Forbes Honours Gov Mutfwang, Others For Exceptional Visionary  Leadership

More accolades have continued to trail the Governor of Plateau State, Barr Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang as Forbes, the leading global media group has honoured him as one of the three best Nigerian governors providing good governance. 

Alongside his Bayelsa  and Osun State counterparts,  Senators Diri Douye and Ademola Adeleke respectively,  all of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the global media company has rated the performances of the three governors as worthy of world recognition and commendation.

While Diri of Bayelsa state is a two-term governor who just kick started his second term in February 2024,  Ademola and Mutfwang are first term governors.

Ademola is getting to three years in office while Mutfwang  is barely a year in office. The Plateau governor effectively assumed office in January 2024 after a protracted legal battle over the 2023 governorship tussle which ended early 2024.

The letter addressed to the Governor dated …… and signed by Mark A Furlong,  reads, “It is with great pleasure that Forbes Media and the creators of Forbes Best of Africa from America wish to inform you that you have been nominated for the FORBES BEST OF AFRICA VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARD”.

For years Forbes has been monitoring and assessing governments across the globe as a way of encouraging good governance and through its awards, Forbes acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leaders, top businessmen, political leaders and dynamic personalities with records of making far-reaching impacts and positive contributions to the development of their respective countries, sectors and industries.

The letters adds,” Since your appointment( election emphasis mine)into office, you have exemplified exceptional leadership in managing the state of affairs in Plateau State. Your strategic vision has not only fostered significant development within the state but has also set a benchmark for good governance in Nigeria. Implementation of significant reforms and policies that has positively impacted the socio-economic landscape of Plateau State. Demonstrating transparency, accountability, and good governance

practices, thereby fostering a culture of integrity and ensuring the effective use of public resources.

Successfully attracting domestic and foreign investments into Plateau State, contributing to job creation and economic growth. Significant contributions to the development of critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals, which has enhanced the quality of life for the citizens.

Community Programs and projects aimed at improving the living standards  of the people, especially in rural areas including your efforts in poverty alleviation, youth empowerment, and social welfare.

Enhancing access to quality education and healthcare services, which are fundamental for sustainable development.

Conflict Resolution and Effective measures to address and mitigate conflicts within Plateau State, promoting peace and stability.

Strengthening security infrastructure and strategies to ensure the safety of residents, thereby creating a secure environment conducive to growth and development. Demonstrating a clear vision for the future development of Plateau State and implementing innovative solutions to address challenges.

Promoting environmental sustainability through policies and projects that protect natural resources and promote green energy.

Previous awards and recognitions from reputable organizations, which signify Governor Mutfwang’s contributions and impact, and many more, has provided a strong foundation for your consideration for the Forbes Best of Africa Visionary Award.

For these reasons, the Forbes Best of Africa Award committee has decided to honour you with the above mentioned award. The award would be conferred on you during the FIN annual International

Business Round Table and Forbes Best of Africa Award Ceremony. This prestigious event will be held on the 28th of June 2024 ( Friday)at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal”.

The strategic essence and significance of this event cannot be overemphasised. It serves as a platform for global leaders, industry titans, and visionaries to converge, exchange insights, and foster collaborations that drive meaningful economic growth across continents.

According to Forbes, “Our aim is to facilitate strategic alliances that not only benefit individual businesses but also contribute to the socio-economic development of diverse regions”.

Previous recipients of this prestigious award includes; H.E Sam Matekane the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, MD of First Bank Nigeria, Paul Adefarasin, and many more.

Also to receive the Forbes African awards are the Senate President Godswills Akpabio, a former governor, foreign affaits Minister Tuggar Maitama Sule and other eminent leaders across the country.

It is on record that only few Nigerian leaders have qualified for the Forbes global recognition so far, making it a great and lofty height for whoever has attained the feat.Those invited at the global media event include:  policy makers, entrepreneurs, politicians, opinion leaders, the media partners, religious leaders and international investors.

Dr Golu Timothy

Special Adviser to Governor Caleb Mutfwang on Strategic Communications