TechInAfrica – The outgoing president of the Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou has been honored with the 2020 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership on Monday (8/02).
He has been considered for his role of driving the country to the ‘path of progress’, with his performance of good governance, democratic election, and respect of terms limits, which he ended after two years since 2011. He has faced deep poverty, armed rebellion, and desertification during his terms.
Now the poverty percentage has plunged from 48% to 40%, according to Chairman of the Award Committee and Former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae.
“While challenges remain, Issoufou has kept his promises to the Nigerien people and paved the way for a better future.”
The retired president is given a $5m initial payment, plus $200,000 a year for life by the annual award.
The award, which is established in 2007, has been honoring eight African leaders so far.