BY ETOP EKANEM
Deputy Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State, Bishop Samuel Akpan has been honoured with Doctorate degree (Doctor of Humane Letters, Honris Causa) in Public Administration and Policy, by European-American University, EAU, in Commonwealth of Dominica, in lieu of his outstanding contributions and achievements in the society.
At the event which took place at the University of Ghana, City Campus, Accra, Ghana, President of the European- American University in Commonwealth of Dominica, Prof. John Kersey, said “leaders who have distinguished themselves in all spheres of lives, contributed to the human, political and economy development and touched lived positively deserve honours and should be rewarded and celebrated while alive.”
Akpan who is also International Co-ordinator of Akwa Peoples’ Porum, AKPF, was among the few leaders from Nigeria honoured at the occasion.
Prof. Kersey, who was represented on the occasion by Head of EAU, All Africa Operations, Prof. Williams A.O. Egbuta while presented the certificate to respective awardees urged them to remain committed to service of the people, an agent and source of blessings also to the people and the society at large.
He said the selection of the awardees for the award was based on individual’s notable impacts to the society and prayed they do more.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos, on Monday, Lagos State chapter chief scribe of Akwa Ibom Peoples Forum, AKPF, Comrade Nathaniel Otio, who represented Bishop Samuel Akpan on behalf of the group on the occasion in Accra, Ghana, described the honour done to Akpan as well deserved, saying that the entire AKPF family and faithfuls are happy on the award and urged him to do more in the areas of human and societal development as he has been doing before.
Akpan, who is also the chairman, Governing Council of Uyo Business School (UBS) has before been awarded three Doctorate degrees, 16 fellow of various reputable professional bodies and with 13 traditional chieftaincy titles among which is the Development Chief of Tema Kingdom, Tema, Ghana.