By Gid Ahanonu
A frontline community leader and interim president-general of Owerri Communities Assembly, Chief (Dr) Christian Oweaya Anukam, KSM (Agbawo Dikeizu of Owerri) was last weekend conferred with a distinguished honours award by the old students of Emmanuel College Owerri (ECOL) Owerri.
The award was presented at the 70th anniversary celebration of the college at the school’s play ground, Owerri, in recognition of Chief Oweaya’s numerous contributions to the development of the institution and others in Owerri.
Responding after receiving the award, Chief Anukam expressed his appreciation for the gesture and thanked the old students and the organizers of the programme for giving him the honour and assured them of more assistance, since according to him, “the reward for hard work is more work”.
Chief Oweaya who is also one of the stakeholders, enjoined the association to be at the forefront of developing and re-equipping their alma mater.
The weeklong event also featured fundraising and anniversary lecture delivered by Professor M.O.E. Iwuala, among other things.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Professor Onyewuchi Oguoma, described the ceremony as wonderful since the college has scaled the hurdles of rugged roads to shaping boys and girls into man and woman of Internet age.
He noted that at 70 years, the school has stepped into the next century of achievements, and called on all and sundry to put hands on deck to sustain ECOL’s achievements.
Prof. Oguoma thanked the national president, Amb. Jude Agbugba, and the organizers of the occasion.
Some dignitaries who were present of the event include, the National President, Amb. Jude Agbugba, H.R.H. Eze Sam A. Ohiri (Eze Imo), former Imo State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice B.A. Njemanze, Ven. Zion Ngoka, Eze Enunam Eke, Bishop Raphael Okafor (Rtd), Mr. Reginald Ekeocha, Mr. H.O. Amaechi, Sir Dr. Benson Chukwu, Sir D.D. Iwuoha, Dr Henry Okafor and others.