Our 30th anniversary grand finale celebration was marked by a Gala Night Dinner which was held at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on the 1st of November, 2018. The dinner was graced by the Honorable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello, the Executive Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; the Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Alh. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, Honorable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Environment, Alh. Ibrahimusman Jibril, the Greece Ambassador to Nigeria; the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria; the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria; the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Board Member of A.P. Leventis, A.I. Leventis; the Chairman Leventis Group Nigeria, Alh. Ahmed Mantey and other dignitaries.
In the opening speech by the Chairman, Leventis Group Nigeria, he said the anniversary celebration is significant considering its coincidence with a period when the country is experiencing diversification of its economy through inclusive growth in the agricultural sector. He stated that over the years the organization has experienced great success as many graduates of the Foundation’s training schools have established competitive agribusiness ventures serving as a part solution to ensuring that the goal of zero hunger is achieved and livelihoods are improved. He also mentioned that the successes and achievements of our ex-trainees owes a lot to the commitment and dedication of the partnering state governments and the FCT administration, and hopes that the benefits of the partnership continue to be visible in the communities we serve.
In addition, the Executive Director, Leventis Foundation Nigeria, Dr. Hope Usieta in his speech mentioned areas in which the organization has supported different intervention projects such as the improved agricultural training towards sustainable development of agriculture within the country, Scholarships for Nigerian students for doctoral research at internationally recognized institutions around the world such as Harvard and Cambridge, Master’s degree scholarships at Cyprus, degree scholarship to Nigerians and Ghanaians at Earth University in Costa-Rica, the construction of Museum at Ile-Ife, philanthropic contributions in the Health sector targeted towards treatment of cervical cancer, sickle cell anaemia, comprehensive eye care programme to eliminate river blindness and prevention of trachoma e.t.c.
A.I. Leventis said that he was impressed by work done by Foundation to educate farmers in modern and sustainable agriculture to become successful agripreneurs and other diverse intervention projects to positively affect the livelihood of the citizens of the country.
Finally, prices were given to the winners of the agribusiness seed money in all categories: present trainees, ex-trainees and general public. The Foundation has promised to monitor the seed money given to the winners to ensure it is put to use for the appropriate course.
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Etsu of Yaba, Greece Ambassador to Nigeria, Aglaia Balta, Australian High Commissioner Represented, Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria,
Dr. Phil Hall, Chairman APLORI,
Cutting of the Anniversary Cake by the Special Guests of Honor
Leventis Foundation Nigeria awards A.P. Leventis, CBE, OFR received by A.I. Leventis with distinguished service award for contribution to growth of agriculture and capacity building among Youth
and farmers in Nigeria.
Leventis Foundation Nigeria Training School Yaba Choir
Leventis Foundation Nigeria Cultural Troop