By John Ndu
It was a night of encomiums, panegyrics and awards at the Eko Hotel and Suites ,Lagos State, as Vanguard Newspaper honoured some creame de la creame across the country for their meritorious services and excellent achievements in their various fields of endeavour.
The award organized under the auspices of “Vanguard Personality of the Year Awards 2016” recorded the presence of distinguished personalities, including the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Kebbi state Abubakar Bagudu, as well as Governor of Cross Rivers State, Ben Ayade all of whom were honoured as Vanguard Governors of the Year 2016.
Some others who were presented with the ” Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award” include the former Head of State, Gen.Yakubu Gowon, former Secretary General – Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos Catholic Archdiocese, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, among others.
Among others awarded as Vanguard Personality of the Year 2016, was the Governor Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
Businessman of the Year and Banker of the Year were also among other awards presented.
Receiving his award of Vanguard Governor of the Year 2016, the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano said the award was in fulfilment of his administrative legacies in promoting the affairs of the State, saying it would aid to ossify his commitment to the development of Anambra State.
Governor Obiano who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke pointed out that one of the objectives of his administration was to positively transform and fortify the State’s economy and make it viable to stand the test of the present economic crunch.
The Governor charged the people of the State to expect more policies that would attract further development. in addition to the already laid down structures and measures targeted at job creation, security , welfare of the people among others.
Presentation of awards and lots of musical display formed the highlight of the event.