Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike has been nominated for at the 2017 edition of the prestigious South-South Leadership Advancement Awards and summit.
Kinsley Amafibe, the Project Director of SSLAA, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, are also on the list of nominees.
According to him, other nominees for the award, scheduled for December 15, include Senator Godswill Akpabio, traditional rulers, as well as industrialists, artistes and philanthropists from the South-South region.
Amafibe said the names were among the list of nominees made available by organisers of the award, Good Dreams Multimedia Concepts, an NGO that celebrates productivity, excellence and good governance.
He said the nominees would be honoured because of their contributions to the peace building, economic and infrastructural development of the region.
He said: “These Nigerians from the South-South region have, in one way or the other, contributed to its development and peaceful coexistence.
“We believe that this recognition will always be the push for them to achieve more in their service to society.”
The project director said that since the initiative was non-political, service to humanity, in which ever capacity, was the benchmark that earned the recipients nomination space.
He noted that although there were more people contributing to peaceful coexistence and development in the South-South, there was need to honour the outstanding ones in edition of the award.
Amafibe said: “Service to humanity and making society a better place for everyone is the essence of leadership.
“Anyone who has notably used his office or profession to serve and touch society positively is a leader that needs to be recognized.”
According to Amafibe, the 2017 edition of the award will feature a summit where peace, reconciliation and youth empowerment in the region will be discussed.
He added that militancy, kidnapping and other vices threatening peace in the region would be discussed at the summit.
He said: “The region is very significant to our economic survival as a nation, and we must do everything collectively to sustain peace in the region.”
He further said that Brigadier General Paul Boroh, the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, and Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State would also be honoured for their efforts at curbing youth restiveness in the oil-rich state.
NAN reports that the South-South Leadership Advancement Awards is an annual award that honours Nigerians, especially those from the South-South who contributed meaningfully to the development of the region.
The awards cuts across different categories, with recipients picked from various fields and backgrounds.
The categories include: South-South Governor of the Year, Award for Peacekeeping in the South-South, South-South Comedian and Entertainment Entrepreneur of the Year.
Others include: South-South Traditional Ruler of the Year, South-South Construction Company of the Year and South–South Community Personality of the Year.
The event is scheduled for Emerald Events Centre in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital.