Former President John Dramani Mahama was in Nigeria on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017 for the inauguration of the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for Good Governance and Development at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Most honourably, Former President Mahama chaired the occasion, alongside Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloma Mukhtar.
Speaking at the event, Former President Mahama urged the Centre to delve into new and emerging developmental issues and how they affect governance, democracy and the development of countries in the African continent. This he said, is to enable them compete with other developed countries of the world like Japan and China while adding that, “Nigeria has a responsibility to be the driver of economic transformation in West Africa”.
The inaugural lecture on Good Governance was delivered by Olusegun Obasanjo, the president of Nigeria from 1999-2007, after whom the centre was named. The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu said that the aim of setting up the centre was to facilitate research toward achieving excellence in good governance and development in Nigeria.
The NOUN Centre for Good Governance and Development was named after the Former Nigerian President, for the major role he played in resuscitating the National Open University in the early 2000’s after he assumed office as the country’s president. The School which was established in the 1980s was abandoned few years later, around 1984.
The National Open University (NOUN) currently has over 300,000 students, with Former President Obasanjo being one of the postgraduate students, as he is pursuing his Doctorate Degree there.
Since after leaving office as the President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. John Mahama is yet to take the long leave of rest he so much talked about on the verge of his handover to his successor, now President Nana Akufo-Addo. The former President has been busy with one political/diplomatic responsibility or the other both within Africa and beyond.
In addition to a number of appointments, Mahama also won the 2016 African Political Leader of the Year award. The Former President has been receiving much commendations for his concession of defeat and peaceful handover of powers after the 2016 Ghana presidential elections. He is currently in Durban, South Africa to deliver an address on leadership at the 27th World Economic Forum for Africa.