Ugwuanyi, Obiano, Bello, Nwodo Jnr, others honoured at Starlite Newspapers awards
Starlite Newspapers has conferred its awards on Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State; Gov. WillieObiano, Anambra State; Gov. Yahaya Bello, Kogi State and notable businessman, Mr Charles Nwodo Jnr, Executive Chairman and Founder of XL Africa Group Limited. Also honoured is Prof Charles Arinzechuwkwu Igwe, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and others.
The awards were presented at the newspaper’s second yearly award and lectures series held recently at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with the theme, Economic Diversification and the Self-sustainability options for Enugu State.
According to the newspaper’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Mr Harrison Ogara, the awards are presented to these individuals as recognition of excellent leadership and contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s economy through cross-sectoral activities in Nigeria and across West Africa.
In his words, “it is important to identify people who have contributed immensely to the economic growth of this nation as it is popularly said, give honour to whom honour is due.”
Speaking at the event, the chairman of the occasion, Prof. Osita Ogbu, noted that the theme of the occasion is coming at a time when diversification for structural change is needed.
He said, “There is a need for diversity to provide a cushion for the turmoil in Nigeria as it will help build a resilient economy.”
In his keynote address, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said there is a need to develop skills, activate local potential, and expand production capacity for economic growth and self-sustainability.
He decried the negligence of farm produce by the Federal and state governments that have the potential of improving the economy of Nigeria.
He stated, “there is a need for reorientation of ideas that will make us grow as a people and as a nation.”
Ogara, in his closing remark, charged everyone to identify sustainable options for economic diversification and to seek ways through which these options could be domesticated to develop other streams of income for the country as well as its citizens.