Prize Com­mit­tee for African of the Year award gets new chair

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

For­mer Pres­i­dent of Botswana Fes­tus G. Mo­gae has for­mally as­sumed the Chair of the Prize Com­mit­tee for Daily Trust African of the Year award.

He suc­ceeds the pi­o­neer Chair of the com­mit­tee and for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Tan­za­nia Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, who re­cently com­pleted his two terms ten­ure.

In hand­ing-over to the new chair, Dr. Salim said for­mer Pres­i­dent Mo­gae is one of the most out­stand­ing African lead­ers who never tried to tinker with the con­sti­tu­tions of their coun­tries to re­main in of­fice.

In his remarks af­ter tak­ing-over, Pres­i­dent Mo­gae said he con­sid­ers it a great hon­our to be in­vited to Chair the Prize com­mit­tee and to suc­ceed Dr. Salim whom he de­scribed as a quin­tes­sen­tial African states­man.

He reaf­firmed his com­mit­ment to the pri­mary mo­tive of the award which is to rec­og­nize and re­ward or­di­nary Africans who are do­ing ex­tra-or­di­nary good works in any part of the con­ti­nent.

He said such awardees, who are se­lected from all fields of hu­man en­deav­our, would in­spire other Africans to un­der­take self­less hu­man­i­tar­ian works for hu­man­ity.

Pres­i­dent Mo­gae said there was noth­ing wrong in equally recog­nis­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary Africans who are do­ing ex­em­plary works to mo­ti­vate other peo­ple.

The Prize Com­mit­tee, whose seven-mem­bers are drawn from Africa’s sub-re­gional blocs, selects the win­ner of the pres­ti­gious African of the Year award.

The award cov­ers hu­man­i­tar­ian works un­der­taken by a nom­i­nee be­tween Oc­to­ber 1 of a pre­ced­ing year and Septem­ber 30 of the award Year.

For­mer Botswana Pres­i­dent, Fes­tus Mo­gae

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