Monday, 10 October 2016

Gov Obiano has performed .

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Director, Strategic Communications to Governor Willie Obiano, Prince Oliver Okpala, denied allegations that the governor has not done anything to advance the developmental strides of the state, even as he lists some of his achievements so far.

I do not want to waste our time today on the alleged face-off between Governor Willie Obiano and former Governor Peter Obi. But let me just correct the wrong impression that Obiano has not performed and that since Obi left, Anambra State has deteriorated. That is the wrong message in the Platform presentation or at least in the interpretation so far given to whatever allusions Obi made in that gathering. I can assure you that Obiano has performed,” he said in a chat, following it up with an elaborate write-up on the performance of the governor. As he puts it: “The current economic recession in the country has begun to throw up new champions, one of which is Governor Willie Obiano.

“Following his conviction that there would be likely protracted suffering as a result of the recession, Obiano recently took a radical interventional step as it affects the people of his state. In an uncommon feat, he abolished some critical levies and taxes in the state, a move that left many Nigerians dumbfounded and in awe of the exemplary and courageous leadership style of the governor.

In a special broadcast he explained that the abolishment of the levies and taxes was to cushion the effect of the economic downtown on the people. The governor considered it as his duty to alleviate the effect of the economic situation on the grassroots.

His move is no doubt a stimulus package that will ease the pain of the recession and help the state bounce back to prosperity. The truth is that the country is in a painful journey at this time in its history and all kind hearted governments and privileged individuals should find creative ways of alleviating the suffering of the people.

This is what Governor Obiano has done. The government’s intervention came in four key areas: Tax Relief Programme, Special Intervention Programmes for Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs and Large Enterprises, Social Intervention Programme for Low Income Households as well as Intervention in Infrastructure-for-Jobs.

The Tax Relief Programme was meant to evaluate existing taxes, levies and fees in the state and introduce some waivers and in some cases scrap the collection of some illegal levies imposed on the people and this would go a long way to cushion the impact of the recession on households in the state. It included the suspension of the sale of consolidated emblems, the collection of Hawkers Permit on all streets, the collection of Wheelbarrow Tax in all markets, and the imposition of unapproved levies on students in public primary and secondary schools.

According to him, his role as governor is to envisage challenges and provide solutions that will ensure a speedy comeback from difficult situations that require the might of a state government. The overwhelming feeling was that a governor has come out to show the way in an unlikely manner, because in time such as this, governments look for more ways of taking from the people, but the Obiano administration instead, chose to sacrifice for the common man.

This is not the only such people – centred intervention by the governor. Only recently; the administration donated the sum of 10 million naira as palliatives to victims of the Ose-Okwodu Market fire incident of April 2014 in the state. Presenting the money to the 97 beneficiaries at his Aguleri country home in Anambra East Local Area, Obiano said the gesture was in keeping with his promise to the people to continue programmes that will impact positively on their lives.

The government has also donated a 32-seater Toyota Coaster bus and N5million to students of the Federal College of Education (Technical), FCET, Umunze, Anambra State. This was as the governor promised to carry out palliative work on the road leading to the permanent site of the college.

One of the achievements under Governor Obiano is the massive investment inflow that the state has witnessed in the last two years, courtesy of the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, ANSIPPA. In a very short time, the agency has justified the governor’s background as an investment banker with remarkable statistics.

Obiano and his team has shown that given time and resources, they can turn Anambra State into Nigeria’s new postcard for excellence; one can only pray that the good people of the state continue to support the governor’s efforts to build a strong, dynamic, virile, industrialized, economically viable and prosperous Anambra State.

With all of these, it is believed that the people of Anambra State would no doubt continue to support the government for more dividends of democracy, especially as the governor would soon be seeking their blessings for a second term in office.

With heart full of milk and honey, Obiano has shown in practical terms that he is the people’s governor who deserves their votes for a second tenure in office.

“We are confident that the judgment of the people of Anambra State will be fair and favorable as the governor has proven to be a firm believer and a practitioner of good governance. He therefore deserves a second term re-election as the Governor of Anambra State, based on his pedigree and performance in office.”

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