The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), a non-profit organization that promotes peace and equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria through multi-stakeholder partnerships, won the distinguished MKO Abiola community engagement award at the 2021 Community Conference and Human Rights Award (CAHR) for community service in the Niger Delta region of the country.
The award, which followed PIND’s nomination in September 2021 and a wave of supporters, tagged PIND as having the loosest relationship with communities in the Niger Delta, leading to the establishment of a transparent process of inclusive engagement and grievance management in it’s work.
PIND’s Executive Director, Tunji Idowu, said after receiving the award, “Our stakeholders and partners are at the heart of what we do. This award reinforces our belief that when community stakeholders are engaged in the development process, the likelihood of success is higher and the results are likely to be more sustainable,” said PIND Executive Director, Tunji Idowu .
The CAHR Awards are dedicated to celebrating outstanding individuals and organizations that have achieved great results by honorablely engaging their communities. who have achieved great results by engaging their communities in an honorable way.
The award categories are linked to historically significant figures, such as the MKO Abiola Community Engagement Award, which is named after the late Moshood Kashimwo Olawale Abiola (1937-1998), a Nigerian businessman, politician and philanthropist.
Other nominees for this award included Child Shield Initiative (Nigeria), Stevenson Medicare Limited (Nigeria), Total Nigeria PLC, Clean Water and Sanitation Africa (South Africa), Community Initiative for Development Agency (South Sudan) and White Ribbon (Ghana).
PIND Knowledge and Communications Officer, Chichi Nnoham-Onyejekwe, received the MKO Community Engagement Award on behalf of PIND during the awards ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on April 3, 2022
The CAHR Awards, an initiative of CSR-in-Action (Corporate Social Responsibility in Action) in partnership with Global Rights Nigeria and Zenera Consulting, seeks to provide a platform that would encourage companies to take external action to correct anomalies in engagement with communities, primarily extractive communities, recognizing and appreciating top performing companies and individuals.
Other distinguished nominees for the following awards included Amnesty Nigeria, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), DHL Express, Guaranty Trust Bank and Reckitt Benckiser: Ken Saro-Wiwa Environmental Management Award, Hajiya Gambo Sawaba Community Impact Award, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti Human Rights Award, Mallam Aminu Kano Award for Leadership, Josephine Nkemdilim Equal Rights Award and Apostle Hayford Alile Humanitarian Award.