Barring any last minute change, Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, will be the Special Guest of Honour at the Spirit of Lagos-organised Citizens Day award ceremony which holds today at the Exhibition Hall, Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos. A statement by the Spirit of Lagos Project Director Olaniyi Omotoso, said the event is part of ongoing Spirit of Lagos activities to encourage Lagos residents to restore, share and protect those values that made Lagos great.
According to him, the Citizens Day ceremony which coincides with the 48th anniversary of Lagos, is a day set aside to celebrate individuals and corporate citizens of Lagos who have displayed selfless, civic responsibility and neighbourly acts to effect positive change in Lagos in the last few years.
Omotoso said the Citizens Day Awards will be in three categories: individual, public service and corporate organizations. “The award is to inspire and acknowledge good behaviour as well as engender and sustain attitudinal change among Lagos residents.
“The judges have shortlisted a number of individuals and organisations nominated by people across the 57 LGAs/LCDAs of the state. The final awardees for each of the categories emerged after a voting process by the members of the public on Sunday May 24, 2015. The individual category includes Lifetime Achievement Award – for an elderly citizen, dead or alive, who has impacted positively on the state; Award for Community Development – for a citizen who has impacted positively on his/her community;
Award for Exceptional Community – for a community that has been able to do exceptional things through collaborative efforts; and Award for Exceptional Youth– for a young resident between the ages of 18 and 25, with a strong commitment to societal good. The Public Service categories include Lifetime Achievement Award, Role Model Award and Rising Star Award, and will reward employees of the Lagos State civil service who have demonstrated dedicated and excellent performances in the discharge of their duties.
The corporate organizations category will recognize and honour socially responsible corporate bodies – multinationals, emerging corporate bodies and small and medium scale enterprises – that have, in very tangible ways, given back to the society in which they operate.