BY BENEDICT NWACHUKWU, ABUJA
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has been honoured with the Most Performing Governor Award by the Tozali Magazine and Television at its 7th awards ceremony held in Abuja. Also honoured was the former First Lady of Nigeria, late Maryam Babangida, who was given a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award.
Zulum’s Award was predicated on good governance and dividends of democracy the people of Borno State are enjoying under his administration despite the menace of Boko Haram insurgence that has devastated the state.
The governor has remained resilient and has continued to build both human capacity and infrastructure that have whittled down the terrorism effect on the people.
Receiving the awards on behalf of the governor, Issa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Media and Strategic Planning, described the award as a worthy honour given to whom it’s due adding that it is a call to do more.
He said the governor will continue to fulfill his promise of good governance and to provide the necessary need of the good people of Borno State by making sure that the dividends of democracy continues to get to every nook and cranny of the state.
Late Maryam Babangida was the founder of Better Life for Rural Women when her husband was the military President of the country. The programme changed the lives of women in the rural communities across the country.
She also built the women development centre in Abuja to cater for the needs of the women and ensure their developments based on empowerment programmes.
The award was received by the daughter, Aisha Babangida, who appreciated the organisers for recognizing the achievements of her mother even after her demise.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen and the Minister of State FCT, Ramatu Tijanni were also presented with awards.
Speaking during the ceremony, the organizer and founder of the Tozali TV, Maimuna Abubakar, reiterated her commitment to the girl child support with empowerment and encouragement to go to school adding that the proceeds from the event would be used to alleviate the numerous problems of internally displaced persons across the northern states particularly the women and girl child.