Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke has emerged the winner of the of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies’ Best Governor Award for 2013.
President of AES, Dr. Ausbeth Ajagu disclosed that Imoke emerged winner of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies’ Best Governor Award for 2013 after a thorough and rigorous verification exercise involving undisclosed visitations to all the 36 states to assess developmental strides of the governors which was done without their knowledge.
Ajagu commended the governor for his inclusive leadership quality which has not only empowered the youths but also ensured that they are part of the governance process.
He however praised Imoke for putting Nigeria on the world tourism map through his silent put aggressive development of the tourism infrastructure.
Delivering a lecture with the theme: “Peace as a Panacea for national development,” Imoke said he was particularly surprised to have been singled out for the recognition. He therefore dedicated the award to the entire Cross Riverians,. “The accolade conferred on me today represents the dedication, hard work and commitment that all Cross Riverians have shown as we work together to advance the fortunes of the state.
“We as public servants are merely custodians of the process of driving development. Therefore, this award is not for me but for the wonderful people of Cross River State whom I have had the amazing privilege to serve.”
Imoke particularly acknowledged the foresight and capacity of the organizers of the event and the judges of the award “for contributing to the improvement of governance standard in the country by setting a benchmark against which the performance of public office holders can be assessed.”
The award is a yearly recognition for transformational leadership was bestowed on Governor Imoke for his sterling effort at facilitating rapid infrastructural and human development in Cross River State.