The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, would on Thursday, June 3, 2021, chair Blueprint newspapers’ 10th anniversary lecture and 2020 Impact Series/Awards ceremony.
Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company, Malam Salisu Umar, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said the event is organised to celebrate the newspaper’s 10 years of robust contribution to the socio-economic development of the country and its people, and the enthronement of responsible journalism.
Blueprint newspaper debuted May 2, 2011 as a weekly publication and progressed to a daily production within a record time of four months.
The company later added Blueprint Weekend and Manhaja, the Hausa tabloid, at different times.
The statement said the event is also organised to honour key political actors, individuals and heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) who have proved their worth in specific areas of governance such as education, urban renewal and rural infrastructure and the ease of doing business, among others.
Listed for the awards at the event are former President Goodluck Jonathan and governors Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers state, David Umahi of Ebonyi state, Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun state, Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba state, Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir of Bauchi state and Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
Others include governors Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, Duoye Diri of Bayelsa state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state, Prof Ben Ayade of Cross River state, Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state, and Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state.
Also listed for the awards are the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani.
Some of the heads of government agencies billed to receive Blueprint newspapers’ Public Service Awards are the Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone, Prof. Muhammad Bello Abubakar; Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Goni Alkali; Director of PTAD, Dr. Chima N. Ejikeme; and the Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi.
Others billed for the Public Service Award are the Director General of NYSC, Brig Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim; Managing Director ofNDPHC, Joseph Chiedu Ugbo; Corps Marshal of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi; Director General ofRMRDC, Ibrahim Hussaini Doko; Executive Secretary of BCDA, Capt. Junaid Abdullahi; and the Director General of NIMC, Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, among others.
According to the statement, a major highlight of the day is the lecture to be delivered by the Guest Speaker and chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who will speak on “Technological Innovation as Antidote to Election Rigging.”
The statement said the choice of the topic is informed by the need to transform and deepen the country’s election process and become the toast of not only the continent of Africa, but also the entire world.
“That our democracy is on course 22 years after, on its own calls for celebration, notwithstanding a few shortcomings. A democratic space is a sine qua non for freedom of the press. So, we can’t afford to be passive, hence the choice of the topic and the lecturer.
“Further to this, the INEC has embarked on certain innovations which to some extent, have curbed the menace of election manipulation. It is our belief that if the nation does not have a well grounded and transparent electoral system, the tendency is that we may not get it right and hence our nation’s path to the desired development may be a mirage,“ the statement said.
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