singh He said that part of that growth was the construction of the Lekki deep-water port; Lagos Rice Mill, Imota; Eleko-Epe six-lane rigid pavement highway of 18.75 kilometers; the first phase of the 13 kilometer Lagos Blue Light Rail and the John Randle Center for Yoruba Culture and History, among many others.

He said these infrastructure developments had further opened up Lagos’ economy to boost its mega-city status.

“Infrastructure holds the ace for real development and socio-economic growth in any country and Lagos State in the last three years under the leadership of Governor Sanwo-Olu has seen tremendous growth in infrastructure development in the state.

“This has also generated new opportunities and economic empowerment in the state.

Too, Chief Oluwabunmi AmaoDirector General, Center for Black and African Arts and Civilizations (CBAAC), received a leadership award in tourism, arts and culture.

Singh noted that Amao, in his capacity, had been able to promote Nigeria’s cultural heritage through various programs such as celebrating the diversity of Black and African traditional music and many more.

Mr. Gboyega Isiakaa politician and president, Edgefield, received the award for leadership in human development and national development.

According to Singh, Isiaka has managed to stay above the greed and corruption that has plagued Nigerian politics.

“Having contested three gubernatorial elections between 2011 and 2019, he has not been involved in any scandal to date.”

Mr Michel DeelenConsul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, picked up the Diplomatic Excellence Award for supporting small farmers in Nigeria.

Mr. Abiodun OluseyinGeneral Director of Bifarmas Ltd. and Abols Resources, he obtained the award for leadership in the extractive industry.

Chief Emmanuel UmenwaChairman of Geneith Pharmaceutical Ltd., Earned the Pharmaceutical Industry Leadership Award and Mr. Anamene Levifounder, Bace and Eclise Nigeria Ltd., won the award for most promising company (innovation) in information and communication technology.

In his response, Isiaka said: “I am happy to be here and this means a lot to me, we will do a lot to promote this camera within the country because our economy and the nation need cameras like this for economic growth.

“As we prepare for the election period, I urge everyone to participate in it as it will determine the state of the nation in another four years.”

Earlier, Dr Abolaji Anifowose from the Faculty of Management Sciences, Department of Banking and Finance, Lagos State University, Ojo, urged Africans to invest in the Knowledge Economy Index to stimulate economic growth.

Anifowose said there was a need for knowledge transformation in Africa.

He said Africa’s future now depends on the nature and outlook of its economic vision and the realignment of national institutions to reflect major trends in global and regional economic affairs.

“Africans should follow the successful models of Asian countries like Singapore, Korea and India, these nations went from poor agrarian models to becoming world leaders in technology, innovation and finance in the space of a few years.

“It is high time to realize that it is Africa’s time, as it is now well documented that knowledge created through innovation and technological advancement is critical to long-term economic growth.” he said.