The Presidency of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has conferred the 2019 National Outstanding Leadership Award on the rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Dr. Samson Adeola Odedina as “The Most Students Friendly Head of Institution”.
Dr. Samson Odedina, who was the guest speaker at the NANS OGUN Joint Campus Committee 2019 inauguration ceremony at the Federal College of Education in Abeokuta spoke on “The Roles of Nigerian Students in Restoring the Lost Glory of Nigeria”.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Odedina told the students leaders across higher institutions of learning in Nigeria to make advantageous connection with national potentials for stable economy, adequate security, entrepreneurship development among others to revive Nigeria’s lost glory
The rector challenged the students to rise up to uphold national tasks with positive mindset, saying the future of the nation is in their hands.
He explained saying, “some years back, we were where you are today as students and in few years time, you will be where we are today as leaders”.
The chief host, Comrade Azeez Amoo Adeyemi, National Public Relations Officer of NANS, said the inaugural ceremony was first in the history of NANS, Ogun state chapter, which was also designed to honour some revered personalities.
He said, the decision to honour MAPOLY rector with the leadership award as “The Most Students Friendly Head of Institution” was reached at the Senate for his role at creating enabling environment for Nigerian students.
He explained that the impact of Dr. Odedina was felt for conducting first ever peaceful Students Union election in MAPOLY as well as his supports for OGUN NANS election.
“I want to thank MAPOLY rector for his friendliness and numerous supports within the little period of his administration, especially for conducting first ever peaceful “e-voting” election for MAPOLY students,” he revealed.
He also disclosed that one of the reasons why Odedina was conferred with the award was as a result of the tremendous support he had been given to students across the country.
He expressed that the body recognised his antecedents on professional capabilities and sterling contributions to students and youth developmental projects towards nation building.
He added that the passion and charismatic leadership skills he usually displays at empowering youths and students are the reason we deemed it fit to honour him, and having exceedingly helped students to attain a great height made the feats prodigious,“.
In his remarks, Dr. Odedina thanked the students’ association for honouring him with an award as “The Most Students Friendly Head of Institution”, adding that they should continue to ensure dignity and peaceful co-existence amongst students.
At the event, NANS spokesman, Adeyemi Azeez coordinated the induction of new executive of OGUN NANS, who will direct the affairs of Ogun State tertiary institution students.
Meanwhile, the Provost, Dr. Ayodele Ajayi of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, who doubled as host was also honoured with an award of excellence.