Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State have been formally presented with letters of notification from the Board of Editors of Vanguard Media Limited, in respect of their nomination for the Vanguard Governor of the Year 2018 Award.
The letters were presented to the Governors by two delegations to their offices in Enugu and Sokoto respectively.
Presenting the nomination letter to Governor Tambuwal at Government House Sokoto, the Chairman, Editorial Board of Vanguard, Nnanna Ochereome, who led the team to Sokoto, said the nominations followed a very credible selection process adopted by the Editorial Board of the newspaper, pointing out that Tambuwal was nominated for the award in consideration of his eminent contributions to the development of Sokoto state.
Presenting the letter to Ugwuanyi at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Enugu, the Editor of Vanguard Newspaper, Mr. Eze Anaba, told him that the nomination which is based on his “sterling contributions to the upliftment of the good people of Enugu State,” was made “after six weeks of painstaking debate by the Board of Editors”, adding that “we agreed that your achievements so far have surpassed what some of your past colleagues have done since 1999 in Enugu State”.
Mr. Anaba, who was accompanied by the Editor, Sunday Vanguard, Mr. Jide Ajani, stated that the governor through far reaching reforms and prudent management of resources has made Enugu one of the emerging viable states of Nigeria in terms of Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
“Following reforms you introduced, Enugu State’s IGR rose to N22 billion in 2017, the highest in a single year since 1999 and thereby making Enugu one of the 12 states in Nigeria that can survive without federal allocation”, he said.
Describing Ugwuanyi as the “infrastructure governor”, the Vanguard Editor pointed out that they were impressed with infrastructural interventions of the present administration in Enugu State, disclosing that it “has spent over N45 billion on construction and rehabilitation of more than 300 kilometers of roads across the state”.
He noted that the governor’s achievements also cut across education, peace and security, investment drive, empowerment, housing development and healthcare delivery, which he said, has “received a boost with the construction of district hospitals and training of 400 volunteer workers for health intervention programmes in the rural communities”.
“It is for these, and more, that we confer on you this well-deserved award” which holds on Friday, January 18 at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, to recognize and celebrate excellence, national pride and service to humanity”, Mr. Anaba stated.
Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi, who appreciated the media outfit for finding him worthy of the award, dedicated it to God and the good people of Enugu State “who have shown me so much love and support”.
Recall that Sun and Independent newspapers also named Gov. Ugwuanyi the 2018 Sun Governor of the Year and Independent Governor of the Year 2018 for Grassroots Development, respectively.
In Sokoto, Ochereome told Governor Tambuwal that he was also considered in view of his investment in the future of the people of Sokoto state with a view to empowering them through the provision of qualitative education as demonstrated by the enactment of right to education bill by his administration.
He explained that the enactment of the right to education bill by the Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Administration in Sokoto State no doubt assisted in the reduction of out of school children syndrome, coupled with the administration’s unparalleled budgetary allocation to the education sector.
Receiving the nomination letter, Governor Tambuwal thanked the Editorial Board of the Newspaper for finding him worthy of the award.
He assured the people of the state and the Board that the award would no doubt further spur him to put in more efforts towards taking Sokoto State to a greater height.