Former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Chairman of South-South Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Edmund Daukoru has been awarded with the prestigious Nelson Mandela Pan-African Exemplary Leadership Award 2016.

The award was bestowed on Daukoru, who is currently the Amanayabo of Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State, by youths from 25 African countries comprising Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Togo and Republic of Benin among others.

The award ceremony, which took place at the King Koko Square in Nembe, witnessed a large turnout of dignitaries, well-wishers and subjects of the Mingi Xii.

Youths, under the aegis of the African Youth Global Network, (AYGN), based in Ghana, said Daukoru was carefully selected for the award, having met the criteria through his excellent public service and leadership acumen.

The Country Representative of the AYGN, Mr Paul Kekeh, said the honour given to the septuagenarian was also aimed at promoting excellence by encouraging individuals, institutions, organisations and public office holders in various human endeavors.

Mr Kekeh also described it as an award for leaders with overwhelming records across the African continent who have distinguished themselves convincingly, through quality services to humanity in their country and the entire continent.

The man of the moment, King Daukoru also received an honorary Ph.D award from ISFOP Benin University, Republic of Benin.

The President/Vice-Chancellor of ISFOP Benin University, Professor Marius Dakpogan, said the conferment of the Honoris Causa was as a result of the monarch’s outstanding leadership in the field of education and humanity.

In appreciation of the recognition, Mr Daukoru said he was humbled by the prestigious awards, noting that it would spur him to do more for humanity.

He urged leaders across the continent to always place premium on the youth, saying that ignoring the youth would spell doom for the future.

In his words: “It is humbling that the youth, who are quite more critical of elders are honouring me today. I will continue to be one of you and to work for the welfare of youths. To ignore the youth is to say bye-bye to our future.”

Former Military Administrator of Delta and Ebonyi states, Walter Feghabor, and former Commissioner for Information in Bayelsa, Chief Nathan Egba, who are both members of the Nembe Council of Chiefs, praised Daukoru in their separate speeches.

They extolled the virtues of the monarch, saying that he has promoted the Nembe Kingdom beyond the shores of the country and they were proud to have him as King.