Gov Zulum bags Fellowship of Architects Institute award
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has received an honorary Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Northeast Reporters reported.
The event took place in Abuja during which Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and Governors of Kaduna and Taraba were amongst those honoured.
In his reaction, Zulum reaffirmed his commitment to providing leadership that can make the lives of the people better.
“At our own level, we will continue to provide the needed leadership, the political will and the needed commitment to make lives better, the Governor said.
Gov Zulum also expressed concern that in most government agencies and even private sectors, expatriates are prioritized to execute projects over local manpower.
“We have many engineers, town planners and architects that can competently work in Nigeria, but unfortunately we are not patronizing them.
“We are unnecessarily obsessed by the so called expatriates even though many of them cannot match with our local manpower here in Nigeria.
“Let us support them, that is the only way we can promote our local content”, Zulum said.
The governor expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Institute of Architects for giving him the award.
“Let me extend my deep appreciation to the Nigerian Institute of Architects for finding me worthy of this award”, he said.
The Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) was established on the 1st of April 1960 as an association of independent professional architects with the objectives of fostering friendship amongst members, cater for their welfare and establish mutual support and cooperation amongst them.
Zulum, a Professor of Irrigation Engineering, is a professional fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
The Governor has received more than 10 honours that include fellowship of National PostGraduate Medical College, University of Ibadan Alumni of the year, award from Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineering, Ordre National Du Niger Grand Officer, Niger Republic National Honor, which is Nigeria’s equivalent of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).
Others are Vanguard Newspapers personality of the year, Leadership Newspapers’ personality of the year, Tell Magazine’s Governor of the Year, Zik Prize for Leadership, among other prestigious awards.