President John Dramani Mahama has been honoured with the Africa Most Inspirational President for the year 2016 Award.
It was conferred on him because of his dedication to the development of Africa and his contribution towards the eradication of the deadly Ebola virus.
Prince Derrick Agyei of the Youth Enterprises Support (YES), received the award on behalf of the President at the fourth All Africa Education and Leadership Awards organised by the All African Students Union (AASU) in Accra on Saturday
The Government also received the Africa’s Most Supportive Government of the Year Award, while the Africa Educational Support Organisation of the Year Award went to the Association of African Universities (AAU).
The head of research and communications of AASU, Mr. Peter Kwasi Kodjie, received the Best AASU Staff of the Year, while the Africa Student Activist of the Year went to the president of the National Union of Gambian Students, Mr. Ansumana B. Bojang.
Africa National Students Union of the Year went to Botswana National Union of Students (BONUS) while the General Union of Libya Students received Africa’s Most Supportive Students Organisation Award.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Secretary General of AASU, Mr. Fred Awaah, said the award was intended to recognize prominent Africans and African organisations that have contributed to the development of the continent.
He said it was also to encourage other Africans to do similar or more to help empower Africans.
He said the continent had been challenged with issues of climate change with statistics that about 250 million are likely to go thorough rain related stress as a result of climate change.
Mr. Awaah said AASU had taken it upon itself to educate the youth and encourage government and other stakeholder organisations to take the issue of climate change critically.
He said the average age of a Ghanaian farmer was 55 years and in Africa its 60 years, adding that the youth should be encouraged to go into agriculture.
He urged African governments to give the youth the opportunity to be responsible and stop the rhetoric that “African youth are not responsible.”
He called on the youth not to become a catalyst for violence and destruction for any politician and political party.
Photo attached: Mr. Prince Derrick Agyei of the Youth Enterprises Support (YES) receiving the award on behalf of the President.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu