Rita Okoye, Lagos
The 9th Peace Achievers International Conference and Award is committed to honouring deserving personalities across the world who have contributed to Africa’s and Nigeria’s peace and stability.
The event which has become one of the biggest gatherings of influential personalities in Africa had in its last edition honoured the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, former Governor of Sokoto State, Dr Attahiru Bafarawa, Senator Dino Melaye, Hon. Shina Peller and others at the topnotch event.
This year, many personalities have been pencil down for different categories of award for their contributions to peace in the country. Icon of Peace and nation-building, Peacebuilder/Award for excellence in community development, Peacebuilder/Award for excellence in community development and leadership skills and others, respectively.
Also among those to be honoured this year are Justice Abubakar Malami SAN, His Excellency, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR, Executive Governor of Kano State, Her Excellency, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu wife of the Kebbi state governor, Maj-Gen Jahadi Ezra Jakko, Chief Victor Giadom, High Chief Peters Higgins, Alh Dr Ummarun Kwabo AA Jarman Sokoto, His Excellency, Engr Abdullahi Sule, The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, The Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Shehu Sani, Alazigha Oweipa Emmanuel, Founder/National Leader, amongst others.
According to the Chairman, the planning committee, Amb Kingsley Amafibe, the award recognises individuals that have contributed immensely to nation-building, through peace-related programmes and advocacy, job creation and entrepreneurship. ‘They will be honoured for their leadership roles and selfless service in peacebuilding and commitment to programmes that promote peace, youth and economic development,’ he said.
The award categories will cover a vast range of sectors to prove the organizations promise on rewarding individuals from different walks of life. There were categories for excellence in youth empowerment, award for outstanding leadership in public sector governance, award for innovation and technology, award for NGO of the year to name a few. The event takes place on November 27 in Abuja Nigeria.