The family of former minister of science and technology, late Prof. Emmanuel Emovon has pledged N1 million prize to the best graduating students from the Department of Chemistry in the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
His daughter, Miss Osarumwense Emovon announced the pledge at the 1st Anniversary Memorial Lecture in honour of Prof. Emovon who served two terms as vice chancellor of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) in Plateau State.
According to Leadership Newspaper, each best student from the department of Chemistry will get the sum of N100,000 currently for a period of 10 years.
In her remark, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami, a scion of Emovon dynasty, described late Professor Emovon as “a man who was an embodiment of nature” and a personality that made the institution proud.
She extolled the virtues of late Prof. Emovon and expressed regret that the elaborate plans to bid a befitting farewell to him last year was truncated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The VC who paid tribute to the widow of the Benin High Chief, Princess Adesuwa Emovon, said, “Prof. Emovon illuminated the oaths of many Science students, seeking knowledge, through his well researched publications in reputable local and International Journals.”
Prof. Salami stated that the memorial lecture has added colour to the well-established culture of the University of Benin “as an institution that not only uplifts the standards of teaching and learning, but also contributes to the development of the Nigerian society through robust and thought-provoking discourse, geared towards preferring solutions to issues of utmost importance to the Citizens.”