By Festus Ahon
ASABA—GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, yesterday, bagged the prestigious Order of the Pride of Africa and the 2016 Mandela Medal for A Long Walk To Freedom Awards for his commitment towards ensuring the protection of the peoples’ rights, especially in the area of job creation.
The award was presented by Ambassador Joseph Rankin, Governor General for Africa, International Commission of Diplomatic Relations, Human Rights and Peace Ambassador for the African Region, International Human Rights Commission, in a brief ceremony which was attended by the wife of the governor, Dame Edith Okowa and other top government functionaries at Government House, Asaba.
Presenting the award, Rankin said: “Nominees for the award must have made substantial and long-term contributions in furtherance of civil rights, civil liberties and human rights on the African continent.
“The Mandela Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Africa. The African region headquarters of the International Human Rights Commission, Geneva, Switzerland has established this award to honour and give public recognition to an individual that has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of human rights on the African continent.”