The Director of Inland Transport Services, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Chief Chris Eyitemi Orode, former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babaginda (rtd)and Chief Raymond Dokpesi has been given a fellowship award by Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State.
Other recipients of the fellowship award include erstwhile military governor of old Bendel State, General Samuel Ogbemudia and the late paramount ruler of Auchi, the Otaru of Otaru.
The recipients will be formally presented to the awardees at the 17th graduation ceremony of the school scheduled to take place on November 21, 2009. The ceremony will also witness the presentation of certificates, diplomas and awards to deserving graduates of the school.
A letter dated October 5, 2009, and signed by the Rector of Auchi Polytechnic, Dr. (Mrs.) P. O. Idogho, said Orode was nominated for the award for his â€œtremendous contributions to national development which has impacted positively on business generally and maritime services in particularâ€.
According to Dr (Mrs) Idogho, the fellowship award is the highest distinction the institution can award by the law establishing it. The Governing Council has ratified your nomination and I am delighted to convey to you, the decision of the Board and the Council.
As the Director of Director of Inland Transport Services in NSC, Orode who is one of the driving force behind the establishment of the first ever Regional Maritime Development Bank (RMDB) in Nigeria is saddled with the responsibility of actualizing the establishment of Inland Container Depots (ICD) and Container Freight Stations (CFS) also known as dry ports in selected locations across the country.
An alumnus of Auchi Polytechnic, Orode who is a chartered accountant has attended courses in Nigeria and overseas. These include Emile Wolfe College of Accountancy, Holborn, London, University of Wales, Cardiff, University of Lagos, Royal Institute of Public Administration London, and Lagos Business School.