by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
A philanthropist of Southern Kaduna extraction and founder of Caleb Danladi Foundation, Mr. Caleb Danladi Bako, has been conferred with ‘Sir Ahmadu Bello Platinum Leadership Award’ by Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
The certificate of confirmation of the award, titled: ‘Garkuwan Matasan Arewa Nageriya,’ was personally delivered to Mr. Bako during a handing over ceremony performed by the leadership of the NYCN on weekend.
In a speech during the handing over ceremony, Vice President of the Youth Council, Comrade Salihu Yusuf, described the awardee, Mr. Bako, as an “excellent and a special specimen of an extraordinary leadership expert, who is simple, humble and gentle.”
Mr. Bako, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Caleb Danladi Foundation, was also described by the youth council as the “future in the present, a very colorful individual and one of the most noticeable representative of young people’s generation, a marvelous human being, an equivalent of entire library of success, and a community.”
“From whatever perspective you choose to look him, Mr. Caleb Danladi has made a voyage in the leadership industry with a class of touch. He is one of the most professionals whose efficiency, knowledge, diligence and professionalism have become another definition of standard in the leadership industry.
“Men of unique achievement are celebrated anywhere in the world, and when their values are appreciated, they are not spurred to do more; more so they are encouraged to inspire the younger generations.
“Mr. Caleb Danladi is an excellent and a special specimen of an extra ordinary leadership expert; looks simple, humble and gentle; his appearance is a blend of intellect and professionalism equipped with a disciplined character.
“This leadership surgeon has perfected the act of working silently, while his accomplishment speaks for him. He is one of the best minds with practical ideas as a system relief expert.
“Mr. Caleb Danladi is a community builder, an efficient team player, a quintessential leader, an exceptional polyglot and leadership navigator, a signature of success, compassionate leader, pace setter, role model, beacon of hope, pillar of support, a culture and cultivated leadership tycoon, a stimulant in the leadership growth and enterprising young man; a central fugal force in leadership department, a man who has changed the skyline of how a principal leader should be,” the council further said.
The council noted that, “In the words of Ralph W. Emerson, ‘You indeed deserve every honor that is accorded to you because greatness is a property for which no human can receive credit too soon; it must be possessed long before it is acknowledged,’” adding that “Heroes are made by the events of their time.
“Mr. Caleb Danladi is an astute brilliant man, a master of leadership, tactician of note, a man of many parts, a professional with unparalleled virtues, a goal gutter, a leadership personal with style and candor. Most people have testify to your professional competence, carrier achievement and ability to succeed where many have failed.
“But what has made name a signature of success is certainly more than these – your uprightness, desire to always uphold global standard, ability to lead by example and your patriotic spirit and other factors that have made you a successful leadership expert.
“Knowledge can only give a human power, but it is the attitude displayed by human in the application of knowledge that makes him/her commands the respect of their peers; many professionals in Nigerian’s public and private sector cannot be said to have both. But one of the few professionals in public sector in Nigeria today, who has both knowledge and attitude, is Mr. Caleb Danladi.
“Sir, your untiring leadership qualities and good disposition will continue to bring local and international honor to us.
“Today, youths are following your footpath so as to overcome the fall of academic standard, in order to compete and excel in the global system where knowledge is prized. You have also brought to your current position, dignity, honesty, competence distinction and administrative fairness.
“We honor you today because you are a great man of purpose, vision, integrity, a great leader of all leaders and a blessing to many generations. You deserve more eloquent words to qualify your person and also to quantify your worth because you have won a space in our hall of fame,” the Youth Council leader said.
Responding, the awardee, Captain Caleb Danladi Bako, who is also a Mariner, sincerely thanked the Youth Council for their foresight and for considering him worthy of Sir Ahmadu Bello Platinum Leadership Award, describing it as prestigious.
He also said the award, at this period of the nation’s trying time of banditry and terrorism, coupled with election period, was really a motivating factor, and promised to improve more in whatever part of his lifestyle that endeared and engendered the council to accord him of such an high honour.
Caleb Danladi Foundation has been providing for the needy, especially the orphanages, scholarship for pupils and students of less-privileged homes, widows and IDPs as part of its objective to “give back to the society.”