By Fabian Ekeruche
The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre), has announced the opening of nominations for the sixth edition of the Gani Fawehinmi impact and integrity Awards (GFIIA2023).
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, Chairman, HEDA and made available to newsmen) on Sunday in Lagos.
Suraju said that the award named in honour of the late legal Icon, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, a distinguished human rights activist and legal luminary, seek to recognize individuals who have displayed exceptional integrity and made significant contributions towards positive societal impact, shun the allures of corruption and distinguished themselves.
He said that the awards’ board, chaired by Professor Itse Sagay and co-chaired by Professor Ayo Atsenua, consists of esteemed members such as Mr. Femi Falana SAN, Comrade Femi Aborisade, Professor Nsogorua Udombana, Dr. Abiola Akiode-Afolabi, Comrade Achike Achude, and Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju.
According to him, the GFIIA2023 will officially commence on Monday, June 26 with an open call for nominations.
He said that the nomination period would span six weeks, closing on August 6.
“Following this, a two-week process will involve the collation of nominations, shortlisting of candidates, briefing of the board, and feedback from the board, concluding on September 18.
“The GFIIA timetable spanning a period of five months to the date of lecture and Awards presentation on December 10, 2023.
He said that HEDA is committed to celebrating and uplifting individuals who embody the principles and values that Chief Gani Fawehinmi championed throughout his lifetime.
Het noted that the awards’ ultimate objective extends beyond mere naming and shaming
He added that HEDA aim to recognize and honour individuals who, despite the allure of corruption and unethical practices, have chosen a path of transparency, honesty, and integrity.
“By doing so, these exemplary individuals serve as beacons for others to emulate.
“The Gani Fawehinmi Impact and Integrity Awards offer four distinct categories for nominations, ensuring active public participation in the selection process.
” These categories include the Outstanding Integrity Award, Outstanding Impact Award, Valuable Whistle-blower Award, and Nigerians in Diaspora Integrity Ambassador Award.
“To nominate deserving individuals for the GFIIA2023, the public is encouraged to visit the official nomination portal at www.gfa.hedang.org.” Suraju said.
He said that HEDA Resource Centre remained steadfast in its commitment to upholding the legacy of Chief Gani Fawehinmi and promoting integrity, transparency, and accountability in Nigeria.
The Gani Fawehinmi Impact and Integrity Awards serve as a platform to recognize and celebrate those who make profound differences in the society.