The
high-performing governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has been
named winner of this year’s edition of the Nigeria Integrity and
Anti-corruption Awards.
According
to Ethics and Corporate Compliance Institute of Nigeria who instituted
the awards, Governor Obiano earned the confidence of the awards panel
for his commitment to public safety and security.
In
the words of Dr Dagogo Lawrence, a spokesman of the institute,
“Governor Obiano has demonstrated that the challenge of securing of
lives and property could be prioritised and achieved with prudent
leadership and focused direction.”
Speaking
further, he explained that “in a very short while in these times of
insecurity he has eradicated armed robbery and kidnapping in Anambra
State and people who could not return home under previous regimes in the
state for fear of insecurity and kidnappings now throng the state on
regular basis. This has given fillip to commercial activities and
investment drive in the state.”
Providing
further insight into the awards, Dr Lawrence explained that the award
was instituted to “uphold and applaud the courage, determination and
great strides that many individuals, companies, government agencies and
other organizations have made in improving and integrating Good
Governance, Integrity and Anti-corruption in the conduct of their
businesses, professional or public service activities within and outside
Nigeria.”
The
award places responsibilities on the Honourees as they are expected to
renew their commitment to the ideals of good governance, transparency,
integrity, ethics and compliance and not only are they to expect the
same degree of commitment from colleagues, agents and other third
parties but also they are expected to communicate such expectations.
Throwing
more light on the awards, Sir Agabaidu Jideani a Director of the
Institute stated that “our award winners and honourees provide a sense
of hope and empowerment – they demonstrate that it is possible for
Nigerians and people operating in Nigeria to conduct their affairs,
businesses &, offices in a manner that places premium on ethics,
compliance, anti-corruption and integrity.”
Speaking
further he observed that “Nigeria has paid and continues to pay huge
costs in “reputational capital” for corrupt practices both real and
imagined. Consequently our country requires champions and role models
who would illuminate the path to integrity and inspire others to action.
By this award the honourees have been recognized as champions and role
models.”
Also
honoured along with Governor Obiano are Senate President Senator David
Mark, Former Foreign Minister and Commonwealth Secretary General Chief
Emeka Anyaoku, former First Lady Dr. Maryam Babangida, the Coordinating
Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance Mrs Ngozi OKonjo-Iweala
and former Nigerian High Commissioner to St. James Court UK Dr.
Christopher Kolade.
Other
winners include the Exam Ethics Project, The Convention for Business
Integrity, the Pan African University, Diamond Bank, The Nigerian Armed
Forces & the Civilian JTF, the late Professor Chike Obi.

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