ARKANSA—Seven Nigerians were among 17 personalities awarded honorary citizenship of the state of Arkansas in the U.S., each with a key to the city of Little Rock, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.
Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas also proclaimed May 30 of every year as Nigeria Day, which was celebrated with a spectacular display of fireworks.
The certificate for the proclamation was handed over to Prof. Ade Adefuye, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U.S., who was represented by Mr. Baba Garba of the Consulate General of Nigeria in Atlanta.
The recipients of the awards are Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group; Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, Chairman of Arik Air, Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano State; Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi, a former lecturer of University of Lagos.
Others are Prof. Ade Adefuye, Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, NUC; Chief Temitope Ajayi, the Coordinator of Nigerian American Agricultural Empowerment Programme, NAAEP; Mr. Robert Brunner, the Vice President, America Arik Air International and Mr. Kester Ifeadi, the Managing Director of Contemporary Group Ltd.
Beebe and Mark Stodola, the Mayor of the City of Little Rock, presented the awards during the Nigeria-Arkansas Economic Development Forum last Saturday.