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By BASHIR ADEFAKA
President Muhammadu Buhari’s emergence as winner of the 2021 Great Builder Super Prize is a major recognition of the infrastructural development Nigeria is witnessing on his watch.
According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the irony is that the prestigious award sponsored by the Africa Development Bank (AFDB) is coming at a time the country is doing so much with less.
“We see it as a worthy honour because the selection committee depended on experts on road networks, transport and sustainable development in the continent to arrive at the decision that President Buhari was heads over shoulders above his fellow African leaders.
“And in rating Nigeria high in infrastructures development under the President, the committee cited the country’s efforts at improving road safety and quality for road users, as well as in advancing major transport projects especially in the rail sector
“For us, it is not surprising as it is a confirmation of all we have always said about the President doing far more than his predecessors in the area of road construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation, as well as in modernising and expanding Nigeria’s rail network.
“We invite Nigerians to note that the Africa Road Builders selection committee carries out a yearly evaluation of ambitious and tangible projects with real impact on the mobility of Africans before arriving at a decision to honour deserving leaders.
“And to nominate President Buhari as a recipient for the award to be presented on June 24, it considered what his administration met on the ground with what he has added to the nation’s landscape in his tenure”.
BMO recalled that this is not the first time since 2015 that the President would be getting accolades in the continent.
“Only last year, he was singled out for praise among his peers in ECOWAS as West Africa’s Covid-19 champion. This was as a result of the proactive steps President Buhari took at the onset of the pandemic to prevent it from overwhelming the nation’s health system.
“We recall that those measures also caught the attention of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which urged many countries to take a cue from Nigeria at that time.
“It is also noteworthy that the President was also pronounced the African Union Anti-corruption champion in 2018
“So the Babacar Ndiaye trophy is his third major honour in four years and we dare say that Nigerians should be proud to have a President that is well respected for his achievements in office”.
BMO reassured Nigerians that President Buhari would continue to make the country proud.
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