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Youth Commissioner underscores importance of state awards



ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Theresa Obiekezie has described State Honour as a cardinal way of appreciating hard work, excellence and productivity.  

  Prof. Obiekezie paid glowing tribute to Gov. Willie Obiano for considering her worthy to be bestowed with “Distinguished Anambra State Commander Medal,” for her contributions while serving the state.

  “When you work and your state recognises you, you feel good about it. You have the spirit to keep working. But, when you work and nobody appreciates you, you get weak and demoralised.     “I have nothing restraining me from helping the state, in supporting the state and working for its progress in all that I do,” Prof Obiekezie said.  

  While reacting to recent awards in her office, she explained that the recognition meant so much to her having recorded a towering achievement in her profession.  

  “I was awarded the African Union World Academy of Science National Union Scientist in 2010 for Nigeria. The country celebrated me with all the Fellows of Science present.  

  “The then Minister for Science and Technology presented the award on behalf of the President. I felt great and kept working. Somehow in 2018, I became the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology,” she said.  

  According to her, the appointment offered me an opportunity to work harder to ensure that the present administration achieved its set goals and vision for the state.  

  She described her service to the state as eventful, noting that under her watch the State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu, was officially recognised and accredited by National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).  

  Reflecting on her exploits in the Youths Ministry, she observed that the government’s “One Youth, One Skill”, empowerment agenda had continued to record huge success stories.  

  “Now, the state has recognised my effort, it is time to mentor young people. We keep mentoring young people to tell them that there is honour in hard work,” she said.

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