Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Chairman of Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), General Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), and Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, as well as the Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha will be conferred with Forbes Award on Friday.
While Governor Abiodun will receive Forbes Best of Africa, Governor of Industrial Revolution, Ado-Bayero will be honoured with the Most Outstanding Traditional Ruler Award; General Marwa Health Safety Award of Excellence, while Abdullahi will receive the Outstanding Corporate Governance CEO Award just as Dr Mrs Onikepo Akande will deliver goodwill message.
Other recipients include Hon. Chidubem Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives to be conferred with the Forbes Best of Africa Excellent Service Award, Dr Christopher Irene Imumolen who is the President of, American Institute of Certified Professionals will receive the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award; Dr Kofi Amoa-Abban (CEO Ringworld International Services Limited) Outstanding Business Leader in Oil and Gas and Richard Nii Armah Quaye, Founder and Board Chairman Quick credit/Oya Micro Credit & Founder/CEO, Quick Angels Limited who will be honoured with Forbes Best Of Africa Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.
In a statement on Thursday, Chairman of Foreign Investment Network (FIN), Olayinka Fayomi who is the organizer of the event said that FIN in partnership with Forbes has for decades identified emerging economies in Africa seeking investors and have exposed those investment gaps to Forbes Billionaires and international investors.
Throwing more light on the event which will take place during a virtual symposium with the title “Leadership and Investment” on Friday, Fayomi said that Mark Furlong, President of Forbes Best of Africa customs will personally hand over the awards.
She said: “Over the years, Foreign Investment Network has worked together with Forbes Best of Africa to attract quality Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Oil and Gas, Aviation, Agriculture, Health care, Education, and Infrastructure to the continent of Africa.
“The Forum will also discuss how development and investments can be utilized as a mechanism to accelerate the emergence of an inclusive and innovative society.”
She further explained that Forbes Award is exclusively conferred on individuals and corporate organizations with a distinguishing touch of excellency in their various endeavours. She said that Forbes identifies individuals with the value of purpose, integrity and innovative business approach for the overall interest of humanity.
According to her, the event will serve as a launching pad for the international business community to explore investment opportunities in Africa and other emerging markets.
“It will stimulate wider investment exchange between countries/organizations towards a prosperous Africa and also serve as a platform for states to build partnerships, foster business relationships, improve financial inclusion, strength local currencies, improve global financial operations and create balanced economic policies.”
She further pointed out that the volatile economic situation and dysfunctional economic policies in Africa have often discouraged several investors from looking towards the continent.
“One of our greatest challenges at Foreign Investment Network (FIN) has been to attract investors who understand the risks of investing in the African continent due to political volatility and inadequate infrastructure.
“We have over the years carved a strategy that has assisted our clients to understand the fragile nature of democracy in Africa. We have developed a system that builds a buffer around their investment even when there are disruptions of democratic structure.”
She expressed optimism that the symposium and award ceremony will be a springboard for international investors to have greater confidence in the business climate in Africa and invest therein for better Return on Investment.