By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
Abakaliki: Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state is among the four topmost governors in Nigeria,nominated for the award of the best performing governor of the year in the country.
The award is to be bestowed on him by the Business Day Newspapers, slated to hold at Transcorp Hotel,Abuja on November 20, 2019.
This is not the first time media organisations are honouring governor David Umahi as the Best performing governor in Nigeria.
First was the New telegraph Publishing Company limited,the publishers of the New Telegraph Newspapers. Others are the Sun publishing limited, publishers of the Sun Newspapers and the Authority Newspapers,among others. These are in exclusion of other awards received from different groups and organisations,both at home and abroad.
In a statement released and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki, the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Uchenna Orji, called on private and public institutions, especially friends and well wishers of the governor and the state in general,to show solidarity and support, by sending in their congratulatory messages to appreciate what he described as the “God given governor of Ebonyi state”,Engr. David Umahi,on his well deserved honour by the Business Day Newspapers.
The statement further disclosed that the Special Guest of Honour for the occasion would be, Dr.Yakubu Gowon, the former Head of State,while the Royal Father of the Day would be His Royal Highness,Alhaji Dr.Yahaya Abubakar,the Etsu of Nupe.
Earlier, while responding to questions posed to him by the organisation on the award, his Special Assistant on media,Hon.Francis Nwaze, said that the people of the state constitute the ideal people to make assessment and give awards to the governors.
Umahi, described the award by the Business Day Newspapers as an encouragement to do more.
His words,”My opinion about awards is that it is the people of the state that should assess you,and that has been my position,but I think this one is a bit different because it is an organisation that is very reputable and it has to do with business.
“I was a businessman before I became a governor, so I feel good and I am also encouraged, he explained.