Yaba College of Technology and Rector of the institution, Dr. Kudirat Ladipo have bagged the 2012 Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award.
The College was given the award on the platform of being an outstanding institution in Africa while the Rector was recognised and inducted into the hall of fame of distinguished leaders in Africa by the All Africa Students’ Union (AASU) with her base in Ghana.
The Secretary-General of AASU, Comrade Kounedji Hermann from Gambia, in his address said that the College and the Rector were awarded the 2012 Kwame Nkrumah Awards after holistically taken cognisance of their past and present achievements as a strong advocate of youth empowerment, grassroot development, educational development and egalitarianism which they have commitment over the years.
The awards, he stated further, denoted creativity, enterprise and exceptionality that made it a monumental honour of dignity and outstanding commitments, dedication and inspirational leadership demonstrated by the Rector and Yaba College of Technology in the training of young men and women as future leaders.
The Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award series, he said, was initiated by AASU in 12 years ago and had featured prominent leaders of thought as recipients across the African Continent over the years who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavours as individuals, institutions and corporate concerns of African origin.
Kounedji declared that AASU is the Continental Representative organisation of democratic students’ Union founded in 1972 at University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, with 54 unions from Francophone and Anglophone African countries.
He said that AASU is affiliated to the international Union of Students (IUS), has a consultative status of UNESCO, ECOSOC, UNICEF, ECOWAS and accredited with UNCD and enjoying a cordial working relationship with the UN system.
The Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Dr. Margaret Ladipo, in her response after receiving the award said that for a credible assessment of chief executives in institutions of learning performances, ‘all you need to do is to listen to the students. If you are getting it right they will tell you and if you are getting it wrong they will tell you.’
Students, Dr Ladipo said, are indeed the strong parameter in performance assessment for any institutional growth and development.
According to her, ‘it is gratifying to note that African students can converge and institute a formidable body such as AASU for the common good of African Continent and ultimate emancipation of the black race .This is a confirmation of the fact that we have what it takes to make the African continent distinct.’
Dr. Ladipo said that the Award is a reward for hardwork and an award that the College cherish dearly but came with a challenge that ‘we have to work even harder to continue to justify the confidence repose in us’.