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Former SBL Chair gets reward for productivity

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The Principal Partner, George Etomi & Partners (GEP) and Pioneer Chair of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law, George Etomi has added yet another laurel to his growing list of achievements, with the recent conferment of the prestigious National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award on him. This is in recognition of his contributions to the development of law in Nigeria.

Etomi, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for his advancement of business law in Nigeria from the SBL, was one of 16 individuals and three organisations recognised for their remarkable contributions to development in various fields of endeavour. The nominees were adjudged exceptionally productive by the NPOM Award Committee, after a series of rigorous screening exercises.

Presenting the NPOM Award on behalf of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, the Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo explained in the President’s address, that the award confers on all honorees the rights and privileges as applicable to all other National honours in Nigeria.

Among the other honorees at the event, were the Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, the former Head of Civil Service, Delta State, Okechukwu Ofili, mni., Acting Provost, College of Medicine, Afe Babalola University, Dr. Joseph Olurotimi Sanya, and various other notable Nigerians.

The formulation of a National Policy on Productivity is said to rank as one of the most important decisions of the government in recent times.  Being the first ever in the history of Nigeria, this policy was approved by the Federal Executive Council in February 2012.  It provides a systematic and comprehensive roadmap to ensuring sustainable productivity growth in Nigeria.

The NPOM award is geared towards institutionalising productivity consciousness and excellence in service among workers and organisations in both public and private sectors. It emphasises hard work, high performance, efficiency, discipline, dedication, humility and patriotism. Thus, deserving nominees are awarded proper and due recognition for hard work, high performance, high productivity and research achievements.

Etomi continues to soar in this regard. In 2013, he was also conferred with the fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (FNIALS) with eight other legal luminaries for contributions to the development of legal jurisprudence in Nigeria.