Wike gets SCAHSA’s global human settlement award

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has been honoured with the Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award.

The award is in recognition of his achievements in urban renewal, sustainable cities and provision of basic amenities to the residential areas of low-income earners in Rivers State.

The Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA) gave Wike the award in New York in the presence of international diplomats, development professionals, high-level administrators and leaders of international non-governmental organisations.

Representative of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Mara Murillo, lauded SCAHSA and the 23 awardees, who were selected for their positive achievements and leadership roles.

“The awards recognise their feats, which will inspire and encourage others to innovate and replicate similar feats,” she said.

Vice Chairman of Global Forum on Human Settlements and Sustainable Cities, Taj Hamad, who presented the award to Wike on behalf of the organisation, said the awardees made great achievements that merited the awards.

Also, the Gambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mamadou Tangara, urged the awardees to continue to work for sustainable cities across the world.

Wike received his Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award under the Individual Initiatives to Advance Sustainable Development Category out of 23 awards in six different categories.

While accepting the award, he explained that it would spur his administration to continue with its development projects to improve the living conditions of the Rivers people.

“On behalf of the government and people of Rivers State, I sincerely thank the organisers of this award for the recognition. We will continue to provide infrastructure and social services that will enhance the living standards of all Rivers people on a sustainable basis,” he said.

The 12th Global Forum on Human Settlements & Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards Ceremony (GFHS XII) was jointly organised by the Permanent Mission of the Gambia to the UN, the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union (AU) to the UN, the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS), the UN Environment, the University Peace Federation (UPF), the World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (WANGO) and the better City Institute (BCI).

Wike was accompanied by his wife, Justice Suzzette Wike, two of his children and Chief Judge of Rivers State, Adama Iyaye-Lamikanra, among others.



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