The Management of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), has affirmed its intention to honour the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye, with a doctorate degree for his unwavering contribution toward the remarkable history and politics of Ghana.
According to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang, UEW, occasionally, honours citizens and international figures who have contributed adeptly to the cause of humanity, hence, the reason to confer the honorary doctorate degree on Prof Oquaye.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ofori-Birikorang delivering the purpose of the visit.
Prof. Ofori-Birikorang, on behalf of the University Council and Management, made the statement on Friday, 20 December 2019, when he led a five-member delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament to express the university’s sincere gratitude for honouring its invitation to grace the International Human Rights Day, observed by the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Human Rights and Peace Studies (CHRAPS) of the UEW.
“The Governing Council and Management of the University have dug into the history of the Speaker, sat down to plan and concluded on this initiative. Therefore, on behalf of the Governing Council and Management of the University, we are formally conveying to you that we want to honour you with a doctorate degree because of the role that you played in the history and politics of this country and even in the education of so many of our citizens,” the Pro-Vice-Chancellor said.
Rt. Hon. Prof. Oquaye was overwhelmed by the depth of UEW’s appreciation and thought-provoking honour. He said that “it will be a great joy to have a special occasion like that to come and receive an honorary doctorate degree. It is nice to work for a doctorate degree but it is also nice for one to be bestowed upon you. So, we look forward to the appropriate day and we trust that we will have a very good useful time at a convocation of that nature,” the Speaker of Parliament emphasized.
Among the University officials present were the Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima, Esq.; Ag. Head of CHRAPS, Dr. Robert Ghunney; Ag. Head, Department of Human Resource Management, Dr. B. B. B. Bingab; and Head, Department of University Relations Office and Media, Ms. Obaapanin Adu Oforiwaa.
The Speaker of Parliament in a group photograph with the UEW delegation