The Eleme Council of Chiefs and Elders has organized a reception to honour one of its illustrious daughters, Mrs. Victoria Amasi-Gomba Aderoba from Aleto Eleme, one of the recipients of Federal Government’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Presidential Awards.
The event held at the palace of King Philip Obele had in attendance members of the Eleme Council of Chiefs and elders, Eleme women chiefs led by Her Majesty, Chief (Mrs.) Evelyn Ada Gokpa, members of Eleme Graduates Forum, Aleto Graduates Forum, youths and other stakeholders of Eleme land.
The occasion also featured goodwill messages from the chiefs and well-wishers, with sumptuous entertainment.
In his goodwill message and advice to the National Awardee, Mrs. Victoria Amasi-Gomba Aderoba, His Royal Majesty, King Philip Obele said the Eleme Council of Chiefs were happy with her, stressing that if not for anything, for the respect she has brought to her community and Eleme land.
He said, “Today, Eleme people can say we have the likes of great women in our dear land”, and charged students and graduates to emulate Victoria stressing that they should not go to school to join outlawed groups or indulge in unwholesome activities.
He condemned the use of drugs and abuse of alcohol by young people and the rising wave of crime. He said even though there are no jobs, commitment and hard work has offered job to Victoria Amasi-Gomba Aderoba, urging young people to emulate her while stressing that without sacrifice and hard work nothing good and worthwhile would be achieved.
The King advised parents to always monitor the friends kept by their wards and children, monitor what their wards and children watch and read, pointing out that youths are largely influenced by what they hear, watch and the friends they keep.
On her part, Her Majesty, Chief (Mrs.) Evelyn Ada Gokpa advised Victoria to always work for the interest of Eleme people and urged her to endeavour to use her clout to assist Eleme people at every given opportunity. She said that women are good at everything stressing that with her achievement, it has become clear that women are not second class individuals but achievers.
She charged her not to relent on her current feat but to break more boundaries and take Eleme to limelight and as well serve as source of inspiration for young people.
“We are very proud of you, you have written your name in gold and etched the land of Eleme in the sands of time, we are now among the recipients of a presidential award”, she added
While speaking at the event, father of the Awardee, Chief Solomon Gomba expressed joy and appreciation to the Eleme Council of Chiefs and all those who turned out to celebrate his daughter. He also narrated how his daughter has always been bagging different awards and prizes from her school days. He further thanked Elano Investments Limited for providing his daughter and other Eleme students the opportunity to further her education thereby acquiring Master degrees in the United Kingdom.
He advised her to always offer assistance to indigent persons from Eleme, warning her not to forget her roots and where she is coming from. “Tell others how you got there, don’t be selfish with your knowledge, skill and how you did it”, he concluded.
In her vote of thanks, Victoria Amasi-Gomba Aderoba said she was born and brought up in Eleme. “The words of my parents, relatives and people around me brought me this far. I wasn’t very brilliant from the onset but realizing that I’m from a lineage of brilliant people propelled me. I decided within me to make sure I become better. It wasn’t that easy, it wasn’t all rosy. I want to thank my parents; they sacrificed a lot for me to get me to where I am today”. She narrated how she got the award which according to her was due to her selfless acts while serving in Kwara State. She also challenged the youths not to blame anyone for their misfortune but to work hard as their efforts will surely be rewarded someday. She solicited for a skill acquisition platform where those who are not privileged to go to school could acquire skills and become useful to the society.