2018 CONVOCATION CEREMONY SPEECH MADE BY THE PRESIDENT
AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY UWEDJOJEVWE G. O. AUGUSTINE , PRESIDENT, PTI NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AT THE CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF THE PETROLEUM TRAINING INSTITUTE, EFFURUN, DELTA STATE ON THE 27TH OCTOBER, 2018.
THE SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR
HONOURABLE MINISTER OF STATE FOR PETROLEUM, DR. IBE KACHIKWU,
CHAIRMAN, PTI BOARD OF GOVERNING COUNCIL,
THE PRINCIPAL/CEO OF THE PETROLEUM TRAINING INSTITUTE, PROF. SUNNY E. IYUKE
YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESSES
PETROLEUM TRAINING INSTITUTE GRADUATES
MEMBERS OF THE PTI NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION,
STUDENTS OF THIS UNIQUE INSTITUTE
GENLEMEN OF THE PRESS
DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
It is with great pleasure and honor to be with you on this day, destiny has made it possible for both of us to see the day. Reflecting on today’s atmosphere has in no doubt brought everyone present to think of their past when they were green horns, thinking of the next step after the graduation. The Petroleum training Institute being a unique institution has impacted positively on you, the desired knowledge as you were going through your course of study but professionalism lies with more improvement as you climb the ladder of your carrier.
Today you are a living testimony of the popular adage that says ; Ask, and you shall be given, Seek and you shall find; Knock and it shall be opened. Having completed the burning of your midnight oil, after the admission, you have come out successful, Therefore as you go knocking, doors of opportunities shall be opened to you, I felicitate with you today, congratulations.
There is no doubt that after today there will be the next question on what you will do with regards to family expectations, don’t be in a hurry to choose and don’t wait too long to choose, filter the chaff from the grains, select the goats from the sheep, if your environment is not conducive, move on a little further, and if your association is not positive, change your associates. Remember, gold is precious but for gold to shine it must go through mining, filtering, melting, hammering and polishing before it becomes an ornament. You are a priced jewel but it depends on the value you tagged yourself. This is a good time to set your goals and devise a plan, remember failing to plan is planning to fail, plan a direction of your progress, be very careful when there is no fear but be confident when challenges are evident
Chances are that success and happiness are among your goals, be careful they are not the same, not all successful people are happy and not all happy people are successful, In my opinion, I advice you to choose happiness. Retrace your footsteps when there are mistakes and accept corrections with humility because defending stupidity leads to more confusion, don’t sacrifice a thousand tomorrows for a few today and don’t confuse feelings with facts, fun with happiness or pleasure with fulfillment, live within your means but live a good life as you respect yourself and others, take control of your life by taking control of your attitudes, expectations are not realities but don’t settle for a little life, live with purpose but be ready to change when it is imminent, I wish you the very best as you journey into the world.
I therefore on behalf of the Petroleum training Institute National Alumni association welcome you on board. YOU ARE WELCOME!
Dear Alums, as ambassadors of the Institute always come back to visit the campus to see how your Alma mater is being governed and share your ideas, come to the alumni secretariat and give opinionated inputs so as to jointly contribute our quota to the development of the institute, you are the future of the Alumni, it will die if you turn your back, Please we appeal to you young ones to come and take over the management of the association.
On behalf of the PTI National Alumni Association, I Use this forum to appreciate our friend and brother, the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and his team for their generosity towards the institute. Joseph went to Egypt and prepared for his generations even yet unborn, we hope this is your time, to whom much is given, much is expected. Charity they say, begins at home therefore, It will be a de service not to mention to you to look inward to the PTI Alumnae for the smooth operation of the Petroleum industry installations and their associated facilities , As partners in progress, the PTI Alumnae are trained and equipped to manage the integrity of these installations, this will no doubt yield a positive turn around for the mutual benefit to our dear and only country. In this regard, we are expecting your invitation so as to partner with you.
We appreciate the Principal and Chief executive of the institute, Prof. Sunny E. Iyuke, the Management and the good staff of the institute, for their untiring efforts to reposition the institute, the Alumni will continue to lend their support throughout the journey to achieve the desired result.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, all invited guests, I welcome you to this memorable occasion, God bless you all as you celebrate with your loved ones, happy celebrations.