ON Friday, 21 January this year, the African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc, Ibadan, publishers of the Tribune titles, played host to eminent people from all walks of life when it honoured two illustrious sons of Nigeria, who had distinguished themselves in their various careers. They are, Chief Godswill Akpabio, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who were awarded honours as Governor of the Year and Man of the Year 2010, respectively.
The colourful ceremony took place at the Jogor Centre, Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, formerly Liberty Stadium Road, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.
In her speech, Chief Mrs H.I.D Awolowo, the chairman of ANN Plc, through Reverend (Mrs) Tola Oyediran, expressed delight at the award, given the impressive performance of the beneficiaries in their various fields.
As an example, according to Chief (Mrs) Awolowo, Chief Akpabio impressed his people through the implementation of his political cardinal programmes, the like of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo while the reform carried out by Mallam Sanusi in the banking sector is a living legend, that has had great impact on the lives of the people, especially in checking all forms of abuses trait of banks, particularly commercial ones. The award was also as a result of current unrelenting war being fought against corruption and fraud, which had injected a virus into the fabrics of the banking industry.
The way I see the awards, the two honourees deserved them, considering their creditable performances over the years in their various endeavours.
Ola-Olaniyi Bamgbola, Ibadan