Prof. Garba Dambatta, EVC, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)( Regulator of the Year)
L-R: Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke; Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta and Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR during the Champions Newspaper Awards in Lagos
In his opening remark, the Chairman of the occasion, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who is the Director General, the National Council for Arts and Culture said when hard work and integrity are not rewarded, mediocrity would be promoted.
He added, “The awardees have no doubt gone through a rigorous process of screening, careful and meticulous scrutiny to have been adjudged fit, proper in all ramifications. They are therefore worthy and deserving of these prestigious awards.”
While commending Champion Award Committee, Runsewe added, “This award is particularly apt and timely at this time in our socio-political evolution that our nation is in dire need of people of integrity and candour, honest and hardworking men that can return our dear nation to the path of rectitude and inspire the birth of a new Nigeria where morality shall be the guiding principle of the decision-making process at sectors and levels.
“I have always been an advocate of the fact that when hard work and integrity are not rewarded, mediocrity and fraud are promoted. When we honour men who have made significant marks in the developmental strides of our nation, we project them as role models and encourage others to emulate them. It is on the strength of this conviction that I find it very heartwarming for finding in the Champion Newspapers a formidable ally in the effort to make Nigeria great again.”
Earlier in her welcome address, the Group Managing Director of Champion/Editor-in-Chief, Champion Newspapers, Dr. Nwadiuto Iheakanwa said, “There is no gainsaying that the reward for hard work is more work hence our humble appeal that more efforts be made to ensure that the nation realizes its full potentials in all spheres of endeavour knowing fully well that the country is among the most endowed nations of human capital.”
She added, “One of the areas I want to challenge the post-President Muhammadu Buhari administration is in the ease of doing business. It is my considered opinion that if the incoming administration can get it right in institutionalizing administrative structures which will eliminate the bottlenecks, the country will be able to expand her productive capacity in a manner that will encourage greater foreign earnings beyond oil.”