President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania has been elected as the new Chairperson of the African Union ( AU) even as Nigeria emerged third Vice President of the Union.
The election took place at the ongoing 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
With the election of Abdel Aziz, he takes over from Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn
Also elected as first Vice President of the union was Zimbabwe while Democratic Republic of Congo was elected second Vice President
In his acceptance speech, Aziz promised to promote and uphold the objectives of the African Union.
Highlight of the occasion was Kwame Nkrumah Scientific awards for 2014.
Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale, a specialist in Industrial, Food Analytical and Environmental Chemistry in the department of Chemistry University of Ibadan was declared a winner in the field of Basic Science, Technology and Innovation while Professor Andre Bationo, a Soil Scientist from Burkina Faso was the winner in the field of Earth and Life Sciences.