As part of its People of the Year Award, a yearly event organised to honour outstanding individuals and institutions who have affected national development in productive ways, Business Hallmark Newspaper has named MD of NEXIM Bank, Mr. Abubakar Abba Bello as the recipient of its Professional Excellence Award in the Banking and Financial Services category for year 2019.
The choice of Mr. Bello, the newspaper said in a letter co-signed by Chairman of its Advisory Board, Prof. George Obiozor and member of the Board, Akogun Tola Adeniyi, is in recognition of his efforts in promoting exports through NEXIM Bank and his overall contribution to the development of the banking industry in the country.
“The choice is in recognition of your contribution to the development of banking industry in Nigeria,” the letter addressed to Mr. Bello read in part.
“As a consummate professional, you have continued to set milestones in developing the market for export oriented services. We note with admiration, your successes in supporting the policy thrust of government in the rapid diversification of the nation’s economy.
“Your accomplishments have earned you immense respect and admiration of many, including this newspaper.”
The award, according to the board, will be presented at a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Some of the previous recipients of the accolade include former Central Bank governor, now Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; former Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko; Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, CEO of Nigeria Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyema among others.