Four distinguished personalities were over the weekend, on the occasion of the 12th Congregation ceremony of the University College conferred with special awards in recognition of their contributions to nation building and development of IUCG.
The awardees were Dr. Abdul-Majeed Hakim Elahi, Founding President of the IUCG; Alhaji Abdul Rahim Gbadamosi, First Registrar of the IUCG; Sheikh Dr. Usman NuhuSharubutu, the National Chief Imam; and Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, Minister of Education.
Nana Dr.Kobena G. Erbynn, Vice President (Academic Affairs) of the IUCG, said the award conferred on Dr. Abdul-Majeed Hakim Elahi was for his visionary leadership “in articulating the need for Islamic University in West Africa and in supervising the construction and assembly of the initial set of teaching-and-learning infrastructure”.
On the Meritorious Service Award presented to Alhaji Abdul Rahim Gbadamosi, the Vice President stated that it was “for steering the University to its present standard of educational excellence”. He revealed that “the stalwart role played by Alhaji Gbadamosiin the early years of the IUCG was clear for everybody to see.”
Dr. Erbynn explained the behind-the-scenes role played by Sheikh Dr. Usman NuhuSharubutu, especially on his appeal for a university to be established in the name of Islam and on his advocacy role for peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians in Ghana generally and among the Management members of IUCG in particular during crisis periods. “Your quest for peace and unity”, he said, “inspiresIUCG to confer on you the Outstanding Leadership Award”.
According to Dr. Erbynn, the honour for “Contribution to Education Award” goes to Professor Jane NaanaOpokuAgyemang (Minister of Education) for her role in ensuring that education gets to the doorstep of every Ghanaian, especially the marginalized in society. Each of the awardees was presented with a copy of the Holy Qur’an, a Citation in their honour, a plaque, a laptop and IUCG memorabilia.
The Islamic University College, Ghana (IUCG) celebrated its 15th Anniversary, the climax of which was the 12th Graduation ceremonyunder the theme: “ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND MORAL UPRIGHTNESS: 15 YEARS OF IUCG’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATION” on Saturday, 23rd April 2016 at the Adjiringanor (East Legon/ACCRA) Campus of IUCG.
140 students who have successfully completed their various courses of study were conferred with degrees in Religious Studies, Business Administration, and Communication Skills. The degrees were conferred by Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah (Provost of College of Humanities) who deputized for the Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana, Legon.
In attendance at the Ceremony were ministers of state, Members of Parliament, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Iranian Ambassador, and senior personnel from membership of CIU (Council of Independent Universities).