Makinde, Okowa, Zulum bag Zik prize in good governance

Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, alongside his Delta and Borno counterparts, have received the 2019 Zik prize in good governance.

Announcing the recipients of the Year 2019 Zik Prize in Leadership awards at a virtual press conference on Thursday, Professor Pat Utomi, on behalf of the Advisory board of the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC), said after an exhaustive appraisal of nominees in the various award categories, the advisory board gives the prize in Good Governance to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state and Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state.

While noting that year 2020 was the silver jubilee of the award, Utomi said that since inception of the Zik prize in Leadership awards by the PPRAC in honour of the first president of Nigeria and Commander of the Armed Forces, Late Nnambi Azikwe, it has recognised outstanding leadership on the African Continent and in the diaspora.

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Also, the Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan, was awarded 2019 Zik Prize in Political Leadership, while Prize in Public Service went to Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustafa.

The Business Leadership award was given to Dr Stella Okoli, the founder and Group Managing Director of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, while the Professional Leadership award went to the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO at the Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Danbatta and the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Mr Kennedy Uzoka.

Also, the Year 2019 Zik Prize in Entrepreneurial Leadership was given to the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Chair Centre Group, Mrs Ibukun Awosika.

The advisory board of PPRAC, however, announced that the formal presentation ceremony of The Zik Prize awards, usually a celebratory event is planned to hold on Sunday 6th December 2020.

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