ANAMBRA GOVERNOR CLINCHES HALLMARK ``MAN OF THE YEAR’’ AWARD
By C Don Adinuba :
Awka, Oct. 8, 2019 (MOI) The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano, has won the coveted 2019 ``Hallmark Man of the Year’’ Award.
The Editorial Board of Business Hallmark Newspapers bestowed the honour on Chief Obiano for making Anambra State an enviable investors’ hub.
The newspaper recognised the multiform challenges that Governor Obiano had to vercome at inception such as insecurity, meager internally-generated revenue, and poor business environment which he triumphed over with aplomb.
As the pivotal part of Business Halmark’s annual tradition of honouring outstanding individuals and institutions that have affected the national development of Nigeria in productive ways the Chairman, Business Hallmark Advisory Board, Prof. George Obiozor, and Editorial Member, Araba (Dr.) Tola Adeniyi wrote:
``This honour is in recognition of Your Excellency’s giant strides in transforming Anambra State into a major investment hub. We recall the immense challenges which confronted your administration at its inception, ranging from insecurity, low internally generated revenue, poor business environment, etc.
``It is noteworthy that your Excellency has responded creatively to these challenges and has given the state an exciting new profile.
``Today, it is a preferred destination for direct investments, attracting multi-billion naira investments.
``Indeed, it is a tribute to the improved business environment which has been underpinned by the robust programme of ensuring the safety of life and property, embarked upon by the Obiano administration.
``It is also noteworthy that Anambra State recently won the Best Supporter of MSMEs at the National MSME Awards. Your Excellency has also diversified the revenue base of the state, especially by expanding the industrial base and promoting agro-business.’’
Business Hallmark was full of praise for Governor Obiano for impacting positively on every facet of life in the state.
The newspaper had to rely on on-the-spot investigative findings from its vast team of reporters which revealed that there is hardly any facet of life which Obiano’s government had neglected.
According to Prof Obiozor and Dr Adeniyi, ``Most remarkably, Your Excellency has maintained a very low profile despite your glittering record of achievements.
``Our board has no hesitation therefore in selecting you for this well merited honour.
``As the Governor of the leading state in the South East, home of the legendary Hon. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, we hereby note, for the records, that Your Excellency has carried out the responsibilities of your high office with great dignity and sense of responsibility.’’
The prestigious “Hallmark Man of the Year” Award” will be presented at an august ceremony scheduled for Sunday, November 10, 2019.
The remarkable past winners of the “Hallmark Man of the Year Award” include former Central Bank Governor and now Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele; and former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko etc. (MOI)
Mr Adinuba is Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment