A former Vice-Chancellor of the famous University of Port Harcourt and Emeritus Professor of the institution, Nimi Briggs, has bagged this year’s Hallmarks of Labour Foundation (HLF) – Role Model Award for outstanding contributions in the field of Education.
The award ceremony which is the highlight of the Foundation’s 23rd Anniversary, will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the prestigious Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
In a letter to the Emeritus Professor Briggs conveying the information on his emergence as the award-winner for 2019, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation (HLF), Emeritus Professor Umaru Shehu, said, the awardee was selected in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of Education for which Nigeria had greatly benefitted.
Part of the letter reads: “We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as the winner of the above titled award. “Your selection is in recognition of your outstanding contribution in the Field of Education for which Nigeria has greatly benefitted. This has set you apart as a great Nigerian Role Model.
“We hope that you will see this award as a mark of our deep respect and appreciation for your patriotism and numerous achievements.”
It is understood that out of 59 recipients of the prestigious award over the years, only two are from Rivers State; the other is Chief Hon. Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, (Ph.D), JSC (rtd), OFR, who was the recipient for 2018. His was in the field of Law.
Incidentally both Karibi-Whyte and Nimi Briggs are from Kalabri and of the same Abonnema extraction.
Reports have it that Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs is currently the Pro-chancellor and Chairman of Council, Federal University, Lokoja and also the pioneer Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Bayelsa Medical University.