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CELEBRATING THE VANGUARD PERSONALITYOF THE YEAR SPECIAL EDITION 2012

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  • April 14, 2013

    CELEBRATING THEVANGUARD PERSONALITYOF THE YEAR

    SPECIALEDITION

    2012

  • Last week, Eko Hotel & Suites was aglow as political stars converged for the Vanguard Personality of the Year.Governor Rotimi Amaechi

    was being honoured, followed by the very young Aigboje Aig Imoukhuede, who came runner up. I was tickled when Gov Amaechi paid tribute to the Vanguard. Awards. Awards come tumbling in by the droves. He waives them all off, but accepted the Vanguards, because of vanguards intergrity and genuineness.

    Indeed, in its 29 years existence, the paper has maintained the narrow path of truth and honesty. The gorilla path which was popular a while back has now become, so so old fashion. Old is Old, and

    like Siberia, nobody wants to go there. The publisher s insistence on all things whole has paid off and like the lovely bride, we are a shininhg example of all things beautiful.

    Vanguards Personality of the Year is serious business and recipients have truly earned the honour. Chairman of the occassion, Gen . Babangida, who came on his own ticket, paid tributes to the leadership qualities of these two and even managed to throw in a salvo. True to type, we are all left guessing. Did he suggest that Hon. Tambuwal go for president or just any higher office.? keep guessing.

    In this special award edition, we feature some of the personalities and highlights from the Night of Honour.

    Our regular pages will return next week.Enjoy!

    2012 2012

    - REMMY DIAGBARE

    / April 14, 20132 April 14, 2013 / 3

    COVER PHOTO: BAMIYO ISELEMA EMINA

  • Last week, Eko Hotel & Suites was aglow as political stars converged for the Vanguard Personality of the Year.Governor Rotimi Amaechi

    was being honoured, followed by the very young Aigboje Aig Imoukhuede, who came runner up. I was tickled when Gov Amaechi paid tribute to the Vanguard. Awards. Awards come tumbling in by the droves. He waives them all off, but accepted the Vanguards, because of vanguards intergrity and genuineness.

    Indeed, in its 29 years existence, the paper has maintained the narrow path of truth and honesty. The gorilla path which was popular a while back has now become, so so old fashion. Old is Old, and

    like Siberia, nobody wants to go there. The publisher s insistence on all things whole has paid off and like the lovely bride, we are a shininhg example of all things beautiful.

    Vanguards Personality of the Year is serious business and recipients have truly earned the honour. Chairman of the occassion, Gen . Babangida, who came on his own ticket, paid tributes to the leadership qualities of these two and even managed to throw in a salvo. True to type, we are all left guessing. Did he suggest that Hon. Tambuwal go for president or just any higher office.? keep guessing.

    In this special award edition, we feature some of the personalities and highlights from the Night of Honour.

    Our regular pages will return next week.Enjoy!

    2012 2012

    - REMMY DIAGBARE

    / April 14, 20132 April 14, 2013 / 3

    COVER PHOTO: BAMIYO ISELEMA EMINA

  • HONOUR FORAMAECHI & IMOUKHUEDE

    2012 2012

    / April 14, 20134

    BY - JEMI EKUNKUNBOR

    GOV. ROTIMI AMAECHI

    AIG-IMOUKHUEDE

  • HONOUR FORAMAECHI & IMOUKHUEDE

    2012 2012

    / April 14, 20134

    BY - JEMI EKUNKUNBOR

    GOV. ROTIMI AMAECHI

    AIG-IMOUKHUEDE

  • GOVERNOR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI S FOOT PRINTS

    In choosing Governor Amaechi, consideration was taken of the numerous infrastructural projects initiated by the governor which helped to address long standing complaints about life in one of the oldest capital cities in the country, Port-Harcourt. But even beyond that, editors were moved by the passion and drive of the Amaechi administration to touch the citizenry with human capacity building projects, notably in the areas of education and agriculture.Despite his sometimes blunt political visage, Governor Amaechi has won the admiration of friends and foes for his administrations projects many of which, have become benchmark for many other governors in the country.

    The 500 model primary schools built in the first term of the governor, of which 250 have been fully equipped and commissioned, have altered the negative drift from public schooling in the state with many private schools losing pupils to the government funded model primary schools.The schools equipped with state of the art libraries, teaching facilities, playrooms, auditoria, and dispensaries are easily comparable to the best in many parts of the world. Each primary school is also equipped with ICT facility, basketball pitch, volleyball pitch, a sick bay and nursery playgroup.According to the governor all a student needs to come with after admission is the clothing he or she is putting on at the beginning of the school year.As a way of ensuring sustenance in standards, the state administration has opened the secondary schools to the management of a foreign education consultancy, Educomp Solution.In the area of healthcare, the Amaechi administration in its first four years, fully built and equipped 160 primary health care centres in all 23 local government areas. The government has also opened a state of the art hospital in Port-Harcourt, named after one of the states leading lights in the area of medicine, Prof. Kelsey Harrison.

    The administrations achievements in the area of agriculture have also been revolutionary even though, hidden from the eyes of the urban dwellers.

    Besides four fish farms in Buguma, Andoni, Opobo and Ubima and a 100 hectare banana farm in Ogoni which is projected to be expanded to 250 hectares, the government has also established an integrated farm modeled after the Songhai farm in Porto Novo.

    The Rivers model of Songhai is about 20 times the size of that in Porto Novo and integrates livestock, arable farming, fishery, snail farming and poultry.The administration has also established a 2,000-hectare farm in Etche with a total available land space of 3,000 hectares. The farm is projected to cost $140 million and is being established in conjunction with a foreign technical partner and it is expected to have 300 farming houses which would accommodate 300 farming families living and working in the farm.Remarkably, the farm projects some of which were established with foreign technical partners contributed significantly to the reduction of criminality given the high emoluments offered to farm hands some who go home with six figure salaries monthly.

    AIG-IMOUKHUEDES DAY OF HONOUR TOO...

    Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede is a man of far reaching vision whose steps have set standards for others in his chosen profession.His efforts did not come without challenge, but in all, Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede successfully navigated the several obstacles that consumed many of his contemporaries. Besides laurels in his core competence in banking, Aig-Imoukhuede is also a member of the Federal Governments Economic Management Team.

    Given his sterling efforts it is not surprising that Aig-Imoukuede was picked by the administration to do the job where many angels supposedly would have dared. As chairman of the Presidential Task Force on the Verification, Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede brought an unusual commitment to his job where neither friend nor foe was spared in the audit of the public purse.

    / April 14, 20136

    BY - EMMANUEL AZIKEN AND EMEKA MAMMAH

    2012 201220122012 2012

    April 14, 2013 / 7

    THE MCs

    THE ARTISTS

    THE DANCERS

    GORDONS AND HOLY MALLAM

    OMAWUNMI

    YEMI SAX

    TIMI DAKOLO

  • GOVERNOR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI S FOOT PRINTS

    In choosing Governor Amaechi, consideration was taken of the numerous infrastructural projects initiated by the governor which helped to address long standing complaints about life in one of the oldest capital cities in the country, Port-Harcourt. But even beyond that, editors were moved by the passion and drive of the Amaechi administration to touch the citizenry with human capacity building projects, notably in the areas of education and agriculture.Despite his sometimes blunt political visage, Governor Amaechi has won the admiration of friends and foes for his administrations projects many of which, have become benchmark for many other governors in the country.

    The 500 model primary schools built in the first term of the governor, of which 250 have been fully equipped and commissioned, have altered the negative drift from public schooling in the state with many private schools losing pupils to the government funded model primary schools.The schools equipped with state of the art libraries, teaching facilities, playrooms, auditoria, and dispensaries are easily comparable to the best in many parts of the world. Each primary school is also equipped with ICT facility, basketball pitch, volleyball pitch, a sick bay and nursery playgroup.According to the governor all a student needs to come with after admission is the clothing he or she is putting on at the beginning of the school year.As a way of ensuring sustenance in standards, the state administration has opened the secondary schools to the management of a foreign education consultancy, Educomp Solution.In the area of healthcare, the Amaechi administration in its first four years, fully built and equipped 160 primary health care centres in all 23 local government areas. The government has also opened a state of the art hospital in Port-Harcourt, named after one of the states leading lights in the area of medicine, Prof. Kelsey Harrison.

    The administrations achievements in the area of agriculture have also been revolutionary even though, hidden from the eyes of the urban dwellers.

    Besides four fish farms in Buguma, Andoni