The University of Dodoma, Tanzania’s biggest public learning institution, on Thursday conferred an honorary doctorate degree to President John Magufuli in recognition of his outstanding leadership.
Benjamin Mkapa, UDOM chancellor and former Tanzanian president, conferred the degree on President Magufuli at the university’s 10th graduation ceremony held on the outskirts of the capital Dodoma and televised live by national broadcaster, Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.
Faustine Bee, UDOM vice-chancellor, said the university decided to confer the degree on President Magufuli in recognition of his efforts in improving the country’s economy through his industrialisation agenda. Other recipients of the honorary degree conferred by UDOM were former Jakaya Kikwete and former Prime Minister Rashid Kawawa (deceased) who were awarded in 2010 for their exceptional leadership.
In his acceptance speech, President Magufuli said he received the honorary degree on behalf of all Tanzanians, including farmers, fishermen and livestock keepers who have in one way or the other contributed toward achievements made by his administration.
He commended the east African nation’s past administrations of presidents Julius Nyerere, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete for the roles they played in transforming the country’s economy.