A member of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), Dr Lami Onayi Ahmed; Special Assistant (Press) to the President of the Senate, Ezrel Tabiowo, and four other Nigerians have been conferred with a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration (Honoris Causa) by the Africa Institute for Public Administration (AIPA), Ghana, in partnership with the London Bridge Business School, United Kingdom. They have also been inducted as fellows of the institute.
Other honorees are Professor Chijioke Nwaozuzu, Director, Emerald Energy Institute (Petroleum and Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies), University of Port Harcourt; Dr. Samuel Barko Lar, former General Manager, Nigeria Airways; Dr. Ifeanyi Anthony Ibezi, Member, House of Representatives; and Dr. Eric Mekwuye, a Hospitality Specialist.
Dr Lami Ahmed and Dr. Tabiowo along the other four honorees of the 10th class were also certified as Leadership Solution Strategy Experts. The award ceremony took place at the 10th fellowship induction and honorary investiture ceremony after a three-day Transformational Leadership Conference organized by the Institute in Abuja.
NNPC board member, Senate President’s aide, lawmaker, three others bag honorary doctorate, become AIPA fellows.
Dr Ahmed is an accomplished entrepreneur, business woman, human rights activist and an administrator per excellence.
While Dr. Tabiowo is a media guru and administrator, who has held several leadership positions. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants – Nigeria; Fellow of the Institute of Management Specialists, United Kingdom; Fellow of the Centre for Public Service Productivity and Development (CeProd); and Fellow of the West African Society for Communication and Administration (WASCA).
Chairman of the Governing Council of the Institute, Dr. Ben Nwankwo, in a speech delivered during the investiture ceremony, urged members of the 10th class to be good ambassadors of the institute.
“We are admitting you into the Fellowship of Africa’s premier and apex professional Institute in the education and practice of Public Administration as the 10th class.
“First and seventh classes took place between Accra, London, Dubai, Abuja and Kigali, in a tight curriculum schematics that is a mix of theory and practice.
“Our learning partners have graciously consented to further admit few of the members of the class who have track records of service, achievements, and moral rectitude into the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration and Business Administration to strengthen your spark to lead in government, society or business.
“By virtue of your fellowship induction and other investiture, you have become alumni of the Institute, our role models and ambassadors. We charge you to show the light that others may follow”, Dr. Nwankwo said.
The Africa Institute for Public Administration is the continent’s professional education platform that seeks to innovate and reshape the operationalization and management of government systems in Africa.
AIPA is affiliated to the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation, The Netherlands; International Public Policy Association, France; the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), Brussels Belgium; and the American Society for Public Administration, Washington DC.