By Deji Abdulwahab
Amb. Hassan Tukur, the Patron of the Unveiling and Rebranding Nigeria Initiative, has called on Nigerians to be hard working and dedicated towards nation’s building, saying these attributes pay and can never go unnoticed.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the Programme Manager, Unveiling and Rebranding Nigeria Initiative, Malam Abdulkadir Lawal.
Lawal stated that Tukur gave the advice when he was awarded a honorary doctorate degree by the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Oyo State.
According to him, Tukur, who is also the former Principal Secretary to President Goodluck Jonathan, expressed his high regard for the award, which he described as unique.
“For all of us at the Unveiling and Rebranding Nigeria Initiative, this is a milestone. This award speaks volumes as it highlights my hard working and dedication towards nation building.
“These pay and can never go unnoticed. I am indeed honoured and grateful. It is my prayers that this begins our thrives, marking great achievements,” Tukur quoted as saying.
He noted that he once aspired to become a lecturer, but eventually ventured into diplomacy.
“This change was largely influenced by the elimination of my mentor and lecturer, Dr Bala Muhammed on July 10, 1981 in Kano; a traumatising event that altered his view on academic-centred careers.
“Therefore, receiving an award in the academic world is a unique feat for him,” Tukur said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi