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HEDA immortalise late legal icon ‘Gani Fawehinmi’, holds its 5th edition of impact and integrity awards


By Obiajulu Uwadone Nio

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Center) in conjunction with Mac Arthur Foundation holds its 5th Annual edition and Awards ceremony in honour of the late  legal Luminary,Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), held on the 10th of December, 2022, at the Colossus Hotel, Opebi, Ikeja Lagos.

Professor Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB). Chaired the occasion as he expressed profound gratitude to HEDA Resource for the hounour bestowed on him, salutes HEDA team, urge them to deepen their efforts has only Allah rewards good deed, prayed to Allah not leave them unrewarded.

“Nigerians are to consistently resist the urge to compete with activists, but rather to be creative and not be combative, creativity is said to be the foundamental need of development.” Oloyede stated.

How beneficial Gani Fawehinmi was to Nigeria as a Nation – He was known for Litigation, fought corruption with all he had, offered himself as a model and committed himself to protecting the unprotected. Prof. Oloyede said.

Suraju Olanrewaju, chairman HEDA Resource Center, appreciated his colleagues who held the 5th edition in his absence, praised the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana on his unflinching support, thanked Professor Odion, Ishaq Oloyede and others invited guest for honouring their invitation.

“I want high profile persons, and public office holders whose JAMB credentials are forged should have their names published.” Suraju stated.

The Secretary General of HEDA Resource , Suleiman Arigbabu welcomes all to the Noble Award Ceremony. He gave a quick run down on history and the overall objective of the Gani Fawehinmi Impact and Integrity Award Ceremony has is to take the fight of corruption beyond the usual naming and shaming.

“With the support of Mac Arthur Foundation, eminent Nigerians had been recognized for their worthy deeds – through social media and other mediums, general public would had know whatever good deed you does  in your small space has time would never be forgotten.” Arigbabu added.

Professor Sylvester Odion Akhaine, Department of Political Science, Lagos State University. Says Politics accumution in Nigeria, politicize the only game out.

A Politics in Nigeria is seen as a gateway out of poverty, direct link to success, and get rich quick route, where you can acquire wealth and assets – Before independence, Nigeria was an Agro based Nation but with the discovery of oil, interest shifted from Agriculture to oil. Money from oil revenue with other natural resources became major income for Nigeria which government controls, and contributing little or nothing to the oil producing region.

In other countries of the world, revenue from oil is used in Nation building and other developmental projects. But here in Nigeria, the elites share it amongst themselves and feed fat on national wealth.

Prof. Sylvester gives way out has stated – A call for physical Autonomy will break the chain of network  of corrupt practices in Nigeria.

  • Organize the society, make good name for yourself and the nation at large.
  • Address political structures, individuals who have nothing to offer shouldn’t run for political office.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana charge Nigerians, says ‘Our task as citizens of Nigeria is ernomous, we must call on the Federal Government to publish a monthly bases on what goes out to each local government’. He congratulates HEDA Resource, opined that the award was a challenge,’ urged the Awardees to keep up the good work. And enjoins all to leave here determined to fight corruption.

Award Caategory: Three distinguished Nigerians were nominated for the category of Outstanding Integrity Award, the nominees are :

1. Victoria A. Samson

2. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN

3. Mr Muibi Shonubi

As the winner in the Outstanding Integrity Category is Mr Muibi Shonubi.

In the Valuable Whistle Blower Category: The nominees are :

1.Richard Oghenerhoro

2. John Ibrahim Ebosele

3. Comrade Ibrahim Ali

As the award goes with Richard Oghenerhoro

Outstanding Impact Award:

1.Inibehe Effiong Esq

2. Dr. Chido Onumah

3. Rabiu Tolani Esq.

Dr Chido Onumah, emerge as the winner

In an interview section with Mr Muibi Shonubi, who is the oldest among awardees. Expressed profound gratitude to HEDA Resource, advices the Youth to be upright and hardworking. “ I’m fully with joy on this recognition award.” Shonubi said.

The executive secretary of HEDA Resource Center, Suleiman Arigbabu noted that the 5th edition of Gani Fawehinmi integrity and impact, programme was instituted to immortalize the life, and legacy of the late legal icon. Has yesterday was the the 6th edition of the annual compendium of hundred high profile corrupt cases, the book contains documentation of names of corrupt Nigerians who stabbed the country.

HEDA Resource is honouring and keeping firm the Value of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi – As at today we’re to honour and appreciate Nigerians despite the allurement of corrupt practices, stood their ground one of which is Mr Muibi Shonubi, who is the oldest recipient of today’s award., He did his act of valour far back as 1971, he had to relocate from Ibadan where he lived for the society didn’t appreciate his good deed. He was notably known and refered to back then as a foolish man. Mr Shonubi and his likes would be immortalized.

Arigbabu advices the up coming generation to decide to do good in their own little space as hope for new Nigeria will emerge.

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