
At the end of the summit, the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Marlin Sylva, and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stephen Okodudu were awarded into the Hall of Fame by NANS leadership. The Minister was inducted as the Grand Patron of NANS Zone B.
Nigerian students gave their unflinching support for the Awards presented. The award is to appreciate their immense contribution and development in the Students environment.
The Minister said: “I thank you for this honor that you have done me today. Thank you! I was not expecting it. My intention was just to come and interact with you”
The Minister in his closing remark gave a rundown of his life after his University days, at the age of 27, he was already at the Rivers State House of Assembly, went further to become a special adviser to the Governor, then struggled down became a special assistant to the then Minister of Petroleum, then struggled down to become the former Governor of Bayelsa state and now he’s here today.
The Minister handed over the Award from NANS Zone B into the Hall of fame to the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Okodudu as a token from the Nigerian students.