By Ochiaka Ugwu
An international Non-Govemmental Organization (NGO) with a representative office In Nigeria, StandTall Africa Initiative (STAI) recently honoured some Nigerians with awards of excellence.
The award event was divided into four categories, titled four in one Award event, namely, Lecturers’ face of Reading Award, 2020; Young Authors and Writers Award, 2020, Outstanding women in Leadership Award and Performance Recognition Award.
The first category, which comprised of notable university lecturers who have distinguished themselves in the fields of research and reading, has Professor (Mrs) Salatu Liman Hassan of Nasarawa State University receiving the highest award with N1 million cash prize and Lecturer Ambassador for StandTall Africa Initiative for her immense contribution to learning with Dr Olutu Paul Ngbede of University of Jos coming second in this first category with prize award of N.5 million.
In the second category, Prof. Amos Dauda from Kaduna State College of Education coming second with a prize award ofN250,000.00
While in category three, Dr. Dantong of the Federal College of Education Pankshin, Plateau State, who came first, received a prize award of N250,000.00. The second position went to Dr. Musa Yusuf with prize award of N250,000.00.
The fourth category include; Prof. Audu Giwa of Kaduna State University and Prof. Moses Kariou both of who received N125,000.00 each.
The first position which is the Young Authors and Writers Award has an 18 year old; Mr. Kingsley Onicha won the highest prize award of N1 million.
Others got prize award ranging from N100, 000 to N150, 000.00.
The Highest Performance Recognition Award went to Hon. Dr. Stephen Maduwa, State Chairman, Adamawa State Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN).
On behalf of the awardees, Prof. Mrs. Hassan of the Nasarawa State University thanked STAI, management, stating that STAI has proven beyond every reasonable doubt that it is an NGO per excellence and of great distinction. ‘
Speaking earlier, STAI’s Country Representative, Dr. Emmanuel Ogah asked award recipients to see the awards as recognition of their immense contribution to national development, revealing that the Four in One Award event was one of a series of related events lined up by STAI to always recognize talents, achievements and contributions across a broad swath of humanity.