BY DAPO AKINREFON, CHARLES KUMOLU AND GBENGA OKE
Vanguard’s General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, in his remarks said “No society can be so good as to be beyond improvement or so bad that the collective efforts of its people cannot redeem it.
One man’s effort to make a difference can make all the difference. And where such success are outstanding then honour should be given to whom it is due.”
Explaining the rational behind the initiative, he said “This is the reason the Vanguard Personality of the Year awards was instituted in 2013; to draw attention to the importance of service by celebrating achievement.
As an organization committed to national betterment, it is keeping with is brand promise that this distinction was instituted; to celebrate exceptional achieves in Nigeria. “
Speaking further, he said “The maiden edition saw Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State, emerge as the Vanguard Personality of the Year2012 while Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukuede was also honored as the runner-up.
With this initiative, Vanguard recognised the stellar actions of hardworking individuals, people who have made indelible marks of excellence in our society. They are not reinventing the wheel, but within the wheel, they have found enough space to improve situations that they inherited.”
We’re honoring our greatest–Osoba
Chairman of the event, former governor of Ogun state, Chief Olusegun Osoba urged the audience to observe a one minute silence to those who lost their lives during the Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment exercise.
Chief Osoba, who extolled the virtues of the awardees said “I am here on the order of Sam Amuka, a good friend young man. I thank him for this brilliant idea for honoring those who have contributed to the growth of this nation. Uduaghan, a man of vision is telling us that beyond oil the state can work. Very soon, America will be the biggest exporter of oil. I want to thank governor Uduaghan for thinking about Delta stare beyond oil. Very soon, we must start thinking of Nigeria beyond oil.”
The former governor added that “I want also thank Innocent Chukwuma, he had a modest beginning but today, he is a giant and a star for the younger generation. We are honoring the greatest of the greatest. When I was governor of Ogun state, Aliko Dangote came to ask for land in Ibese and today, his cement company happens to be the largest industry not only in Nigeria but in Africa.”