The Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan has been named as the 2014 Silverbird Man of the Year.
The state commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah, who spoke via a statement by his Special Assistant, Mr Paul Mordi ,said: “Just as he ended 2014 on a winning note, Dr. Uduaghan began the new year with another award as the Silverbird Group named him its Man of the Year for 2014.
“His sterling performance in health signposted by the free medical care for children and the elderly as well as the free maternal care for pregnant women, and the micro-credit scheme where over 111,000 Deltans have been empowered to set up their own businesses, were highlighted as part of the programmes Nigerians who traditionally vote for the winner elected Uduaghan the winner.”
Organisers of the annual awards, the Silverbird Group, owners of Silverbird Television network and Rhythm FM, said: “The governor’s massive investment in infrastructure and his success at restoring and sustaining peace and security in the state won the admiration of Nigerians who voted for him.
“The award was decided through popular vote open to all Nigerians and is the latest in the critical appraisal of Uduaghan’s administration by the media.”
Ogeah said the award is in addition to the awards he won in the last weeks of 2014, including the The BusinessDay Governor of the Year award in health category in its Good Governance and State Competitiveness Award.
“The Pilot newspaper Governor of the Year award; the BEN Television award in micro-credit and job creation and Africa Independent Television, AIT, award as Governor of the Year. The award is a just reward for a man that has devoted his energy to creating a new national mentality on development through his Delta Beyond Oil initiative,” he added.