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VC UniIlorin, Silverbird boss, 28 others bag maiden Nigeria CEO’s Awards



VC University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem and  the Vice President of the Silverbird Group, Guy Murray-Bruce

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem and  the Vice President of the Silverbird Group, Guy Murray-Bruce were amongst 28 other recipients of the maiden edition of Nigeria most respected CEO’s Awards.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the award ceremony which held in Abuja on Saturday saw 30 personalities receive awards in different categories as the most respected CEOs in various sectors of the economy.

Baroness Paulette Kporo, CEO, The Nigeria Business Executive Ltd. told NAN that the awards were conceptualised to identify and publicly recognise the CEOs in each sector of business and industry who were the most highly regarded and appreciated by various stakeholders.

“We realised a vacuum in the reward system in the corporate community of the country.

“We then reckoned that there were many Chief Executive Officers in Nigeria who had achieved alot in the various sectors in which they operated but who were not well celebrated,” she said.

She explained that the winners in each category were chosen by the general public, adding that selection process was very comprehensive.

A cross section of the awardees who spoke to NAN on the side line of the event expressed joy at being recognised as the best amongst an elite group of other outstanding CEOs in the country.

Patience Madlion, CEO, Shedrack Madlion’s Foundation, said her zeal to become the best in her field was borne out of the passion of her late husband.

“Shedrack Madlion was my husband. I unfortunately lost him in 2018 to kidnappers on Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.

“While he was alive, he was the voice of Agriculture. He championed the course of replacing aging farmers with young farmers.

“So, when he passed, I felt I should take up the challenge and I have been able to empower over 22,000 women across the world through my NGO,” she said.

Halifa Rabiu, CEO, Halba Plastic and Recycling Company Ltd., said it was a great and exciting feeling for young CEOs like he to be recognised.

“It is good to know that there are people who see and appreciate our little contribution to the growth and development of the country.

“I work really hard and have plans to take this recycling business to the next level in Nigeria.

“We plan to export Nigeria’s waste abroad, both to the U.S. as well as other European countries in the near future,” he said.

Obinna Onungwa, CEO, Cargoworth Alliance Logistics Ltd., said the award was testament to his hard work in the industry, stressing that his watchword was perseverance and integrity.

“We are into freight forwarding, cargo and logistics and so we don’t take lightly the trust our customers bestow on us to deliver.

“The business can be quite challenging although and most times it is the government policies that affect the industry.

“But we are coping and hopeful that the economy will keep improving so that our business can continue to grow,” he said.


Freight Forwarding and Logistics – Dada Aigbe, CEO, Confidence Cargo Ltd.

Real Estate (Commercial) – Amb. Lawrence Oloche, CEO, Promise Land Estate

Travel and Tour – Olugbenga Adebayo, CEO, Gadeshire Travel and Tours Ltd.

Commercial Cleaning Services – Olayiwola Olayinka, CEO, Pleasant Cleaning Services Ltd.

Consultancy (Human Resource) – Joel Ejiofor, CEO, Norado Consulting

Pharmaceuticals – Pharm (Mrs) Nnadumijie-Nwosu Leoni, CEO, Eudora Pharmacy

Non-profit – Patience Madlion, CEO, Shedrack Madlion’s Foundation

Catering Services – Akanimoh Etuk, CEO, Yummies Delight

Information and Communication Technology – Mohammed Olantunji, CEO, Starnet Technologies

Construction (Building) – Ifeanyi Samson, CEO, Sam Mog Nig. Ltd.

Plastic Recycling – Halifa Rabiu, CEO, Halba Plastic and Recycling Company Ltd.

Telecommunication – Adedokun Johnson, CEO, Changes Concept Mega Ventures Ltd.

Photography – Korede Olabanji, CEO, Photonimi Photography Company Nig. Ltd.

Consultancy (Engineering) – Egnr. Abiodun Amusa, CEO, Palmone Engineering Ltd.

Real Estate (Luxury) – Amb. Dr. Julius Oyedemi, CEO, Pwan Plus Business Concerns

Consultancy (Legal) – Barr. Tracy Akpana, CEO, Legal Lex T.E.A and Associates

Maritime – Gendon Oboso, CEO, Obadon Maritime Ltd.

Insurance Health – Dr. Kolawole Owoka, CEO, United Healthcare International Ltd.

Real Estate (Private) – Dr Victor Onukwugha, CEO, Bauhaus International Ltd.

University (Public) – Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, V. C. University of Ilorin

Stationaries – Muideen Ibrahim, CEO, Bamib Resources Ltd.

Industrial Goods – Chief Saleh Nabil, CEO, M. Saleh and Co. Ltd.

Manufacturing (Ceramics) – Bhaskar Rao, CEO, West African Ceramics Ltd.

Restaurant – Dr. Tola Awosika, CEO, 355 Group

Import and Export – Obinna Onungwa, CEO, Cargo worth Alliance Logistics Ltd.

Aviation Educational Institutions – Oladayo Gideon, CEO, Aeroport College of Education

Postal/Courier Services – Adelana Olamilekan, CEO, Zenith Carex International Ltd.

Cosmetic Dermatology – Prof. Dr Patience Johnson, CEO, Derma Contour Aesthetic and Beauty Clinic

Cinema – Guy Murray-Bruce, Vice President, Silverbird Group. (NAN)

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Lagos State Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who clocked the age of 59 years today.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a congratulatory message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, on Tuesday, praised Dr. Hamzat for being a trustworthy partner in the Greater Lagos agenda of the incumbent administration.

The Governor said his deputy has been very supportive of the administration’s delivery of good governance and dividends of democracy to Lagos residents.
He also commended Dr. Hamzat’s contribution to the growth and development of Lagos State in the last 18 years in different capacities before being sworn in as deputy governor on May 29, 2019.

Sanwo-Olu said Dr. Hamzat has used his position as commissioner in different ministries and now the number two citizen of the Centre of Excellence, to bring about positive change to Lagos State and Nigeria at large.

The Governor said the emergence of Dr. Hamzat as a two-term elected deputy governor and the longest-serving deputy governor in the political history of Lagos State, is a testament that he is a seasoned technocrat, administrator, politician and committed democrat.

He said: “Happy 59tth birthday to my reliable, hardworking, dependable, supportive, trustworthy and committed brother, friend and partner in the Greater Lagos agenda of our administration.

“On behalf of my wife, Ibijoke, the people and government of Lagos State, leaders and members of our party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), I wish Dr. Obafemi Hamzat many happy returns of today.

“As you celebrate your 59th birthday today, I pray that God will increase you in good health to enable you to render more service to humanity, Lagos State and Nigeria.”

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Senate President hails President Buhari @80



President Buhari and Senate President Ahmad Lawan
President Buhari and Senate President Ahmad Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has sent his felicitations to President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Lawan joined the generality of Nigerians and Buhari’s admirers across the world in rejoicing with his family over his reaching this milestone in good health.

The Senate President, in a statement which he personally signed, extolled the leadership virtues of President Buhari.

“Your Excellency, millions of Nigerians are inspired by your life story and legacy of service to our dear and great country.

“As a soldier, military Head of State and democratically elected President, you consistently fought for the unity, development and progress of Nigeria.

“As we approach the end of your tenure on 29th May, 2023, you can rest assured that millions of Nigerians across our vast country genuinely appreciate your achievements in nation-building and in strengthening the guardrails of democracy in Nigeria.

“The record of your administration in infrastructural development across the nation is unrivaled and will continue to speak for your stewardship long after your retirement.

“Your Excellency, once again, I wish you happy birthday celebration and many more years in good health and happiness,” Lawan said.











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Tinubu hails Buhari at 80




The All-Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, on Friday, sent a congratulatory message to President, Muhammadu Buhari  to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Tinubu, in a statement issued by his Media Officer, Tunde Rahman, hailed the president for his commitment to nation-building and long years of patriotic service to the country.

The APC candidate, who described the president as ‘a patriot, selfless and steadfast leader of uncommon zeal,’ recalled that Buhari enlisted himself into the service of the country as a teenager who joined the military immediately after secondary school.

He said at 80, the president can look back and be proud of his unblemished record of service to the nation throughout his military career as a soldier, platoon commander, General Commanding Officer, military governor, Minister of Petroleum, Head of State, Chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund and as the current leader of the country.

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