Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife has selected Rwanda President, Paul Kagame, and three other persons for honorary doctorate awards.
The awards will be given as part of activities marking the 44th convocation ceremonies of the institution.
According to a press statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Wednesday, Kagame’s outstanding leadership qualities and achievements in Rwanda, and within and outside Africa, were considered before he was selected for the award.
“Kagame’s outstanding leadership qualities and achievements in Rwanda, and within and outside Africa, were considered, especially his being actively instrumental to ending the infamous genocide in Rwanda in 1974. It is in recognition of these outstanding and remarkable achievements that President Paul Kagame is to be conferred with the Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa),” the statement said.
Other awardees are philanthropist, Mr Biodun Olusina Shobanjo; the President of African Export-Import Bank, Dr Benedict Oramah, and the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Plc., Mrs Ibukun Awosika.
The institution added that the awardees were selected for their contributions to the socio-economic cum political development of their immediate environments, countries, continent and the world at large.