14th September, 2011
As a way of encouraging performance at the grassroots level of governance, the management of a leading community newspaper, Community News Network (C.N News), has come up with an innovative reward programme tagged Community Service Award aimed at boosting performance at the grassroots level.
According to the managing editor of the paper, Felix Orisunola Igiebor, the awards became necessary after observing performance at the grassroots level in the past three years.
â€œThe award is intended to encourage those who have put selfish and parochial interests at bay while putting the electorate at the forefront of their priorities. It is also intended to show the nonperformers that it pays to put the people first,â€ he stated.
On criteria for the selection of awardees, Igbiebor said only those who went the extra mile of not only embarking on popular projects but did something spectacular which, although are capital intensive, yet are of immense benefit to the generality of the people were considered.
â€œWe have carefully selected 10 chairmen who have distinguished themselves and met all criteria for the awards. Also, we have considered the responses from our numerous readers who sent their choices through text messages and the result of our diligent work is the emergence of these 10 chairmen, â€ he stated further.
Names of the recipients of the awards, date and venue of the event, according to him, will be announced soon.