Governor Abubakar Sani Bello was among eminent Nigerian personalities that were presented with the highest national honour award by the government of Republic of Niger.
The honour award which was part of activities marking the Natinal Day celebration of the Republic of Niger, took place at the place Toummo, Niamey.
Speaking in an interview, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello expressed gratitude for the honour done to him and assured of his continous support and service delivery to humanity.
Earlier, the President of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum explained that the honour award is aimed at appreciating personalities who distinguished themselves in different fields of endeavor.
President Bazoum acknowledged the long standing economic and social relationship existing between his country and Nigeria.
He said so many Nigerians have contributed greatly to the growth and development of Niger hence, honouring them on a day like this is apt.
Some other Nigerians honoured include Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni and that of Kebbi state, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, as well as former Nigerian foreign Affairs (1993-1995) Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, and other prominent business moguls.
Other prominent Nigerians at the event were the Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Senator representing Niger East, Muhammed Sani Musa, Commissioners of Works and that of women Affairs, Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe, Chief of Staff to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and the Emir of Kontagora, (Sarkin Sudan)Alh. Muhammaduau Barau Mua’zu among others.
The National Day Celebration of the Republic of Niger is an annual event celebrated every 18th December to commemorate the creation of the Republic and the establishment of the office of the Presidency.
Though the 18th December date is not the official Independence day of Niger, it however marks the founding of its national institutions.
Chief Press Secretary
to the Governor of Niger State