Anyaoku, Dangote, Obi, 12 others also honoured
Ekiti state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has received the 2013 edition of Champions Newspapers’ Governor of the Year Award.
Others who also received award, according to a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, at the award ceremony chaired by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, included business mogul, Aliko Dangote, statesman and former secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Chairman of Honeywell group, Dr Oba Otudeko, former Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina; Nigeria’s first Envoy to France, late Amb Raph Uwechue, and Wife of Lagos state Governor, Dame Abimbola Fashola.
Others were Lady Odochi Orji, Dr Stella Okoli, Chief Leo Stan-Ekeh, Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Chief Sunny Odogwu, Globacom limited, Zenith Bank, and Mutual Benefit Assurance.
Speaking at the event, Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola, described Fayemi as a “remarkable servant of the people, selfless individual and someone who is irrevocably committed to the development of just causes.”
He said the transformational strides of Fayemi must have become glaring to all and sundry to call the attention of Champion newspapers to honour him.
Receiving the award, Fayemi said it was an impetus for his team to work harder for the development of Ekiti state and restore it to its pride of place in all spheres.
He said: “What I am doing is not a favour, but a duty and it is a privilege to serve our country and our people. We owe them a duty to serve with diligence, compassion and commitment and that’s what we have done in Ekiti in the last three and a half years.
“We have served our people with every fibre in us and we are not tired of doing more. This award is an impetus for us to work harder.”
Chairman of the occasion, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, expressed delight at the calibre of people who were honoured at the event, saying that it was an encouragement for them to put in more selfless service for the benefit of Nigerians.