Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Sun award best in my 18 months as governor –Obiano



By Chidi Nnadi

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has described the The Sun Governor of the Year 2015 Award given to him by The Sun Publishing Limited as the best he has received in his 18 months as governor.
Governor Obiano stated this yesterday when The Sun Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Eric Osagie, who led the Editor, Daily, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh; General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Services, Mrs. Neta Nwosu; and the Assistant Editor/Head, South East Bureau, Mr. Chidi Nnadi, to formally notify him that he has emerged winner of The Sun Governor of the Year at the Anambra Governor’s Lodge.
The governor told The Sun delegation that in his 20 months on the saddle as governor, he had received at the last six awards, but The Sun award was the best of all.
Obiano, who received The Sun team with his Commissioner for Information, Dr. (Barr.) Uju Nwogu and other top government functionaries, thanked The Sun for finding him worthy of the award.
His words: “I feel delighted to welcome all of you this morning to this Lodge. I am very excited and delighted too to be found worthy by your Board of Editors as the Governor of the Year 2015. As you said, in your 13 years as an organisation, no governor has made this award, so I feel delighted to be the first to be so appointed, it is not easy to be the first.
“I can assure you that I will remain focused in those things that you found worthy that I deserved the first, my people deserve the best. Our mantra is to do more with less in these challenging times, but we must remain very focused.
“Clearly, some of the things that are assisting me are my background as a renowned accountant and banker. As we came in, we hit the ground running, we said that security is the first thing to be tackled, believing that other things will be added if we deal decisively with security and that was how we set up Operation Mkpochapu; so we dealt with criminals decisively and we have continued to do so; and Anambra remains the most secured state in Nigeria today and we are getting investors to come in here to do business with us.
“So, I am very delighted that some of these little things we are doing are noted by you; The Sun newspaper is a medium I have a lot of respect for, I appreciate this award, I have so many awards in my 18 months as governor; at the last count, I have six of them, five national and one international. But this The Sun award as far as I’m concerned, is the best of them all. I can promise Ndi Anambra that I will not let them down, that this award will motivate me to work harder and to continue to give them the best democracy dividends in Nigeria,” he said.
Earlier in his speech before handing over the letter informing the governor about his choice as the governor of the year, Mr. Osagie told him that “The Sun Board of Editors voted Your Excellency in recognition of the remarkable transformations you have brought to bear on security, investments, agriculture, education, health, and public infrastructure and utility sectors of Anambra State.”
The Managing Director noted that the story of Anambra State under Obiano is remarkable as he has recordable noticeable achievements.
“These achievements within a space of 18 months have clearly set you apart from other governors.
“Most notable among your avalanche of achievements are the increased state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from N500 million to N1.3 billion; attraction of over 660 million dollars investments to the agriculture sector, especially in rice, tomato and cassava production, processing and storage; investment of over 140 million dollars in the manufacturing sector, including an investment of 50 million dollars to build an automotive assembly plant at Ozubulu and renovation of 862 units of 10-classroom blocks across the 21 local government areas in the state.
“Also to your credit is Operation Mkpochapu, a joint task force of Police, Army and Navy and security agencies, including the DSS and local vigilance services, which is yielding visible result, to the admiration of residents and visitors to the state.
“It is for these uncommon, but silent efforts of your government to improve the quality of living among your people that The Sun has deemed it appropriate to celebrate Your Excellency.
The Sun Governor of the Year Award, conceptualised in 2015, will be bestowed annually on state governors whose quality leadership, achievements and priceless contributions to national development have generated dividends of democracy as well as inspired hope for a better Nigeria.”
Osagie congratulated the governor for the well-deserved award, which would be bestowed on the governor at The Sun Awards presentation ceremony scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Expo Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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