The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has again been awarded the best governor of the year in the area of achievement, prudence and accountability.
Receiving the award at the 13th annual anniversary of Gateway News Update, held at Iwe-Iroyin, Abeokuta, Amosun appreciated the publisher of the Magazine for the yearly honour accorded government functionaries, saying “it is the tonic that motivates us in the task bestowed on us by the good people of the State’’.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, Governor Amosun maintained that the outfit has been a partner in progress that has assisted in sustaining the success recorded by this administration in its resolve to rebuild the State.
Speaking on the theme, ’‘The Role of Community Media and Nigerians at Tackling Insecurity in Nigeria’’, Amosun said it was coming at the time the nation’s existence was being threatened by diverse security challenges, noting that “It is worrisome, because, if not nipped in the bud, this development may hinder the cherished democracy, which has been uninterrupted for 19 years. We should rise above political leanings to confront the insecurity in the land, as all of us are stakeholders in the building of a united and prosperous Nigeria”.
He however urged community media to serve as the fulcrum on which the fight against insecurity rests.
Earlier in his welcome address, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of Gateway News Update, Mr Tunde Omolaolu, commended Ogun State government for the developmental strides, especially on roads, saying he is God sent to right the wrong in the State.
He however appealed to politicians not to make politics a do or die affair, especially now that the 2019 general elections draw nearer.
One of the awardees, the former Head of Service in Ogun State, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle in her acceptance speech, appreciated the efforts of the publisher in bringing information closer to the people at the grassroots, enjoining other awardees in both government and private organisations to believe in themselves and continue to do what was right.
Other awardees included; Professor Wole Soyinka, who bagged the Most Valuable Citizen of Nigeria, former Chief of Staff to Ogun State Govrernor, Chief Tolu Odebiyi, the Outstanding Chief of Staff in Ogun State, Alake of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and the Olu and Paramount Ruler of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, were awarded Outstanding Royal Fathers in Ogun State, among others.