President Muhammadu Buhari has been named winner of the 2021 Great Builder Super Prize for Trophée Babacar Ndiaye, taking over from Abdel Fattah al-Sissi of Egypt, who won the 2020 prize.
According to a statement from the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Friday, Buhari was named the winner during the inaugural Africa Road Builders Conference held on March 31 in Cairo, Egypt.
The Babacar Ndiaye Africa Road Builders Award is organized by Acturoutes, an information platform on infrastructure and roads in Africa, and Media for Infrastructure and Finance in Africa (MIFA), a network of African journalists specialized in road infrastructure.
The AfDB president sponsors the award annually.
Each year, the Africa Road Builders selection committee carefully evaluates ambitious and tangible projects that have a real impact on the mobility of people in Africa.
The award selection committee comprises media representatives from the five regions of the continent who rely on media reports and experts on road networks, transport, and sustainable development.
The selection committee cited Nigeria’s efforts to improve road safety and air quality for road users.
It also commended efforts to obtain COVID-19 vaccines and for advancing major transport projects, especially in the rail sector that would ensure the optimal operation of roads and transport.
The award was created in honour of Babacar Ndiaye, President of the AfDB Group from 1985 to 1995.
The trophy would be awarded on June 24 on the sidelines of the AfDB’s Annual Meetings.