The State of Osun has again been rated as the best state on Rural, Urban Development and Youths, Sport Development in Nigeria.
The state on Wednesday night bagged two separate awards during the Business Day 2013 states competitiveness and Good Governance awards held at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Inland, Lagos.
State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola bagged the best governor award on Urban and Rural Infrastructural Development and secondly as the best governor on Youth and Sport Development.
On the rural and urban development award, Osun beat other nine states nominated for the award which included Akwa Ibom, Edo, Gombe, Imo Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Rivers .
Aregbesola also beat other five state governors which included Delta, Cross River, Rivers and Lagos as the best governor on youth and sports development.
The awards are in 13 categories comprising Award for Excellence in Governance, Transparency in Governance, Best Governor in Education Development, Best Governor in Healthcare Development, Best Governor in Agriculture among others.
The Deputy Governor, State of Osun, Mrs Grace Laoye Tomori while receiving the first award on behalf of the governor attributed the winning of the awards to the proactiveness of the governor.
Secetary to the State Government ,Alhaji Manshood Adeoti received the second award on behalf of the state governor.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola and other members of the state executive council were present at the award night.
Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Ameachi and Chairman ,Nigeria Governors Forum bagged the award of the best governor on educational development while Abia State Governor Theodore Orji also got two separate awards on health care and security.
Governor Orji was represented by the Deputy Governor, Sir Emeka Anamadi at the event.
In his remarks, the publisher of the Newspaper, Frank Ayigbogun, said the selection of the award was based on the research by the Business Day intelligent reports, tour of the states and the entries submitted by the states.
He said the award was organised to celebrate the hardworking governors whose efforts are contributing to the national development.
State of Osun executive council members at the ceremony include the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, Commissioner for Health, Mrs Temitope Ilori, Commissioner for Finance ,Dr Wale Bolorunduro, Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Sanitation, Mr Bola Ilori among others.