By Olaolu Olusina
Nigerian chapter of the British Society of Commerce (BSC) will , on Friday, November 13, 2009, at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, honour the Lagos state governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola , his Osun state counterpart, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, wife of human rights lawyer, Mrs Funmi, Falana, and others at the annual conference and awards ceremony of the body.
Chairman, Council of Awareness of the Society, Mr. Damilola Akingbagboun, who disclosed this at the weekend , said the Society, which is the first professional body to be accredited by the Federal Government in 1961, will be conferring on Fashola, the International Life Fellowship award at the ceremony.
He said the sole winner of the doctorate award of the Society, Mr. Babatope Agbeyo, will also be honoured at the ceremony that will feature the induction of new members as well as the inauguration of new executives for the Society.
Akingbagboun said the Society, which also has the immediate past governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as Life Patron, will also confer the Heart of Gold award on Mrs Funmi Falana, Bishop Leonard Ummuna and Mr Kalejaiye, SAN.
According to him, corporate organisations such as Dangote Agrosack, Insight Commun- ications, MDS-Division of UACN, Protea Hotel, Vivian Fowler School and Citi Lodge will as well be given leadership awards for their contributions to their various sectors of the economy.
He maintained that the 63-year-old Society , which has its headquarters in Wigan, United Kingdom, is out to foster friendship and understanding among countries of the world, stressing that most former and current state governors in Nigeria are members of the Society.
"British Society of Commerce is an all encompassing organisation. We are out to get more people on board in order to move commerce and industry forward world-wide," Akingbagboun said.
He added that "within the next 12 months, we shall be spreading out to more states in the country in order to have a melting point and an information bank for all commerce-related ventures in Nigeria."