tudents’ Union Government (SUG) of the Rivers State University (RSU) has conferred an “Icon of Development” award on the Degema Local Government Area Chairman, Hon. Michael John Williams.
They said it is in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding performance, “particularly in human capital development, philanthropism and humongous investment in the educational sector”.
Presenting the Award to the Chairman at the Council Secretariat, the SUG, the President, Comrade Anele Miracle, noted that what influenced the Union’s decision was the Chairman’s profound love for education and immense support to members of the students’ community, particularly students from DELGA origin.
He recalled that during the implementation of the “No Fees, No Exam” policy of the Rivers State University, the Council Chairman came to the rescue, by paying fees of most affected students of the LGA, adding that the intervention gave a sigh of relief to the beneficiaries, enabling them to concentrate and write their exams.
Comrade Miracle also thanked the Council Chairman for going further to give educational grants to several students of the LGA, and appointing several youths and former student leaders as aides in his administration, adding that the Chairman is by his gestures, raising and mentoring future leaders.
The SUG Union, which also adopted the Council Chairman as Patron of its Social Capital Project, further disclosed that the Union had resolved to immortalize the Council Boss, by naming a solar water scheme in the school’s main campus after him, which was flagged off on August 3, with the Chairman as a Special Guest of Honour.
In his response, the Council Chairman commended the students’ leadership for their vision and commitment to serve the students’ community.
He noted that as an Alumnus of the Rivers State University (RSU), formally known as Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), he is fully abreast with the concerns of varsity students, and his administration is poised to continue to do its best to improve their lot.