The University of Professional Studies, Accra has conferred an honourary degree on two distinguished personalities for providing exceptional service to the country or the university and for bringing honour to their respective professions and the public service.
The two honorees are Mr Frederick Boadu Asare, Group Managing Director of the Village of Hope Orphanage and Mr Patrick Nomo, Chief Director at the Ministry of Finance.
Mr Patrick Nomo, an alumnus of UPSA, was conferred with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (D.HL) for Distinguished Alumni Service while Mr Frederick Boadu Asare was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (D.HL) for Distinguished Community Service.
The two follow in the footsteps of the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Bagbin, the Majority Leader in parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu and Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh (MP for Manhyia South) who have all received honorary degrees from UPSA for their outstanding contributions to humanity, the university and the nation.
Part of the citation presented to Mr Nomo read: “You are a distinguished alumnus of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) who has flown its flag high as an exceptional professional committed to the University’s values of Service, Integrity and Respect.
“Throughout your entire career as a qualified Accountant with over 25 years in Ghana’s Public Sector Financial Management and Audit Institutional Capacity Development, you have been an exemplar of UPSA’s motto of scholarship with professionalism.
“Your distinguished service epitomises UPSA’s educational, professional ideals. You are an exceptional alumnus, a shining light to students, and a pillar of support whenever you have been called upon to render service to your Alma Mater.”
Mr Boadu Asare, on the other hand, has over the years distinguished himself by his exemplary community service to the underprivileged and orphans in Ghana by providing for their physical, emotional, nutritional and spiritual needs.
“Throughout your career, you have made the health needs of these children and that of over 14 communities around Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region a priority through the Hope Hospital which you manage,” Mr. Asare’s citation read in part.
“The two basic (elementary) schools provide quality Christian education to over 1,000 children; and a Senior High School (SHS) educates students on the pillars of character, scholarship, service and leadership.
“For your service to the community and the smiles you put on the faces of orphans and the under-privileged in Ghana, UPSA celebrates you by conferring upon you a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (D.HL) for Distinguished Community Service.”
The event on Thursday, October 14, was graced by high profile personalities including Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of finance, Ms. Abena Osei Asare, Deputy minister of Finance, Dr Kofi Koduah Sarpong, CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation as well as members of the UPSA Global Alumni Association.