The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, and Vice President of the Silverbird Group, Guy Murray-Bruce, were amongst 28 other recipients of the maiden edition of Nigeria most respected CEO’s Awards.
The award ceremony, which held in Abuja on Saturday, saw 30 personalities receive awards in different categories.
Baroness Paulette Kporo, CEO, The Nigeria Business Executive Limited, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the awards were conceptualised to identify and publicly recognise the CEOs in each sector of business and industry who were the most highly regarded and appreciated by various stakeholders.
Kporo said: “We realised a vacuum in the reward system in the corporate community of the country.
“We then reckoned that there were many Chief Executive Officers in Nigeria who had achieved a lot in the various sectors in which they operated but who were not well celebrated.”
She explained that the winners in each category were chosen by the general public, adding that selection process was very comprehensive.
A cross section of the awardees who spoke to NAN on the sideline of the event expressed joy at being recognised as the best amongst an elite group of other outstanding CEOs in the country.
Patience Madlion, CEO, Shedrack Madlion’s Foundation, said her zeal to become the best in her field was borne out of the passion of her late husband.
Madlion said: “Shedrack Madlion was my husband.
“I unfortunately lost him in 2018 to kidnappers on Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.
“While he was alive, he was the voice of Agriculture.
“He championed the course of replacing aging farmers with young farmers.
“So, when he passed, I felt I should take up the challenge and I have been able to empower over 22,000 women across the world through my NGO.”
Halifa Rabiu, CEO, Halba Plastic and Recycling Company Limited, said it was a great and exciting feeling for young CEOs like he to be recognised.
Rabiu said: “It is good to know that there are people who see and appreciate our little contribution to the growth and development of the country.
“I work really hard and have plans to take this recycling business to the next level in Nigeria.
“We plan to export Nigeria’s waste abroad, both to the US as well as other European countries in the near future.”
Obinna Onungwa, CEO, Cargoworth Alliance Logistics Limited, said the award was testament to his hard work in the industry, stressing that his watchword was perseverance and integrity.
Onungwa said: “We are into freight forwarding, cargo and logistics and so we don’t take lightly the trust our customers bestow on us to deliver.
“The business can be quite challenging although and most times it is the government policies that affect the industry.
“But we are coping and hopeful that the economy will keep improving so that our business can continue to grow.”
LIST OF AWARDEES:
Freight Forwarding and Logistics – Dada Aigbe, CEO, Confidence Cargo Ltd.
Real Estate (Commercial) – Amb. Lawrence Oloche, CEO, Promise Land Estate
Travel and Tour – Olugbenga Adebayo, CEO, Gadeshire Travel and Tours Ltd.
Commercial Cleaning Services – Olayiwola Olayinka, CEO, Pleasant Cleaning Services Ltd.
Consultancy (Human Resource) – Joel Ejiofor, CEO, Norado Consulting
Pharmaceuticals – Pharm (Mrs) Nnadumijie-Nwosu Leoni, CEO, Eudora Pharmacy
Non-profit – Patience Madlion, CEO, Shedrack Madlion’s Foundation
Catering Services – Akanimoh Etuk, CEO, Yummies Delight
Information and Communication Technology – Mohammed Olantunji, CEO, Starnet Technologies
Construction (Building) – Ifeanyi Samson, CEO, Sam Mog Nig. Ltd.
Plastic Recycling – Halifa Rabiu, CEO, Halba Plastic and Recycling Company Ltd.
Telecommunication – Adedokun Johnson, CEO, Changes Concept Mega Ventures Ltd.
Photography – Korede Olabanji, CEO, Photonimi Photography Company Nig. Ltd.
Consultancy (Engineering) – Egnr. Abiodun Amusa, CEO, Palmone Engineering Ltd.
Real Estate (Luxury) – Amb. Dr. Julius Oyedemi, CEO, Pwan Plus Business Concerns
Consultancy (Legal) – Barr. Tracy Akpana, CEO, Legal Lex T.E.A and Associates
Maritime – Gendon Oboso, CEO, Obadon Maritime Ltd.
Insurance Health – Dr. Kolawole Owoka, CEO, United Healthcare International Ltd.
Real Estate (Private) – Dr Victor Onukwugha, CEO, Bauhaus International Ltd.
University (Public) – Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, V. C. University of Ilorin
Stationaries – Muideen Ibrahim, CEO, Bamib Resources Ltd.
Industrial Goods – Chief Saleh Nabil, CEO, M. Saleh and Co. Ltd.
Manufacturing (Ceramics) – Bhaskar Rao, CEO, West African Ceramics Ltd.
Restaurant – Dr. Tola Awosika, CEO, 355 Group
Import and Export – Obinna Onungwa, CEO, Cargo worth Alliance Logistics Ltd.
Aviation Educational Institutions – Oladayo Gideon, CEO, Aeroport College of Education
Postal/Courier Services – Adelana Olamilekan, CEO, Zenith Carex International Ltd.
Cosmetic Dermatology – Prof. Dr Patience Johnson, CEO, Derma Contour Aesthetic and Beauty Clinic
Cinema – Guy Murray-Bruce, Vice President, Silverbird Group.
Wike hails court ruling on FG’s deductions from states to fund police
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the judgement of the Federal High Court that stopped direct deductions from the Federation Account to fund the Nigeria Police Force as victory for democracy.
Wike spoke in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, on Wednesday shortly after the judgement.
He said the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act, which the Federal Government relied on for the deductions, contravened the 1999 Constitution.
He said: “For me, it is a victory for democracy.
“And I have always told people, it is not whether you must win or not, but it is a matter of when you see issues that you think are in contravention of our Constitution and other laws, there is nothing wrong for you to challenge it, so that the right thing can be done.
“After all, if the money is given back to us, we can still on our own say police, we want to support you with this.
“But not the Federal Government arbitrarily deducting our money from the Federation Account and putting it to Police Trust Fund.
“I don’t think that, that is right and I thank God that today the court has made a clear pronouncement on it.”
Wike acknowledged that though the National Assembly was constitutionally empowered to enact laws, they went beyond their powers in enacting the Police Trust Fund Act by contravening the provisions of the Constitution of Nigeria.
He added: “We are happy that the court has said that they should refund us all the money deducted and luckily the principal parties, Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission, the Accountant General, Attorney General Office they are all involved in the case.
“It is not about Rivers State, but it is about the impunity, it is about the violation of the constitution as if anybody can wake up one early morning and just decide to do one or two things, which is wrong.
“And I am happy that the decision we took, we are not wrong and I thank my legal team.”
Diaspora: Nigeria, UK to further harness its potentials for development
Nigeria and the United Kingdom have taken greater steps in strengthening their age-long relationship for development through the Diaspora.
This was stated when the Deputy High Commissioner, Gill Atkinson, and Political Counsellor, British High Commission, Jonathan Bacon, paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in Abuja.
The Deputy High Commissioner acknowledged the rich list of Nigerians in the UK, performing excellently in various fields of endeavours.
Atkinson said that one key mission is to harness potentials and resources between the two countries to cause even development and promote people-to-people contacts.
Receiving the UK delegation, Dabiri-Erewa expressed her interest in working hand-in-hand with the British High Commission in Abuja to create a win-win situation for the UK and Nigeria.