Abuja – The Nigerian Pilot Newspaper/Nigerian Newsworld Magazine has awarded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the International Person of the Year.
A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says the elaborate, colorful event was held on December 15, 2015 at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
Handling out the award, the Nigerian Pilot Newspaper/Nigerian Newsworld Magazine, in a special citation remarked: “Today, the Liberian Leader is celebrated for sustaining peace and security in her country, her fight against corruption, and for ensuring free speech and press freedom, electricity supply, access to water supply, internet connectivity, housing, health care, and education, amongst other developmental strides.”
“In 2010, Newsweek listed President Sirleaf as one of the ten best world leaders while Times counted her among the top ten female leaders. That same year, The Economist called her ‘arguably the best president the country has ever had’…” the citation continued.
The citation said that based on these and other major achievements, the Nigerian Pilot/Newsworld Board of Editors considers the Liberian Leader eminently qualified for the award.
According to the dispatch, diplomatic officers and staff of the Liberian Embassy in Abuja received the award on behalf of President Sirleaf.
The event marked the 5th and 15th anniversary of Nigerian Pilot newspaper/Nigerian Newsworld Magazine which is published by the Dom Communications Limited.
Nigerian President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina served as Special Guest of Honor.
At the same time, the immediate past president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan received the International Peacemaker of the Year, particularly in recognition of his “heroic role in superintending the Nigerian 2015 general elections and for handing over to an opposition candidate in the contest.”
Other recipients of awards included Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who went home with Governor of the Year for his contributions to good governance, probity and accountability as well as for developing the human capacity in the young state. His counterpart of Gombe State, Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, was also recognized as Man of the Year for implementing people oriented programs in the state.
The late Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh was posthumously praised and also awarded for curbing the spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria in 2014.
The Chairman and Publisher of the Nigerian Pilot, Prince Dennis O. Sami further stressed that it was unquestionable that the Nigerian Pilot has become one of the top five newspapers in the country.