The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) has conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree on the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong.
He was honoured in recognition of his outstanding contributions to environmental sanitation and higher education in Ghana and beyond.
The Chairman of the Council of the UHAS, Justice Victor J.M. Dotse of the Supreme Court, and the Vice Chancellor of UHAS, Professor John Owusu Gyapong, together, decorated Dr. Siaw Agyepong with the honours last Saturday at the second session of the 6th UHAS Congregation at Ho, Volta Region. Some 692 students were awarded degrees in various academic disciplines at the event.
After receiving the honours, Dr. Siaw Agyepong thanked God for his life, stressing that he was very humbled by the honour done him by the university.
“I also want to thank the UHAS Council Members, my wife, Mrs. Adelaide Agyepong, my children, management and staff of the Jospong Group of Companies and everyone who has invested in my life,” he expressed.
He disclosed that his group will present a cheque of $100,000 to the UHAS to set up an award scheme for research.
A citation accompanying the honour said: “The University of Health and Allied Sciences is, therefore, proud to be associated with you and delighted to honour you this 9th day of April 2022, with the Honorary Doctor of Science degree (Honoris causa) for your excellent leadership; for your innovative business solutions that continue to add value to the everyday lives of Ghanaians; for your service and care to countless communities all over Africa, and for the integrity in which you walk as you represent us globally.”
It continued, “your contributions to environmental sanitation and higher education in Ghana and beyond are unmatched in scope, and have been accurately described as phenomenal.”
The citation said over the years, “your visionary leadership has brought us the Jospong Group of Companies, which has earned you global recognition for job creation that has improved thousands of household incomes.”
However, he cautioned that the “pull him syndrome” and other demonic forces were still operational in the country.
“Practically, God has been my strength,” he asserted.
Again, he encouraged the students to look as far as they could see, using how God blessed Abraham enormously to buttress his point.
He told the graduates to always leverage and treasure opportunities they have and those that will come their way.
“Be ready to learn, explore and also teach others, stressing that “from today watch things twice.” he charged the students.