The Presidency, The NASS, past NIDOE Board members for Leadership Award in Lisbon, Portugal Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE) desirous to acknowledge Nigerians who have shown remarkable leadership qualities in their areas of service “In pursuance of National development”, has resolved to honour distinguished Nigerians at home and abroad who have performed outstandingly in their various areas of call.
NIDOE believes that none of the efforts of Nigerians in Diaspora will touch ground if our leaders and policy makers do not make our great homeland receptible for these efforts. NIDOE is conscious of the difficulties our dear country is facing at these trying times and is therefore gratified that some of our leaders have stood their ground in pursuit of national development in their areas of jurisdiction.
Aware that acknowledgement of and reward for excellence in service and commitment are key to breeding heroes of our nation, NIDO Europe has resolved to honour Nigerian Leaders in recognition of their invaluable and outstanding contributions to Nigerian and Nigerians in Diaspora especially through the passing into law the Nigerian Diaspora Commission Bill that will allow Nigerians in Diaspora to fully participate in the development of Nigeria.
Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) AGM committee has therefore recommended Distinguished Nigerans to be honored during its annual general meeting (AGM) and Award Gala Night holding on 11th November 2017 at Sana Metropolitan Hotel, Lisbon- Portugal. The awardees include; Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN (Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria); Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria); Honorable Dogara Yakubu (Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria); Senator Rose Okoji Oko (Chairman Senate Committee on Diaspora & Civil Societies); Honorable Barr. Rita Orji (Chairman House Committee on Diaspora Affairs), Barrister Ekpo Nta (Frm. Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC), H.E. Ngozi Ukaeje (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Lisbon, Portugal), Amb. Hussain I. Coomassie (National Coordinator Fresh Connect Initiative), Mr. Jeffrey Efeyini (Founding Chairman NIDO Europe), Hon. Collins Nweke (Board Chairman 2011 to 2013), Dr. George Manuwuike (Board Chairman NIDOE 2014 – 2016), Dr. Bashir Obasekola (Vice Board Chairman NIDOE 2014 – 2016) and Ikenna Ugwu (General Secretary NIDO Europe 2013 – 2016).
This act of recognition is a NIDO Europe tradition to honor Nigerians and friends of Nigeria at home and abroad for distinguished service at various levels of leadership and for supporting the vision and mission of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe and NIDO in general. Former recipients of NIDOE award include; Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the current SSA to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, Dr. John C. George, Board Chairman NIDOE (2006 – 2009), Mr Alistair Soyode (Board Chairman 2009 – 2011), Ms. Lola Visser-Mabogunje, former NIDOE BOT member, and Dr. Jones O. Edobor, former Chairman NIDO Austria.