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Vice-Chancellor Bags Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award For Integrity And Transparency
News > Update      |      Posted: May 16, 2016 06:29:21am GMT
Professor Z. Debo Adeyewa

On Wednesday 4th May,2016,  history beckoned on me to write a news report on Professor Z. Debo Adeyewa, the iconic and accomplished Professor of Aerospace-physics who has demystified the glamour that goes with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor through his humility and detest for titles and accolades during the conferment of  Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award  For Integrity And Transparency on him by the African Youth Parliament (the highest ruling legislative body in the continent on youth matters).

If not for the intervention of the Ghanaian Minister of Youth who convinced and pleaded with him to accept the honour, the helmsman  would have rejected it like any other previous numerous awards being given to him.

According to  the Speaker, African Youth  Parliament, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Mensah Fred, the choice of the Vice-Chancellor came about as a result of the research they carried out on his achievements in office before picking him for the award.

Speaking further, "We are here to celebrate the apostle of positive change. I saw in him a man who has character and whose character has become his characteristics. For so many years, I have followed his antecedents since he was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Federal University of Technology, Akure."

Rt. Hon. Mensah noted that for every purposeful man, there must be an history, adding that seeing what the university has achieved under his leadership, reaffirmed that he deserves the award.

He explained that it was wise and patriotic to invest in leaders like Professor Debo Adeyewa, a man whose character is untainted.

The honourable speaker explained that  Professor Adeyewa's  stewardship is an outstanding numero-uno of both human and material resources which the parliament perceived as the direct response to the prolonged  yearnings of our generation for quality leadership in our society.

He described the physicist as a leader who is honest, God fearing, prudent and always ready to make sacrifices for the purpose of ensuring the primacy of moral rectitude in the administration of organizational commonwealth.

He recited a prayer by an anonymous fellow that says-"Oh God!, Give us men of honour. Give us men of values and standards. Oh God! Give us men like the recipient of today, for a time like this demands strong minds, great heart, true faith and ready hands. Men whom the lust of office cannot kill; Men whom the spoil of office cannot buy; Men who possess opinion and  a will; Men who have honour; Men who will not lie. Men who can stand before  a demagogue and damn its treacherous flatter without winking, Sun crowned; Men who live above the fog of public duty. Oh God! Give us men like Professor Adeyewa  in whom we can see hope".

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