The West African Youth Parliament (WAYP) has presented an award to Ritman University as the best private Educational Institution of the year 2015.
The honour which comes for Ritman University’s first year existence was presented on 15th January, 2015 by the Speaker of the parliament, Rt. Hon. Mensah Kweku Fred from Ghana, assisted by youth parliamentary delegates from Ivory Coast, Liberia, Cambia, and Nigeria. WAYP also honoured the chairman of Ritman University’s Board of Trustees, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien as most outstanding personality of the year for his efforts at educating African youths and care for the less-privileged.
Ritman University, located in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria received approval on 25th February, 2015 from the federal government to run degree courses, commenced academic programmes on 23rd November, 2015. It currently offers courses in social and management Science, Natural and Science as well as Humanities, Education and Environmental Studies will take off soon. One of the Nigerian representatives at WAYP, Hon. Oluwaseun Williams, explained that the award was given based on the quality of education and facilities available at Ritman University.
The Speaker of WAYP, Hon. Mensah K. Fred expressed delight at what he saw in Ritman, describing it as “awesome” and said he never thought a Nigerian was capable of setting up an institution of such quality. He commended the strides of Senator Ibok Essien and Ritman University is dealing with the problem of illiteracy and mass poverty which are responsible for the ills in Africa.
In his acceptance speech, the senator said he acquired the land on which the university is sited when he saw 21years old and served his town- Ikot Ekpene – as Ibok Essien youth leader when he was a young man. He charged youths to be focused and work hard to achieve great things in their youthful days. The BOT chairman enthused that the dreams of today would be the phenomenal achievements of tomorrow, considering that he first conceived the idea of establishing an educational institution when he was only six years old.
The Vice Chancellor of Ritman University, Prof. Celestine Ntuen said the award frightens and motivates him at the same time, since it places a huge responsibility on the management to grow and maintain laurel-winning standards. The West African Youth Parliament is a legislative body where young people pool resources together and galvanize support for educating the less-privileged. They are also engaged in advocating the educational rights of student, developing the youths of West Africa as well as eradicating poverty and insurgency. It is composed of Speaker and Chief Clerks of national youth parliaments from 16 West African countries. WAYP was established in 1973 and has a vision to educate at least 1000 youths per country.