- Presidential aide, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo has been recognised in Accra Ghana
- Respected Ghanaian monarch, Ya Naa Abukari 11 The Supreme Overlord of Dagbon state described Dokubo as a worthy ambassador of Africa
- Dokubo is among the recipients of the Africa Sustainable Development Awards held in Accra, Ghana
Respected Ghanaian monarch, Ya Naa Abukari 11 The Supreme Overlord of Dagbon state has congratulated recipients of the maiden Africa Sustainable Development Awards held in Accra, Ghana.
Among the awardees is the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Program in the Niger Delta, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo.
The monarch who was represented by Naa Dr Yakubu Mahama Chief of Zangbalum Traditional Area urged the awardees to continue to be worthy ambassadors of the African continent.
“I have listened attentively to what the organisers have read out in the citations of each and every one of you that made them select you for this award. I must say that I am impressed.
“I want to urge you not to rest on your oars. Let the recognition today urge you to do more,” he stated.
In his own remarks, Professor Steve Azaiki, Member of Nigerian House of Representatives praised the organisers for the initiative and congratulated the awardees especially Professor Dokubo whom he described as an exemplary intellectual and a brother.
According to the lawmaker, the appointment of Professor Dokubo saw to the consolidation of the peace process in the erstwhile volatile Niger Delta region which he said has led to uninterrupted oil production for more since he came into office.
He described the honour of Africa Peace Maker given to the presidential aide as well deserved and urged him to continue to uphold the policies of Buhari administration in the Niger Delta.
On his part, the chairman of the organising committee and the Executive Director of Northern Ghana Aid, Mr Mustapha Sanah, stated that the major inspiration for the Africa Sustainable Development Award is to celebrate islands of sustainability in the African continent.
He regretted the fact that for a long time now, Africa has been continuously labelled as a continent of poverty, hunger, conflict and deprivation.
He affirmed that although these challenges do exist, African stories have been continuously by outsiders who lack the contextual depth to present an Africa that has challenges but has managed to make progress here and there.
He observed that in the midst of these distractions, there are people – doers, achievers who have made outstanding contributions in several areas of sustainable development who ought to be celebrated.
Other recipients of the award include the former head of Ghana’s Electoral Commission Dr Afari Djan who received recognition for his contributions in the management of elections and Professor Jonathan Dakubu who received recognition for his contribution in the area of Innovative Medical Excellence.
The ceremony attracted many politicians, leaders of thought, civil society groups and the media.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian high commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Olufemi Abikoye has urged visiting government officials to make the Nigerian embassies and foreign missions their first point of call when they travel on official trips.
Abikoye stated this during a courtesy visit by Professor Dokubo and his team for the award ceremony.
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