The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius A. Okojie, has been inducted into the Fellowship of the Association of Business Executives (ABE), at a ceremony held in the Institute of Financial Services, University College, London, United Kingdom.
With his investiture, Professor Okojie becomes the first African who is not Head of State and the third African to receive the prestigious ABE Fellowship. Former Head of Nigeria’s Interim Government, Chief Earnest Shonekan, and former Prime Minister of Botswana, were the first Africans to receive the ABE Fellowship.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ABE, Mr. Gareth Robinson, speaking at the event said that the ABE Board of Governors, last November, approved Professor Okojie’s Fellowship because he had invested his career in developing education in Nigeria.
He said that Professor Okojie was a visionary thinker, adding that big thinkers like Professor Okojie were not thinking about the issues of today, but about how to solve the problems of tomorrow.
The CEO said, as a Fellow of ABE, Professor Okojie would be recognised around the world as an Ambassador of a non-profit Organisation, a globally recognised qualification for underdeveloped countries around the world, adding that the ABE board had every confidence that giving his pedigree, courage, passion and vision, Professor Okojie would play his ambassadorial role as an ABE Fellow creditably.
In his acceptance speech, Professor Okojie said that his Fellowship witnessed a new beginning between Nigeria and the Association, adding that NUC would ensure the development of a good quality assurance concept for all ABE qualifications in Nigeria and tackle the issue of funding.
ABE is a not-for-profit organisation that provides entrepreneurial qualifications to underdeveloped countries over the world, through its five key principles of accessibility, affordability and quality assurance.