The Federal Government has, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Abuja, inaugurated the newly reconstituted Committee on National Honours Award.
Cover picture R-L: Secretary to the Govt. of the Federation Engr. B. D. Lawal, Rt. Justice S.M.A. Belgore and U. A. Kalgo
This was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation [SGF], Bolaji Adebiyi.
Mr. Adebiyi said that the SGF, Babachir David Lawal, reminded members of the Committee, that the national award has two purposes.
One is to recognise citizens and friends of Nigeria who have distinguished themselves in their various endeavours and contributed immensely to the development of the nation.
The second is to honour such ones.
L-R retired Justice S.M.A Belgore, Engr. B.D. Lawal, Perm. Sec. Special Duties Mrs. Phyllis O. Nwokedi and Perm Sec. (GSO) Mr. Mohammed Bukar
Also, this recognition is intended to serve as motivation for all Nigerians to emulate the exemplary conduct and services of those being honoured.
It is also meant to inspire them for such national recognition.
The SGF reiterated that for the national award to retain the prestige that it is accorded, recipients who conduct themselves in any dishonorable manner will be stripped of the national honour.
This, he stressed, will be consistent with the stand of the present administration against all forms of corruption.
The Secretary To The Government Of The Federation Engr. B. D. Lawal and Chairman of the Committee Rt. Justice S.M.A. Belgore With Members of the Committee in A Group Photograph
He assured that the combined investiture ceremony for the 2015 and 2016 National Honours Award will be held this year.
The Chairman of the newly inaugurated committee, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alfa Belgore, expressed the appreciation of all members of the committee for the honour of appointing them.
He pledged that the committee will not disappoint the nation.
He said Nigeria is a great country and that bestowing honour on any Nigerian in any grade must be acknowledged as a great national achievement.
He promised that the committee will strive at all times to select the best for the National Honours.
The full membership of the reconstituted Committee is as follows:
(i) Hon. Justice Mohammed Alfa Belgore (Rtd), GCON -Chairman
(ii) Hon. Justice Umaru Kalgo (Rtd), CFR-Member
(iii) Hon. Justice Isaac Aluyi(Rtd)-Member
(iiii) Mrs. Bola Ogunriade, mni-Member
(v) Nnema Josephine Ndukwu-Member
(vi) Amb. Usman Gaji Galtimari, CON-Member
(vii) Chief Bassey Edem, MFR-Member
(viii) Engineer Gabriel Afu-Member
(ix) Ambassador NonyeUdo-Member
(x) Mr. M. F. Abikoye-Member
(xi) Mr. Y. M. Bichi-Member
(xii) Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, mni-Member
(xiii) Mr. James A. Ibidapo-Member
(xiiii) Mr. Gabriel Loto-Secretary
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