The Board and Management of The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of Daily Sun, Saturday Sun and Sunday Sun, yesterday formally presented a letter to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State at the Government House, Enugu, notifying him of his emergence as The Sun Governor of the Year 2018.
Presenting the letter, the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Eric Osagie, classified the award as “the biggest and best media event in Nigeria” that was started 15 years ago to strengthen the sacred role of the media as the watchdog of the society.
Mr. Osagie stated that “the award is not for sale or for the highest bidder”, stressing that “the high integrity and premium we place on this award” have remained the secret of its success.
He therefore, disclosed that the Board of Editors voted Gov. Ugwuanyi “in recognition of the remarkable transformation you have brought to bear on infrastructure, security, education, healthcare and rural development, among others, in Enugu State since you assumed office on May 29, 2015”.
According to him, “we note your popularity among the people of Enugu State, which manifested in 2014 when you easily emerged as a consensus aspirant from your Nsukka zone of Enugu State and your overwhelming endorsement of all the zones in the state thereafter, ahead of the 2015 elections”.
“As governor, you have shown great vision, determination and drive to change the fortunes of the people of Enugu State, as you have delivered the dividends of democracy in all facets of the state’s life”.
Highlighting the numerous urban and rural roads Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration has constructed and rehabilitated across the three senatorial districts of the state, the Managing Director of Sun Newspapers, noted with delight that “workers’ salaries and pensions are paid on time even when allocations from the Federation Account are still being awaited”.
Speaking further he said: “Hospitals have been built and equipped, just as security agencies have been given requisite facilities and logistics support to better secure Enugu State.
“You have also ensured harmony and stable polity in Enugu State through your political maturity and accommodating disposition, in your excellent belief that after elections governance should supersede every other thing”.
“It is for these feats, among others, that The Sun has deemed it appropriate to celebrate His Excellency”, he stated.
Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi who welcomed the Managing Director and his team to the Government House, thanked the media outfit for the honour and accepted the award.
The award presentation ceremony is scheduled to hold on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos at 5pm.
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