Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has conferred an honorary Doctorate in Management Sciences on the executive chairman of Oriental Energy Resources Limited, Muhammadu Indimi, at its 26th convocation ceremony in Kaduna.
Founder of the Nigerian upstream oil and gas company was honoured by the NDA along with president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, and a former military adviser to the United Nations, C.I. Obiako, all of whom are leaders who have distinguished themselves in service to the nation through significant contributions to social and economic development.
In a statement, the NDA commandant, Adeniye Oyebade, said the honour was in recognition of Indimi’s outstanding accomplishments as an indisputable icon in Africa’s business world.
“His immense contributions to Nigeria’s socio-economic development through investment in diverse sectors deserve accolade. Moreover, his positive impact though provision of employment as well as philanthropic gestures cannot be glossed over,” the Commandant said.
In his acceptance, Indimi expressed his gratitude for the honour: “I am very thankful to the NDA for honouring me and recognising my humble contributions to the development of the Nigerian economy, sustainable development initiatives in the areas of education, community health and other humanitarian service.
“I had always felt that my contributions to the Nigerian economy and sustainable development were modest. I can’t begin to tell you how honoured and humbled I was to receive the Commandant’s letter informing me of the Council’s decision to confer this Honorary Doctorate Degree on me.”
The Vanguard Businessman of the Year wished the graduands success in their careers and encouraged them to contribute to the growth and development of Nigeria.
Recently among other commitments, 4,000 persons in Mbo, Akwa Ibom, benefited from free, comprehensive medical services funded by Oriental Energy Resources Limited and through the Muhammadu Indimi Foundation 100 houses were built to accommodate 600 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bama, Borno state.
Both organisations, chaired by Indimi, have touched at least 100,000 Nigerians through multi-million naira initiatives including technical and financial support of the University of Uyo, business and financial literacy trainings as well as seed funds for close to a thousand women, post-primary and tertiary education scholarships, trainings for young persons at skill acquisition centres, medical aid to more than 10,000 persons, empowerment of small business owners and artisans, cash and food relief to thousands of IDPs as well as 5-million-dollar donation to the country’s Special Victims Support Fund.