Being a text of acceptance speech delivered by the Chief Executive Officer of Alochu Foundation, Chief Fracis Ikpobu Alochu, on the award of The NewsImpact man of the Year 2017 to him in Makurdi on Friday, October 20, 2017.
I have been having some sleepless night wondering what words to say and finally the day has arrived and I’m standing in front of you delivering my personal views and most importantly, my acceptance speech.
As I look to the many curious and staring eyes on me, I believe the next few days will bring more sleepless nights after this award.
First I would like to take a moment to thank God Almighty for His unending grace upon our lives and to thank all my Foundation members for their support and commitment, without whom I can confidently say I would not have been here today.
Each of them has and will be playing very significant role in our subsequent projects as we try to affect more lives positively.
I would like to sincerely express my profound gratitude to the eminent News Impact board for choosing and considering me worthy for this prestigious award. I’m grateful.
Friends, it’s an absolute honour and privilege to stand before you on this graceful occasion therefore, I accept this award wholeheartedly; I accept it with humility and I will give my very best efforts to make you proud to have selected me.
However, as you are all aware, a single head can achieve nothing, hence I’m counting on your support, so as to accomplish the desired growth and goals I have dreamt before setting up Alochu Foundation.
With grace of God and the cooperation of my fellow members, I will devote my time and energy to the obligations and responsibilities to ensure we touch more lives in Benue and by extension the entire country.
There is an adage which says, and I quote “… Do not pray for any task equal to your powers but pray for powers that is equal to your tasks.” Just as a new born baby is already facing expectations beyond belief, we understand the challenges are enormous and great possibilities also abound too, but we will continue to give our very best because at the end of the day, it’s my sincere hope and prayer that we will have transformed these possibilities and opportunities into stories of good success and triumph.
Once again, thank you for selecting me, thanks to all my friends here presents for their support always and I will not disappoint you.
God bless my motherland and the entire people of Benue State.
Chief Francis Ikpobu Alochu.