By Babajide Okeowo
A special Lifetime Fellowship Recognition Award has been bestowed on Rector of Yaba College of Technology, Mr. Obafemi Omokungbe by the Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management and Politics, Ghana.
The award was conferred on Omokungbe by Dr. Richard Kpoku, Executive Director of the West Africa Region of the institute in recognition of Omokungbe’s impressive performances.
According to Kpoku, the rector has track records as a phenomenal and accomplished public service personality and worthy statesman.
He added that the rector was still making many contributions toward national development.
Kpoku said that Omokungbe’s contributions to national development would boost the progress, peace, and unity of Nigeria.
“Today is a very remarkable day in Nigeria’s academic leadership history because a highly respectable world-class engineer, erudite scholar, prolific technocrat, renowned statesmanship figure…….will be formally inducted into the 2021 Fellowship Hall of Fame of the Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management and Politics, Ghana.
“This illustrious individual is an uncommon professional in a class of his own, a pace-setter leadership colossus of unparalleled distinction, an experienced developmental strategist, and a man with leadership proficiency,” Kpoku said.
He also described the rector as an exceptional academic trailblazer, management expert, public service administrator, and man of integrity.
He said that the rector’s vast managerial acumen and shrewd administrative capabilities had projected the college into global excellence.
The Executive Director urged Omokungbe to impact society more with his wealth of leadership successes.
“We want you, Engineer Omokungbe, to see this milestone as a motivation to rededication; continue with good services to your nation and humanity in general,” he added.
Responding, Omokungbe expressed appreciation to the institute, saying he was delighted at the recognition.
He said that he was glad that his little contributions were recognised outside Nigeria.
Omokungbe said that the successes were through a collective effort of the staff of the college.
“I happy for this great honour; this award is not only for me but also for members of staff because their support has made this recognition visible.
“Congratulations to all of us. I will continue to be myself, I will remain upright and will not change.
“I pledge my support for and readiness to be associated with the institute,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that senior members of staff of Yaba College of Technology, including Dr. Titilayo Ukabam, Deputy Rector (Administration), and Mr. Joe Ejiofor, Deputy Registrar, were at the event.
Some members of the Advisory Board and Governing Council of the chartered institute also attended the occasion.