The award was presented by the African Students’ Union Parliament (ASUP), an umbrella body of students from the 54 member countries of African Union.
While making the presentation on behalf of the group, the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Solomon Mensah, who led other members at the occasion said, Dr. Ojo was also being recognised because of the supportive role he is playing in the Governor Ajimobi’s administration coupled with his philantrophic gestures to the widows and vulnerables.
Accepting the honor, the associate professor of Comparative Politics charged youths to emulate the virtues of excellence displayed by past African nationalists, which he said, made them the beckon of light to the entire African continent.
He recalled that the likes of Obafemi Awolowo, Nkwame Nkruma, Nnamdi Azikwe and other great African nationalist leaders achieved more in their youthful days, adding that the energy required to govern and lead is a product of age.
While advising the youths to strive to excel and distinguish themselves beyond their local shores, the university don reasoned that the menace of examination malpractice and drug addiction stemed from the problem of inferiority complex and youths allowing themselves to be overcome by challenges.
The Speaker of the Parliament, Kewul Abel in his remarks said the choice of Ojo for the honor came up at the ASUP conference which was held at University of Ghana, Legon, Accra where the, “immense contributions of this man of outstanding understanding to effective service delivery, key supporter to the governor, open door policy, youth empowerment was brought to the front burner by the Nigerian representatives.”
He added that Africa, faced with the dire consequence of years of neglect of youths in its ranks, has resulted in various social vices such as conflicts, kidnappings, bombings, robberies which have assumed an alarming dimension, adding that, “ASUP has taken her time to scrutinize this leader who have committed his time to serve the common good in accordance to the Pan-Africanism Ideology.”
Earlier, various recipients of the honor include: the Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Chukwuma Ozumba, President of Sudan, Umar Al-Bashir, President, Federal High Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Auta and the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, among others.
Some of the ASUP delegates that presented the award to the COS include, Deputy Speaker, Solomon Mensah, Majority Leader, Lanota Chakibe, Leader on Gender Issue, Dahunsi Nifesimi, Okojokwu Kingsley and Eveh Dominic.