PRESIDENT and Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has received a ‘Bridge Builder’s award conferred on him by a NonGovernmental Organisation, NGO, Love to the World Initiative Bridge Builders. The award ceremony is in recognition of Dangote’s “Avowed Pan-African Posture laced with his nationalistic approach, especially in sighting his industries and his employment policies”. The NGO said the richest man in Africa and business mogul bagged the award for distinguishing himself in the promotion of peaceful co-existence, poverty alleviation and hospitality across the nation and Africa at large. The CEO of Love Initiative, Josephine Anumbor, said the programme is aimed at mobilising every Nigerian to change from being selfish to becoming selfless and contribute to the progress of the nation. She said Dangote Industries Limited, DIL, is a good example as shown in its drive to curb unemployment and uplift Nigerians through its various brands and services. In a welcome address, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Garba Abari, said the star awardee deserves recognition, as he is known globally for giving succor to the less privileged. “His assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-East is exemplary”. He said bridge builders are role models that stand out in the society, adding that the Love Initiative is a component of government’s ‘Change begins with me’ and called on Nigerians to show love to enable the country tackle socio-political and economic challenges. Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, called on Nigerians to show love to one another, especially at this period of our nation’s fractured state. Represented by his brother, Mr. Dauda Gowon, the former head of state, who also received an award for his role in canvassing for peaceful co-existence in the nation, said peace, love and unity are nonnegotiable as these will go a long way in resolving our problems and moving the nation forward. Other awardees include Dr. Maryam Abdullahi, for care and contribution towards peace building, especially amongst the womenfolk, Prof. Attahiru Jega for peaceful demeanour throughout the 2015 election, Mrs Oby Ezekwezili for sterling efforts towards championing the cause of the girl-child, Miss Shawantu Garba and Mrs Amina YaAliyu for care and contribution towards IDPs. Others are Mrs Docas Adeoye, Mrs Chise Alagh for their expertise, Mrs Pauline Tallen for political tolerance, as well as governors across the country towards development in their states.

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