Sanusi was commended for sustaining banking reforms in Nigeria.
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, has been conferred with the 2013 Central Bank Governor of the year award.
This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by Ugochukwu Okoroafor, Director of Communications of the Central Bank.
It said the award was conferred on Sanusi at the seventh African Banker Awards gala dinner which held on Wednesday at the Taj Palace, Marrakech, Morocco.
The statement said Omar Ben Yedder, Publisher, African Banker, said the award committee recognised Mr. Sanusi’s outstanding work in the past years in sustaining banking reforms in Nigeria. It commended Mr. Sanusi for ensuring stability in macro economy, protecting the independence of the central bank, enhancing many aspects of Nigerian banking, and adoption of new technologies for financial inclusion.
It also lauded the governor for his continuous modernisation and more transparent disclosures, including adopting higher reporting standards for banks. The committee said that the latter reforms were having an impact not only on the banking industry but on the country as a whole.
The statement said that Sanusi had been continuously singled out by many of his banking peers, international bankers, investors and development partners as a reformist governor with integrity, candour, energy and exceptional courage.
“There is no doubt that Africa’s improved reputation today is in large part owed to the achievements of leaders like you. Our event partners wholeheartedly cherish your exceptional contribution to the economic and social development of the African continent,” the award committee was quoted as saying.
Mr. Sanusi’s tenure as Central Bank governor will come to an end in 2014 and he had said that he would not seek a re-appointment for the position.