The 7th Trek Africa National Discourse and Awards (TAND) 2020 has come and gone but some unforgettable experience that has made indelible imprints on minds will continue. The event theme, Lofty Height Attain: Nigeria’s Call Beyond Covid-19 which took place at the prestigious Golden Gate, Ikoyi, Lagos over the weekend recognized the exemplary leadership style; excellent information delivery was full of thrills and a mixture of frills.
From the beautiful and well decorated red carpet to the exquisite ambiance of the hall got guests booming with smiles. Indeed it wasn’t a day job, but a lot of efforts had gone into the preparation for the ceremony. The thrills started with the opening remark by Mr. Oki Samson Project Director, TAND, and introduction of dignitaries spiced by amazing hosts, one of the hilarious comedians, Mr. Chidi Uzoma popularly known as Baba De Baba, the master storyteller and Theresa Moses.
The highly-engaging national discourse anchored by Oyelami Yomi, Editor, Trek Africa Newspaper was so educating. The participants bare it all as they speak their minds, offered fresh insight into issues, like a gypsy on a voyage of discovery, orientation and applaud the good work of the Nigerian police in protecting lives and property despite the #EndSars attacked by some hoodlums across the country.
Chairman of the occasion Barr. Monday Ubani, former Vice President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), commends the organizers as well as spurs others to contribute to the development of the country, be law abiding citizens and ensure peace and security.
One of the discussant, Mr. Banji Fehintola, Head of Treasury and Financial Institution, African Finance Corporation got the attention of everyone as he talks about why more attention should be given to agriculture-contribute 30% to the GDP of the economy, more investment on technology and mechanization, the need to plunge into digital economy, the positive impacts of retail and small business and so much more rather than the focus on oil.
A highly respected police officer of repute and intelligent crime fighter, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DC Adegoke Fayoade representing AIG, Ahmed Iliyasu, Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos called for active partnership with the police force in order to identify and prioritise threats in our neighbourhood, towns, villages and streets to find solutions to many problems faced, ensure prevention of crime, crime fighting and community intelligence.
As a police officer with a strong aversion for crimes profiting from the misery of innocent people, Assistant Inspector of Police (AIG), Zone 2 that comprises Lagos and Ogun states, Ahmed Iliyasu received an award for his exceptional professionalism, outstanding leadership and managerial skills which has uniquely impacted on the state and the society at large. As we know, Lagos has a special crime challenge especially the serial attacks of motorist stuck in traffic and more, Iliyasu was able to evolve special strategies to suit the need of Lagosians.
The excitement of the awardees knows no bound as they were recounting how the journey to success began. It was a gathering of media bigwigs, business moguls, entrepreneurs, eminent Nigerians, government dignitaries, security experts, and so much more. Deputy Commissioner of Police, DC Adegoke Fayoade representing AIG, Ahmed Iliyasu, Zone 2, Barr. Monday Ubani, Immediate Past Vice President, NBA, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo (Igbo socio-cultural group), Lagos Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene, Chief Mrs. Temitope Ajayi, Mama Diaspora, Mr. Banji Fehintola, Head of Treasury and Financial Institution, African Finance Corporation,
Multi-Award-winning journalist and Group Head, Current Affairs, TVC Communications, Mr. Babajide Kolade Otitoju, Chief Mrs. Iyabosola Ninalowo, CEO, Culture Speaks Aso-Oke, CSP Veronica Ameh-Akpa, OC Zonal Intelligence Bureau, Zone 2, Onikan, Mfr. Basil Agboarumi, MD, Sahco Plc, Mr. Shakiru Ogunyemi, Head of Marketing, RC Cola, Nigeria, Chief Godwin Okeke, Vice Chairman, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ikoyi-Obalende, Rev. Nnamso Akpan, Head Pastor Glory Signature Assembly, Barr. Ada Dike, Real Estate, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Mba, MD/CEO, Diva World Trading services, amongst others graced the event.
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