Nasarawa Governor, Abdullahi Sule and his Kano counterpart, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje were on Friday night conferred with 2020 Peace Achievers International Awards.
Sule and Ganduje both received the ‘Governor of the Year on Peace and Security Award’ while Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State clinched the award on ‘Conflict Resolution, Inter-communal and Youth Advocacy.’
Fast-rising comic star, Abisi Emmanuel popularly known as Nasty Blaq, clinched the Comedian of the Year award while popular Nigerian music group, Styl Plus won the ‘Artiste of the Year’ award.
The latest edition of the award ceremony is the ninth edition of the annual event which held at the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre in Abuja.
Named among the Peace Achievers ‘roll-call’ are Yahaya Bello; Alhaji Abubakar Mallami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and Alhaji Manir Dan’iya, the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State.
Amb. Kingsley Amafibe, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said the award recognises individuals that have contributed immensely to nation-building, through peace-related programmes and advocacy, job creation and promotion of national unity.
According to him, the annual ceremony recognises deserving personalities across the country, who have contributed to the peace and stability of Africa and that of Nigeria in particular.
He said that the governors as chief security officers of their states were recognised for maintaining the peace and stability in their respective states amid the security challenges facing the nation.
“They are given the award for their leadership roles and selfless service in peace building and commitment to programmes that promote peace, youth and economic development.
“The Peace Achievers International Awards is a private initiative of peace Ambassador Agency to recognize individuals and organisations in Africa who have demonstrated strong commitment in serving their communities.
“We are building a movement involving all sectors of the society that promote peace and unity in Africa.
“There is no better time than this to honour outstanding personalities like you, so together we can build a global partnership for peace,” he said
Amafibe explained that although there were a lot of patriotic men and women who have contributed meaningfully in the peace building project in Nigeria, it was imperative to honour the “outstanding ones’’.
Other recipients of this year’s Peace Achiever awards included Alhaji Abdullahi Amegwa Agbo III, the Osana of Keana, who received the ‘Traditional Ruler of the Year Award.’
Dr. Ummarun Kwabo, Hon.Mas’ud Bashir were among those who received the Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award while Dr. Anthony Ezekwugo received the Excellence in Business Development Award.
Other recipients of the award are Fatima Mohammed, Alhaji Ibrahim Ibrahim, Mr Adewale Aladejana, Dr Abelagi Tersoo, Peters Higgins, Amb. Kingsley Azonobi, Dr Gloria Praise and Amb. Opuama Akegbede, among others.