A Tribute to Our Maiden Role Model


Invitation to 2019 Exemplary Conduct Awards Ceremony


The Nigerian Institute for Character Education cordially invites the general public to it’s 2019 Exemplary Conduct Awards Ceremony as follows:

Venue: Motel Benin Plaza, G.R.A, Benin City.

Date: Friday, 22nd March, 2019

Time: 4.30Pm.

Kindly attend punctually.


Eddy O. Ikponmwen (JP), FNIM, FCPM, mni

Chairman (NICE)


Invitation To 2017 Annual Meeting: Announcement


The Nigerian Institute for Character Education (NICE), a Benin based non-governmental organization whose objectives are essentially character moulding holds its 3rd series of Annual General Meeting on Friday 24th November, 2017 at Motel Benin Plaza, Benin city at 4pm prompt.

Agenda Includes;

  1. Presentation of Exemplary Conduct Award Certificates to deserving students of secondary schools across the 3 Senatorial Districts in Edo State through the Chief Inspectors of Education.
  2. Admission of New Members.

All NICE members are expected to be punctual.



Ovenseri Otamere Esq.

Publicity Secretary (NICE)



A Decade of Nigerian Independence

With gallantry and brotherhood Nigerians fought,
That from the forces of foul play peace and justice may be wrought.

The horrors of our fratricidal war should be a concrete lesson,
With its deplorable killing and looting and arson
That the fatality of war is a respecter of no human person.

Only a deep sense of human equality can be our saving medicine.

The bridge between the rich and poor is far from negligible,
As the national cake to the poor remains intangible.

In unity we say we stand,
But where lies the unity when we play and dance to diverse band?

Excerpts from the Poem, A Decade of Nigerian
Independence 1970
From The Lily, A Book of Poems by Eddy Ikponmwen


Distinguished NICE Member Gets Top Rotary District Responsibility Post

Distinguished NICE Member Gets Top Rotary District Responsibility Post
Prof B.S. Sanni, a foremost NICE member and a distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Dean Post-Graduate Studies, Benson Idahosa University and Chairman Dean of Post-Graduate Studies of all Nigerian Universities has been appointed Chairman, Rotary International District 9141 Grants Committee. For Rotary International and Rotary Districts, this is a position of trust which demands a high sense of responsibility and management capability.
The Executive and Members of NICE congratulate Prof. B.S Sanni for this appointment and hope that the numerous communities in the Rotary District which encompasses Edo, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States of Nigeria will benefit maximally from his wealth of experience.
Eddy Ikponmwen
Chairman (NICE)


Justice Isibor loses Mum; NICE Sends Tribute


It is with a deep sense of loss that we of the Nigerian Institute for Character Education received the sad news of the passing on of the dear mother of our organisation’s foremost Foundation Member and Scribe since its inception.
Madam Isibor was a strong practising Christian of the Roman Catholic faith. She was a woman of impeccable cleanliness and exemplary character. She was a strict disciplinarian and at once loving, caring and understanding.
Her pious and dutiful life coupled with her remarkably graceful and peaceful transition in the afternoon of Sunday15th July, 2017 attests to the fact that she has gone to join the Saints Triumphant. Her demise is certainly one earth’s loss which is heaven’s gain.
By her death, the Isibor family has lost a matriarch of incalculable value. In every respect, Mama led an immensely useful and fulfilled life. We should be consoled that she lived to a good old age of 97 and left behind good name and good children and grand children who have made and are making outstanding landmarks in their various endeavours, prominent among whom is Hon. Justice P.O.Isibor, retired President of Edo State Customary Court of Appeal, a Worthy Knight of the Roman Catholic faith and a gentleman extraordinaire.
One cannot think of a more apt tribute to our departed mother than in the words of William Shakespeare “Her life was gentle and the elements so mixed in her that nature might stand up and say to all the world, this was a woman”
On behalf of the executive and members of the Nigerian Institute for Character Education (NICE), I convey our heartfelt condolences to our respected Scribe and foremost Foundation Member as well as to all members of the Isibor family. We pray that the good Lord grants them the strength and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
May Her Gentle Soul rest in the bosom of the Lord.

Eddy Ikponmwen, (JP), FNIM, FCPM, Amb. IML, mni


NICE Commends Member on Receipt of Honorary Doctorate

12th July, 2017

Rt. Rev (Dr.) Matthew A. Okpebholo JP
Ejaina House
1Taxona Road,
P.O.Box 206 Uromi,
Benin City,
Edo State

Please accept the hearty congratulations of The Executive of NICE and its Members on the recent conferment on you of the Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of Edo State University, Ekpoma.
In every respect, an accomplished business executive of impeccable character, a seasoned manager of men and resources, a fine family man, an epitome of humility and above all a Soldier for Christ – The conferment was very well deserved.
May God guard and guide you in the position of recognition and towards many more successes in the years ahead.

Eddy O. Ikponmwen JP, FNIM, Amb.IML
Chairman (NICE)


NICE Commends Member on Retirement

Sir (Surv) G.O. Osayande,
Ministry of Lands & Surveys,
Benin City.

Please accept the hearty congratulations of the Executive of NICE and its members on your recent retirement from Edo State Civil Service as State Surveyor General.
In every respect a distinguished professional, a seasoned administrator and an accomplished public officer of exemplary character – your retirement certainly underscores your many years of dedicated, selfless and unblemished service to your state and country.
Once again, we wish to congratulate you on your retirement and pray that God will in His infinite mercy grant you and family the wherewithal for a happy, healthy and peaceful life after service.

Eddy Ikponmwen JP, FNIM, FCPM, Amb.IML, mni
Chairman (NICE)


NICE Chairman’s Tribute to the departed Mum – A Tribute To My Angel Mother

On that fateful Sunday morning of 30th October when you passed on spelling an abrupt end of over three scores and ten years of wonderful mother/son unforgettable relationship, the shock from the loss was rude and the grief devastating.
More than ever before, I experienced firsthand the frailty, the transient nature of the human person and the vanity of human wishes. And as I gathered myself up to the reality of the situation what immediately reverberated in my mind as an encouragement was the immortal admonition of Pope Saint John Paul II “Do not abandon yourself to despair. We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song”.
Mum, you taught us to be strong and to face the challenges of life with courage and equanimity and I decided in that moment of immeasurable grief to be strong and to do your bidding.
Nothing can be compared to the sacrifices, the miseries and the suffering which you endured for your children’s survival, comfort and progress. For quite some time as a single mother you showed self-dignity, self-respect and confidence. In all circumstances you stood tall, walked tall, braced up, looked up and struggled up. Your friends, relatives and neigbours all know you thought well of yourself and was determined to succeed, to win especially in the proper upbringing of your children.
Let me reiterate as I did in my Book of Poems, the Lily which I dedicated to you for the reason that “you taught me the virtues of hard work, personal discipline, selfless service, consideration for others and above all contentment”. I recall that when you personally read through this aspect of the dedication page the smile on your face was electrifying and the joy in your heart palpable.
You were school mate at Government School Benin to our revered monarch Oba Erediauwa and the likes of Dr (Mrs) Oronsaye (Nee Eweka) of Oronsaye Orphanage fame, yet you lived a remarkably quiet and humble life satisfied with working silently and unsung for the progress and overall success of your children. For us as your children our basic guiding question has been how to measure up to your expectation. Now that you are gone the task we owe you is to follow your extraordinary life of service. I personally resolve to do this by rededicating myself more than ever before to Service through Rotary, the Nigerian Institute for Character Education (NICE), Project Charilove, St.Vincent de Paul Society, Sir Osunde Foundation and other service organizations with which I have identified over the years.
Mum, your legacy lives on. You have left lingering memories of a life well spent. You have transited to eternal bliss. Your demise on the 30th of October, barely 48 hours to All Saints’ Day, 1st November and All Souls’ Day, 2nd November attest to the fact that you have gone to join the Saints Triumphant. Encouraged by the signal message of St.Francis of Assisi that “it is in dying that we are born to eternal life”, we are consoled, dear mum, that after all said and done, you are resting in the bosom of the Lord.
Your Son



In recognition of the exemplary lifestyle of late Madam Mary Omoze Ikponmwen and in appreciation of the effort of NICE towards character education, Mr Aiwerioghene Okuonghae has donated the sum of N200,000 (two hundred thousand naira) to the Nigerian Institute for Character Education, a Benin based non-governmental organization.
Sequel to the contribution, the executive of NICE has decided to recognize both the donor and Madam Mary Omoze Ikponmwen with Honorary Membership of the organization.
It is recalled that the Honorary Membership of NICE demands a minimum once and for all subscription of the sum of N50000 (fifty thousand naira).
NICE appreciates the contribution as it will assist in its effort towards the realization of its lofty goal of “a well behaved citizenry for a better Nigeria”.