Former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, and former Secretary-General of the Common Wealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, weekend, commended Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade, for winning the Vanguard Newspaper Governor of the Year Award.

Gowon and Anyaoku made the commendations at the award ceremony which was held at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Adebule, an unidentified guest, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade at Vanguard Personality Award. Pix by Akeem Salawu.

General Gowon, who urged other governors to emulate Governor Ayade for what he described as welfarist policy, said: “I say welldone to Governor Ayade as I want all other governors to follow his example by taking care of their civil servants because civil servants are the custodians of any good work any governor or even president is doing.”

Voicing his commendation, Chief Anayaoku said: “Governor Ayade  is clearly one of the best performing governors in Nigeria today. He has kept faith by paying salaries regularly to workers.”

Anyaoku who also charged other governors to follow in the footsteps of Ayade, maintained that   “Governor Ayade is a perfoming governor and I am glad to see that he was recognised by Vanguard Newspapers for the award. I will want to encourage all the governors to emulate him and pay greater attention to the management of the resources in their states and to set the right priorities by developing infrastructure, welfare of their workforce and development of greater capacity for their internally generated revenues. They should also pay attention to agriculture.”


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