By Ebele Orakpo
AFRICAN Coordinator of the Bradley University in the United States of America, Professor Kunle Jegede, has called on leaders to recognise and encourage selfless services of their citizens to promote excellence and growth in various fields of endeavour.
Jegede made the call in Lagos during the conferment of honorary doctor of science in educational management on the immediate past Principal of the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos, Rev. Chris Ugorji, by the university. Ugorji was honoured along with Mr. Seidu Abdullahi.
Bradley University is in affiliation with the Higher International Institution Incorporated (HIII), Osun. The HIII is an educational, motivational, developmental and a non-governmental outfit. Jegede said that there must be a reward system to get the best from individuals, for any nation to move forward.
He noted, “Excellence does not go unnoticed no matter how one may want to look at it. Success is usually not measured by wealth or popularity. There are people who labour sincerely for their nation but die unrewarded except they are rewarded in heaven. “We must acknowledge among us, men and women of high societal standing, who have sacrificed their lives in moving the country forward. We should call them and honour them.
While their companions slept, they toiled even in the night. Surely, we can make our lives sublime and at our departure, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.”
While urging Nigerians to continue to be patriotic everywhere, because posterity would always reward hard work, he called on the award recipients to protect their good names and be good ambassadors of the university. Jegede also urged the awardees to improve on their achievements.
Responding, Ugorji expressed delight at the honour, and remarked that it imposed on him a responsibility to do more. He said, “I feel honoured for being remembered for the modest service rendered to my country and humanity. This is encouragement for higher services to God and humanity.
“Choosing me to be honoured for my modest services in the education sector, having served and retired, is indeed heart- warming. This will motivate me to render more services to Nigeria, Africa and beyond,” the former principal said.