Former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola and six other eminent personalities, would be conferred with awards from the International Crisis Group today in New York, USA.
A statement by ICG, stated that the award will be given to Fashola
“for his commitment to resolving social, economic and security challenges in one of the world’s most challenging urban environments.”
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the President of the ICG’s , announced the 2015 awards in Brussels, Belgium and said
“each award goes to a pioneer of peace, to a relentless fighter for the improvement of people’s lives, to someone who has built bridges, believed in change and mobilised others in the name of justice.”
Billionaire Entrepreneur/Visionary Richard Branson, who is the Founder of Virgin Group, will also bag an award for what ICG noted as “his visionary reshaping of private sector initiatives to promote peace, human rights and sustainable development.”
Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, who was said to merit the award for her “exemplary efforts to prevent conflict and mass atrocities, alleviate suffering during the Balkan crisis, and protect refugees worldwide.”