As part of its ongoing efforts to encourage Lagos residents to restore, share and protect those values that made Lagos great, Spirit of Lagos yesterday honoured some Lagos residents and organizations who have shown exemplary conducts in the state under its Citizens Day Awards 2015.
The awards which came under four different categories namely: Business/Corporate Award Category, Public Service Award Category, Individual/Community Award Category and Spirit of Lagos School Challenge according to Olaniyi Omotoso, the Spirit of Lagos Project Director, were designed by the Lagos State Government to acknowledge Lagos citizens who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with neither expectation of reward nor clamour for the spotlight.
“They simply model good citizenship, dedication to service, and commitment to the common good” Omotoso said saying that the event would be held on May 27 of every year, which is also the anniversary of the creation of Lagos State.
Under the Business/Corporate Award Category, three sub-categories were keenly contested for and this includes Small Company Category (Small & Medium Scale Enterprises which was won by Hotel Lawa, a hospitality business concern located in the Igbosere area of Lagos. The Hotel was specially recognized for supporting the upliftment of diverse culture, custom, tradition, ideals and core values of the host community. Besides, it is also recognized for providing sponsorship for activities and events within its host community.
Lagbus Asset Management Limited won the Medium Company Category (emerging corporate). It was recognized for providing youth mentoring through its trainee programmes, internship and capacity enhamncement programs in transportation, engineering, logistics and marketing.
The UBA Foundation Plc won the Large Company Category (Blue Chip/ Multinationals) for its annual awareness for prostrate cancer including a 6 km race, aerobic session and a novelty soccer match and free screenings.
For the Public Service Awards Category, Ganiyu Isaiah Aliyu, a staff in the Health and Safety division of Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) won the Rising Star Award. He was recognized for significantly contributing to the drastic reduction in health hazards and accidents recorded by highway operation staff.
Other winners under this category are Muideen Olusegun Bisiriyu, a Director of Education under the Lagos State Ministry of Education won the Exemplary Conduct Award while Mrs. Helen Osunbor the Vice Principal (Administration), Oriwu Senior Model College, Ikorodu, who has taught in many schools in Lagos State for 32 years and pioneered the Tomato Plantation and ornamental garden in her school, won the Role Model Award (Lifetime Achievement).
The Individual/Community Awards Category recognizes services by an individual and or community that have demonstrated outstanding commitment through direct development of charitable programmes, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy. There are four sub-categories under this category, viz: Exceptional Community, Community Development, Exceptional Young Lagosian and Role Mode Award (Lifetime Achievement)
Under the Exceptional Community Sub-Categories, Elepete LCDA, Ikorodu West clinched the award. The LCDA which was founded in March 2009, was recognized for the purchase of a transformer 50 spans of high-tension cables and low tensions cables to improve electricity in the community.
Bolajoko Fadipe, founder of Food Clique, a support initiative that provides intervention meals for over 3,000 Lagosians monthly won the Community Development award while Christiana Tolu Ebun, who has been providing scholarship to youth in Bariga and Shomolu as well as organizes free career seminars among many others, won the Exceptional Young Lagosian Award.
The Role Model Award was won by Mr. Tunji Ola for his exemplary leadership which transformed the River Valley Estate in Ojodu-Berger from an unkempt environment to an ‘Eldorado’ with all Street paved, community electrical system upgraded.
Government Junior and Senior Colleges, Ketu, Epe, emerged the 2015 Schools’ Challenge. The team was recognized for successfully instituting a project whose central theme is developing a positive attitude to communal (government) property by imbibing a sense of ownership of the property. Their aim was to minimize losses arising from damaged school furniture and thereby save money for the school.