The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has conferred the Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio with the best Governor Award for infrastructural support to micro and small enterprises activities by President Goodluck Jonathan.
At the award ceremony organised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Abuja yesterday, Jonathan, who was represented by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, extolled the qualities of the awardees in poverty alleviation and said the administration would vigorously pursue its transformation agenda.
Giving reasons for the award on Akpabio, the CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, cited the provision of infrastructural facilities and the disbursement of grants and loans to rural women and farmers as outstanding initiatives by the administration of Chief Akpabio.
Sanusi said, “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 supply, 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 galvanize the potentials of the rural active dwellers such as artisans, hair dressers, tailors, carpenters, vulcanizers etc, the CBN said.
Another reason adduced for the honour on Akpabio, according to CBN, was the establishment of Women Agro-Enterpreneurship Development programme (WAEDEP) and the disbursement of N1 billion to 3,100,000 beneficiaries.
In a chat with journalists after the conferment, Akpabio said the award by the CBN was another acknowledgement of the giant strides that his administration had made in infrastructural revolution and human capacity building.