On the 27th of April, 2019, the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun Delta State awarded Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko with a Honourary Doctorate Degree. Below is the acceptance speech given by Prince Ned Nwoko on behalf of the recipients at the convocation ceremony:
The Vice Chancellor, management , staff and students of FUPRE, fellow award recipients ,it is an amazing moment in this outstanding University.
On behalf of my co – recipients , I stand on the front row of history to accept this prestigious honour .
This is a life – long privilege given the lofty essence of University.
The idea of the University is not just the treasure of learning and knowledge. It confers the finest toga of human prestige, dignity and self assurance.
To be recognized by the University is a badge of honour, seal of approval, power of confidence, acclamation of competence and celebration of social distinction.
Coming from the Federal University of petroluem resources, the first of its kind in Africa’s most populous nation, one can only bask in amazing glory.
On the realm of self introspection, this award holds so much fascination to me.
First of all, let me say that I am enamoured with education.I love education. So deeply.
My attachment is not by coincidence. It is driven by studied orientation and exposure. In the prime of youth , I travelled to London , England to behold a whole new world that would change my destiny forever. I returned from Britain to my fatherland in 1999 with the best of Western education culminating in a fulfilling legal career. I am truly happy and humbled to be Learned . I was elected member House of Representatives Aniocha/Oshimili Federal constituency between 1999-2003.
I qualified and practiced law in the best Environment known to mankind in terms of a society entrenched in democracy and rule of law and order. Where everything seems to work so perfectly.
My most cherished passion has always been human capital development through education. My core value is education driven by service and integrity. For decades , I have provided educational succour to thousands of students in secondary and tertiary institutions, deploying my God -given resources to ensure scholarships and grants , targeting both the brilliant and the indigent students as well as the vulnerable ones in Delta and other parts of Nigeria.
The crowning glory of my love for educational attainment is the proposed Science, Technology, Arts and Sports University ( STARS UNIVERSITY , located in my home town of Idumuje Ugboko, near Asaba the Delta state capital.
The STARS UNIVERSITY expected to begin academic activities in the next few months has a unique place as the first sports University in sub Saharan Africa. It also comes with the full compliments of a conventional University as it is poised to offer regular academic programmes.
Education is the master key to self actualization.
To the young graduands at this auspicious convocation ceremony, take a deep breath. My dream is for you to excel as you embrace the world with strength defined by character and learning.
I have a word for you. Maximize your potentials, check your attitudes and believe in yourself.
Remember that attitude is everything in life.
Relax and listen carefully to these inspirational insights of living by American educator ,Charles Rozell Swindoll
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…. a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”
The moral lesson here is that you must choose your attitudes wisely.
As you graduate out of school you are most likely to face the world with all it’s vulgarities .
Nigeria may not catch your fancy anymore because of her enormous social, economic and political challenges. But as you rue over the parlous state of affairs and ponder over a seemingly uncertain future look up yourself in the mirror and say – Yes I can overcome. Do good, act against evil. Say no to crime , violence and self immolation.
Embrace the future with a positive mental and physical attitude .
Go and make a mark. With your good education ,you have the latitude to effect a positive change in the society and impact your lives,your families, your generation.
As you join me and fellow awardees to savour the moment of this glorious event, I wish everyone a bright, colourful and progressive future.
Thank you all.
HON. PRINCE NED NWOKO.