Daily Metro News NG
The Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum has won the 2019 Zik Prize for Leadership Award.
Prof. Pat Utomi, who is a member of the award’s Board, announced on Thursday while describing Zulum as a revolutionary governor who has become one of Nigeria’s most accomplished leaders within a short period.
And according to a statement by their Media and Public Relations (PR) practitioner, Isa Gusau, Zulum won the prize for displaying good governance.
Utomi, who addressed reporters via Zoom, spoke on behalf of the advisory board of Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC), which is chaired by Prof. Jubril Aminu, a former minister and senator.
The PPRAC board also has Prince Emeka Obasi as its Executive Secretary, while Prof. George Obiozor, Chief Marc Obara, Chief Tola Adeniyi, Alhaji Abdulazeez Udeh and Prof. Pat Utomi are members.
Utomi listed other awardees to include, the Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, frontline businesswoman, Dr. Stella Okoli, renowned academic, Prof. Umar Dambatta and Kennedy Nduka, as winners in various categories of public service, business and professional leadership.
Utomi also listed Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa in same ‘Good Governance’ category with Zulum as winner. The presentation of the award is scheduled for December 6. Utomi eulogised the governor, saying his performance had made him the toast of Nigerians from all part of the country.
Zulum is the first governor to win the Zik Prize for Leadership while serving his first term. Other governors who won in previous years did so during second term in office.
The Zik Prize for Leadership has become one of Nigeria’s prestigious awards, given the credibility of advisory board members of the PPRAC, who are notable personalities with background from the academia.