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Vice President Mahama Turns 'Doctor'

Vice-President John Dramani Mahama has been honoured with a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration by the Ekiti State University in Nigeria, in recognition of his sterling leadership qualities.

The award, which was given at the university’s 17th convocation and 30th anniversary celebration at Ekiti on Saturday, also recognised the Vice-President’s contribution to the politico-socio economic development of Ghana and Africa at various stages of his political career.

Two eminent African personalities in the field of academia and development were also honoured alongside Mr. Mahama at the university’s 3,000-seater lecture theatre, which was filled to capacity with governors, senators, chiefs and other politicians in attendance.

They are Professor Emeritus Tekena Nitonye Tamuno, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, who was conferred with Doctor of Letters degree; and Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, a Sierra Leonean and Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), who received an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

A citation accompanying Vice-President Mahama’s award eulogized his political career. “John Mahama stands tall as a child of destiny, a man with a mission and vision for the people of Ghana,” it said.

The honoured conferred on Mr Mahama followed a series of similar awards he has received both locally and internationally in recent times.

Receiving the award, Vice President Mahama, accompanied by his wife Lordina, dedicated it to several personalities whom he said had helped shaped him and made him who he was today.

He described the honorary award as a call to action, pledging to work harder to justify the confidence reposed in him by one of Africa’s prestigious universities.

“It is an inspiration when people recognise one’s efforts made in nation building,” he said and thanked Ghanaians for giving him the opportunity to serve.

Vice-President Mahama noted the commonalities in the culture of Ghana and Nigeria and in their independence struggle, saying that though both were confronted with development challenges, there were a lot the two nations could celebrate about and be proud of.

In another development, the Vice-President was the special guest of the former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who celebrated his 60th birthday anniversary on Friday at Victoria Islands, Lagos.

Among the Vice-President’s entourage was Mrs. Lordina Mahama, his wife, Alex Segbefia, a Deputy Chief of Staff, Alhaji Baba Kamara, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Baffoe Bonnie, his Special Advisor and Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.

Source: Daily Guide/Ghana



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