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Firm bags integrity award in leasing

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Country Director, African Child Foundation, Donaldson Onosakponome (right);  recipient of 2018 Africa Integrity Award, Managing Director, First Choice Leasing Limited, Diji Michael and his wife Gloria during the presentation of Integrity Award in Lagos Photo: Ayodele Adeniran 

African Child Foundation (ACF) has conferred the 2018 African Integrity Prize award on First Choice Leasing Limited for maintaining integrity in leasing business.

According to the organizers, the company was awarded alongside others for having done the most or the best work for fraternity between communities, maintaining integrity in field of endeavour and promotion of peace.

They were commended for serving as an exemplary role model to young people in business in Africa, taking an effective and vigorous leadership role in the community, making significant contributions in their specific fields of endeavour and displaying exceptional character.

By this honour, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Choice Leasing, Chief Michael Diji would be enlisted into the United Nations Volunteers for Peace in Africa (UNVPA) and rated under this category among African Union (AU) members.

While commending the organizers, Diji said it was a fulfilling experience for him and his company with the honour, which cements his over 10 years in leasing business.

He said: “It is a fulfilling experience for me because at First Choice, we are customer-centered as we believe in satisfying our teeming customers and our efforts are paying off.

“We got incorporated in October 2010 and for our individual or corporate clients we offer car rental services, trainings, recruitment, all forms of financial consulting services, equipment leasing services, LPO Financing, Fleet Management and Delinquent Facility Management Services.”

The former banker, who has leveraged on his many years experience, skill and expertise in the banking sector, said he brought it to bear in the leasing company.

He said, “Leasing is a profitable sector that can curb unemployment but the government is not paying adequate attention to the sector.

“I urge the government to start paying attention to the leasing industry. Already we have the laws put in place that guide all that we do. So, now, more than ever, we need the government to partner us.”

Meanwhile, other awardees include Cardinal Olubumi Okoje who clinched the award for Religious Tolerance; President Uhuru Kenyatta for Prize for African Development; Late Etienne Tshisekedi for Good Governance Advocacy and Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu for Integrity in Public Service.

Hon.Uche Nwosu, Imo State Chief of Staff, clinched the prize for Integrity in Leadership;
Ambassador Solomon Okowa got the prize for Mentorship and Youth Development; Dr Kennedy Okonkwo for Integrity in Real Estate Business.

Clay Neff clinched the Business Leadership award while Pirotti Projects won that of Integrity in Business and Dr. Nabhit Kapur won the prize for Peace and Precision Technologies Consultants Limited, clinched that for Integrity in Business.

Engr. (Dr.) Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua clinched the prize for Integrity in Public Administration; Dr Ignatius C Kattey, JP – Dean for Peace and Youth Mentoring; Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho for Tourism and Donald Ike Igwegbu for Youth Mentorship.

Philomina Care Foundation clinched that of Integrity in Humanitarian Service while President Adama Barrow of The Gambia clinched that for Democracy Advocacy; Cytech World Communication for Entertainment Brand Company; Prof. Benyam Manzur for Child Rights and Ifiok Effanga a.k.a Fiokee for Showmanship in Instrumentalist.


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