BY MONSURUDEEN OLOWOOPEJO
The Federal University of Petroleum FUPRE, Effurun , Delta State has concluded plans to confer Doctor of Science degree (Honoris causa) on Nigeria’s celebrated international lawyer, politician and philanthropist, Prince Ned Nwoko.
On the event slated for Friday 26th and 27th April 2019, Nwoko will receive the prestigious honour alongside some eminent Nigerians for his outstanding contributions to social and human capital development.
The cerebral politician is being rewarded by the institution for his consistency and love for people, which had earned him accolades within and outside the country.
It was stated in a nomination letter signed by the Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Akii Ibhobode, said that Nwoko was chosen for the award based on his pedigree of philanthropy, service and integrity.
Professor Ibhodode said in the letter that the University was convinced that Ned Nwoko had enduring legacies that would inspire the new generation to pursue their goals for the greatness of the society.
Ned Nwoko, a Prince of Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom in Aniocha North Local Government area of Delta State is reputed for his charity activities through multi-million naira scholarship awards to students in secondary and tertiary schools as well as empowerment schemes for thousands of people in the informal sector.
The politician is the facilitator of the proposed first sports university in Sub-Saharan Africa, Stars University in Idumuje Ugboko.
A credible politician, Nwoko was recently declared senator – elect for Delta North Senatorial District by a Federal High Court in Abuja, which ruled that he was the legitimate winner of the October 2nd 2018 primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the office.
The FUPRE Award is the second of such outstanding honours for Prince Ned Nwoko, who had received Doctorate in letters D. Litt ( Honoris Causa) from the Commonwealth University Belize, North America in 1995.
Prince Ned Nwoko was elected into the Nigeria House of Representatives in 1999. He served for four years up to 2003, before deciding to contest for the governorship of Delta State.
In the National Assembly, he contested for the position of deputy speaker and lost narrowly to Chibudum Nwuche.
Within the four years he was in the House of Representatives, he learnt the skills and mastered the intrigues necessary to be an effective legislator.
He was the leader of the Millennium Group in the House of Representatives. The Millennium Group was a group of legislators, who came together to help foster good legislative/executive relationship.
At various times he was listed among the ten most vibrant members in the House of Representatives on account of his legislative duties.
His Open Door Policy Prince Ned Nwoko is the only “big man” in the whole country without a security gate to his compound. His home and ranch in Idumuje Ugboko is opened 24 hours of a day, all year round, to visitors.
Prince Ned Nwoko was born into the royal family of Nwoko in Idumuje Ugboko in December 1960.
He had primary and secondary school education in Nigeria before proceeding to the UK, where he studied for a first degree in law and history from the University of Keele. He thereafter attended Kings College, university of London, where he obtained an LLM in maritime and commercial law.
He was called to the English bar, at Lincoln’s Inn before he joined the crown prosecution service as a prosecutor.
He was later qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He worked with the two firms (Kumars Solicitors and Pascaldiers & Co Solicitors), before setting up his own firm in London: Ned Nwoko & Co solicitors.
Prince Ned Nwoko was previously Secretary General, Nigerian Legal Practitioners UK; an elected member of the Law Society, England and Wales and visiting Adviser, Citizens’ Advice Bureau, London.
He was recognized as the best black lawyer in England in 1995. He has written and published many articles and is the author of two books – “Nigeria: Time For All Hands To Be On The Deck” and “Criminal Law Procedures in England and Wales.” Prince Ned Nwoko is married with children.