The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Isaac Butswat, has been bestowed with a National Outstanding award as an Icon and Cynosure of Educational Development by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
The award was conferred on him during a courtesy visit by the leadership of the association on Monday, July 25, 2022 at his office, university headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.
Presenting the award, the leader of the team and the liason officer of the association, Comrade Victor Dodo, said the award is in recognition of his professional service delivery towards leadership and educational transformation.
According to Dodo, "I am impressed that the name of DVC, Prof. Sammani Butswat, was shortlisted among very few highly esteemed personalities to be decorated with the honour during the congress meeting of the association held in Federal University of Technology, Minna.
‘’ The National leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Students, with a membership base of 40.1million students, converged in the office of DVC-Administration (NOUN) from various institutions across the nation to align themselves with him and decorate him with the Annual Honour of the association as an Icon and Cynosure of Educational Development."
Dodo further identified Butswat as a great man, father and teacher who is found worthy in character and learning, saying that posterity would not judge the association well if they fail to be identified with his investment and contribution to the development of education in Nigeria.
He, however, pleaded with the DVC to use his influence as an educationalist and father to prevail on ASUU and the federal government to lay the issue of strike to rest in Nigerian universities.
In his response to the gesture of thee association, Prof. Butswat said that he felt honoured by the award.
He assured the delegates that he identifies with students’ challenges and struggles and would do all within his power to continue to contribute his quota to the development of education.