The former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Sunday received an award of excellence for global citizenship from his unique university of Port Harcourt alumni association.
The group tagged UU81 which the former president is also a member, said the award was given to Jonathan because of his exemplary leadership qualities and professional excellence.
Receiving the award in Yenagoa during the association’s reunion for 2021, the former president thanked the association for finding him worthy of the award saying that all members of the association deserve one form of award or the other following their various contributions not only to the university but to national unity.
He described the class ’81 who started in 1977 as a pacesetter for the institution being the foundation class maintaining that the class 81 was and has continued to be a pacesetter class.
He said “Indeed, every member of this class like alumni members of other universities and institutions in Nigeria has contributed to the development of this nation in various ways and so, it’s my believe that all members of the class ’81 of deserves an award.
“We were so lucky because during our time, there was no Jamb. You just apply for any university of your choice. So some persons, depending on your financial strength could apply in two and some even three universities. But I was able to apply for just two, uniport and Nsuka and so uniport granted me admission as one of her pioneer students in the school of biological sciences in 1977 and we graduated as pioneers in 1981.
“And since after our graduation, 40 years ago, we have been living as brothers and sisters as members of one indivisible family. He narrated.
Also awarded with the award of excellence was former manager, finance and budgeting of the Nigerian national petroleum corporation (NNPC) Stanley Lawson.
Speaking on behalf of other members of UU81, Oluyori Aguda, the national president of the class said that Jonathan has been a role model and a worthy example of what was expected of every university of Port Harcourt bred graduate.
He said “He served Nigeria meritoriously and has become a global citizen, a global brand.
“Also, Lawson has also been a pillar of this association and have excelled so well in his chosen career. He single handedly hosted the first reunion of this association in 2017 in Abuja. Indeed both of them were carefully selected for this awards.