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Sanwo-Olu, 9 Others Receive Hallmarks of Labour Leadership Award

•••Anyaoku, Tambuwal applaud Lagos Governor

 •The Awardees



| The Daily Crucible | Monday, December 13, 2021

It was a gathering of giants- in academia, politics and professions. Old men decked out in fanciful dresses, women in  fashionable dresses and young , dandy professionals excited to share an evening of honours with the guests. 

It was all at the expansive hall of Oriental Hotel , Lekki on Lagos Island where Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, received the Hallmarks of Labour Award for Exemplary leadership and transparency in public health management and control of COVID-19 in Nigeria. It was the 25th anniversary of the awards. 

Governor Sanwo-Olu received the award for successfully managing the COVID-19 pandemic and turning around what could have been a major calamity for Nigeria.  Sanwo-Olubis the Incident Commander of the anti-COVID-19 battle. 

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Ogbonaya Onu was joined by Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal to present the award to Sanwo-Olu. 

Speaking after receiving the award, Sanwo-Olu said the award would challenge him to do more for Lagosians. 

"I will say with every sense of responsibility that I am the least qualified because I am the youngest among the awardees. What it shows to us is that we, the younger generation have something to look forward to. 

"It is something that will continue to challenge us and ensure that we do our very best, looking at the level of commitment that our fathers and mothers have dedicated to this country. Hallmarks award is indeed an outstanding award. We are truly honored.”

Lagos State was honored for its remarkable management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tambuwal congratulated Sanwo-Olu and the people of Lagos State for the award, saying it shows that Sanwo-Olu is doing very well. 

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General Chief Emeka Anyaoku commended Sanwo-Olu's performance, saying "those of us who live in Lagos have very good reason to applaud you (Governor Sanwo-Olu)" 

Anyaoku, speaking on the state of the nation, said Nigeria should return to true federalism as practised with the 1963 Constitution which, according to him, will help Nigeria to realise its goals. 

Nine other accomplished Nigerians were also honoured with the Hallmarks of Labour Leadership awards in different categories. 

Other recipients are; renowned Opthalmologist, Prof. Adenike Abiose (2020, Medicine), a consummate historian, Prof. Bolanle Awe (Education, 2020), President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Amb Mohammad Tijani Bande (Nigeria's Outstanding International Icon), first female Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Lagos State, Mrs Hairat Balogun (Exemplary/Courageous Contributor to the Advancement of the Nigerian Legal System), Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed (Consistent Advocate of Positive Change within the University system), medical practitioners, Prof. Oladapo Ladipo and Dr. Sunny Kuku (Medicine), astute administrator, Prof Alias Bogoro (Education) and a matriarch of the broadcast industry in Nigeria, Mrs Stellamarie Awani (Leadership and Professionalism in the media). 

Air Force Secondary School, Ikeja; Christ the King College, Abuja and Total Education Development Academy, Aba received the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation Young Achievers Award for being the best performing best school in the WASSCE.

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