NOA PLANS ENDOWMENT FUND FOR NASARAWA UNIVERSITY
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) is planning an endowment prize for Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) in partnership with the Korean Embassy in Nigeria to promote educational attainment in Nigeria.
The NOA Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri disclosed this at an interactive session with students of the university at the NSUK Mini Theatre organized by the Agency and the Korean Embassy, adding that the interaction was aimed at stimulating students’ contribution to the discourse of national development, peace and cohesion.
Omeri who said NOA, the Korean Embassy and NSUK would work out modalities for the prize and communicate the students in due course, challenged Nigerian students to draw inspiration from the Korean post-war rapid development to change the story of Nigeria. He urged students to always make the right choices and imbibe the right values because they are no longer leaders of tomorrow but of today.
The Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Noh Kyu-Duk narrated to the students the Korean development experience and the strong diplomatic ties between Nigeria and Korea, noting that education was a key contributory factor to his country’s recovery and development. He urged the students to strive for academic excellence which he said would provide the necessary for their potentials to find expression and develop the country, pledging to facilitate cultural exchange between Korea and Nigerian students to stimulate learning.
Welcoming the NOA and Korean team, NSUK Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Professor Yakubu Ngwai expressed gratitude for the joint gesture which he said would deepen the learning experience for students of the university. Students of the English Department also conferred the award of Outstanding Cultural Ambassador on the NOA Director General and the award of International Cultural Ambassador on the Korean Ambassador.
Highlights of the interactive session include a premiere presentation of a play titled Townhall Whispers by students of the English Department of the university which portrayed the ills of bad leadership, religious intolerance and social disharmony. Head of the English Department and author of the play, Professor Amirikpa Oyigbenu while introducing the drama also disclosed that the department had perfected plans to inaugurate a Mantra of Change Brigade to promote the ideals of positive change in the university community.
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