No fewer than 15 individuals and 5 corporate organisations, drawn from different sectors of the economy were conferred with the prestigious 2018 National Productivity Order Merit (NPOM) Award in Abuja.
Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, former managing director of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals, tops the category of individuals, while foremost indigenous pharma manufacturer, May & Baker Nigeria Plc, dominated the category of corporate organisations.
Other winners at the 17th NPOM awards ceremony in the individual category include: Mrs Mary Joshua Gadi; Engr (Dr) Umar Buba Bindir; Hon. Allamin Umana Lawan; Engr Anebi Joseph Garba; Dr Abdul Hussien; David James Lalu; Mrs Winifred.
Ekanem Oyo-Ita; Dr Jones Yerinbuluemi Stow; Clement Chukwuma Nwogbo; David Iheanyi Onyemata; Dr Tina Aduke Olayemi; Mrs Victor Folasele Olajorin; Dr Somade Taofeek Osuolale and Engr Dozie Mbanefo.
Among the five organisations that were conferred with NPOM Awards (corporate organisations) were: Farm Crowdy Nigeria Limited; Fresh Direct Nigeria; Alo Aluminum Manufacturing Company Ltd, Enugu and Seven Up Bottling Company.
Shortly before President Muhammadu Buhari presented the awards, Senator Chris Ngige, minister of labour and productivity explained that the recipients (both individuals and corporate organisations) were honoured for their productivity and commitment towards nation building.
He also declared that this year’s edition has been declared the best because since 2015, when he came into power, this is the first time President Buhari was privileged to present the awards himself.