The President of Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB), Kayode Okunoren, has been conferred National Outstanding Leadership Award 2016, by the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS).
The award, which was presented to the President at the NCRIB secretariat in Lagos, by NANS President who was represented by his Vice President, Comrade Lawal Alpounds was in recognition of Okunoren’s contribution to Nigerian economy through his participation in insurance industry.
According to him, two Nigerians were nominated for the award from which Okunoren emerged the winner after a former ratification on the floor of NANS Senate held in Abuja.
In his speech, Comrade Alpounds lamented the dangerous trend of selecting politicians who have contributed nothing to the development of the nation, they were called to serve for awards, stressing that it further erodes the values and importance of awards.
He added that Nigerians students under the aegis of NANS has distanced itself from doling out awards to people of questionable characters who could not add any meaningful value to the nation but rather look for means to exploit others.
One of the reasons for Okunoren’s emergence as the recipient of the award according to him was his recognition for the place of mentoring as part of values that could build a nation.
He further explained the disposition of Nigerian leaders to education and employment, stressing that the educational system in Nigeria is in a state of comatose that needs quick intervention of philanthropists and individuals that have the passion. He also used the opportunity to explain what he tagged “NANS Endowment Fund”.
In his response, Okunoren eulogised and appreciated the doggedness of Nigerian Students in spite of the state of the nation’s educational system, using the opportunity to inform them of his mentoring programme that spanned beyond insurance but to all Nigerian Youths.