By Festus Ahon
ASABA – GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has congratulated the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele and Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark on their 2016 Vanguard Personality Awards as Vanguard Man of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards respectively.
Okowa in a statement on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, extolled the leadership qualities and astute contributions of the awardees to the development of Nigeria and Delta State.
Describing the duo as illustrious son of the State, he noted that they have contributed immensely to the economic and political development of the country.
He said: “Mr Emefiele is an illustrious son of Delta State in whom we are well pleased. His astute contributions to the development of the banking industry in Nigeria is legendary and worthy of emulation.
“As a distinguished Deltan, Mr Emefiele has had a remarkable and enviable career in banking culmnating in his appointment as Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, before emerging the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“As Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, we are proud of his achievements in managing the nation’s economy especially in the recessionary period.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate Mr Godwin Emefiele on his award as the Vanguard Man of the Year.”
In a related development, Governor Okowa has also paid glowing tribute to Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark on his Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award.
Okowa noted that the remarkable contributions of Chief Edwin Clark to Niger Delta struggle is legendary and worthy of commendation.
“As leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Clark coordinated the recent resolution of the militancy crisis in the Niger Delta which has effectively stopped the destruction of oil facilities and installations.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, we are proud to identify with Chief Edwin Clark on his Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award,” the governor added.
Governor Okowa also lauded Chief Clark for establishing the Edwin Clark University in the state and called on well meaning Deltans to emulate the Octogenarian.