OrderPaperToday – The Kwara State Governor, Mr. Abdulfatah Ahmed has emerged the LEAD Project Africa ‘Man of the Year’ for 2017.
The award was received by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mahmud Ajeigbe on behalf of the Governor at theawards ceremony held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Friday night.
LEAD Man of The Year is the highest category of award in the LEAD Project Africa which honors a trailblazing personality that has made the greatest impact to people through leadership excellence, enterprise initiatives, employment creation leading to advancement of industry and the development of Africa economy, according to the organisers.
Among the members of the panel of judges and advisory board of the award are Dr. Christopher Kolade (CON), former Nigerian HighCommissioner to the U.K; Prof Tunde Samuel, World Bank Consultant on Development; Prof Oladapo Afolabi, Former Head of Service ofFederation, and Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and Director of World Bank.
Others are Dr. Frank S. Udemba Jacobs (MON) – MAN, President; Mr. Kyari Abba Bukar, Chairman, Nigeria Economic Summit Group; Prof Abigail Ogwuezzy, UNILAG’s First Female Professor of Mass Communication; Mr. G.B. Kankanrufi, DG Advertising Practitioners Council ofNigeria (APCON) and Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye, DG, UNILAG FM.
Governor Ahmed beat Aliko Dangote, Governors Willie Obiano of Anambra State and Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State to emerge winner inthe category at the 9th edition of the annual award and lecture series.
The organisers disclosed that Governor Ahmed was nominated for the award based on his Agricultural initiatives and Internally GeneratedRevenue (IGR) reforms of his administration, which have contributed to the development of Kwara State.
“For your agricultural initiatives which established KAMP in Partnership with Cornell University, New York, University of Ilorin and Kwara State University to create an Agro-driven Economy for Kwara State to develop an Agricultural value chain.
“The Loan facility provided to famers and your empowerment program in the state also created wealth and increased the output of farmerswithin the state. Your IGR reforms have also positioned the state for greater wealth creation through provision of infrastructure to thepeople.”
In his response, Governor Ahmed appreciated the award organisers and pledged to work even harder to make Kwara State better.
Ahmed explained that despite declining national economy, the IGR reform of his administration has enabled the State government to meet its responsibilities through the provision of critical infrastructure and regular payment of workers’ salaries.
He added that the Offtakers Demand Driven Agriculture (ODDA) scheme was aimed at creating a new generation of youth farmers with access to Necessary support and ready markets for their produce, thus eliminating cost of storage and preventing post-harvest losses.