The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has been conferred with the best governor award for infrastructural support to micro and small enterprises activities by President Goodluck Jonathan.
At the award ceremony organized by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Abuja yesterday, the president who was represented by his deputy, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, extolled qualities of the awardees in poverty alleviation and said the administration would vigorously pursue its transformation agenda.
Giving reasons for the award on Chief 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 the administration of Chief Akpabio.
According to Mallam 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, potable water supply, rural electrification, healthcare delivery and other ancillary projects in the form of reconstruction of existing structures.