Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has emerged a winner of the 2019 Zik prize for leadership, as announced by Pat Utomi, a professor of political economy on Thursday afternoon.
The prize is awarded by the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC) annually.
Zulum, who was among eight winners of the annual award, was honoured for “good governance.”
According to a statement by Zulum’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, on Friday, he was described by Utomi as a revolutionary governor “who has become one of Nigeria’s most accomplished leaders within a short period of time.”
Utomi, who addressed a press conference via zoom, spoke on behalf of an advisory board of PPRAC, which is chaired by Professor Jubril Aminu, a former minister and senator. The board has Prince Emeka Obasi as executive secretary while members include Professor George Obiozor, Chief Marc Obara, Chief Tola Adeniyi, Alhaji Abdulazeez Udeh and Pat Utomi.
Prof Utomi also listed Senate President Ahmad Lawan, SGF Boss Mustapha, Dr Stella Okolli, Prof Umar Dambatta, Kennedy Nduka as winners in various categories of public service, business and professional leadership.
For “good governance” amongst Nigeria’s 36 governors, Prof. Utomi listed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and another governor from the southeast in same “good governance” category with Professor Zulum of Borno state as winners.
“Utomi, however, took longer time to pay tribute to Governor Zulum saying his performance has made him the toast of Nigerians from all part of the country,” Gusau said.
“Zulum’s announcement has made him the first governor to win the Zik prize for leadership while serving his first term. Governors who have won in previous years did so during second term in office.
“The Zik prize for leadership has become one of Nigeria’s prestigious awards given the credibility of advisory board members of the PPRAC who are notable personalities most of them with background from the academia.”