The state and people of Rivers would today mount the rostrum of honour as Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON GSSRS would today receive the Zik Prize in Good Governance.
The Zik Prize Leadership Award which was instituted 24 years ago is held in honour of the first President of Nigeria, Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, primarily to encourage and nurture leadership on the African Continent and in the Diaspora.
Announcing the names of the winners to journalist in Lagos, Member, Advisory Board, of Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre, (PPRAC), Professor Pat Utomi said “the year 2017 Zik Prize Award is set to follow this noble tradition of recognizing service excellence,” the organizers described Governor Wike as a dogged fighter and honoured for his people oriented reforms and the massive grassroots and infrastructural development projects across the state.
Some recipients of the prize in the past include; President J.J. Rawlings (1995), President Nwalimu Julius Nyerere (1997), Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim (1998), President Sam Nujoma (1999), Dr. Nelson Mandela (2000), President Yonweri Muzeveni (2003); President John Agyekum Kuffor (2008), Senator David Mark, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed (2010), Otunba Subomi Balogun (2010), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2011), Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan, Rabiu Kwakwanso (2012); Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (2013) and Alhaji Umar Tanko Al Makura (2014).