Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State
The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has been nominated as Vanguard Newspaper Governor of the Year 2017.
The nomination letter was delivered to the Governor at the Abia State Governor’s Lodge in Aba by a team of Vanguard Newspapers editors led by its Editor-in-Chief and former President,Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mr. Gbenga Adefaye.
Adefaye described Governor Ikpeazu as an “exceptional leader with futurists ideas’.”
According to him, the award was in recognition of the Governor’s novel contributions to good governance and purposeful leadership in Abia state.
He said, “Since assumption of office, Your Excellency has made remarkable progress that has positively impacted the people of Abia in no small measure. Your numerous people oriented projects speak volumes and attest to your preparedness to take Abia to the next level.
“Despite daunting legal distractions, you have remained focused on your vision and mission to transform Abia state into a functional private sector-led economy; creating opportunities for citizens, improving the quality of lives and shaping the state a regional entrepreneurship hub through good governance, appropriate development and provision of sustainable enabling environment.”
Adefaye added that the history of Abia State, and indeed, Nigeria “will not be complete without a copious mention” of the Governor’s dedication and commitment to nationhood.