The Guardian (Lagos)

4 September 2001

Nigeria: Presidential Awards for Governors, Council Chiefs

For state governors and council chairmen who excel in the implementation of people-oriented programmes in their areas of jurisdiction, there is cheering news.

Such public officers will in November this year receive awards from President Olusegun Obasanjo at a special ceremony to be held in Abuja.

Disclosing this at a forum in Bauchi at the weekend, Information and National Orientation Minister, Prof. Jerry Gana said: "We want democracy to be deep-rooted in Nigeria and that can only be achieved through the re-affirmation of the confidence of our people in themselves and in government.

"For a robust growth of the economy, we must revive the country's productive capacities through the provision of an enabling environment and adequate infrastructure.

In his addrress, Governor Adamu Mu'azu said that his administration had created a conducive environment to attract investments.

"Our working visits to some foreign countries have started yielding positive results, especially in the management of the Bauchi Meat Product Company," he said.

"We have already signed an agreement to draw $70,000 from the U.S. trade and development agency for this purpose".

Further assistance is coming for Yankari National Park in terms of materials and equipment.

"This administration has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to establish and strengthen cooperation in various fields.

"We have agreed to collaborate in the development of infrastructure such as the Zeranda Hotel Yankari Spring Water, the second stadium complex, the Arewa Ceramics Industry, open air theatre, Olympic-size swimming pool and the development of agricultural machines," Mua'zu added.

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