Sir (Surv) G.O. Osayande,
Ministry of Lands & Surveys,
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
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.
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”.
A Foundation Member Appointed Professor Emeritus
I am delighted to inform all NICE Members that the Senate of the University of Benin has approved of the appointment of Professor Raymond O. Elaho as Professor Emeritus.
Professor Elaho, a Pioneer academic staff of the Department of Foreign Languages of the University of Benin and a former Provost College of Education, Ekiadolor was promoted Professor of French in 1984, a position he attained at a remarkably young age of 38. He is 32 years standing as a University Professor.
Professor Emeritus Elaho is a Foundation Member of our organisation and has remained a committed and dedicated Member.
He deserves our individual and collective commendation for his elevation to the enviable and well-deserved status of Professor Emeritus
Nigerian Institute for Character Education is a leading national advocate for character education in Nigeria. Our mission is to help evolve for Nigeria a well behaved, highly cultured and disciplined citizenry with a commitment to “thinking globally while acting locally”
Give to every child his proper guidance
And to national manpower waste its much desired riddance.
Every child deserves the adults’ tolerance.
Every child warrants the adults’ acceptance.
For his maximum optimum performance.
As man at birth remains the weakest creature,
His proper growth deserves a careful nurture,
That the end product may be a creature mature,
A symbol of the perfect work of human nature,
Guidance and counselling remains education’s premier feature.
Guide a child and build a nation.
Counsel the child and develop his wisdom,
To carve a nation in the proper fashion,
Built on calculated human freedom
Manifested in constructive human action