The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele ,Three Ministers and the Chairman , Innoson Group, Chief Innoson Chukwuma are among eminent persons and institutions to be honoured at the 5th anniversary and annual leadership awards program of Verbatim News Magazine scheduled for Thursday, April 6 at Sheraton hotel in Abuja.
The minister of Information and Culture,Lai Mohammed, minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and their Niger Delta Affairs colleague, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani are the ministers that will be so honoured at the award ceremony.
Other personalities lined up for the award at what the organisers described as historic ceremony to be chaired by Dr. Jerry Ugokwe, include Chairman of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Barrister Kefas Magaji, former Clerk of the National Assembly, Dr.Salisu Maikasuwa, former Governor of Niger state, Dr Babangida Aliyu and four Senators, Abu Ibrahim from Katsina, Andy Uba from Anambra, Binta Masi from Adamawa and Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko from Sokoto state.
In a press statement signed by the Editor-in-Chief of Verbatim,Tobs Agbaegbu, further stated that the award winners, also including some heads of federal government agencies, private sector operators and heads of diplomatic missions in Nigeria will be decorated at an evening of investiture ceremony which will be preceded with a public lecture titled ‘Media, Democracy and National Development’, and the unveiling of a sister publication, called Verbatim Profiles, which will strictly focus on the positive side of people and institutions.
The statement further explained that the Abuja based investigative news magazine set up five years ago by a group of editors and managers from Newswatch also hinted of plans to institute an endowment fund, in memory of Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo, former Managing Director of Daily Times Newspaper who died recently after attending the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Library launch program in Ogun State.