The Imo State capital, Owerri, came alive weekend when Nigerians from all walks of life poured into the serene and beautiful city for the 30th convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO).
The highpoint of the convocation ceremony was the conferment of Honourary Doctorate Degree of Management Technology (D.M.Tech) of the institution on the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Orange Drugs Group, Chief (Sir) Tony Ndubuisi Ezenna.
The FUTO award is an addition to the legion of such awards Tony had received from other institutions of higher learning, corporate organisations, religious bodies, social organisations among others in recognition of his philanthropic and community development efforts.
The D.M.Tech conferment on Tony, coming from one of the nation’s prestigious federal universities, may not be unconnected with Orange Drug’s numerous Corporate Social Responsibility, CRS, interventions thereby helping the government shed some governmental responsibilities, especially in the areas of provision and rehabilitation of infrastructures and social amenities.
For example, the week leading to the conferment was full of activities for the Orange Drug boss. In his home town, Akokwa, his immediate community, Owerri-Akokwa and neighbouring Orlu town-all in the Eastern Heartland, Imo state-Tony, in consonance with Orange Drug’s CRS, was busy with the commissioning and dedication of class room buildings he constructed for the famous Bishop Shannaham College, Orlu, St. Anthony High School Owerri-Akokwa and Akokwa High School.