By G9ija

The West African Institute of Public Administration and Managers (WIPAM), on Saturday, reiterated its commitment to the promotion and development of public administration and management in Nigeria.This is even as it awarded Nigerians who have excelled in public administration and service to humanity, including including Dr Magdalene Ikenyei-Agada and Dr Aloysius Agada of the Open Hands Amazing Charitable Organisation as well as Dr Josephine Ewere.The Registrar-General of WIPAM, Dr Anayo Agu, said this at the Induction/Conferment of Honorary Doctorate and Business Leadership Awards organised by the Institute in Abuja.Represented by the institute’s Legal Adviser, Mr Smith Enyi,  Agu said that the event was designed to promote a culture of excellence in various sectors of the nation’s economy.“It is worthy of note that the institute’s conferment of membership on any person is in recognition of the person’s distinguished effort and performance in public administration and management.“It is expected, therefore, that the conferment of membership, honorary doctorate awards and icon of excellence, and fellowship today, imposes the responsibility on you to contribute to the development of public administration and management.“This essentially you can do by ensuring the maintenance and observance of ethical standards and professionalism in your practice of public administration and management.“It is hoped that your membership of this professional body, through this conferment today, will enhance your career growth and development”, Agu said.He further urged the awardees to always attend the various programmes of the Institute, to acquire more knowledge that would enable them actualise their professional goals.In a keynote address, Dr Fabian Agore, Principal consultant of I am-path Research, commended the award initiative as apt, in terms of promotion of excellence in administration and management.According to him, excellence was key because it created room for outstanding performance in administration and management, regardless of tribe or ethnic religion.“This Institute is designed to train professionals who would excel in any field they have chosen. So, you may need to consider that seriously and on how you enrol your staff, brothers, sisters and colleagues for this programme,” Agore said.He commended Nigerians who had excelled at various careers across the world, such as Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Charles Soludo, Mr Akinwunmi Adesina, among others, to be worthy of emulation.Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Dr Prince Echem, former Vice President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), expressed gratitude to the Institute for conferring the award on them.“We want to thank the Institute for finding us excellent enough to be awarded Honorary Doctorates.“On behalf of the awardees, we promise and make a strong commitment to be brand ambassadors of this organisation,” Echem said.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event featured conferment of eight doctorate awards and five business leadership awards to distinguished personalities, respectively.The high point of the event was the citation, issuance of certificates and plaques to the awardees, including Dr Magdalene Ikenyei-Agada and Dr Aloysius Agada in absentia.NAN reports that the duo were recognised for their humanitarian assistance and series of free medical outreaches in the southern part of Nigeria where thousands of Nigerians have benefitted.WIPAM focuses on creating professional excellence in public administration, management and business leadership.