EDMUND Daukoru, a former minister of state for Petroleum Resources, has been awarded with the prestigious Nelson Mandela Pan-African Exemplary Leadership Award 2016.
The award was bestowed upon Daukoru, amanayabo of Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State, by youths from 25 African countries comprising Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin, Mali, Togo, among others.
The award ceremony, which took place at King Koko Square in Nembe, had in attendance a large crowd of dignitaries, friends, well wishers and subjects of the royal father.
The youths, under the aegis of the African Youth Global Network, based in Ghana, said Daukoru was carefully selected for the award having met the criteria through his excellent public service and leadership acumen.
Paul Kekeh, country representative of the AYGN, said the award was given to Daukoru to promote excellence by encouraging individuals, institutions, organisations and public office holders in various human endeavours.
Kekeh also said it was an award for leaders with overwhelming records across the African continent who had distinguished themselves convincingly through quality services to humanity in the country and the continent.
At another occasion, the monarch also received an honorary Ph.D award from the ISFOP Benin University, Republic of Benin.
Marius Dakpogan, president/vice-chancellor of the ISFOP Benin University, said the conferment of the Honoris Causa was in recognition of Daukoru’s outstanding leadership in the field of education and humanity.
In his response an apparently elated monarch, said he was humbled by the two prestigious awards coming almost at the same time and assured that they would only spur him to do more for humanity.
He urged leaders across the continent to always place premium on the youth, saying that ignoring the youth would spell doom for the future. “It is humbling that the youth, who are quite more critical of elders are honouring me today. I will continue to be one of you and to work for the welfare of you. To ignore the youth is to say bye-bye to our future,” he said.
— Oct 31, 2016 @ 15:40 GMT