“The good works of a man speak for him everywhere he goes and like a golden fish, a good leader has no hiding place as history will preserve his place and achievements for generations unborn to emulate”.

These above were the words of the Chairman, NANS Zone D while presenting the award of the Best Vice-Chancellor in Southwest Nigeria to the Vice-Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Prof. Patrick Oladipo Aina at a ceremony held at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti.

The NANS Zone D comprise tertiary institutions in Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, Osun and Kwara States.

The students of these institutions thronged the venue in their thousands to witness the coronation of outstanding individuals and groups who have contributed to the growth of tertiary education as well as business in the region in the last year.

Dignitaries invited are Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and the host governor, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti.

It was a colourful ceremony which attracted captains of industries, top dignitaries in the Banking Sector, Hospitality industry, as well as construction magnates.

The awards according to the students was to appreciate the selfless efforts of the recipients and to celebrate them as ICONS of the Southwest Society.

The EKSU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Oladipo Aina who drew a huge round of applause his profile was being read was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Victor Adeoluwa.

The award was in recognition of his leadership qualities and for changing the fortunes of Ekiti State University to a 21st Century World Class Institution.  He was commended for his unrivaled achievement in infrastructure growth, academic excellence, staff welfare, students performance and the improved ranking of EKSU among the community of African Universities.