DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has dedicated the 2013 “Sun Man of the Year Award” to Deltans.
According to him, the award was an honour to Deltans noting that the award ought to have been given to the State as “Delta: State of the year award.”
The Governor made this assertion when he received the Managing Director, Editor-in-Chief of the Sun Newspaper, Mr Femi Adesina in Asaba, expressing gladness that what his administration was doing to better the lives of Deltans were being appreciated.
He observed that his administration places more emphasis on social service delivery of programmes that impact directly on human capital development as against projects that easily catch the attention of the
people and publicity stunts.
Governor Uduaghan noted that it was far more important for him and the administration to meet the people at the point of their needs, adding that the award poses more of challenge to improve further the reduction of infant and maternal mortality rate in the state, since the Delta Beyond Oil initiative to a large extent was positioned to look at different sources of revenue other than oil.
Mr Adeshina told the Governor that they were in the State to officially inform him of the award by the Sun Newspaper.
He stated that the award was given to the Governor because he has ensured that Delta is the first state in the country to have met with the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goal five, which is the reduction of infant mortality rate.
Adesina noted that the Sun Board of Editors voted His Excellency in recognition of the remarkable transformation his administration has brought to bear on education, health, aviation, public infrastructure, and utility sectors in Delta State, adding that among your avalanche of achievements was his paradigm shift programme designed to reposition the State from the age-long total dependence on oil to a beehive of integrated multi-economic activities.
The Sun Newspaper MD stated that it is uncommon but silent effort of the Uduaghan’s administration to improve the quality of living among the people, that the Sun had deemed it appropriate to celebrate His Excellency, hinting that the award ceremony will take place at a later date.
Delta State Government Press Release
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