Community Development Institute – CDI Nigeria, a Non-Profit research and training organization with headquarters in the FCT – Abuja has announced Prof Babagana Umara Zulum as the winner of its 2020 Community Pillar Award.
A statement by the organization explained that Prof Zulum, whose state also suffers from insecurity and insurgency emerged as the winner for the proactive steps he adopted in handling these challenges.
In arriving at the choice of Borno State Governor, the Award Selection Committee had an extensive and objective deliberation. The Committee said it is satisfied that this year’s Award has gone to a government leader with exemplary and inspirational approach to governance.
“Through his (Prof Zulum) activities so far, he has shown himself as a leader full of empathy for his people.” Governor Zulum has genuinely stood by the people and has continued to show sensitivity to the predicament of over six million people affected by insurgency in the state.
“He has been proactive in addressing the twin problem of insecurity and insurgency in the state with their devastating impact on the lives of millions of citizens and their communities.
“He has given all his heart to tackling this problem and not holding back anything in the process.”
Most importantly, the group said, Governor Babagana Zulum has been able to foster workable community engagement method that do not only put people first, but respects and reflects the priorities of his people – an important factor that made him deserving of this award.
“His wish above all is to restore normalcy in the state, rebuild devastated homes and return hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their communities to restart their means of livelihood and continue with their regular social life.”
The Committee described Gov Zulum as a de-tribalized Nigerian, and a very pragmatic and vibrant leader with a lot of vision, who is helping to promote national integration by running an inclusive government.
The objective of CDI Nigeria Award is to promote leadership, creativity and innovation in addressing community and social development challenges in the country.” Many communities today are faced with diverse development challenges that range from widespread poverty to increasing social and economic inequality and even violent extremism. The scope, scale, and urgency of these problems have all sharply increased in recent time. Disappointingly, finding solutions that address these diverse problems has also posed a great challenge.”
Every year, CDI Nigeria reviews media reports and receives nominations from the general public on the activities of individuals and organizations who are making outstanding contributions to the sector for awards in all or any of the four areas of teaching, research, policy and practice.
CDI Nigeria, explained that he is deserving of this award and and hope that it will encourage him to do more for his people.
Executive Director / Registrar,CDI Nigeria.