Abuja - The African Students Union Parliament (ASUP) has honoured the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chief Press Secretary, Kayode Idowu with the 2013 Pan African Leadership Award for his commitment to democracy.
The Speaker of the student parliament, Kamgiu Bertin from Rwanda, led a delegation of ASUP legislative officials to INEC headquarters in Abuja to bestow the award.
Speaking before the formal presentation of the award, Bertin said the INEC spokesperson emerged the winner during voting at the body’s Annual Conference hosted by the Livingstonia University in Malawi in October.
Bertin said the award was in recognition of Idowu’s commitment to serve the common good, according to the Pan-African ideology.
“At this time that the youth need to have exemplary leaders as role models, we are carefully selecting such leaders like your highly respected self and honouring them with the prestigious honour after an unbiased scrutiny and constructive deliberation at the student annual conference,” Bertin said.
In his response, Idowu said he accepted the award after ascertaining that ASUP, which consists of university student parliamentarians from more than 50 African countries, had no local political affiliation.
“In our job, we exercise caution because there are many political interests out there, such that if you are not very careful, you could easily be entangled,” he explained.
“Your award came to me out of the blues, because I never knew any of you. It is gratifying that when we stay in a small corner of the world, and what we do is noticed. I am also gladdened because my passion is to be able to set examples for the younger generation.”
The INEC official hailed colleagues after receiving the award.
– CAJ News