UPS honours Asantehene, Speaker, others
The University of Professional Studies (UPS), Accra on Friday, at a special congregation awarded doctorate degree to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, for contributing to the advancement of humanity.
The University also honoured Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Parliament and Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, former Chairman of Public Accounts Committee for their sterling achievements in public life and contribution to advancing parliamentary democracy.
The ceremony attracted high powered government delegation led by President John Dramani Mahama as well as former President John Agyekum Kufuor, representatives of other universities and traditional rulers.
Professor Joshua Alabi, Vice Chancellor of UPS told the recipients they had full audacity, moral and legal right to use “doctorate title” in official communication and documentation.
He said Otumfuo Osei Tutu and Mr Kan-Dapaah, both alumni of the university have demonstrated extraordinary leadership lifestyles and contributed to peace, stability and made strides in education and health.
He said Mr Adjaho has made impact in the progress of parliamentary democracy and exhibited sterling leadership qualities as Speaker.
Prof Alabi said the university would establish a leadership centre named: “Otumfuo Centre for Traditional Leadership” to train traditional rulers across Africa on traditional leadership and chieftaincy.
He said UPS authority is putting up ultra modern student hostels, lecture theatres, and library as well as linking up with other institutions to bring the university to international standard.
Mr Justice Nii Aryeetety, UPS Council Chairman called on government to help the university with the requisite resources to leap into the fame of world class universities.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu pledged GH¢100,000 for the establishment of the Otumfuo Traditional Leadership Centre and expressed confidence that the recipients of the awards would be good ambassadors to enhance the image of the university.
The Asantehene called on President Mahama to deal decisively with corrupt public officials indicted by the Auditor-General, Public Accounts Committee reports and Judgment Debt Commission.