It was a night of encomium, panegyric and Award at the Eko Hotel and Suites ,Lagos State, as Vanguard Newspaper honoured some creame de la creame across the country for their meritorious services and excellent achievements in their various fields of endeavour.
The award organized under the auspices of "Vanguard Personality of the Year Awards 2016" recorded the presence of distinguished personalities, including the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Kebbi state Abubakar Bagudu, as well as Governor of Cross Rivers State, Ben Ayade who in line were honoured as Vanguard Governor of the Year 2016. Others who were presented with Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award include, who would receive award include, the former Head of State, Gen.Yakubu Gowon, former Secretary General Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos Catholic Archdiocese, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, among others.
Among others awarded as Vanguard Personality of the Year 2016, was the Governor Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele. Businessman of the Year and Banker of the Year were also among other awards presented. Receiving his award for Vanguard Governor of the Year 2016, the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano said the award was in fulfilment of his administrative legacies in promoting the affairs of the state, saying it would aid to ossify his commitment to the development of the state.
Governor Obiano who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke pointed that one of the objectives of Governor Obiano administration was to positively transform and fortify its economy and make it viable to stand the test of the present economic crunch. The governor charged the people of the state to expect more unending policies that would attract further development, in addition to the already laid down structures and measures targeted at job creation, security , welfare of the people among others. Presentation of awards and many musical display formed the highlight of the event.