By Olusola Alatise
The Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, FECA, Dr. Samson Adeola Odedina has won the 2017 Pacesetter in Education for African Renaissance and Leadership (PEARL) Award.
According to a statement signed by the Project Coordinator of African Strides International, Comrade Henry Adesola and made available to The Hope, Dr. Odedina became the winner of the coveted award after defeating nine other heads of institutions and outstanding educationists in a well scrutinized selection and process held between March, 2017 and early April 2017.
The PEARL Award, an innovation of AfricanStride International, a fast-growing public relations and media organization in Nigeria, is aimed at promoting the concept of functional education, enduring academic leadership, patriotism, legacies of developmental reforms, entrepreneurship and attitudinal change with a view to making African education truly responsive to the challenges of development on the continent. It is a platform created for annual review of the activities of leading heads of institutions, institutional proprietors and educationists with a vision to giving honour to the most outstanding personality in the year under review.
Odedina, who is the second head of the institution from Ondo State, to receive the award after the current Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun who received the 2014 edition of the award, and the first Provost in Nigeria to be so honoured, is said to have brought significant turn-around to the study of aAriculture and its essential value chains since assuming the leadership of the Agricultural training institution.
The award will be conferred on Dr. Odedina at the college premises in Akure next month.