Report gathered that a global conflict prevention organisation, International Crisis Group, has named the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, as one of seven outstanding personalities worldwide, to be honoured with its annual awards for 2015.
The 2015 awards will be presented at a gala in New York on 26 October, to commemorate the 20 years anniversary of the group.
A statement on Thursday by the group said Fashola was being conferred with the Stephen Solarz Award “for his commitment to resolving social, economic and security challenges in one of the world’s most challenging urban environments”.
Other awardees include Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, among others.
Announcing this year’s awards at the ICG’s headquarters in Brussels, the organisation’s President, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, said, “Each award goes to a pioneer of peace, to a relentless fighter for the improvement of people’s lives, to someone who has built bridges, believed in change and mobilised others in the name of justice.”
Previous recipients of the group’s awards have included former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton; former Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, among others.