Anambra State Government has distances itself from some awards being promoted by some groups or NGOs with a bogus caption as “ANAMBRA Awards” which it noted confuses or deceives the public.
A release signed by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Christian Aburime said the “awards “ are scheduled to hold on 1st July, 2023 at the Stanel Event Centre, Awka and disclosed that
the Government has received several calls from unsuspecting persons who assume that the Government is involved in the “awards”.
It explained that the state government respects “free speech” and the right of any individual or group to express their opinions about anyone through recognitions or “awards”, and for whatever “purpose” but pointed out that the title of such awards or recognitions, must not leave anyone in doubt that such represent the personal and subjective “opinions” of the awarding group or NGO.
It noted that reputable newspapers and organizations give their annual “man of the year” awards but they are sincere to appropriately caption them as: “The Sun Man of the Year”, “Vanguard Man of the Year”, etc and do not caption their awards in a manner to confuse them with Nigeria’s National Honours— exclusively awarded by the Federal Government, as approved by the National Council of State.
It noted that Anambra State has the State Awards, which have the imprimatur of the State Government and made it clear that the state government is not aware or associated with the so-called “Anambra Awards”.
The release said that Anambra State Government has a responsibility to guard against any misuse of the name of the state, especially to the unsuspecting public.