Nigeria: Akpabio Wins CBN Award

THE governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has been conferred with the best governor award for infrastructural support to micro and small enterprises activities by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

At the award ceremony organised by the apex bank in Abuja yesterday, President Goodluck Jonarhan, who was represented by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, extolled the qualities of the awardee in poverty alleviation and said the administration would vigorously pursue its transformation agenda.

Giving reasons for the award on Akpabio, the CBN cited the provision of infrastructural facilities and the disbursement of grants and loans to rural women and farmers as outstanding initiatives by his administration.

According to CBN governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, ‘the availability of infrastructure is critical for the socio-economic development of any state. Akwa Ibom State government made the upgrade of infrastructural facilities a critical objective of the administration.

‘Special attention and resources were devoted to massive rural and urban development through provision of road networks, portable water, rural electrification, healthcare delivery and other ancillary projects in the form of reconstruction of existing structures.

‘The state government embarked on rural revolution through the rehabilitation and construction of 99 educational facilities in the state, provision of outboard engines and fishing boats, rural electrification across the state to galvanise the potentials of the rural dwellers such as artisans, hair dressers, tailors, carpenters, vulcanisers etc,’ the CBN said.

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