Chief Godson Ezenagu and wife.
The chairman, Anambra Housing Development Corporation, Chief Godson Ezenagu, has received the Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award of Integrity and Transparency.
The event took place at the conference hall of the Housing Corporation Headquarters in Awka.
The award was presented to him by the ECOWAS Youth Council on behalf of the over two hundred million West African youths. Presenting the award, the president, ECOWAS Youth Council, Ambassador Williams Lousio, said they had chosen Chief Ezenagu for distinguishing himself in promoting young people's yearning for education, and for being a man of great integrity and youth empowerment.
The President of EYC, Mr Williams Oluwaseun, said the award was designed by the apex youth movement in the sub-region to recognise those who had contributed to the wellbeing of the people, irrespective of religion or tribe.
Oluwaseun said Ezenagu was chosen for the award based on his nomination and screening which showed him as a lover of youth, philanthropist and nation builder
He called for concerted efforts by leaders of the West African sub-region to address the challenges of youths, including illiteracy, lack of employment and violence.
'This award is a challenge to the recipient to do more for less privileged persons and the entire West African sub-region.
'We, the youth of West Africa, need more men and women with commitment to the cause of youths, dedication to service and great sense of philanthropy like our recipient, Ezenagu, has demonstrated,' he said.
Other members who spoke included Mr David Gemo from Liberia; Mr Mama Sowe from Gambia and Apostle Michael Madubueze, Nigerian Representative, ECOWAS Youth Council.
Receiving the award, Chief Ezenagu said that the award would motivate him to do more under APGA, a party he described as the movement of the people and for the people.
Expressing his elation at the award, he pledged to work for humanity, both in public and private life.
According to him, the award had placed a greater burden on him to serve the people more transparently and dispassionately because good work had its reward.
In an interview, the 2015 All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, candidate for Awka North and South Federal Constituency, urged workers in the state to take advantage of the mortgage system to key into the housing programmes of the government.
Hon. Ezenagu said that the Anambra State Government had a robust relationship with the Federal Mortgage Bank which workers in the state could take advantage of to own their houses but which was not being accessed.
The housing corporation boss said that Gov. Willie Obiano, at the moment, had over five low and medium housing layouts with between 250 and 750 blocks each.
He noted that they were a demonstration of his resolve to check housing deficits, especially in the city centres.
He urged the working class, especially youths in various walks of life, to embark on long term planning to avoid the disappointment that came with unplanned retirement.
'We have an aggressive approach to housing and that is why at the present, over five schemes are at various stages of completion by the government.
'Painfully, the workers are not keying into this because they do not tap into the opportunities that abound in the mortgage system.
'It takes one who plans well ahead to understand that these houses can be owned even without cash.
'Civil servants should explore the opportunities in the good relationship between the Federal Government through the Federal Mortgage Bank and the state government,' he said.
The Special Assistant to the Governor on Power and Water Resources, Barrister Victor Meju, while appreciating Chief Ezenagu for being a mobilizer at the grassroots, described the award as a well-deserved honour.
The event had in attendance political stakeholders and stalwarts from within and outside the state, including the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Chief Chikaodili Anarah, and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, Mr. John Nwokoye.