Spirit of Lagos to Honour Exceptional Citizens on May 27

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Spirit of Lagos, a behavioural transformation initiative, has announced it would hold an awards ceremony on May 27, 2015 to celebrate individual 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.

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Olaniyi Omotoso, Project Director, Spirit of Lagos, announced this at a press briefing on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, saying that the ceremony, tagged Citizens’ Day, is part of ongoing Spirit of Lagos activities to encourage Lagos residents to restore, share and protect those values that made Lagos great.

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He informed that the awards ceremony which will be in three categories – individual, public service and corporate organizations – will be chaired by His Excellency, Babatunde Fashola, Executive Governor of Lagos State at a grand event to commemorate the 48th year of the creation of Lagos State.

The individual category includes Lifetime Achievement Award – for an elderly citizen, living or dead, 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.
According to Omotoso: “The award is to inspire and acknowledge good behavior as well as engender and sustain attitudinal change among Lagos residents. The search for these exceptional citizens and organizations will extend all the 57 LGAs/LCDAs in the state and will give residents of the locale the opportunity to identify and nominate those who they feel are worthy of the awards in their localities.”

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He informed that a panel of judges made up of men and women of impeccable character and standing in the society will be appointed to screen and shortlist the prospective nominees who will subsequently go through a voting process by the public to determine the awardees.

Online version of the nomination forms are available on the Spirit of Lagos (SOL) website; http://www.solcitizensday.com/

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