SOME recipients considered unworthy are to be stripped of their National Honours in line with the administration’s anti-graft campaign, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, said yesterday.
He spoke at the inauguration of a reconstituted Committee on National Honours Award in Abuja.
The 14 members of the reconstituted Committee include: Justice Mohammed Alfa Belgore (retd) – chairman; Justice Umaru Kalgo, Justice Isaac Aluyi and Mrs. Bola Ogunriade.
Others are Nnema Josephine Ndukwu, Usman Gaji Galtimari, Chief Bassey Edem, Gabriel Afu, Nonye Udo, Mr. M. F. Abikoye, Mr. Y. M. Bichi, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, Mr. James A. Ibidapo and Mr. Gabriel Loto, secretary.
Lawal said the national award had two purposes – to recognise and honour citizens and friends of Nigeria, who distinguished themselves and contributed to development; and to serve as motivation for Nigerians to emulate those honoured and inspire them for national recognition.
The SGF, in a statement by the Director (Press) in the Office of the SGF, Bolaji Adebiyi, reiterated that for the national award to retain its prestige, recipients found unworthy would be stripped of the national honour.
This, he said, would be consistent with the anti-corruption stand of the administration.
He promised that the investiture ceremony for the 2015 and 2016 National Honours Award would hold this year.
Belgore expressed members’ appreciation for the appointment and pledged that the committee would not disappoint the nation.
He promised that the committee would select only the best for National Honours.
Source: Nation Newspaper