Napo Bags Honorary Doctorate From UEW
The Minister for Energy, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has been conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Education, Winneba, for his services to education whilst Minister of Education during the first term of President Akufo-Addo’s tenure.
The immediate past Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, was also honoured similarly.
In a welcome address, the Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Prof. Obeng Mireku, stated that the conferment of honorary degrees by the university forms part of its way of honouring men and women, including citizens and non-citizens, for particular roles that they have played in advancing the cause of humanity.
It is emerging that since the inception of the university, 22 persons have already been conferred with similar honours
Among the 22 include; Late President Jerry John Rawlings, Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Former Nigerian President, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, former Principal, and first Vice-Chancellor of the University.
According to a citation read during the ceremony, the achievements of the education sector during Dr. Prempeh’s tenure as Education Minister included the introduction of the flagship Free SHS programme, rolling out of basic school curriculum, huge investments in technical and vocational reforms, upgrading of Colleges of Education from diploma-awarding institutions to degree-awarding University Colleges of Education together with several others including legislative and institutional reforms, together with massive infrastructural development at all levels of the education system.
The short but impressive ceremony, which took place on the university’s North campus by way of a special congregation, was attended by the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Opare, who stood in as Special Guest of Honour for President Akufo-Addo, the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan and Neenyi Ghartey VII, the Paramount Chief of the Effutu Traditional Area, among several other distinguished guests.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith