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ECOWAS Youth Council honours varsity teacher

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Professor Andrew Haruna, Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Gashua, Yobe state.

A Pan African regional body, ECOWAS Youth Council (EYC) has honoured the Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Gashua, Prof. Andrew Haruna with an Award of Excellence

At a brief ceremony in Abuja, EYC president, Olorun William said giving awards is not what the organisation does often.

Formed in 2014 to serve as the commanding height of all youth movements in West Africa, William said the organization has made monumental gains and achievements since its formation.

He said the EYC has been at the vanguard of promoting international understanding, creating framework for intercultural dialogue and supporting the diversity of ideas and practices among ECOWAS youths and students mission.

“EYC stands for integration of ECOWAS youths and students irrespective of their culture and origin. We advocate for students, youths rights, improvement of equity, democratization and equal access to education for all,” he said.

He said the honour was in recognition of Haruna’s quality leadership exhibited for so many years in tertiary institutions he has been involved with in the country and beyond.

The youth leader who described professor Haruna as a bridge builder and a leader devoid of moral decadence said they decided to honour him as a result of his outstanding performance in the education sector.

Responding, Haruna thanked the youth organisation for taking their time to study what he has been doing, saying it is obvious whatever one does, either good or bad, people are there watching.

Referring to himself as a ’village boy’ considering his poor background, Haruna explained how he took up shoe cobbling job to enable him pay his school fees when he was in secondary school.

He urged the youths to grow beyond pre-conventional to conventional stage in life, stating that if Nigeria must progress beyond where it is presently, the issue of tribalism, sectionalism and ethnicity must be jettison.


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