From Tony Osauzo, Benin
The first civilian governor defunct Bendel State, late Prof Ambrose Folorunsho Alli, and former Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih, have been inducted posthumously into Esan Hall of Fame.
Others inducted were Abuja-based school proprietor, Mr Kenneth Imansuangbon, two-time Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, and member who represented Esan South East and Esan North East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Friday Itulah; and the Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Marcus Onobu.
Presenting the awards to the recipients, the Convener, Esan Hall of Fame, Mr Timothy Okojie, said the awardees were honoured because of their contributions to the development of youths and women in Esan land.
He commended late Chief Anenih for providing employment and empowering youths of the area as well as attracting a lot of developmental projects such as roads and institutions.
On late Prof Alli, Okojie said the late Professor of Morbid Anatomy and governor of old Bendel State was posthumously honoured for establishing Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, and other infrastructural development and providing good governance.
He also noted: ‘Imansuagbon is honoured as the Patriotic Esan man of the decade for philanthropic gestures.’
Chief Anenih’s son, Akaku Anenih received the award for his late father, while that of Prof Alli was received by one of her daughters, Mrs Stella Alki-Ukburebor.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Mr Imansuagbon thanked the organisers of the event for honouring them particularly, Chief Anenih and Prof Alli, who he said sacrificed their time and resources for the average Esan man, woman and youth.