Foremost Nigerian news Magazine, Tell has announced Kashim Shettima of Borno State as its 2016 Governor of the Year ahead with the Governor expected to be honoured at the first edition of ‘Tell Awards for Excellence’ scheduled to hold June 17 in Lagos.
Mr Nosa Igiebor, President, Tell Communications announced the award when he led a three man delegation to present a notification to Governor Shettima in Maiduguri.
Igiebor said “Shettima was chosen for his rare courage and demonstrable leadership skills in managing the Boko Haram insurgency, and his remarkable achievements in supporting security, management of camps for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, infrastructural reconstruction and rehabilitation, development and provision of Housing and concerted efforts to revamp the moribund educational system, amidst paucity of funds and other daunting challenges. From ashes of destruction inflicted by the Boko Haram insurgents, Governor Shettima is gradually restoring Borno State to socio-economic normalcy; the Governor has demonstrated that with the right people in the position of leadership, Nigeria can, indeed, be great again”.
The Tell President explained that despite its existence for decades, Tell Magazine never gave out awards but as part of recent innovations, the Magazine decided to in 2017, begin to celebrate exceptional persons as a patriotic way of promoting excellence in Nigeria. He noted that a selection team set up by the magazine deployed ‘very thorough process’ in order to select the most worthy winners of its very first awards despite the Magazine being in existence for decades.
“The emergence of Shettima as the Governor of the Year (2016), was the outcome of an intensive and transparent voting exercise conducted by the Tell Awards Committee, between Monday, March 20 and Sunday, April 9, 2017. The selection and voting processes were thrown open to the general public, in order to ensure transparency, credibility, and fairness in the entire exercise and to effectively distinguish the Annual TELL Awards, from other Awards known to Nigerians. Executive Directorate of TELL is pleased to announce the decision of our Board, to bestow on Governor Kashim Shettima, the Award of the TELL Governor of the Year (2016), during the forthcoming maiden edition of the Annual TELL Awards for Excellence” Igiebor added.
He announced that the TELL Awards feature other winners in about 10 categories, in which persons and institutions thoroughly deserving of such honours will be celebrated.