Amid pomp and pageantry, Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura and his Gombe State counterpart, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, yesterday won recognitions for their uncommon feat in various endeavours at this year’s Nigerian Pilot/Nigerian Newsworld Annual Lecture and Awards series held at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
Johnson-Sirleaf got the award of the International Person of the Year, while ex-President Jonathan received the International Peacemaker of the Year, particularly in recognition of his heroic role in superintending the Nigerian 2015 general elections and for handing over to an opposition candidate in the contest.
The event marked the 5th and 15th anniversary of Nigerian Pilot newspaper/Nigerian Newsworld magazine published by the Dom Communications Limited.
Other recipients of the prestigious awards included Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who went home with Governor of the Year for his contributions to good governance, probity and accountability as well as for developing the human capacity in the young state; and Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, was also recognised as Man of the Year for implementing people oriented programmes in the state.
Besides, Chairman, Federal Inland Service, FIRS, Dr Babatunde Fowler received the Corporate Governance Excellence Award for his sterling performance, with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria also getting recognized by the sprawling media organization.
Similarly, Founder of Afe Babalola University, Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, got the Life Time Achiever Award for his contributions to the legal profession and educational advancement in the country, while for for her role risking her life during the dreaded Ebola virus and paying the supreme sacrifice, the Late Dr Ameyo Adadevoh received a posthumous award.
In his welcome address at the event, Chairman/Publisher, Nigerian Pilot Newspaper/Newsworld Magazine, Prince Sami assured that, “having come thus far, we will not relent in playing the role of watchdog of the society as clearly captured in Section 22, chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution, irrespective of who is involved.”
Prince Sami, in revisiting the history of the news platforms, explained to the gathering that the magazine made its debut in 1993, while the newspaper came on board five years ago and that both titles have remained committed to the service of the people, “who rely on them for fresh and credible news.”
He described the contributions of the publications as unique to the role of the media industry in promoting development in the country, noting that “Nigerian Newsworld magazine since its debut 15 years ago has carried on nonstop production from which stable the Nigerian Pilot Newspaper has committed five years of robust journalism in Nigeria.’’
The publisher further stressed that, it was incontrovertible that Nigerian Pilot which currently prints simultaneously from Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Lagos, has become one of the top five newspapers in the country.
He then commended the recipients for their service to humanity, while charging the editorial and management staff of the publications to be unrelenting in their duty for optimal result.