The award, tagged: ‘Africa Digital Heroes Award’ now in its 20th year, is the brain child of Dr. Bayero Agabi, frontline journalist and ICT expert.
The award is designed to celebrate and recognise individuals, organisations, institutions and initiatives that have advanced the Nigerian/African digital space in the past 20 years and a new initiative that is considered iconic in the ICT ecosystem within this period.
An elated Sule, who was on hand to receive the award in Lagos, said he was humbled by the recognition being accorded him, just barely five months in the saddle.
In his acceptance speech, the governor, who recalled that he had promised to establish systems, processes and institutions that will enhance transparency, probity and accountability in the management of state resources in line with international best practices, said it was heartening to note that his modest successes were being recognised.
The governor, who said that his vision is to make Nasarawa State among the top three competitive states in the country by 2023 in terms of sustained accelerated growth, increased economic opportunities and prosperity, social inclusion and improved quality of lives of the citizenry, was quick to admit that one best way to achieve these set objectives is to leverage on information and communication technology (ICT).
“We have developed a policy framework known as Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy that sets out the major initiatives to be rolled out by this administration over the next five years. It also outlines the potential benefits to the public and our community at large,” he said.
The Economic Advisory Council, he noted, is peopled by individuals with vast expertise in different walks of life, including Prof. Konyisola Ajayi from Ogun State who chairs the group, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud (SAN), Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, Chief Roberts Orya, Dr. George Manuike, Dr. Lazarus Angbazo, among others.
The high point of the occasion was the presentation of the award to the governor by Dr. Bayero Agabi, in company of other dignitaries including Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Hon. Stanislas Kamanzi; Founder, Computer Warehouse Group, Mr. Austin Okere, etc.