Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State; the chief executive officer, Institute of Human Virology, Abuja, Dr. Patrick Dakum and the member representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam and chairman, Committee on Navy in the House of Representatives, Yusuf Gagdi, have been honoured with the “2021 Who is Who on the Plateau” merit award of excellence.
At the public presentation and unveiling of the second edition of the book, “Who is Who on the Plateau,” which took place in Jos, Lalong got the award for the location of the Federal Polytechnic, Nyak-Shendam to Plateau State as well as other citadels of learning and his assistance in the appointment of Plateau indigenes in federal establishments, agencies, boards and parastatals, according to the organisers.
Hon. Yusuf Adamu Babayo Gagdi and Dr. Patrick Sunday Dakum got their awards in recognition of their contributions to their communities, exemplary leadership and selfless service to humanity.
Presenting the awards, the group managing editor of The NewsGate Magazine and author of the book, Amb. Nanyah Daman, said the occasion introduced the “Who is Who on the Plateau” merit awards which would be an annual event of searching for personalities who deserve recognition considering their contributions to their communities, local government area, state and the nation.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Patrick Sunday Dakum, in his speech said writing a book that documents notable achievements of eminent personalities who have impacted on humanity was not an easy task. He commended the author for his resilience and passion in projecting Plateau State positively, adding that the book documents history and should be placed in the archives of all ministries, departments and agencies.
Prof. Angela Miri, a former vice chancellor, Federal University Lokoja who was the Mother of The Day, commended the author’s doggedness and commitment towards supporting and projecting Plateau indigenes positively.
Rt Hon. Yusuf Adamu Babayo Gagdi in his remarks emphasized the need for unity of Plateau indigenes in order to achieve the desired level of development in the state.
Represented by Barr. Luka Panpe, Gagdi who was the chief launcher at the event, he thanked the author and NewsGate Communications Limited for honouring him, saying the award would spur him to do more for the people of his constituency, Plateau State and Nigeria.