Blueprint Newspapers, one of Nigeria’s news organizations with more than 10 years experience, has on Thursday, declared Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, as Nigeria’s “Person of the Year” 2020.
The category was the newspapers’ highest as it combines being uniquely selected from combination of leaders in both the private and public sectors and in all sectors of Nigeria.
Zulum was presented the award at a well attended 10th anniversary event of Blueprint Newspapers which had high level guests including Senators led by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, traditional rulers led by Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, top Government officials and top executives from Nigeria’s newspapers and other media houses. The event held at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
Zulum was represented by his Chief of Staff, Professor Isa Husaini Marte.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan was honoured with a special award as Icon of Democracy in Africa, while some Governors were honoured for their efforts on specific areas.
Thursday’s award was coming few weeks after Governor Zulum was awarded by the Nigerian Labour Congress in recognition of his policies and programmes that support workers and pensioners in Borno State, part of which is his consistency on payment of salaries and unprecedented release of over N15 billion so far, to clear backlog of pensions.
In April, 2021, Zulum had also won University of Ibadan’s alumni of the year award, making him one of the few recipients of that award since 1973. He had also won the University of Ibadan’s most distinguished alumni award.
Since 2019, Governor Zulum has previously won other awards which include NUJ’s most promising first term Governor, 2019; Muslim personality of the year, 2019; Tell Magazine’s Governor of the year, 2020; Vanguard Newspapers’ personality of the year, 2020; Leadership Newspapers’ personality of the year 2020; Zik prize for leadership, 2020; Silverbird’s special award, 2020; Igbere TV’s Governor of the year, 2020; Community Development Pillar Award, 2020 and Business Day Newspapers’ Governor of the year, 2021.