Provost, Adeyemi College Of Education, Ondo Bags African Student’s’ Union Parliament Award
The Provost of the College, Dr. Akinrinola Samuel Akintunde on Tuesday 19th March, 2019 was honoured with the PAN- African Leadership Merit Award by the African Students’ Union Parliament (ASUP).
The award was presented to the Provost in his office during a courtesy visit by the leaders of African Students’ Union Parliament.
In his address shortly before the presentation, the Speaker, Rt. Hon Kewal Mensah Abel, from the Institute of Professional Studies, Medina, Accra-Ghana noted that the Parliament has taken time to scrutinize the Provost who has committed his time to serve the common good in accordance to the African ideology.
He disclosed that the contribution of the Provost towards effective service delivery and productivity in the College was brought to the front burner by the Nigerian Representatives at their conference in Ghana.
“At this time that the youth need to have exemplary leaders as role models, we have carefully selected your highly respected person to honour you with PAN- African Leadership Award”.
Indeed, all men were born equal but destiny marks the difference and as such, there exist an obvious economic imbalance in the society. While some privilege ones have chosen to perpetually bask in the euphoria of contentment and hedonism, rare hands like our awardee have chosen a path that mitigates the adverse effect of this imbalance by leading a of life of benevolence, compassion, astute dedication to effective, efficient, genuine public service delivery and spartan patriotism.
Abel described the Provost as a detribalized Nigerian, lover of students/youth and a charismatic personality whose credible credentials of efficient and effective service delivery, high administrative acumen, capacity building, economic development, financial prudence, dedicated leadership, patriotism, nation building, youth empowerment and community service mark him as an iconic patriot of African society worthy of emulation.
Besides honouring the Provost, the leadership of the African student parliament also used the opportunity to highlight their activities in their countries of operation around Africa.
According to Abel, the African Students Union Parliament is the umbrella body that covers all the students within the 54 African Union registered member countries with the core objectives of encouraging harmonious co-existence among members state students.
He added that the purpose of this coming together under the umbrella of Pan-African Parliament is to encourage student exchange programme, objective analysis of issues affect them and they are currently working on a campaign to discourage drug abuse amongst youth.
He lamented the evil that drug abuse amongst youth has caused as he called on the College Management to kindly support their effort at curbing it in all tertiary institutions in Africa.
In his response, Dr. Akintunde appreciated the parliament for the honour bestowed on him and commended their effort on the issue of drug abuse which, he noted, destroys lives and encourages crimes.
“I will like you to reach out more to talk about drug abuse. Your focus on Africanism and drug abuse is commendable. You need to now organize sensitization programme on drug abuse in all campuses.
It is enough a programme, one hour of public lecture and then fall into panel sessions. It will help your programme and help in sensitizing the youth on dangers of drug abuse”. He added.
The Provost expressed his satisfaction at the level of research on him and their level of commitment towards issues that affect African youth.
In her remarks, the Registrar of the College, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede appreciated the Pan African students for honouring the Provost.
She described their moves to campaign against drug abuse amongst youth as a positive development in the African continent. The Registrar encouraged them to engage the youth one by one in order to eliminate the ravaging vice that is capable of truncating their bright future.
The highpoint of the visit was the presentation of the giant award to the Provost by the delegates followed group photograph.
Members of the delegates in attendance were the Majority Leader, Hon. Konon Josef, Universite De Felice Houphet, Biogny, Cocody, Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire; Clerk, Hon. Akwasi Mensah, University of Ghana, Legon-Ghana, Director of Charity and Gender, Comrade Vivian Okpala, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Others were Director, Media and Publicity, Comrade Kehinde Alagbe, Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; Director of Programmes, Comrade Ozim Temple, Federal University of Technology, Minna and Country Director, Comrade Christopher David from University of Ilorin.
By Dare Gbadebo