TGNews, a leading online platform with operational control base in Yola, Adamawa State, has adduced reasons for its decision to honour the mighty and lowly placed people alike on Saturday, January 6, 2024.
At a press briefing in Yola on Tuesday, the Chairman, Media Sub-Committee of the TGNews Merit and Productivity Award,
Mohammed Ismail, said the awards are intended to encourage the mighty to do more for society and the lowly placed people to persist in dignity and continue to make the best of their opportunities.
He said, “The management of TGNews in fulfilment of one of its cardinal corporate social responsibilities deems it fit to acknowledge and reward excellence by different players and stakeholders of our great state who in one way or the other gave their robust contributions to the growth and development of the society.
“The award is meant to recognize and reward merit, excellence, talent dedication and exceptional service delivery to encourage all members of the society to strive for excellence knowing that such feats will be acknowledged and rewarded
“TGNews has placed so much value and relevance to the award given to the unsung heroes as a mark of their resilience and can-do spirit despite the inclement and indurate socio-economic turf of the Nigerian society. These are people who should have resigned to fate and resort to begging and embrace other demeaning ventures to survive, considering their disadvantaged conditions but instead took the gauntlet and channel their energies to better themselves and the society in general.
“In a society where able bodied men resort to begging and crimes to survive, the resilience of our two unsung heroes must be highlighted and appreciated.”
He explained that the award which is the maiden edition of TGNEWS Merit and Productivity Award is classified into four distinct categories, namely award for excellence in leadership, meritorious service award, award for dedication and quality service and unsung heroes award.
He mentioned those who will be conferred with the 2024 edition of award of excellence in leadership as Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State, immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; former Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow and the member representing Fufore/Song federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Aliyu Wakili Boya.
Those to be conferred with meritorious service award, according to him, include Arch Bishop Panti Philibus, Sheikh Nuruddeen Khalid, HRH Kurhaye Hassan Dishon Dansanda II, Kwandi Nunguraya, HRM Daniel Shaga Ismaila, Hama Bachama, HRH Umar Sanda, Gangwari Ganye, HRH Abubakar Isa Ahmadu Emir of Mubi and Alhaji Abubakar Murtala, Dan Lawan Mubi and district head of Belel.
Personalities who will be conferred with
award for dedication and quality service, Mohammed Ismail added, include Rear Admiral Jamila Malafa (Rtd.), Prof. Umar Pate, Dr. Abdullahi Dauda Belel, Barr. Chafari Kanya Shadrack, Mal. Hamisu Idris Medugu, Hon Hassan Mamman Barguma, Umar Dauda Duhu and Stella Din-Jacobs.
Those to be conferred with TGNews Unsung Heroes award include Ardo Usman, a shoe cobbler and Celina Peter, a groundnut seller.