Four distinguished Nigerians have been awarded honorary doctorate degrees at the Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State.
The Vice-Chairman Of Channels Media Group, Mrs Olusola Momoh, who was the only female awardee, was awarded a doctorate degree in business administration.
She said she was very thrilled to receive the award.
“It is one of the most meaningful recognitions I have ever received and one that I will cherish for a very long time to come,” she added, while also describing the other awardees as “men of timber and calibre”.
The other awardees were former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara and Governor Aminu Tambuwal who bagged doctorate degrees in law, as well as the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, who was awarded a degree in peace studies
Honourable Dogara was also installed as the new chancellor of the university, taking over from Sen. Bode Olajumoke.
The honour was conferred on them during the combined 8th and 9th convocation ceremony of the university.
While giving his address, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Tunji Ibiyemi, stated that out of the 400 graduands, 22 got first-class honours, 217 got second class upper division, 130 got second class lower division while the remaining 31 graduated with a third class.
Also delivering his address, the pro-chancellor of the university, Dr. Bode Ayorinde in his address titled: taming the tide of security challenges in Nigeria, said he believes that Nigerian universities are capable of preferring solutions to the nation’s security challenges through research.
He also spoke about the rate of unemployment and poverty, noting that a way to tackle the menace is by embracing massive industrialisation.
After twenty-one years of providing professional broadcasting to its teeming viewers, the management and staff of award winning station, Channels Television, have rolled out the drums to celebrate the station’s various achievements.
The first in the series of activities lined up for the celebration took place in Lagos on Sunday, with a thanksgiving service at ‘our saviour’s’ church.
The vicar of the church, Venerable Julius Oyediran congratulated the founders of the station, John and Sola Momoh for their vision and professionalism.
He said it is heart-warming to know that 21 years after, Channels remains the undisputed source of news for most Nigerians.
He also spoke about the security situation in Nigeria and thanked the federal government for its efforts in alleviating the suffering of the citizens.
The clergyman however mentioned that there are some others that are inimical to the success of the country, and they would not be successful.
According to him, “there is a rumour that the National House of assembly is collecting up to 15 million monthly per head, as monthly remuneration.
“If that is true, then they are evil and they are wicked and insensitive to the plight of the citizens of this country.”
He then called on such persons to repent from their actions, stating that a lot of people are being owed salaries while even some pensioners have died waiting for their pensions.
He therefore charged the government and those in power, to change their ways for the good of those who elected them there.
The Chairman of the National Broadcasting Commission, Mr Herbert Orji, has paid a historic courtesy visit to Channels Television at its headquarters in Lagos.
This is the first time a sitting Chairman of the commission would be visiting a television station.
Mr Orji was accompanied by his Special Assistant, Mr Uche Iheakanwa, and the Director of the NBC Lagos Zone, Mr Femi Ayeni.
They were received by the Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, the Vice Chairman, Mrs Sola Momoh, and the management staff of the station.
During the visit, Mr Orji commended Channels Television for the exemplary role it is playing in the industry.
He also revealed the plans of the commission towards meeting the digitization deadline set for June 2015, saying that the commission was ready to start implementation in selected states, including Lagos, Oyo and Rivers.
Mr Orji also gave an assurance of subsequent implementation in other parts of the country.
After taking a tour of the station, the Chairman took out time to grant an interview where he revealed the plans of the commission to set up a National Broadcasting Fund of 200billion naira to help fund the sector.
He revealed that 25% of this would be designated for grants and capacity building and the remaining 75% would be given as loans at a single digit interest rate.
About 40 Heads of State of Governments have arrived in Davos, Switzerland to attend the 44th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting which takes place on Wednesday – Saturday (January 22-25, 2014).
Channels Television’s Correspondent, Harriet Agbenyi reporting live from the venue, disclosed that over 2,500 participants drawn from politics, business and human rights amongst others, are expected at the meeting.
Among the delegates to be expected is President Goodluck Jonathan, Aliko Dangote, Chairman/CEO Channels Television, John Momoh, Vice-Chairman Channels Television, Sola Momoh, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, amongst other dignitaries and celebrities.
President Jonathan would lead efforts to attract beneficial projects for Nigeria from other world leaders.
She disclosed that business mogul, Aliko Dangote, will be co-chairing the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting with the theme “Reshaping of the World” and will focus on fundamental issues that are more productive.
Dangote, was said to have posted on his Twitter account earlier in the day that he was “looking forward to robust engaging discussions on youth employment initiatives, Africa rising and entrepreneurship.”
Security will be on standby and taken serious due to the dignitaries that will be there, she added.
The Chairman, Channels Television, John Momoh has been honoured with the Most Distinguished Alumni Award of the Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA).
The award was presented to him at the weekend during the 19th annual President’s Dinner held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
According to the Director of Alumni Relations, Henry Onukwuba, Mr Momoh, who is an alumnus of LBS, CEP-7, was given the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to society and for reflecting the ideals of the School.
Other awards during the ceremony went to the Advanced Management Programme (AMP-22) class who won the Best Alumni Class Award for the third consecutive year, and to Nigeria LNG Limited who won the President’s Award in recognition of the company’s contribution to the growth and development of LBS.
Over 1000 alumni and friends attended the dinner and award ceremony. Notable among the dignitaries was Africa’s first Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.