The Special Adviser to the Minister of Interior and the Chairman of the Federal Government Task Force on Monitoring & Enforcement of Nigerian Expatriate Business Permit and Expatriate Quota Administration, Abuja, Hon. Bola Ilori has emerged the 2020 Ondo State Man Of The Year by the main Organizers of Ondo State Man of the Year Award platform.
The award, organised by The Ondo State Man Of The Year Award Platform/Hero International Magazine was presented at an elaborate ceremony in Akure the Ondo State capital.
According to the organizers of the program, he said, Since 2008, the Ondo State Man of the Year had been conferred on some eminent citizens of the state which includes, among others, Distinguished Senator Prof Ajayi Borrofice, who is the first Ondo State Man of the Year, also The President, National industrial court, Hon Justice Babatunde ADEJUMO, first Emeritus Professor of Law, Prof David Ijalaye, the Chairman of Mydas Group of Companies, and Aare Atunluse of owo, prince Rotimi Ibidapo, a human right lawyer and activist, Dr TUNJI Abayomi , Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Executive Director at Niger Delta Power Holding company, Abuja, Dr Adeleke Adedipe, Chief operating officer, Lekoil, Lagos, Prophet TB Joshua and host of others have bagged this prestigious award.
It is to be noted that the selection process for choosing this awardees annually is devoid of any colouration, religious, political, ethnicity and the likes do not play any roles in the selection process, they are annually chosen based on their track records and their contributions to the Society and humanity
In his address, the Chairman of the platform, Dr. Sunday Akinbiola declared that Hon Bọla Ilori is a thoroughbred administrator, an accomplished environmentalist and a worthy Son of Ondo Kingdom who has contributed immensely to the development of Ondo State and Nigeria. He also commended other awardees charging them to continue to do more because they were honoured because of their dint of handwork, tenacity of purpose and their deliberate act in both their public and private life which they have succeeded in carving a niche for themselves and make the state proud as our worthy ambassador.
Hon. Segun Odidi, a co-organiser of the event extolled the virtues of Hon Bọla Ilori, and other awardees for their various developmental progress in the society.
While presenting the award, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu represented by the Deputy Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, RT Hon. Akinroboye congratulated Hon Bọla Ilori, and other awardees, charging them to continue to give their best in making life better for the people. He further informed the audience that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu sent a full delegation to the event in honour of Hon Bọla Ilori and other awardees.
In his acceptance speech, Hon Bọla Ilori appreciated the organisers for finding him worthy of the honour, in his words “this is a challenge for me to do more and renew my efforts to make life better for my people and work for a better Nigeria”
Some other dignitaries who are recipients of the prestigious award in various categories are: Hon (Dr) Oladipupo Babatunde Gabriel Okeyomi also known as Carry Go emerged as the Ondo State Security Man of the year 2020, Hon Adeola Adeshina got the Distinguished Ondo State Personality of the year , Bisi Ajiboye also known as sogigun – Media Man of the year, Prince Olajide Bolanle – Entrepreneur of the year, Hon. Ololade Gbegudu – Legislator of the year.
Barr Ayenakin bagged the Ondo State Legal Icon of the year and Mr Alexander Olumuyiwa Adeniyan as the Industrialist of the Year.
Dignitaries present at the occasion include The representative of the Governor, Rt Hon Aderoboye, The Deputy Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon Elegbeleye, Hon sheba Abayomi, Former chairman, Federal character commission, her Excellency Mrs Iyantan, wife of the former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon Fiola, Chief Ajipe Alex, Hon Gbenga Omole, GM Radio Nigeria, Marketing Manager, and GM Adaba FM, Captain of industries, and host of other important dignitaries.
It was indeed a well attended program.
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