The Arewa Student Forum (ASF) has bestowed on the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) the â€œ2018 ICON of Community Development Award.â€
Presenting the award to the Executive Director on behalf of the Forum in Abuja recently, a delegation led by the Treasurer, ASF, Comrade Abdullahi Muhammad Saleh, said it (award) was in recognition of Rafsanjani’s â€œimmense contribution towards societal development, human upliftment, youth development and service to the nation.â€
According to Saleh, the recipient was nominated after a thorough deliberation and scrutiny at a recent meeting held by the Forum in Jigawa State, where his outstanding leadership qualities in the service to humanity were acknowledged and commended, stating that the Forum had no hesitation to bestow on him the 2018 ICON of Community Development Award.
He said: â€œWe acknowledge your principle, infallible moral background and community-driven development. We are not unaware that your strategic goals and ideas have helped in providing holistic recommendations in addressing challenges in both public and private sectors.â€
In his acceptance remarks, Rafsanjani commended the Forum on its continued effort in advancing courses towards the development of the country, especially in the areas of education, child rights and community development, adding that the award was a collective effort of the Board, Advisory Council, Management and Staff of CISLAC.
He charged the Forum to discourage dreadful activities like cultism, child abuse, examination malpractices, and ethno-religious dominance as divisive manipulating tools leveraged by unscrupulous elements in perpetrating crimes with resultant social vices and political instability.
In a vote of confidence over the pre-requisite that led to the selection of the Executive Director for the award, Member of the Board of CISLAC, Barr. Adesina Oke added that the award was well-deserved as the recipientâ€™s contribution towards nationâ€™s development is evident across social sector.
He further advised the Forum on sustained spirit of patriotism and sincerity in advancing pro-poor courses for the nationâ€™s socio-economic and political prosperity.