All Progressives Congress senator representing Kogi West in Nigeria’s National Assembly, Otunba Dino Melaye is set to be conferred with the 2015 Africa Achievers Award for his contributions to the growth and development of Africa, especially in the fight against corruption.
The popular United States-based Exclusive Accolade International Magazine had about two weeks ago informed Melaye that he would be conferred with award in recognition of his strict stance against corruption in Nigeria, between August 21 and 23, at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta Georgia, United States.
Before his election as a senator, Melaye was the executive secretary of Anti-Corruption Network, ACN, a platform registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, through which he checked the excesses of corrupt government officials, and convener, Citizens Arise Movement of Nigeria, CAMON.
The principal partner of African Achievers Advisory Board and the Institute of Leadership and Management/Achievers Media, Rex Idaminabo in a letter to Melaye dated June 15, said he would be conferred with the ‘Anti-Corruption Icon in Africa.’
The conferment has been scheduled to take place at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg in South Africa, on July 25, this year.
Idaminabo said, “An independent panel of community leaders from South Africa and United Kingdom, including former highly respected recipients had difficult task selecting this year’s honorees. More than 650 nominations were submitted under your category, demonstrating how many remarkable people are positively influencing the world around them-people just like you. We commend your exceptional strides as a way of encouraging you to do more.”
According to him, the award would be dedicated to the over 200 female students of Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted by Boko Haram Islamic sect since April 2014.
Melaye, who is the convener of ‘Like minded Senators,’ the group that spearheaded the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as Nigeria’s Senate president in the newly-inaugurated eighth National Assembly, said yesterday in Abuja that his commitment to the fight against corruption was a battle of no retreat, no surrender.

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