April 22, 2024

Anyaoku to youths: Integrity, character, key possessions


By Juliet Umeh

Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Mr. Chukwuemeka Anyaoku, has advised youths to strive to achieve integrity and good character, saying such attributes were needed to build a healthy nation.

He gave the advice at the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation’s 27 Anniversary and Role Model Awards held in Lagos weekend.

Hallmarks of Labour Foundation is a no-profit organization which recognizes Nigerians who are considered to be role models.

Speaking on the occasion, Anyoku said: “This Foundation, founded 27 years ago, and driven by the indefatigable Executive Secretary, Mrs. Patricia Otuedon-Arawore, has without any doubt, become one of Nigeria’s most respected not-for-profit organizations because of its remarkable work.

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“The crux of its activities embraces a unique service to our young generation by identifying and honouring citizens who, by their character and careers, are considered to be the role models for our young people.

“The significance of recognizing and honouring individuals whose character and achievements are worth emulating by the young people cannot be overstated.

“In my own days, which is quite some time ago, because I am now 91, I thought that success both in academic work and in every other work came only from hard work, that integrity and character was the most important possession of any human being, as was so simply put by the American evangelist, William Graham, who said that when wealth is lost, nothing is lost.

“When health is lost, something is lost. But when character is lost, everything is lost.”