Dr Alim Abubakre, the Nigerian-born founder of TEXEM UK, commended the Director-General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman for winning the 2023 Merit Award and Public Servant of the Year.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the award will be officially presented to Sulaiman by President Tinubu in December.
According to Abubakre, Sulaiman’s new act is a recognition not just a celebration of his past achievements but a call to action for even bigger steps in the future.
“We hope that Professor Sulaiman will continue to light the way to a brighter Nigeria and inspire others to aspire to greatness and leave lasting legacies.
“Congratulations to Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, a beacon of revolutionary leadership and a true fanatic, for this well-deserved honor.
“His unwavering commitment to good governance, strategic leadership, and inclusive sustainable development should be an inspiration not only to Nigeria but to African leaders across the continent,” Abubakre said.
A statement from the founder of TEXEM confirms that Sulaiman has a unique pedigree and unwavering commitment to supporting good governance in Nigeria.
“This recognition is not only a confirmation of his outstanding work but also a testament to his remarkable contribution to the development of the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria.
“Sulaiman’s journey to this remarkable achievement has been marked by a legacy of excellence and a deep commitment to the principles of good governance.
“His tenure as the Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) has seen many changes,” the statement said.
It says that under his visionary leadership, he guided NILDS to unprecedented innovation in the Nigerian legal landscape, demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the nation’s governance and strategic leadership.
The statement added that Sulaiman’s remarkable contributions to the Nigerian legal landscape paved the way for unparalleled innovation in the Nigerian legal system, demonstrating commitment to improving the country’s governance and strategic leadership.
“He has consistently demonstrated his integrity as a public servant, not hesitating to express his views and speak out against wrongdoing, a quality that really sets him apart.
“The honor bestowed upon Sulaiman is the result of a rigorous and thorough selection process, which lasted three months, where he emerged as the clear choice among a distinguished panel of voters representing five strategic public institutions in Nigeria within the PCI – Technical Advisory Committee.
“This honor is not just a recognition of the individual’s genius, but a reflection of the broad support and support he receives from the highest positions of power in Nigeria, including the presidency,” the statement explained.
The upcoming award ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at the prestigious State Conference Center in Abuja in early December, is an important event coinciding with the Nigerian Administrators Conference and Retreat.
It is a very important event where the President is expected to personally present plaques and medals to the deserving recipients, including Sulaiman.
This emphasizes the magnitude and importance of the award and the respect that Sulaiman commands in the highest circles of leadership in Nigeria.
Sulaiman’s dedication to innovation and his unwavering commitment to sustainable and inclusive national development have been evident throughout his significant career.
He served as Minister of National Planning from July 2014 to May 2015 and was subsequently appointed Director General of NILDS in 2019, a role he was reappointed to in April 2023.
His tenure consistently reflects his vision for a bright Nigeria and his commitment to dynamic leadership.
This award, endorsed by respected national organizations, serves as a testament to Sulaiman’s unwavering determination to drive positive change, promote strategic leadership, and promote good governance in the Nigerian legal system.