By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – A Philanthropist, humanitarian and Principal founder of Capt. Hart Modey’s Foundation, Captain Hart Modey, was on Thursday honoured with merit award by the Cross River journalist forum in recognition of his contributions towards empowering youths and elderly for self-reliance as well as for his contribution to Human capital development.
Others awardees were the Minister of State Power, Goddy Jeddy Agba, Director General, Women Development Centre, Barr. Mary Ekpere-Eta and Dr. Anthony Akpabio Ekpa.
Cross River journalist forum is a platform for journalist of Cross River extraction from various media houses working towards enhancing growth and development in the state.
Capt. Hart Modey who was represented by Mr. Frank Modey called for support for the deep project in Cross River State which he said has great potential for turning around the economy of the state.
He also appealed to journalists to promote the industrialization agenda of Professor Ben Ayade which he said will create jobs and eliminate poverty in the state.
Born to the family of Uloko Modey, Capt. Hart Modey is a Sailor, Investor, Philanthropist, Humanitarian and Principal founder of Capt. Hart Modey’s Foundation, Emmadoug paint etc.
Capt. Hart Modey MNI/SDPO is a merchant ship captain by profession and a multi-skilled professional with over 20 years of proven operator, mechanical maintenance and managerial experience in marine industry.
Capt. Hart is a Nautical Scientist by training and holds a PhD in Marine Management and he is currently a freelancer, ISM/ISPS External Auditor/management Consultant.
Popularly known for his kind-heartedness, skilled and courteousness to both young and old, Chief Hart is a man driven by love. He empathizes with the down trodden in the society as he has faced similar challenges growing up. It grieves his heart seeing people suffer as a result of hardship, lack of jobs, hunger and social vices.
It is this passion that drives him to those neglected by the society, those who are unable to benefit from the government such as the widows, orphans, under-privilege. These form part of the motive for his demonstration of love for the community/ society by way of training and engaging the youths and empowering the Elderly for self-reliance.
These and many more of his good will have earned him with several awards and titles by several organization, both home and in Diaspora like Masters of the 7seas….
Also, the Minister of state power, Goddy Jeddy Agba was awarded in recognition of his strides in the oil sector while the DG National Center for Women Development, Barrister Mary Ekpere-Eta was recognized for her role in uplifting women. Captain Hart Modey received Man of the year award for his role in youth empowerment while Dr Anthonia Ekpa was recognized for her contributions in the Transport sector.
Earlier in his speech, the FCT NUJ Chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche called on government to allow journalist practice without fear of intimidation. Adding that Cross River state is erroneously regarded as civil servant state where as the state has so many resources such as oil, bitumen, cocoa, palm trees, rubber, plantain as well as fertile land where agricultural products can be grown in commercial quantity.