Nigeria Consul- General receives Guardian Post Peace award
By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The Nigerian Consul – General for North West & South West Regions, Ibrahim Mohammed Bashir has been was awarded The Guardian Post 2020 Peace & Diplomacy Award; for his sustained efforts in addressing the plight of Nigerian nationals in Cameroon and for ensuring that they respect the laws of their host country.
Presenting the award to him, the group noted that the Consul General was found worthy of the award because since he assumed duties in 2018, he has encouraged cordial relationship among members of the Nigerian Unions including the women and youth wings.
He has also visited Prisons across his regions of Consular jurisdictions where he paid fines for some Nigerian inmates for their release, donated relief materials for Nigerian prisoners and orphanages and helped in the repatriation of some prisoners back home as well as collaborated with Cameroon health officials to curb the outbreak of cholera epidemic among Nigerian communities in the Bakassi peninsula,
Apart from this, he has donated vocational skill acquisition materials to assist internally displaced victims of the ongoing crisis in the Anglophone regions and has been engaging the Government of Cameroon on the fair treatment of Nigerians in across the North West and South West Regions.
According to the group the jury made up of Lawyers, members of the civil society and prominent journalists in Cameroon, both from the private and public media did a thorough job even as it noted the president of the Jury worked with L’Action Newspapers publisher, who is the President of Association of English-Speaking journalists in Cameroon (CAWASEJ) with the publisher of the weekly newspaper, Herald Tribune serving as the secretary.
It listed other recipients as Richard Bale the Canadian High Commissioner as the Diplomat of the year for his continuous engagement with the Government of Cameroon on resolving the crisis in the two English speaking regions of the country, Archbishop Samuel Kleda as the 2020 Man of the year for his contribution to the fight against COVID-19 and Chenwi Peter, Bamenda II Mayor as well as the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA), Buea.
An elated Bashir thanking the organizers for finding him worthy to be recognized, said it will spur him to do more.
The Guardian Post Achievement AwardThe Guardian Post Achievement Award was instituted some seventeen years ago, and is carefully tailored to recognize and encourage both Cameroonians and foreigners living in Cameroon who offer selfless service to the community. Another idea of the ward is to promote national unity and social integration and the award presentation ceremony has since its inception been rotating from one town to the other.
Past winners of the award include President Paul Biya, Her Excellency, Chantel Biya, 2010 Peace/Diplomacy recipient, His Excellency Chief. Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute, 2006 service to humanity awardee and former US Ambassador to Cameroon, Neils Mardquardt, 2007 Peacwinners of the award include President Paul Biya, Her Excellency, Chantel Biya, 2010 Peace/Diplomacy recipient, His Excellency Chief. Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute, 2006 service to humanity awardee and former US Ambassador to Cameroon, Neils Mardquardt, 2007 Peace/Diplomacy award winner, Rev Dieudonne and 2012 traditional authority winner, Sultan Mbombo Njoya amongst others.
Nigerian women were not left out as they also presented an award to the Consul -General in recognition of his fatherly, love and selfless service to Nigerians in Cameroon.Since assumption of duty as Consul General of Nigeria in Buea on 26th January 2018, the Consul General has won: African Press Awards 2018 put together by Pan African Press Convention (for Peace, Excellence and Promotion of Good Diplomacy); 2019 ’’Most Dynamic Diplomat’’ in Cameroon awarded by the Media Organisation, Dream Network; 2019 Goodwill Ambassador Award by Centre for Human Right and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA)2019, Outstanding Achievement Award by Nigerian Student’s Union, Buea;The Guardian Post 2020 Peace and Diplomacy Award); and Nigerian Women Buea Award (For Recognition of Excellence, fatherly Love and Service to Nigerians in Buea).