Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the executive governor of Lagos State leads by example and from the front as he has emerged. The Leadership governor of the year.
The confirmation came with the conferment of a coveted institution award on the Lagos helmsman last night in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country last year, Sanwo-Olu got the Leadership’s title for Governor of the Year for successfully handling and turning around what could have been a catastrophic tragedy for the country.
Sanwo-Olu received the prize in December, but the event was postponed due to the virus’s cycle being broken by rigorous regulations.
The pandemic’s epicenter has remained Lagos, which is now in its third wave.
Despite the spread, as a consequence of the Governor’s recovery initiatives, the issue has had little influence on the state’s economy.
The trophy was presented to the Governor by Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto.
Sanwo-Olu was honored alongside Governors Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and Nyesom Wike of the states of Kwara and Rivers, respectively.
The recipients were honored at the Leadership Newspaper’s Leadership Conference and Awards, which took place at the International Conference Centre and focused on “The Role of Political and Non-Political Actors in Stabilization and Consensus Building.”
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President, was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, which also honored Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The audience virtually exploded in deafening applause as Sanwo-Olu was called to accept the plaque, recognizing the Governor’s honor.
The Governor dedicated the award to Lagos residents for their unwavering support for his administration and their ability to persevere in the face of adversity.
Sanwo-Olu said the award represented his personal concept of public service, emphasizing that it showed his administration’s efforts to enhance governance were reaping beneficial consequences.
In his words:
“This award embodies what we stand for in terms of service to humanity.
This is a dedication to the people of Lagos. The honor is dedicated to and for them.
The award is a recognition of our modest efforts to improve governance. Lagosians have welcomed us into their city and allowed us to develop programs that have had a significant influence on their lives.”
He continued :
“We believe that recognition such as this clearly indicates that we are on the right path and we need to do a lot more. Doing a lot more is a commitment we are giving to the entire citizens of Lagos and the awarding institution. On behalf of my colleague Governors receiving this prize, we feel humbled with this honor because we know that the reward for good work is more work. This is for us to roll up our sleeves and do a lot more because leadership is about service.”
Sanwo-Olu praised the dexterity of the Leadership Newspaper’s management to sustain the legacy left behind by the late founding chairman of the title, Sam Nda-Isaiah, who died of the COVID-19 complications.
There are 24 awardees honored at the event, while post-humous awards were presented to departed Nigerians who distinguished themselves in service.