Saturday, 19 December 2015

Jonathan, Buhari and Jega emerges as Leadership Persons Of The Year 2015, See Full List Of Winners here

For achieving the improbable – former President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat in an election in which he was a contestant – a first for Nigeria; Professor Attahiru Jega, for his courage, doggedness and fairness even in the face of threats to his life in the conduct of the 2015 elections; and President Muhammadu Buhari, for making history by being the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president after three attempts – Jonathan, Jega and Buhari are LEADERSHIP PERSONS OF THE YEAR 2015. Check out other winners after the cut........

LEADERSHIP Governor Of The Year 2015
Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo

The PDP is all but dead in northern Nigeria; but for him it would have been buried. For his unrelenting modernisation of Gombe State, his record of performance in maintaining peace, good governance and exemplary leadership, and for a feat of political engineering that has made him the last PDP governor standing in the entire north, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo is the LEADERSHIP Governor of the Year 2015.

LEADERSHIP Politician Of The Year 2015
Hon Yakubu Dogara (Speaker, House of Representatives)

For coming from behind, galvanizing house members from differing political tendencies to win the speakership of the House of Representatives in a clean and transparent contest without the support of any of the party’s power centers, and for being politically adroit enough to win back the confidence of his party’s leadership after this has been accomplished to the extent of becoming the bridge and influencer of the rapprochement between the National Assembly and the presidency, Rt. Honourable Yakubu Dogara is LEADERSHIP Politician of the Year 2015.

LEADERSHIP Banker Of The Year 2015
Rasheed Adejare Olaoluwa (MD/CEO, Bank of Industry, BOI)

On his watch, the Bank of Industry (BOI) has become more creative and impactful in the delivery of its mandate to address the issues of poverty reduction and the phenomenon of rising youth unemployment with its attendant threat to political stability, social cohesion and economic growth of the nation.

Simple and unassuming, he leads a team that is not short of confidence and capability. It is to the credit of Olaoluwa that the BoI has adopted a person-centred and demand-driven approach towards promoting and developing competent and productive initiatives of the nation’s foremost development bank. Placing emphasis on prudent project selection and management, the bank, accordingly, supports quality projects with potential development impact.

LEADERSHIP Business Person Of The Year 2015 Oba Otudeko (Chairman, Honeywell Group)

For his relentless appetite for risk, his zeal to impact lives by creating jobs and transforming the business landscape with legacy projects and his philanthropy Oba Otudeko is LEADERSHIP Business Person of the Year 2015

Our Business Person of the Year 2015 has been a pacesetter for quite some time. Born Obafunke (but better known as Oba) Otudeko, the chairman of Honeywell Group has a larger-than-life image as a shrewd businessman and a risk-taker of no mean stature. His conglomerate’s operations stretch across oil and gas, flour milling, real estate and marine transportation. Another piece of his fortune is in the oceanfront Radisson Blu in Lagos, Nigeria.

LEADERSHIP Public Officer Of The Year 2015
Boboye Oyeyemi (Corps Marshal/CEO, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC)

For bringing practical, common sense solutions to road safety through speed limiters and more efficient use of ICT and for simplifying strengthening enforcement of traffic rules thereby saving scores of lives Boboye Oyeyemi is LEADERSHIP Public Service Person of the Year 2015

Simone Volpi (MD, INTELS Nigeria Limited )

The appointment of Simone Volpi, in 2010, as managing director was a turning point in the chequered history of INTELS. Volpi was young, energetic and forward-looking. Having pioneered a one-stop approach to logistics services for Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, INTELS Nigeria Limited has become the leader in providing key support services to the country’s most important sector – oil and gas.

LEADERSHIP Government Agency Of The Year 2015
CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria)

For its multiple interventions to galvanise the economy, stabilise it and stimulate growth and for initiating a borrowers’ programme to lift thousands of small farmers out of poverty and generate millions of jobs for unemployed Nigerians, Central Bank Of Nigeria is LEADERSHIP Government Agency of the Year 2015.

LEADERSHIP Product Of The Year 2015
Dangote Cement

For creating a brand that promotes the trust of all stakeholders, deepening retention value, trust and helping to create thousands of jobs across the continent as well as making dreams come through, Dangote Cement is LEADERSHIP Product of the Year 2015.

LEADERSHIP Company Of The Year 2015
Heritage Bank

For pioneering Nigeria’s first transparent debit card and the mobile POS system and establishing itself as a customer-centric bank driven by cutting edge technology, Heritage is LEADERSHIP’s Company of the Year 2015.

LEADERSHIP Bank Of The Year 2015
Access Bank

For embedding a growth strategy that has focused on mainstreaming sustainable business practices into its operations, striving to deliver sustainable economic growth that is profitable, environmentally responsible and socially relevant, Access Bank is LEADERSHIP Bank of the Year 2015.


For providing innovative solutions to ease financial services such as end-to-end electronic processing and payment of salaries and pensions by private and public sector organisations in line with the National Payment System (NPS) Vision 2020 initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), SystemSpecs Is LEADERHSIP ICT/TELECOMS Company of the Year 2015.

LEADERSHIP Brand Of The Year 2015
Zenith Bank

For consistent, solid and favourable ratings over the years by local as well as international financial rating agencies, for creating a world class brand helped by an unrelenting presence on international news platforms making it one of the most recognisable brands on the planet and for maintaining its role as a market leader in the banking sector, ZENITH Bank is LEADERSHIP Brand of the Year 2015.

LEADERSHIP Young Persons Of The Year 2015
Chibok Girls

Last year they were the LEADERSHIP Young Persons of the Year; this year, they also made the list. For their symbolic role as an open wound in the nation’s fight against terrorism and in solidarity with the parents and families of the kidnapped 276 girls and the relentless spirit of the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners, the Board of Editors returned the Chibok Girls as LEADERSHIP Young Persons of the Year 2015.

LEADERSHIP Artiste Of The Year 2015
Korede Bello

For his creative genius in raising the bar in the pop-gospel genre and attracting all-time high endorsements with his hit songs, Korede Bello is LEADERSHIP Artiste of the Year 2015.

LEADERSHIP Sports Person Of The Year 2015
Golden Eaglets

For a sterling performance that reinforced the Nigerian spirit of resilience and capacity to triumph against daunting odds and for rekindling the spirit of unity among Nigerians through sports, the Golden Eaglets Are LEADERSHIP Sports Persons of the Year 2015.

We recognise the indomitable team spirit, discipline and outstanding performance of the U-17 national soccer team, the world Golden Eaglets, for winning the global competition for the fifth time in Chile in November.

(R) of Mali and of Nigeria battle for the ball during the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup 2015 final match between Mali and Nigeria at Estadio Sausalito on November 8, 2015 in Vina del Mar, Chile.

The Emmanuel Amunike-trained boys returned Nigeria to global soccer reckoning with their scintillating dribbles, effective defence network and mathematical goals. Victor Osimten set the record of scoring the highest goals in the competition’s history with his 10-goal haul in the just concluded edition.

The sweet victory of the Golden Eaglets profoundly confirmed Nigeria’s pre-eminence in FIFA cadet football level. Prior to the victory in Chile, the Eaglets had previously won the championship in China ‘85, Japan ‘93, Korea 2007 and United Arab Emirates 2013. The Eaglets are also the second team in the championship that won the title back-to- back, after Brazil.

The team’s triumph in Chile is significant in many respects. This is the first time that the Nigerian squad was not accused of falsifying the ages of the players. The competition’s organizers acknowledged that this is the most youthful team Nigeria has ever presented in the competition’s history.

At a time when older Nigerians are battling to out-do themselves in hate campaign and competition for primitive acquisition of wealth, these lads have brought honour to their fatherland without giving a hoot about places or circumstances of birth.

Their success in Chile attests to the can-do spirit in nation building. It ought to reinforce our quest for oneness. The Eaglets in Chile indeed became a metaphor for Nigeria: that the Nigerian spirit built on resilience and capacity for excellence will triumph over all odds and place the country where it rightfully belongs.

Throughout the competition, they continued to open the eyes of their compatriots back home to the fact that, in executing a national assignment, there is no room for divisions along any fault lines, religion or ethnicity.

The team’s sterling performance should serve as an elixir for team work, healthy inter-personal, multi-ethnic relationship and a template to develop a consistent winning formula in all spheres of our national life and living.

We hail our U-17 boys, the world champions and models for national re-birth!

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