• Suswam, Uduaghan, Elumelu, 145 others for National Honours Awards
By Senator Iroegbu
One of the nation’s foremost entrepreneurs and the Chairman of Globacom Nigeria Limited, Chief Mike Adenuga, has topped the list of Nigerians and friends of the country to be honoured with this year’s National Honours Award.
Adenuga, whose company pioneered per second billing in the telecommunications industry, will be conferred with the award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) on September 17 when President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to decorate him and 148 other recipients of the awards.
He will be the second Nigerian outside government officials, after the Chairman of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, to be conferred with the nation’s second highest national honour.
Dangote was honoured with GCON last year for his contribution to the growth of the nation’s economy.
A presidency source said Adenuga was being honoured for decades of resilience in enterprise and immense contribution to the country's economic development.
“Adenuga has held aloft the Nigerian flag in many spheres around the world, particularly in the West African region,” the source said.
According to the list of the recipients of the national honours released yesterday from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), 11 persons, including six Supreme Court justices and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, will receive the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) award.
Four governors, including Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) and Gabriel Suswam (Benue) as well as Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed and his counterpart in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Akin Adesina, seven senators, the Esema of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and the first military governor of Lagos State, Brig-Gen. Mobolaji Johnson, are among the recipients of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).
Among other CON recipients are former Managing Director, United Bank for Africa Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu; former Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Kawu Baraje; and a businessman, Dr. Cosmas Maduka.
Recipients of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) include Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Mulikat Akande; a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Sarah Adebisi Sosan; former President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Wole Olanipekun; Director General, Bureau for Public Procurement, Mr. Emeka Eze; and the National Chairman, Labour Party (LP), Mr. Dan Nwanyanwu.
Other honourees include: Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed (CFR), Hon. Justice Walter S. Nkanu Onnoghen (CFR), Hon. Justice Suleiman Galadima (CFR), Hon. Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour (CFR), Hon. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta (CFR), Hon. Justice Mary Ukaego Odili (CFR), Hon. Justice Andrews Otutu Obaseki (Rtd) (CFR), Hon. Justice Kayode Eso (rtd) (CFR), Chief Martin Elechi (CON), Alh. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai (CON), Alh. Ahmed Muazu (CON), Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN (CON), Sen. Abdul Ahmed Ningi, (CON), Sen. Ayogu Eze (CON), Sen. Zainab Abdulkadir Kure (CON), Sen. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan (CON), Sen. Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri (CON), Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha (CON), Sen. Hamisu Musa (CON), Sen. Bello Jibrin Gada (CON), Amb. (Sen.) Adamu Ajuji Waziri (CON), Sen. Emmanuel Azu Agboti (CON), Sen. Mike Ajaegbo (CON) and Hajiya Ina Ciroma (CON).
Also included are Prof. Stephen Debo Adeyemi (CON), Mr Cletus Ibeto (CON), Hon. Sulaiman Kawu (OFR), Hon. Halims Agada (OFR), Hon. Bashir Adamu (OFR), Chief Antony Ani (OFR), Justice N. O. Adekola (rtd) (OFR), Alex A. Izinyon, SAN (OFR), Godwin Jeddy Agba (OFR), O. Omonuwa, SAN (OFR), Dr. Patrick Dele Cole (OFR), H.E. Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi (OFR), Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye Eric, Mni (OFR), John Gozen Gobak (OFR), Dr. Ambrosie Bryant Chukwueloka Orjiako (OFR), Alh. Moh'd Sani Aliyu Augie (OFR), Alhaji Ibrahim K. Aliyu Mni (OFR), Alh. Muhammadu Indimi (OFR), Dr. Emmanuel Samson Miri (OFR), Alhaji Bashari Aminu (OFR), Alh. Adamu Aliyu (OFR), Engr. (Mrs.) Esther Gonda (OON), Dr. Emmanuel Okereke (OON), Engr. Bala Na'ade Adamu (OON), Lt. Col. Shehu Ibrahim (Rtd) (OON), Habib Baba Habu (OON), Hajia Muheeba Dankaka (OON), Uchechukwu S. Ogah (OON), Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa (OON), Othman Babayola Mohammed (OON), Alh. Yakubu Muhammed (OON), Dr Adesegun Akin-Olugbade (OON), Chief Alexander Chika Okafor (OON) and Prof. Cyprian Okechukwu Okonkwo SAN (OON).
Other recipients include Dr. Nimota Nihinlola Akanbi (OON), Dr. Tahir Mamman (OON), Maj. Gen. A. A. Olaniyi (OON), AVM. Tomboiyi Dick Iruenabere (OON), Rear Admiral Emeraku Ijioma (OON), Prof. Charity Ashimem Angya (OON), Prof. Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade (OON), Alhaji Mohammed Kabir Ahmed (OON), Hon. Musa Ibrahim Ahmadu (OON), Alhaji Mahmoud Lai Alabi (OON), Mrs. Mary Galadima (OON), Prof. (Mrs.) Adenike Abiose (OON), Mr. Pius J. Major (OON), Amb.S. O. Willoughby
(OON), Dr. Paul Botwev Orhii (OON), Mabel Alaba Amoni-Okwuonu (OON), Mr. Samuel Edward Inyang (OON), Brig. Gen. Anthony Daniel Etukudo (rtd) (OON), Mr. Tijani Yusuf (OON), Mr. Matthew Osayaba Aikhionbare (OON), Engr. Chief James Bukohwo Erhuero (OON), Mrs. Sarah Alade (OON), Suleiman Barau (OON), Dr. Kingsley Bosah Chiedu Moghalu (OON) and Mr. Abu Karofi (OON).
Those to get Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) are Teco Benson, Prof.Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, Arch. (Chief) Daniel Nwabueze Denne Nwankwo, HRH. Igwe Peter Chukwuma Ezenwa, His Lordship, Bishop Michael Chukwunweike Okonkwo, Rt. Rev. Godfrey Anayo Chukwu Agupusi, HRH. Edun Akenzua, His Lordship, Bishop Peter Imasuen, HRH. Ezeudo Abel Nwobodo, Prince Eze Madumere, Hajia Dije Bala Jibrin, HRM. Oba Dr. Victor Ademefun Adesimbo Kiladejo, Dr. Adegoke Olaoye Jacob, HRM. Oba Rauf Olayiwola Olawale, Bitrus Pam Kim, Hon. (Chief) Godspower Umejuru Ake, DIG. Audu Abubakar, NPM (rtd), HRH. Alhaji Adamu Abara Gummi, Alhaji Umar Ahmad Usman Dan Ali B/Magaji, Peace Anyiam Osigwe, HRM Anselm Odaloighe Edenojie II, JP (the Ojuromi of Uromi), Chief David Nnochironye Onyenweaku, Arch Harcourt Adukeh, Chief Joshua Fumudoh, Okechukwu Nwadiuto Emuchay, Chief (Dr) Michael Olawale Cole, Fnim, Muhammad Tahir Zakari, Basorun Doja Adewolu, Auta Mamman Busa, HRM Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, Alhaji Alhassan Sule Gwagwa, Hon. Zephania B. Jisalo, Alhaji Mohammed Adam, Alhaji Muhammed Baba Aboki, Most Rev. Bishop Callistus V.C. Onaga, Arch. Ferdinard Nwabueze Agu, Mr. Jelani Aliyu and Lt. Col. M. A. Suleiman.
Awardees of the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) are Alh. Yakubu Haruna, Dr. Usman Abdulkadir Maidugu, Hajia Muslimah Kamaldeen, Elder Evang Samuel Maduka Onyishi, Alhaji Ibrahim Buba Vokna, Elder Cyril Chukwudi Ngemegwai, Ado Hussaini, Abdulkadir Jibrilu, Igwe Chris Ogakwu, Ahmed Abdullahi, Lawrence Ayinde Osayemi and Chief (Mrs.) Obaleye Olayinka.
The statement yesterday by the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office of the SGF, Dr. Henry Akpan, said Jonathan would conduct the 2012 National Honours Award investiture of the recipients at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on September 17, 2012.