Mr Mohammed Abba Isa, the National chairman, Persons With Disability (PWD) Progressive Stakeholders Forum, has won the Inspirational Leader of the Year award, PWD category.
The inspirational leader of the year award (PWD) is an award reserved for leaders with disabilities to recognize and celebrate excellence in leadership. The 5th edition of Leadership Excellence Award features four inspirational leaders of people with disabilities who have inspired them in Nigeria.
Abba Isa had polled a landslide margin of 161, 048, followed by David Anyaele, the Executive Director of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities with 92,612 votes. James Lalu, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities was in the distance third with a poll of 37,179. Cobhams Asuquo, a visually impaired music producer had 32,619 votes.
In an interview with Inclusive News Network, Abba Isa, who is also the special adviser to Yobe state governor on disability matters, appreciated the organisers for ensuring the process of voting was transparent, free and fair.
“The LOC organizing committee performed wonderfully well. I urger the organizers to sustain the momentum of inclusion in all their engagements.”
The Activist added, “the community of PWD should be considered in all their intervention.
“This award is the best for me because people voted for me for my outstanding commitment and contribution to 31 million Nigerians with disabilities. I paid my dues to Nigerians with Disabilities and will continue to struggle in making sure that PWD Renewed Hope for this administration is achieved. We are looking forward to participate in the ceremony. I dedicated this award to Nigerian PWDs.” He said.
INN reports that the awards would be presented to all winners at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja on 4th November, 2023.
Abba Isa is the APC Zonal Leader for Persons With Disabilities in Northeast, Nigeria. He is the Bridge CRPD-SDG West/East Africa Alumni, Drew University New Jersey, USA Alumni, Philanthropy and Expert/Advocate for Disability Inclusive Development DID, Certified by International Disability Alliance.