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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari receives the 2021 Great Road Builders Award

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was awarded the Grand Road Builder Prize “Babakar Ndiaye” version 2021, and the jury of the Africa Road Builders Prize awarded the award to President Buhari “for his personal leadership and efforts to ensure road safety and security, and for the health of the population on the move.” This award is given every year to African leaders Those who started or implemented exceptional projects in the road, transport and mobility sectors, as obtained by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi last year for his efforts to improve the quality of life for Egyptians.

This came during the closing session of the Road Builders in Africa Conference 2021, which was organized on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the African Development Bank. The award ceremony was held in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, under the patronage of the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, and the Nigerian Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Martin Adamu received the award. On behalf of the Nigerian President.

The Committee commended Nigeria for its efforts to obtain vaccines against the COVID-19 virus, the distribution of which requires optimal use of roads and transport, noting that despite the health crisis, Nigeria has continued major road and transport works, especially in the field of rail transport.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received the same award in 2020, and this year’s Africa Road Builders Conference took the title: “Roads and Transportation for Health: Actions and Achievements to Face Challenges in Africa.”

The African Bank indicated that President Sisi's winning of the award last year was in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of life for the Egyptian people.

George Ooredoo, a spokesman for the winners' selection committee, said - at the time - that the works that President Sisi personally supervised and for which he deserved this award included projects in Cairo; Such as the Heliopolis metro, and the Rod al-Farag axis suspended over the Nile River.

The award was inspired by Babacar Ndiaye who was President of the Bank from 1985 to 1995, and each year the Africa Road Builders Selection Committee evaluates ambitious and tangible projects that have a real impact on the movement of people.

The jury to select the award winners includes media representatives from five regions of the African continent, who monitor media reports and expert opinions on road networks, mobility and sustainable development.

The Africa Road Builders Conference is organized by representatives of the Information Platform on Infrastructure and Roads in Africa, the Organization of Infrastructure and Finance in Africa, and the Network of African Journalists for Road Infrastructure (MIFA). He is remembered by the media and expert reports on issues related to roads, transportation and sustainable development.