Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje will today, Friday be presented the Africa Value Award for “effective leadership and economic empowerment”.
The award is scheduled to hold in Abuja, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo named as the special guest of honor.
The organisers of the award said it was established to recognise African citizens and also honour governors, legislators, captains of industries and other esteemed Africans in various fields of endeavors.
“In the last three years, the Ganduje-led administration has been able to make significant strides towards implementing our development agenda to ensuring that Kano people enjoy the dividends of change,” the organisers said.
“Not only that, development programmes are evenly spread across the state in terms of infrastructure development in the areas of road construction/rehabilitation, education, health, water supply, environmental protection, agriculture, economy etc.”
Other awardees include the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Chief Executive Officer of Heritage bank, Ifie Sekibo; former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Chairman of Atlas Petroleum International Limited, Arthur Eze; Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler.
Despite the allegations of bribery against the Kano State governor, the organisers of the ceremony have confirmed that Ganduje will be handed the award.
An online platform, Daily Nigerian, published videos where the governor was seen collecting a wad of cash in foreign currencies from contractors in the state.
Ganduje has since denied the allegations and filed a N3 billion suit on the newspaper.