Aisha Buhari, Oyetola, Ayade bag AAU awards – The Punch

The Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma has honoured Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, and Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shuaibu, for their roles in youth and sports development.

Others, who bagged the Pillar of Sports Award, are billionaire businessman, Prince Ned Nwoko, and former Oyo Governor Alao Akala, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River and former Edo State Commissioner for Sports, Mr Brown Ebewele.

Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Mr Frank Okiye, Mr Gideon Ikhine, and Proprietor of Pace Setters Schools, Chief Ken Imasuagbon, were also awarded.

Presenting the awards, Vice-Chancellor, AAU, Ekpoma, Prof. Ignatius Onimawo, said the awardees deserved to be honoured going by their pedigree and contributions to sports development in the state and in the country.

Onimawo said, “We looked at their pedigree and what they have been doing for sports; take the case of Deputy Governor of Edo State, who plays for Bendel Insurance FC of Benin as a team member.

 “These individuals have done so well in the area of youth and sports development when you look at them one after the other.

 “Some of them are not sportsmen but they like sports and they contribute to its development, so, they deserve the award.”

Onimawo commended the awardees for donating to the university’s N500 million endowment fund for the construction of a mini-stadium.

 “We will have an indoor sports hall where we can play badminton, table tennis and then, develop a new arena for hockey, volleyball and handball, these are things we want to develop.

“My vision is that by the time we are leaving office, all-round development of sports must have taken place,” he added.

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