By Folake Ogunleye
The Institute of Directors (IOD) last week honoured former Governor of Anambra State Peter Obi with the award of ‘Good Governance’ and others. This includes Entrepreneurial Award, Director Development award, IOD Anofi Guobadia award of Leadership and Excellence, IOD Olutoyin Olakunri Outstanding Women Director award and Corporate Governance award.
The award for Obi was approved by the Council in recognition of success recorded as a two-term Governor of Anambra State with records of outstanding and unprecedented performance in office.
President/Chairman of Governing Council, IOD Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Mohammed said the awards on governance in line with the cardinal objective of enhancing the professional skills Directors and business leaders are designed to enhance boardroom performance and Effie governance. He noted that there must be good governance and good corporate governance for established organisations to record success.
“Governance is a key and the only way we can attract capital and qualify more power in our country like they are doing in other countries in Asia, European and many other places is ensuring that there is governance process. It is not a question of regulating, it is a question that you are doing what you are supposed to do,”
Alhaji Ahmed explained that the rational behind the awards is to encourage oganisations that are doing well organization are doing well and make them to identify clearly what they have done good which can be copied. “IOD has established an award for number of years today we are repeating what we did last year, two years and three years ago. We identify key people that have contributed towards the IOD development and they are also able to introduce entrepreneurship in their organization they are given awards because they deserve it and this award is a sign of clear diligent work,” he said.
“Let put it in a way that the country itself has been having challenges in terms of governors and governors is not really looking at people who are governors alone but at everybody who are in position of leadership and they must do what they are supposed to do,” he said
The former Executive Governor of Anambra state Peter Obi during the ceremony called on professionals to participate fully in politics in order not to allow thugs and thieves make decisions that will be at the detriment of growth, development and well-being of Nigerians.
Obi assured directors at the Institute of Directors (IOD) Annual Directors dinner award which took place last week that he will continue to participate in politics so as to make positive contributions that will prevent those without good intention from hijacking politics at the grassroot. According to him, we cannot demand good governance and stay away from politics if directors with good governance training are truly interested in preventing corrupt people from controlling the affairs of Nigeria. “Nigerians are being sold as slaves in Libya and other countries which is a cumulative effect of bad governance in the country,” he lamented.
The former r governor urged leaders to make sacrifice as promised during electioneering campaign and use public resources to build a better country.
He also advised Nigerians to work hard and be bold to challenge leaders so that they will be faithful in everything they are doing needed to build a prosperous and better country.
Among other recipients of awards of the 2017 IOD awards is the Founder of Ebony Life TV Mosunmola Abudu who bagged IOD Entrepreneurial award 2017 in recognition of her mark in bailouts fields of endeavour..This includes her engagement first as an Executive in ExxonMobil for nearly a decade, as the promoter behind the Protea HotelOakwood Park as well as the Foundr of Vic Lawrence & Associates, one of Nigeria’s leading outsourcing firms.
The Council of IOD also selected Dangote Cement as the winner of ‘Corporate Governance Award 2017 as the biggest quoted company and the only Nigerian Compnay on the Forbes Global 2000 companies.