Kwara State University Vice- Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, has been honoured with the Distinguished Vice-Chancellor in Africa Award by the Economic Community of West African States Youth Council (ECOWAS Y-Council).
Presenting the award to the Vice- Chancellor at an investiture organised by the Council, the chairperson of the ECOWAS Youth Council, Mr. Seun Ologun-Williams, said the award was in recognition of the achievement, patriotism and dedication of the Vice-Chancellor to promoting 21st century’s educational policies that are capable of bringing the nation out of its current recession.
Mr. Seun said: “We are here to reward, salute and encourage an apostle of positive change, a lover of education and administrator par excellence. A man that stands up as first among his equals, a man that has and is still contributing his quota to the educational development of KWASU and upgrading her to a greater standard.”
He said the Council was established to direct special attention to the distinctive growth and development of education in West Africa stimulated by the specific developmental programmes as well as productive marketable projects.
He added that EYC is for regaining Africa orbit for development which should be sufficient enough for public institutions, private enterprises and civil society for practical utility which already has a culture of scientific and planned development.
Mr. Seun emphasised that within the current democratic dispensation in West Africa, it is important that youths, who constitute the most cohesive and articulate component in the African society should be fully involved in the task of societal development and consolidation of achievement that was being recorded in the educational sector.
The ECOWAS Youth Council Chairperson said the stewardship of KWASU Vice-Chancellor as an outstanding numero-uno in both human and material resources is a direct response to the prolonged cravings of the younger generation for quality leadership. “It is an honest answer to the deep aspiration for a complete breakthrough from failures of the past,” he said.
In his response, the KWASU Vice- Chancellor said he was very grateful to the ECOWAS Y-Council for beaming their searchlight towards the direction of the University to see the wonderful things the University has been doing. He highlighted some of the outstanding achievements of the University in the comity of universities across the world.
While assuring the EYC of his commitment to promoting educational policies that will empower the students as global citizens, Professor Na’Allah said the University will continue to prioritise students’ welfare, adding that it will not renege on its determination to be second best to no university in the world.