Irabor beats Odegbami, Keshi to Excellence Award
PIONEER Chairman of the Board of the League Management Company (LMC), Nduka Irabor, was last night honoured as the Sports Personality of the Year at the Excellence Recognition Awards organised by Global Excellence magazine, a leading entertainment and lifestyle publication.
Irabor beat off competition from two former Super Eagles’ captains, Segun Odegbami and Stephen Keshi, who were nominated for the awards. Keshi was the Super Eagles coach to the World Cup in Brazil 2014 and failed to qualify the country for the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
According to the organisers in the citation read before the presentation of the award plaque, “Irabor was the overwhelming choice of the award’s panel for his contributions to the reform of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), which has resulted in improved credibility, increased earning for clubs and acceptable results.”
The citation also attributed the successes of the league reforms to the former LMC Chairman’s leadership style, which demonstrates a relentless pursuit of excellence that sometimes may not be agreeable to some, but always achieving desirable outcome.
Irabor’s contributions to Journalism as the pioneer Editor of The Guardian Express and his performance as a spokesperson for the Federal Government were tracked in illustrating his persistent pursuit of excellence.
In his response, Irabor, who was represented on the occasion by the LMC Head of Special Projects, Harry Iwuala, thanked the organisers for the recognition and attributed the success to the collective effort of the LMC Board.
“I want to first thank the organisers for recognising that there has been reforms, which has improved the league. Indeed this award is a testimony to the fact that when you perform well, Nigerians will recognise your effort.
“We worked as a team to make the league what you have come to commend and we are conscious of the fact that it is not yet a finished product. We are proud of what we have done but it is still work in progress. We will continue to give it our best and believe that with the concerted effort of all Nigerians, we will bequeath a viable league that will provide more job opportunities and enhanced living,” he said.
The award was presented by popular actress, Abiola Atanda, also known as Madam Kofo and Barrister Tunde Braimah, a former Chairman of Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos. The ceremony was held at the Balmoral Event Center.
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