…says award in recognition of his purposeful leadership, all inclusive-participatory governance
Adegboyega Oyetola, the governor of Osun, has been named the winner of the Nigerian NewsDirect Newspaper’s Best Governor of the Year and Man of the Year award for 2021.
The award was given in celebration of the Governor’s purposeful leadership, all-inclusive-participatory governance, and timely execution of people-oriented policies and programs in the state’s administration over the last three years, according to the statement.
Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi, the Newspaper’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, presented the Governor with the prize nomination letter at his office in Osogbo on Monday.
Ibiyemi complimented Oyetola for leading a people-centered and people-driven administration, claiming that his government’s policies and programs had a significant impact on citizens’ lives.
He described the proposed reward as a motivating gesture intended to push the Governor to do more and not back down from his administration’s commitment to reform the state and develop a thriving economy.
The Newspaper’s Publisher who attributed the outstanding performance of the Governor as a yardstick to merit the award said “this is in recognition of your political will to reform policies that are not people-friendly.”
He added: “We want to celebrate and honour Your Excellency for being resolute and highly determined in your decision making and policies implementation aimed to bring succour and turn around the socio-economic fortunes of Osun.
“It is also in recognition of your huge investment in infrastructure, health, education, mining, and agriculture as well as the ability and dexterity applied to ensure regular payment of full salaries and pensions to active and retired workers.
“We are honouring you as well, for working so hard to increase the revenue profile of the state which has witnessed astronomical improvement in the last three years of your Administration.
“We have seen a high level of transparency, accountability, and probity in the management of the meager resources coupled with your zero loans resolve in spite the biting economic situation in the State.
“This award is also in recognition of the existing peaceful cohesion among political stakeholders, particularly local authorities across the State.”
Governor Oyetola responded by thanking the newspaper’s management for recognizing his administration’s modest accomplishments.
He promised that his government would continue to do more for the people, and he urged newspaper executives to uphold their profession’s standards.