By Gifty Arthur
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) chairmanship aspirant, Sir Kofi Portuphy, has been awarded, a doctorate degree by the Dayspring Christian University, based in Mississippi in the United States of America (USA).
The National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), was given the award last Saturday at Atomic campus of the School of Nuclear and Allied Science of the University of Ghana (UG), for his selfless dedication and service to humanity.
Other attributions of the NADMO boss, was his unflinching support for humanity, his investment in the kingdom of God, public intellectual and an opinion leader, visionary leader and an exemplary public figure.
It recognized Sir Kofi Portuphy, as a leader in academics, the continual maintenance of his numerous staff, how he had fed many mouths, helped in reducing unemployment in the country and was also described as a mentor and a role model to many people.
According to Dayspring Christian University, Sir Kofi Portuphy, was qualified and approved him for a doctorate degree based on his numerous humanitarian services which include, local and international recognition, Philanthropic activities creativity, pre-eminence in his field and his pre-eminent leadership in society.
Sir Portuphy, who was knighted by the Pope recently, was honoured with others, achieved this feat because of the instrumental role he played and continues to play in disaster management in the country. It was also for the key role he played in the formation of NADMO.
The award ceremony which was attended by politicians, academia, civil society groups, families, friends and well wishers, was under the auspices of the University of Ghana.
Speaking after the great honour done him, the now Dr. Portuphy, expressed appreciation to the University for recognizing his good work over the past 32 years. He challenged others to work hard even when it seems no one is working, adding that one day, they may be rewarded like he has been done today.
The NADMO boss, whose work over the years transcends to African countries such as, Liberia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and many others, adding that he has trained enough hands to succeed him.
He mentioned names like, chairman for the programme and Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), officers of NADMO throughout the country. Dr. Portuphy, who has been tipped to snatch the chairmanship position from the incumbent, Dr Kwabena Adjei, is thankful to God for making him a blessing to his nation and the entire continent.
““I look at it as God’s making. It came to me as a surprise I knew about Dayspring University [but] I have not had anything to do with them but coming from DaySpring University all the way in the US and the kind of citation they read in my award I thought that recognition……was a recognition of the entire world
There were several areas that they have mentioned that people in this country do not know that I have ever gone that way in my work.
So I share it, indeed this PHD award with particularly, the people of this country, the international community, United Nations (UN), I have offered several services to volunteers in this country, who have worked with me, farmers, fishermen, traditional authorities, and indeed the entire country.
Indeed, it strengthens me it energizes me and it means that as the Bible says God’s eye is watching in whatever we do and I will continue to serve with humility and honesty”, he said.