By Alkali Amana

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Simbi Wabote, has received the African Leadership Magazine (ALM) African Local Content Icon Award in recognition of his dedication and commitment to improving local content in Nigeria.

Mr. Wabote received his award at the ALM Summit which was held virtually on September 17, 2021, with the theme ‘Africa 4.0: Redefining Growth, Sustainability, and Innovation’. In his remarks, he expressed his appreciation to the Magazine for carving out the African Local Content Icon Award to reveal the importance of local content within the continent and globally. In the same vein, he appreciated people who voted for him during the vetting process for the award, noting that he is encouraged by such recognition.

“I give special thanks to those who voted for me online and in-person during the selection process. This gave me encouragement to say that despite the headwinds that you face in implementing strategy, there are people out there who recognize what you do” he said.

He also commended other award recipients as he pointed to the burden on their shoulders as leaders to lift Africa out of poverty. Concerning the development of the continent, he recognized the NCDMB’s ongoing collaboration with other African countries in the journey to improve and develop local content in the continent. These countries include Angola, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger Republic, and Uganda.

Mr. Wabote dedicated the award to his family and members of staff of the NCDMB as he restated his commitment to seeing the organization achieve more in the future.