True federalism and political system restructuring have been identified as the panacea to the current socio-economic challenges in Nigeria.
This admonition came from former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, at the SUN Newspaper Man of the Year Award 2017.
While it was a time to honour those who had been nominated by the organisers as having distinguished themselves in the area of responsibility in the year 2016, it was also an opportunity to reiterate the call for higher standards in governance in the country.
The 14th edition of the event which took place in Lagos, brought together serving ministers, governors, political leaders and some other dignitaries.
Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, bagged the Governor of the Year award, while Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, was awarded as the Man Of The Year.
It was a full house at a dinner organised by the institute of directors for the induction of new fellows.
With a membership of over 3500, the occasion was to induct members of the institution to top echelons of its membership cadre, as distinguished, honorary and regular fellows.
The evening was graced by industry captains, entrepreneurs, and young business leaders.
The Institute of Directors Nigeria, (IOD Nigeria), is a Professional institute which promotes directors, develops corporate governance, enhances the economy for business development, and provides services to its membership.
With a minimum of 10 years of experience which qualifies a member for this fellowship awards, a total of 27 members were found worthy for the honour, and this is also as a result of the commitment to the institution and the nation at large.
The Lagos state governor was ably represented by the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, who commended the work of the institution.
The Managing Director of Shell, Mr Mutui Sumonu, who was a guest speaker at the occasion, spoke on the topic ‘Boardroom 101 Refresher’ and shortly after that, the distinguished members took the oath and proceeded to be inducted.
Among some of the distinguished members were; the former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Minister for Health, Prince Julius Adelusi Adeluyi; Managing Director of Emzor Pharmaceutical, Dr Stella Okoli and former Executive Director of NTA, Barrister Grace Egbagbe.
Also present was the Group Managing Director of FBN Holdings, Mr Uk Eke and the Pro-Chancellor of University Of Ibadan, Umaru Musa Mustafa.
The institute called on its members to continue to uphold the standard set by the institute, as it hopes to continue to live up to expectations.
Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, says President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to bring change to Nigeria.
Mr Anyaoku, who was briefing reporters on the outcome of his meeting with the President on Wednesday, said he met with President Buhari to discuss among other things, the impending visit of the President to the United States.
“We talked about international affairs including, in particular, his forthcoming visit to the United States at the invitation of President Obama.
“But, I can tell you that I found myself talking with a President, who is very determined to effect a real change in the circumstances of our country and very determined to bring to bear on his administration generally perceived attributes of his character for which I believe that many Nigerians voted for him,” Mr Anyaoku said.
According to him, it would be inappropriate to make public the counsel he gave the President, but he expressed confidence in President Buhari’s determination to fight corruption.
President Buhari had, during his campaign and his inaugural speech, stressed that his administration would no longer tolerate corrupt activities, stressing that every public office holder would be held accountable for any misappropriation of funds.
President Buhari will leave Nigeria on Sunday for the United States for a meeting with President Barack Obama, which would hold on Monday.
The Nigerian President is looking to hold high-level talks with the President Obama which will centre on measures that will strengthen and intensify bilateral and international cooperation against terrorism in Nigeria and West-Africa.
A statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, said President Buhari, during the four-day official visit, would also hold talks with other senior officials of the United States government.