Governor Nyesom Wike and other eminent personalities have graced the thanksgiving ceremony in honour of Professor Antonia Omehia.
The thanksgiving organised by former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia was to mark the conferment of his wife, Professor Antonia with the rank of Professor of Library and Information Science by Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni.
Professor Antonia Omehia is a lecturer in the Library and Information Science Department of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rivers State.
Governor Wike, his deputy, Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, former Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Austin Opara, former Presidents, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Onueze C.J Okocha (SAN) and Okey Wali (SAN) were among other dignitaries who attended the thanksgiving ceremony at Omehia’s residence in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Former governor, Sir Celestine Omehia said his family decided to organise the thanksgiving to honour God for his wife’s unparalleled academic excellence and passion for scholarly research.
He acknowledged that it is not an easy feat to attain the rank of an academic professor. According to him, his family will remain eternally grateful to God for granting his wife the grace of academic excellence.
Former NBA President, Okocha, who spoke on behalf of Rivers’ elders, said Professor Antonia Omehia has indisputably distinguished herself in academics, because professors are scholars that are experts in their field and teachers of the highest rank in the University.
He heaped praises on Sir Omehia for allowing his wife to soar in her academic pursuit, because most men often feel intimidated when their wives excel in life. The legal luminary said when women excel in academics, they should be celebrated.
He commended Professor Antonia Omehia for making her husband and children proud by virtue of her unquestionably commitment to academic excellence. “We are proud of you for honouring our brother.”
Eminent personalities that also attended the thanksgiving include: Chairman of Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority, Ferdinand Anabraba, former Minister of Transportation, Abiye Sekibo, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, Senator Dr Bennett Birabi, Davis Ikanya among several others.
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