Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf has been honoured with an Integrity Icon of Nigeria, IION, award, by the Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation (CESVO), a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO.

Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation (CESVO is an International NGO exposing corruption, promoting ethical leadership and value reorientation of global citizens based in Lokoja, Kogi State Capital Nigeria.

Presenting the award to the Commissioner at the Conference Room of the Ministry at Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, the Executive Director of CESVO, Prince Yakubu Salih Musa eulogised Pharm. Akinbile-Yussuf for her outstanding performance, since her sojourn into politics several years ago from a Supervisory Councillor at the Local Government level to her present position as a Commissioner.

According to him, the organisation had been secretly monitoring the political trajectory and leadership style of the award recipient, describing her as a reflection of the ethical public officer whose conducts had been secretly investigated and confirmed as a trustworthy public servant with ethical conduct compliance that could only be found among few public officeholders.

He acknowledged the passion displayed by the Commissioner in the area of youth empowerment, wealth creation and employment generation during her tenure as Honourable Commissioner in her former places of deployment.

Prince Yakubu also informed that Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture under the supervision of the Commissioner appeared to be one of the few visible Ministries in charge of tourism activities especially during the outbreak of covid-19 last year.

The Executive Director of CESVO, who is the founder of the National Youth Parliament of Nigeria (NYPN) also commended the reforms, innovations and effective management being experienced now the tenure of Pharm. Akinbile-Yussuf, as the incumbent Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture in Lagos State.

He said that with the investiture of the Commissioner and her decoration as a Gold Medallist in Public Administration, she can now be including the IION title, which is Integrity Icon of Nigeria, as part of her titles with the official letter to that effect already presented to her.

Responding, the Commissioner who disclosed that she did everything possible to avoid receiving the award, commended the resilience of the leadership of the Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation who insisted that the recognition was apolitical.

She said the award and recognition would not have been possible but for the support of the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, her colleague in the Ministry, Mr. Solomon Bonu, and the entire staff of the Ministry who gave her the needed cooperation since she assumed office as the Ministry’s Commissioner.

“I want to dedicate this award to my boss, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for the opportunity given to me to serve in different capacities under his leadership and to the entire staff of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for believing in my style of leadership,”

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