Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has congratulated Emeritus Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede on his recent award as the "AAU Higher Ambassador for Open and Distance Learning in Africa."
Jegede was last week bestowed with the award in Namibia by the Association of African Universities (AAU) due to his exemplary role towards advancing excellence in African Higher Education.
To this end, a statement signed by the former president congratulated Jegede for the historic award and thanked the scholar for his humility and the honour of associating the former president with his contribution to higher education in Africa.
"Professor Jegede, congratulations for your historic award and thank you specially for your humility and the honour done to me by associating me with your contribution to higher education in Africa.
"More power to your elbows and may the good Lord continue to guide you, expand your coast and grant you all you need to continue to matter in education and knowledge locally, nationally, continentally and globally," Obasanjo stated.
It could be recalled that the association at its 22nd Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities held recently in Windhoek, Namibia, bestowed on him its highest honour.
The award, according to the Secretary-General of AAU, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole, was in recognition of Jegede's contribution towards advancing excellence in African Higher Education.
Jegede Is a former Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), former Secretary to the Kogi State Government and former Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities with its headquarters in Ghana
He has worked in different capacity in the world including Australia, Hong Kong, and Ghana in building Open and Distance Learning.