Habeed Okunola Bags International Award For Business Leadership And Community Development

Managing Director of TILT Group of Company Mr Habeeb Okunola has trumped strong competition from the global community of business leaders to emerge winner of the ‘Excellence in Business Leadership and Community Development’ award at the Pan African Humanitarian Summit and Awards (PAHSA) held in Abu Dhabi.

The coveted accolade awarded by Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Center (PALDEC) recognised Mr Okunola as a frontline business leader of international repute committed to fostering grassroots development in underserved communities in Africa. The award category is for the most daring and futuristic-inclined business leaders with measurable achievements in humanitarian interventions and socio-economic development.

Speaking through his associate – Tobi Onile-Ere at the PAHSA ceremony, Mr Okunola refused to take all the credit for his business and humanitarian accomplishments, saying the strides were not just his, but that of his team at TILT Group of companies.

“I am humbled to be receiving the 2019 Excellence in Business Leadership and Community Development award and will also like to recognise my colleagues at TILT Group of companies for their commitment towards ensuring the conglomerate remains a leader in the industries we serve; as well as empowering communities where we work to consolidate effort of the government in ensuring social justice. All my colleagues at TILT Group share the credit for this award; most especially the Chairman of the Group – Alhaji Musa Halilu-Ahmed for his invaluable contributions and direction” he said.

Some past recipients of the Pan African Humanitarian Summit and Awards are President of Tanzania – H.E Dr. John Magufuli, Former President of Ghana – H.E John Agyekum Kufuor, Managing Partner of Ethiopian Airline & Head of Transaction Advisory – Mr Zemedeneh Negatu, Executive Chairman IPP Media Group-Tanzania – Dr. Reginald Mengi, Director General National Broadcasting Commission, Nigeria – Mr Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, amongst others.

The summit and award dinner was attended by global changemakers, international players in the different sectors from across the globe, captains of industry, and members of the diplomatic community.

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NGO Pledges To Make Entrepreneurs Out Of Prisoners

Habeeb Okunola Foundation, an NGO, has restated its commitment to continued donation of equipment and machines to encourage entrepreneurship and skills acquisition in prisons across the country.

Mr Solomon Adetokunbo, the Programme Manager of the NGO made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

Adetokunbo said that the NGO, which had been into involved in many projects including prison reform, recently donated some sewing machines to the Lagos Division of the Nigerian Prison Service.

“The gesture is in line with the foundation’s long term commitment toward ensuring the prison truly serves as a reformation and correction facility for the inmates there.

“We seek through various skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development programmes, to give a sense of value and provide options of viability to the inmates.

“The ultimate goal is to prepare them for a life of economic productivity, self-worth and self-sustenance after serving their jail terms.

“We shall continue to donate materials to prisons across the country; we shall also do the needful to contribute to development in the health, financial and economic sectors of the country,’’ he said.

According to Adetokunbo, the foundation apart from complementing government’s efforts on prison reform, also provides health service, financial inclusion, education and humanitarian assistance to other indigent people in the society.

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