The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has been honoured by New Telegraph as ‘the Man of the Year 2021 Economy’

Presenting the award at the New Telegraph Award Night, held at the weekend in Lagos, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said Emefiele described Emefiele as “the governor with a full balance sheet”.

Deputy Governor, CBN, Dr. Kingsley Obiora, who received the award on behalf of the governor, said the honour would “be an impetus for him and the team around him to continue to do the work for the betterment of the bank, the country and all Nigerians.”

Other corporate entities and individuals honoured at the event include the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; his colleague, Mohammed Sani Musa; First Bank Nigeria; Unity Bank PLC and Sanwo-Olu.

Chairman Fidelity Bank and former chief executive of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Mustapha Chike-Obi, had expressed confidence in the capacity of the economy to weather the current storm, saying: “Nigeria is a very promising country. We haven’t reached our potential but we will. You look at countries like China which we try to emulate. China has been around for over a thousand years. We are still a young country and we still make mistakes but if we all love the country, we will fix that.

“The only plea I have for those in power today is to let the young people and all the private sector thrive. The government is not going to save Nigeria but the government can impede the progress of young people. Let us do things that enable our young people to progress. They are the saviour and future of this country.”


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