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Ex-Nigerian Breweries MD honoured for supporting education in Nigeria

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On Friday, November 19, eminent personalities including scholars and boardroom gurus gathered at one of Nigeria’s leading private tertiary institutions, the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU), to honour Felix Ohiwerei, a former managing director of the Nigerian Breweries Plc, as the tertiary institution named a school structure after him.

The honoree’s friends and family included a former Chairman of MTN, Pascal Dozie, as well as dignitaries such as the university’s pro-chancellor, Odein Ajumogobia, a senior advocate of Nigeria; the university’s former vice-chancellor, Albert Alos and the incumbent and successor, Juan Elegido and Enase Okonedo, respectively.

They took turns lavishing praise on Mr Ohiwerei, who left the international corporation in 2007.

He was also commended for his love and passion for high-quality education, as well as his investment in the Nigerian education industry.

The university added that it named its School of Science and Technology building after Mr Ohiwerei as a tribute for his deep love and support for education and that there was no greater way to immortalize him than with such a gesture.

Mr Ohiwerei’s former employer, NB Plc, also named an education trust fund after him, the Nigerian Breweries Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, which is recognized as the best intervention for teachers in Nigeria through the Maltina Teacher of the Year Award.

According to the university’s vice-chancellor, Juan Elegido, who spoke at the unveiling the freshly completed state-of-the-art edifice was named after Mr Ohiwerei in appreciation of his commitment to the advancement of education in Nigeria and service to mankind.

Mr Elegido went on to say that the School of Science and Technology (SST) would play a significant role in developing the workforce required to enhance industrialisation, which, in turn, would have a positive impact on the Nigerian economy, in line with the university’s goal.

The Chairman of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Kolawole Jamodu, who also praised the honoree’s dedication and contribution to the growth of education in Nigeria as a gesture was well-deserved.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Breweries Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, Hans Essaadi, who also serves as the company’s managing director, spoke during the occasion and expressed gratitude to the institution’s administration and personnel.

The managing director said: “On behalf of the management and staff of Nigerian Breweries, let me say how grateful we are to Elder Ohiwerei, for your leadership and your immense contributions to our great company. We are very proud of you and we wish you the very best in life, every day. It is our hope that the school will continue to provide the best quality education, comparable with international standards, to produce the next generation of future leaders.”

Mr Essaadi further added that the university is honoured to cooperate with the corporation through the education foundation in its aim to develop today’s students into future world-class leaders.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Ohiwerei credited his life’s accomplishments to divine favour, while appreciating the institution and paying glowing tribute to his late wife for her love and support adding that she was a “pillar of support” who was “extremely supportive and pious.”

Finally, he expressed confidence that the institution’s products (particularly those from the school of science) would not only excel in character but also become blessings to humanity.

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