Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media, Alhaji Lawal Ado, Editor-in-Chief, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and three others, were on Saturday honoured by their Alma mater, the Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA), Class 1971 of Barewa College, Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Association also honoured Malam Balarabe Abbas, Secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Malam Salisu Abdullahi, Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State and Malam Usman Kabir, a serving Comptroller of Customs.
The award ceremony took place at the institution’s old dining hall.
Alhaji Abbas Sanusi, the Chairman of the association, in his remark at the occasion, congratulated the awardees for their various contributions to the progress of the nation.
Sanusi said: “We assembled in this hall for posting into various classes of form one 44 years ago, and that was the genesis of our various endeavours in life.
“Little did anyone know that these gentlemen we are honouring today shall grow and become not only the talk of the town, but personalities loved, respected and admired by every well-meaning Nigerian.
“I will also like to extend special apology to other members, who had since attained higher position of responsibilities in their chosen careers, but were not honoured, a very big sorry for that.”
According to him, it is on record that some members of the school’s 1971 set have since attained the positions of executive directors, managing directors and executive secretaries, among others.
Sanusi said that some members of the class were also top-class Traditional Rulers, Imams and captains of businesses and industries, who are diligently contributing to national development in various aspects and expressed gratitude to them.