By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The founder, Maryamu and Yakubu Skills Development and Educational Foundation and former Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Engr. Andrew Yakubu, was recently awarded with 2019 Impact Makers Awards organized by Who is Who Awards in Nigeria.
Chairman Organising Committee of Who is Who Award, Arc. Daniel Okpanachi, said the recipients of the 2019 Impact Makers Awards had been carefully evaluated, investigated and their impacts have been critically reviewed to have merited the prestigious honour by Who is Who Awards Abuja.
He explained that this year’s edition amongst others over the years was indeed one of the best and thanked the entire team and the organising committee for their efforts and inputs to have achieved such fruitful result.
The Maryamu and Yakubu Skills Development and Educational Foundation was Awarded for lifting the life of over six hundred youth and women in last three years.
Receiving the award, the founder, Maryamu and Yakubu Skills Development and Educational Foundation, Engr. Andrew La’ ah Yakubu thanks the organizers for deeming it fit to choose the foundation for the prestigious award.
Engr. Andrew La’ah Yakubu, “I appreciate the organization of Who Is Who Award 2019, for recognizing us to give us this award. We are an NGO focused on bringing value in the lives of youth and women in the villages. We have a skills development centre, we trained over six hundred (600) Youth and Women in the last 3 years. We have brought IT skills acquisition to the youth in the villages, just in time when the Computer Base Test (CBT) intervention in JAMB and others.
“Prior to this development, the whole place was in darkness as far as ICT skills are concerned. We also focused in adding value to the Agricultural Skills of the villagers. We introduced more impact of commercial farming, away from the conventional farming, and our primary purpose is to continue to add more skills, skills like Welding, plumbing, solar electricity, conventional electricity, major works, among others.
“Our focus like I said is that all the services rendered above are free of charge to all the youth and women that indicates interest in doing so, and because of that we welcome donations, we welcome volunteers services to add more values to our ventures.
“We dedicate this award to God Almighty, we also dedicate this award to board members and staff of the skills development and particularly, the founding coordinator of the skills centre who works tirelessly to bring us to relevance achievement so far but it pleased God in January this year to called him back home, we dedicate that to him and dedicate the award to also about six hundred (600) beneficiaries of this ventures.”
The prestigious award, Who is Who Awards held in Abuja was indeed a record breaking award occasion in the history of the country award events. The award recognised the impacts and contributions of prominent leaders, political actors and distinguished individuals across the several public offices in Nigeria.
Amongst personalities that where recognised with the Impact Makers Award, includes, Former Nigeria President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Former Vice president and presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 presidential elections, Atiku Abubakar, Engr. Andrew Laah Yakubu Former GMD of NNPC and former Governor of Gombe state, Danjuma Goje.
Other recipients were Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, Delta North Senator-elect Hon Ned Nwoko, Lagos House Of Representatives member and sponsor of Not Too Young To Run Act, Hon. Tony Nwulu, President-elect Institute Of Nigerian Public Relations, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, Engr. Andrew Laah Yakubu Former GMD of NNPC, Special Assistant to The President on Research and Special Projects, Sylverster Imhanobe and Amb. Hussaini Haruna Coomassie.
Others are social and entertainment brands and individuals as Obi Iyiegbu, MC Tagwaye, Studio 24, Mr Omoaefe Ejere, Amb. Kingsley Amafibe, Face Of Democracy Organisation, Alexreports, Coin Beat Entertainment, DJ Nani, Terseer Ugbor, Cut & Chill Saloon, Woodgate Structure Limited, Ibrahim Bashari, Amb. Rachel Bakam, Enetimi Government, Uche Ucha, Okunbo Orlere, Abeysteph, Tatafonaija, Michael Celestine, Amb. Daniel Obah, Amb. Wahala, Dr. Nosa Edeko, Sapphire Scents, BrickHall School, Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments, Evelyns Garden And Recreation center.