Preparation is now in top gear towards the annual Nigerian Post Newspaper Democracy Day Lecture and Award Program.
Addressing pressmen in Lokoja, the Publisher and Editor in Chief, Abu Micheal, said this years event which is the thirteenth in the series, promises to be exciting as the Chief of Staff to Kogi state Government, Chief Edward Onoja, has been nominated for the Nigerian Post Newspaper Icon of Democracy.
The Icon of Democracy award is used to honor those who have helped nurture and stabilize democracy and good governance in the state.
The nomination of Chief Edward Onoja followed his support to the Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration, and his efforts at making youths gainfully empowered and appointed, like has never been witnessed in the State.
The award presentation, the Publisher disclosed would take place on the 25th day of May, 2017 by 10am at the Children’s Amusement Park Lokoja, the grand finale of the Nigerian Post Newspaper Lecture and Award Program, under the theme: Accountability and Transparency, Key factors in. Democracy.
Hon Idris Asiwaju, And Mr Joel Tope, would be the lead speakers at the occasion, would through their paper presentation espouse the importance of Accountability and Transparency in a democracy, with particular reference to how the Gov Yahaya Bello’s administration has faired in this direction.
Her Excellency, Hajia Rashida Bello, wife of the Executive Governor, would also be honored as the Nigerian Post Newspaper Woman of the Years.
The honor is in recognition of the first lady’s role in girl child education, women empowerment and her rural health care initiative described as superlative and overwhelming by over a thousand respondents who nominated her across the North Central States of Nigeria.
Also Engr Abubakar Ohiere, Special Adviser, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, is the Nigerian Post Newspaper Man of the Year. The award is in recognition of his efforts at ensuring Accountability and Transparency in the Grassroots level of government.
Governor Yahaya Bello is expected as the Special Guest of Honor at the occasion, while Dr John Alabi, National Chairman, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs, would serve as the Chairman of the occasion.
HRM, Alhaji Mohammed Kabir Maikarfi 111, the Maigari of Lokoja and Alhaji Mohammed Abdulrahman, Madaki of Wa’ari, Ganaja Village, would be the Royal Fathers of the day.
Activities of the event, which the publisher disclosed would enjoy live television and live streaming coverages is on top gear, as the governors of the North Central States where the Nigerian Post Newspapers circulates would have their representation, called on the relevant and concern stakeholders of the event to prepare, plan and pray for a successful 2017 program, a program he pointed out provides a platform for stakeholders to always reflect on the nations nascent and challenging democracy in the last decade.