The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has won the Business Day Newspaper Award for State Competitiveness and Good Governance.
The Governor won two awards at the good governance award for 2022.
The event took place on Thursday night at the Abuja Continental Hotel.
The state's Deputy Governor, Manassah Daniel Jatau, received the two awards on behalf of the governor as contained in a statement on Friday by Ismaila Uba Misilli, spokesperson to the governor.
According to Misilli, the publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Business Day Media, Frank Aigbogun said the event was created to ensure leaders at the sub-national levels of governance imbibe the culture of hard work and deliver the dividends of democracy to the citizens.
He noted that Governor Yahaya competed with other governors in various categories and emerged winner in two of the categories.
He said Yahaya won the awards for Most Improved State on Ease of Doing Business and Most Improved State in Rural and Urban Development.
He added that the governor won after the Award Committee, made up of eminent personalities, gathered primary data through on-the-spot assessments and analysis of secondary data provided on different socio-economic parameters.
"We have seen great strides in Gombe State since the coming of Governor Inuwa Yahaya.
"We have heard of his exploits in the health sector, infrastructure, rural development and investment drive.
"Just few days ago we witnessed as his state clinched the number one spot in the Ease of Doing Business ranking.
"No wonder His Excellency is a regular recipient of our Competitiveness awards.
"We congratulate His Excellency and we encourage him to continue to do more", Aigbogun stated.
Receiving the award on behalf of the governor, Jatau described the recognition as a challenge to do more.
He appreciated the media outfit for rewarding hardwork and excellence in governance.
"Let me begin by appreciating the Publishers of Business Day for this recognition and award.
"It is a very important job you have done.
"Just last week we received an award as the best state in ease of doing business and and another on pro- labour policies by the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, and here we are today receiving another set of awards on excellence in public service.
"For us receiving an award is a challenge.
"A burden and expectation on us to do more.
"Based on the system Theory, none can do anything alone.
"We appreciate the contributions of all the people of the State who made this award a possibility.
"Therefore the award is dedicated to all the people resident in the state for their various contributions towards the success of our administration.
"I invite you all to Gombe State to visit the 1000 hectares, Muhammadu Buhari Industrial Park where we have provided all facilities including a dedicated source of power from Dadinkowa Dam, state- of- the- art infrastructure and social amenities as well as peaceful atmosphere for businesses to thrive.
"I also invite you to come and invest in Gombe State.
"We have the friendliest environment for business operations".
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