University Of Ghana Honors Dr. Kandeh Yumkella Of Sierra Leone
The University of Ghana has conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (Honoris Causa) on Dr. Kandeh Yumkella of Sierra Leone for his work and advocacy on a variety of global issues, including his initiative on sustainable energy for all, poverty reduction, climate change, and advancement of the Millennium Development Goals.
The awards was conferred on him at a special congregation ceremony held on day two of this year’s Aggrey-Frazer-Guggisberg lecture series.
The university, in conferring the degree on him, said it took into account his excellent international career and enviable track record including his role in guiding the initiative and in underscoring the need for universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and enhanced deployment of renewable sources of energy.
“Over the years, you have been known to mobilize global action towards a sustainable energy and worked at the highest level to advocate and promote sustainable energy for all”
“You continue to serve as one of the strongest advocate for the use of renewable energy to improve the productive capacity and welfare of rural communities,” portions of the citation reads.
Accepting his award, Dr. Yumkella noted how humbled he was to be honored by Ghana’s premier university.
“I accept this award with all humility and lot of pride,” Dr Yumkella said after the honorary award was conferred on him and added that it will inspire him to do more for his people in Sierra Leone and Africa at large.
He dedicated the award to his wife who was present with him at the ceremony.
Earlier, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella delivered Aggrey-Frazer-Guggisberg lecture on the topics: ‘Challenges for Energy Transition in Africa and Transforming Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness’.
In his lecture, he noted several pillars he considered key to developing agribusiness in Africa including strengthening technological efforts and innovation capacities, Irrigation, promoting effective and innovative sources of funding, stimulate private sector participation, energy and infrastructure.
Dr. Yumkella becomes the second Sierra Leonean, the University of Ghana has offered the opportunity to lecture at its annual Aggrey-Frazer-Guggisberg lecture series after Professor Davidson Nicol delivered the 1963 Distinguished-Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Lecture on the topic Africa: A Subjective View.
Named after James Kwegyir Aggrey, a Ghanaian educationist, Alexander Garden Fraser – a Scottish missionary and educationist and Gordon Guggisberg – a British Colonial Governor, for major contributions made to the development of education, the Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Memorial Lecture series is a high point on the University’s academic calendar.
It is intended to highlight the role of the academy in the generation of ideas for development.
Dr. Yumkella is presidential flag-bearer aspirant for the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP). Presidential and general elections in Sierra Leone are due in March 2018.