President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Chief Executive Officer of LifeBank, Temie Giwa for winning the inaugural Jack Ma foundation grant worth $250,000.
President Buhari’s congratulatory message is coming a few days after Temie Giwa was announced the winning of the Jack Ma foundation’s maiden Annual Prize for African businesses. The award ceremony was held in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday, as she beats others to the top prize.
In a statement released a few hours ago by the Presidency, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the Nigerian entrepreneur Temie Giwa-Tubosun for her win, saying the achievement is testament to the vision and doggedness which had helped grow the Startup she founded, LifeBank, into an organisation to reckon with on Nigeria’s and Africa’s healthcare and technology landscapes.
The President acknowledged the huge impact LifeBank has made in a relatively short time, by delivering blood, oxygen and other medical products to hospitals in a timely and efficient manner, thus helping save countless lives.
President Buhari in his statement also reiterated the commitment of his administration to creating the right environment for business and innovation to thrive in Nigeria.
The President assured that the efforts put in place so far, which have seen Nigeria rise a total of 39 places on the World Bank’s Doing Business Index in the last three years, will be pursued even more vigorously.
The President added that the administration will continue its active engagement with leading minds in the technology and creative sectors including through the Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity, under the National Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council chaired by Vice President, Professor Osinbajo.
He, therefore, urged Nigerian youth to emulate Giwa-Tubosun’s can-do spirit and problem-solving approach, as well as her firm belief in the potential of her fatherland.
Also, he wishes her even greater successes in the months and years ahead and urges her to use this latest recognition as a stepping stone to even more impactful and transformative work.