The awards was conferred on him at a special congregation ceremony held on day two of this year's Aggrey-Frazer-Guggisberg lecture series.
The university, in conferring the degree on him, said it took into account his excellent international career and enviable track record including his role in guiding the initiative and in underscoring the need for universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and enhanced deployment of renewable sources of energy.
"Over the years, you have been known to mobilize global action towards a sustainable energy and worked at the highest level to advocate and promote sustainable energy for all"
"You continue to serve as one of the strongest advocate for the use of renewable energy to improve the productive capacity and welfare of rural communities," portions of the citation reads.
Accepting his award, Dr. Yumkella noted how humbled he was to be honored by Ghana's premier university.
"I accept this award with all humility and lot of pride," Dr Yumkella said after the honorary award was conferred on him and added that it will inspire him to do more for his people in Sierra Leone and Africa at large.
He dedicated the award to his wife who was present with him at the ceremony.
Dr. Yumkella becomes the second Sierra Leonean, the University of Ghana has offered the opportunity to lecture at its annual Aggrey-Frazer-Guggisberg lecture series after Professor Davidson Nicol delivered the 1963 Distinguished-Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Lecture on the topic Africa: A Subjective View.
Named after James Kwegyir Aggrey, a Ghanaian educationist, Alexander Garden Fraser – a Scottish missionary and educationist and Gordon Guggisberg – a British Colonial Governor, for major contributions made to the development of education, the Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Memorial Lecture series is a high point on the University’s academic calendar.
It is intended to highlight the role of the academy in the generation of ideas for development.
Dr. Yumkella is presidential flag-bearer aspirant for the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP). Presidential and general elections in Sierra Leone are due in March 2018.