Aiteo for company of the year as corporates, notable personalities gear up for New Telegraph Awards

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Nigeria’s largest indigenous oil and gas company, Aiteo is set to receive the company of the year award at the second New Telegraph Awards, slated to hold tomorrow night at Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event is meant to recognise and honour some prominent Nigerians, who have impacted positively on the country through their various professions.

Other corporate players expected to get awards include the United Bank of Africa (UBA) as Bank of the Year, Diamond bank as the SME-Supportive Bank, Adron Properties as Real Estate Company of the Year and Transcorp Hotels as the Hospitality Brand of the Year,

The Most Productive Government Agency Award goes to the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE).

Leading the list of high profile guests and award nominees is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who will be named the Political Icon of the Decade, while Senate President Bukola Saraki is Politician of the Year.

The award, which is the second in the series, is to be chaired by veteran journalist and a former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba. In picking Osoba as the chairman, the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, New Telegraph, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said his choice came on the strength of legacies he had bequeathed not just to the journalism profession, but also the political space, where he has continued to play detribalised politics in a bid to ensure a united Nigeria.

Besides Atiku, seven governors and other icons have not only acknowledged the honour bequeathed to them, but also promised to personally receive their awards. Among these personalities are Governors Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Umar Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara). Other awardees, who have expressed gratitude include ex-Chairman, Punch Nigeria Limited, Chief Ajibola Ogunshola, nominated as Media Icon (Print) of the Year as well as the Chairman Emeritus, Daar Communications Plc., High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, Media Icon of the Year (Broadcast).

The list also includes Chairman, BUA Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, who also emerged as Man of the Year. Governor Tambuwal is also Man of the Year. In the same vein, Chief Dan Chukwudozie of Dozzy Group is the Businessman of the Year, while two ministers – Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi – stand out in performance. Fashola, the immediate past Governor of Lagos State and current Minister of Works, Power and Housing, bags the Most Outstanding Public Servant of the Year. Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, is the Most Outstanding Minister of the Year.

Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, got the Corporate Leadership Award back to back. In the entertainment sector, ace musician and radio stations owner, Mr. Yinka Ayefele, is the Music Icon of the Year. Nollywood thespian, Shaffy Bello, is the Actress of the Year, while Bolanle Ninalowo is Actor of the Year.

In the sports category, Esther Onyema, a power lifter, is the Sportsperson of the Year. Johnbosco Foundation gets the Humanitarian Award. Managing Director/ Editor-in-Chief of New Telegraph, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, stated that the award is in recognition of excellence by personalities and institutions that have made tremendous impact in various spheres.

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