Friday, 26 August 2016

Anambra @25: Obiano wins Award in Rotterdam

By James Eze (eziokwubundu)

For Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, the state’s 25th Anniversary couldn’t have come with a better present as the Institute for Housing and Urban Development of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands has decided to honour his achievements in the past two years with a Certificate of Recognition at an official award ceremony during the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador that wil...l take place from 17 – 20 October this year.

This great news comes as a surprising spice on the prevailing mood in the state as Anambra takes stock of its 25-year old journey tomorrow to mark its creation on August 27, 1991.

Conveying the good news in an email, the President of the Alumni International Board of the Institute, Mansi Jasuja informed Governor Obiano that Mr. Henk Ovink, the Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands would be giving him the award on behalf of the Board at the award ceremonies in Quito.

According to Mrs.Jasuja,“The award is an important means to showcase achievements of young urban professionals and organisations. It will be an inspiration globally to others.” She informed Governor Obiano that his choice for the honour was the decision of the jury and expressed optimism that the Governor would be willing to attend the ceremony in person and receive the award himself.

“I would have liked to congratulate you personally over the telephone but I did not receive your telephone number thus I hope this email will reach you. We really hope that you will be present in the Habitat III to receive this award,” Mrs Jasuja said, congratulating Governor Obiano for an excellent showing among all the candidates that were considered for the honour.

This honour from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam has effectively opened up a new chapter in the string of honours and recognition that has trailed the sterling achievements of Governor Obiano after just two years in office.

Interestingly, his wife, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano was the first to attract international recognition for the tremendous works she has been doing with her NGO, the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) when she was conferred with an Honorary Citizen of Georgia and given a special Commendation by the Legislative Black Caucus of the Georgia House of Representatives in Atlanta USA a couple of months ago. Chief Mrs Obiano also walked away on the night with the Excellence Award from the Nigerian Women Association of Atlanta, Georgia.

On his part, Governor Obiano has been dominant on the local scene, winning The Governor of the Year award from the Sun Newspapers in February this year and the prestigious Zik Prize for Good Governance in June.

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