Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State was among the quartet of Governors, Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, Ben Ayade of Cross River and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara to emerge joint leadership Governor of the Year 2019.
The LEADERSHIP conference and awards is an annual event organised by LEADERSHIP Group Limited to celebrate those considered by the organisation as having distinguished themselves in the public and private sectors in the previous year.
In December 2019, LEADERSHIP had, in line with its annual tradition of celebrating individuals and organisations that have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavours and made outstanding contributions to Nigeria and the world in the course of the year, picked the nominees for its 2019 awards.
Speaking shortly after receiving his award at the International Conference Center Abuja, Governor Fintiri reiterated his commitment to continue with the work his administration has started that will turn around the fortunes of the State for a better tomorrow.
He explained that his administration came on board to salvage the people of Adamawa from the clutches of underdevelopment, poverty, unemployment and bad leadership.
After enumerating his achievements in the areas of security, free education, infrastructure, health, water supply and restructuring the civil service, among others, the Governor thanked the Leadership Newspapers for identifying and recognising his achievements and pledged to rededicate himself to the service of the people.
“I’m grateful for the great recognition in just for 100 days in office. I think it is unprecedented for LEADERSHIP Newspaper and Nigerians to recognize the excellent policies and programmes that were deployed through the 11 point agenda in our state to deepening democracy and providing good governance” he mentioned.
“I want to dedicate this award to all my drivers, cleaners, all staff members, House of Assembly members, the workers of Adamawa State as well as the good people of Adamawa State. I dedicate this award to you all” he said.
Governor Fintiri added that “I think this is a challenge to enable us to work harder than what we’ve being doing in order to restore the dignity of Adamawa state to ensure that we are one of the best in the sub-sahara Africa region under my leadership and we will ensure that we deepen democracy and we will make our state better”.
In his goodwill speech, the Group Managing Director of Nigeria Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Malam Mele Kyari, commended the organisers of the event which he said will serve as a moral buster to those in position of authority.
The 2019 Leadership Award was handed to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri by former Vice President Namadi Sambo
The issue of border closure was the subject of conversation at e LEADERSHIP Conference and Awards ceremony, with economic experts and informed stakeholders expressing their views on the propriety and benefits of the federal government’s policy.
Discussions at the annual event unanimously pointed to federal government’s decision to close the country’s land borders as one of the strongest impressions the Buhari administration has made.
In the other categories of the LEADERSHIP Annual Awards, the quartet of Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State and Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa emerged joint LEADERSHIP Governors of the Year 2019.
Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Silva, clinched the award for Politician of the Year 2019, while the award for Banker of the Year was won by president of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina.
Access Bank PLC won Bank of the Year award, while Government Agency of the Year went to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The Public Service Person of the Year award went to executive secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof Elias Suleiman Bogoro, while the CEO of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters, clinched the Business Person of the Year award.
Former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, won the CEO of the Year award.
Other award categories are: Product of the Year, Tiamin Rice; ICT Company of the Year, MainOne; E-Commerce Company of the Year, OPay; Telecom Company of the Year, Huawei Technologies Company Limited, and Brand of the Year, Airtel.
The Outstanding Young Person of the Year 2019 award went to Leah Sharibu; Burna Boy clinched the LEADERSHIP Artiste of the Year award, even as the LEADERSHIP Sports Persons of the Year award went to the female basketball team, D’Tigress.