Diplomatic and Executive Award 2017: Focusing on Peace and Security in Nigeria
Diplomatic and Executive Award, the first of its kind in Nigeria, has provided a unique platform for recognizing the achievements of diplomats and executives (both public and private), who have consistently supported the Nigerian society in the areas of diplomacy, policy, social awareness, and business development.
The event, which honoured ten diplomats and ten executives (both public and private), held at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja,attracted members of the diplomatic corps, private and public executives, politicians, journalists, and members of the civil society, among others.
The keynote address was given by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who noted that theme of event-‘‘Securing Peace and Security through International Collaboration’’-was both timely and highly important. Prof. Gambari maintained that international collaboration was indispensable in this era where global peace was facing increasing threats, and where the tendency for people to opt out of broader organizations for their nativistic and nationalisticreasons was common.According to him, ‘‘This is the time…that we have to reinforce the importance of international co-operation and collaboration because the challenges that we face in the world, none of us individually, big or small, rich or poor, strong or weak, can actually resolve them.’’
The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Amb. Saladin Iya of Cameroon had earlier described the occasion as the celebration of the excellence of the relations existing between Nigeria and other countries, expressing optimism that ‘‘these awards to many distinguished guests will surely boost the energy of the recipients to do more again for the improvement of the bilateral relations between our respective countries and the Federal Republic of Nigeria…’’
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, thanked the board and management of Diplomatic Vista (organizers of the award), noting thatthe award will further motivate him to be more dedicated in his service to Nigeria.
Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris a recipient of the public sector award, also reflected that the award was a confirmation of the fact that the activities of the treasury were being monitored by relevant individuals and groupsto the effect that the mandate of the treasury was being discharged as expected. As he said,‘‘…this award is so special to me, and to the treasury family. It goes to confirm that somewhere, somehow, somebody is really keeping an eye on the activities of the treasury; and it’s not just keeping an eye, it’s taking note of the significant giant strides we are making to keep the treasury, and to discharge our mandate as expected.’’
The publisher of Diplomatic Vista, Barr. Dotun Israel, in his address to the guests, said that event was borne out of the need to recognize and appreciate the invaluable contributions of the diplomatic community and executives to the success story and socio-economic development of Nigeria. According to him, ‘‘…what the diplomatic community has really done for Nigeriahasbeen very, very phenomenal and indeedinspiring, that forms the basis of what we are doing tonight.’’
The Diplomatic and Executive Award, organised to recognise the achievements of outstanding Nigerian-based diplomats who have contributed to an improved diplomatic relations in Nigeria, as well as the executives who have been outstanding in the overall socio-economic development of Nigeria, will not only improve relations with socio-economic developmentstakeholders in the country, but it will also send a positive message to various constituents on how both the diplomats and executives are actively improving civilian interests at an international level.
The event remains a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow diplomats, executives and politicians, as well as building relationships with corporate executives, journalists and general members of the civil society.
The awardees include:
- Diplomat of the Year (Africa) 2017-Amb. Lulu Louis Mnguni (High Commissioner of South Africa)
- Diplomat of the Year (Americas and The Caribbeans) 2017- Amb. Gustavo A. Dzugala (Ambassador of Argentina)
- Diplomat of the Year (Asia and Pacifics) 2017- Amb. Datuk Lim JuayJin (High Commissioner of Malaysia)
- Diplomat of the Year (Europe) 2017-Amb. Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury (Ambassador, Embassy of Finland)
- Female Diplomat of the Year (2017), Ambassador L. Ann Scott (High Commissioner of Jamaica)
- Deputy Head of Mission of the Year (2017), Mr. Masaya Otsuka (Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of Japan)
- Outstanding Contribution to the Press Corps (2017), Ugo Sokari George &ModestusChukwulaka: Public Affairs & Press Information Officer (European Union)
- International Organization of the Year (2017), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR)
- Distinguished Diplomatic Service (2017), Amb. Michel Arrion (Head of Delegation, EU to Nigeria & ECOWAS)
- Lifetime Diplomatic Service Award (2017), Ibrahim Gambari (Former Nigerian Ambassador to the UN Security Council)
- Governor of the year for Innovation and Visionary Leadership (2017), Gov. OkezieIkpeazu(Governor of Abia State)
- Distinguished Ministerial Award for Peace and Stability (2017), Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali (Honourable Minister, Ministry of Defence)
- Distinguished Merit Award in Public Service (2017), Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita(Head of the Civil Service of the Federation)
- Outstanding Public Service Recognition (Public Sector Leadership) 2017- Amb. Danjuma Sheni- Perm. Sec. (Ministry of Defence)
- Outstanding Merit Award Public Sector Accounting (2017), Mr Ahmed Idris (Accountant General of the Federation)
- Special Recognition for Distinguished Community Infrastructural Development (2017),Mr. Ye Shuijin(Managing Director, CGC Nigeria Limited)
- Special Recognition for Distinguished Community Educational Development (2017),Nigerian Tulip International Colleges
- Special Recognition for Distinguished Medical Service (2017), Dr. Shabihul Hassan (CMD) Hassan’s Hospital and Diagnostic Center