The National Association of Nigerian Students-Ghana (NANS-Ghana) have presented Wisconsin’s Chancellor Dr Paul Fynn with an award for promoting quality education.

This is the first time the award has ever been presented to an individual by the Association, which has over 90,000 Nigerian student members across Ghana.

The award was presented to Dr Fynn by outgoing NANS-Ghana president Katagum Muhammed at the NANS-Ghana Dinner and Awards Night on Saturday, 25th June 2016. 

The accolade was given in recognition of the Chancellor’s bold action, last year, of investigating allegations of grades-selling at Wisconsin and his decisive action of dismissing those believed to be involved in the practice.

Outgoing NANS-Ghana president Katagum Muhammed said: “We decided to present the award to Dr Fynn for his meticulous service for promoting standard and quality education. 

“When he received information about some of the malpractices taking place at the University, he did not fold his arms. He risked his reputation and the school’s reputation and did his best to root out any wrongdoing and promote quality.

“He has played so many roles in maintaining quality education and making it affordable to many. So many schools are closing down because they could not cope. Wisconsin has really impacted the lives of Nigerian students in many ways.”

For his part, Dr Fynn said: “We are very pleased that the students appreciate and recognize what we are trying to do. The action we took is for their benefit and to protect the integrity of the certificates they get from the institution.”

Wisconsin students were also winners on the night, with four excellence awards going to the Wisconsin students.

These went to Emmanuel Egwu - NANS-Ghana ambassador; Peter Ekah - NANS-Ghana Electoral Commissioner; Prince Kingsley Aruno - NANS-Ghana Chief of Staff and Katagum Muhammed - outgoing NANS-Ghana president.

Two citations were presented to Albert Ekpeyong Ekpe and Blessing Ekanem, also Wisconsin students.

The event was attended by various dignitaries, including representatives from the National Universities Commission – Abuja; All Nigerian Community (Ghana), National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS); Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSSAG); and the Foreign Students Association of Ghana.

Other VIPs present included Barrister Oguchukwu Nweke; HRH Eze Kennedy Ginikanwa Obi, the royal patron of Igbos in Ghana; Citilife Ghana CEO Chief Prince Emmanuel Okeson; and Michael Ofeyemi, founder of NANS-Ghana and now Nigerian Youth Ambassador to the UN.

Wisconsin was represented by, among others, the Chancellor, Dr Paul Fynn; the Chairman of the University Council, Justice Isaac Duose; the Registrar, Mr Frank Yeboah; and the Dean of the School of Nursing, Dr Carlos Arrow.