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General News of Friday, 24 September 2021

Source: punchng.com

AfDB president, Sanwo-Olu win Zik leadership awards

Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The President of the African Development Bank and former Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, has won the 2020 Zik Leadership Prize for Public Service.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also won the 2020 Zik Prize for Good Governance.The Chairman, Selection Committee, Board of Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre, Prof. Pat Utomi, disclosed this on Thursday at a press conference on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Other winners announced by the organisers were the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora; the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule; a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; and a former First Lady of Akwa Ibom State, Mrs Ekaette Akpabio.

Also, the Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari; the Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency, Dr Bashir Jamoh; the Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Uche Orji; and the Director of FBN Holdings Plc, Urum Eke emerged winners in public service and professional leadership award categories.

Utomi said, “I am delighted to inform you that since 1995 when the Zik Prize in Leadership Award scheme started, it has held consistently annually and has now evolved to become one of Africa’s most respected award schemes.

We must give credit to board members over these years that have shown uncommon zeal and commitment to building and encouraging true leadership across the face of the continent.” Anglican bishops hail Sanwo-Olu, say policies pro-peopleSanwo-Olu urges completion of Sangotedo housing project, threatens sanction Utomi added that leadership values should be nurtured in Nigeria and also across the continent.

“A cursory look across our continent shows that leadership remains a critical challenge in our body polity. We fully understand this and thus remain committed to this noble venture of encouraging and nurturing the most beneficial leadership that can be found on the continent as an embodiment of the leadership values of the Great Zik of Africa in whose honour this award was instituted.“

Most people agree that many people in power today in Nigeria should not even be anywhere near the arena of power. They either lack the character or the competence as well as the courage that true leadership entails,” he said.

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