The fourth National Conference of the National Association of Edo State Students, NAESS has been held in Benin where issues bordering on Nigerian students were articulated.
Sharon Ajayi reports that the event also featured the presentation of awards of excellence to some deserving personalities who include the General Manager of Independent Television and Radio, Senior Elder Ogbeide Uwumwonse and Efe Osafomwan of Man Around Town fame amongst others.
Declaring the Conference open, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said a good leader despite his political affiliation takes the interest of the people as the primary responsibility adding that the state government gives priority to student’s welfare and struggle.
The governor who was represented by the Senior Special Assistance on Students Matters, Comrade Musa Alechumu charged the students to shun all forms of violence and social vices.
Speaking, the Chairman on the occasion and General Manager, Independent television and Radio, Senior Elder Ogbeide Uwonwonse congratulated members of NAESS who came from far and wide for the conference and enjoined them to shun cultism, drug abuse, corruption, thuggery and be committed to their studies as future leaders.
Earlier, in an address of welcome, the National President of NAESS, Prince Festus Otono said the national Conference is an annual event organized for all Edo State students to meet, promote the rich cultural heritage, and also sensitise them on what good governance is all about.
Highpoint of the Conference was the presentation of awards in the good and silver categories.
The gold class award of excellence was presented to the General Manager, Independent Television and Radio, Senior Elder Ogbeide Uwunwonse by the representative of the Governor in recognition for his commitment to the sustainane of democracy, good governance, innovative ideas and people oriented programmes. Mr. Efe Osafowan of Man Around Town was also given an award of excellence.
Other awardees include, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Lucky James, Former Edo State NLC Chairman, Comrade Kaduna Eboigbodin, Oredo L.G Council Chairman, Osaro Obazee, Prince Kassim Afegbua, Senior Special Assistance on Students Matters, Comrade Musa Alechumu, Vibes FM, Barrister Henry Idiagbon, Rev. David Ugolor amongst others.
Three lectures on Nigeria’s Democracy, Leadership Challenges and Dilemma of Nation Building were presented by the Vice Chairman, NLC Edo State, Comrade B. S. Kadiri, and Nigerian Students, Extra Judicial Killings, and the Role of the Judiciary delivered by the Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Henry Idiagbon who was represented by Barr. Kenneth Ugiagbe.
The fourth National Conference of the National Association of Edo State Students, NAESS has as its theme: Nigeria’s Democracy, Leadership Challenges and Dilemma of Nation Building.
The Conference attracted the presence of management and staff of ITV/Radio who accompanied their General Manager, Senior Elder Ogbeide Uwunwonse for his award of excellence.