Saturday, 21 January 2017


By Kingsley Ezekwelu

Anambra state has never had it so good since inception of the state in Aug 1991, in terms of citizens' welfare, infrastructural provision, tactical arrest of rural/urban drift, provision of security of lives/property of citizens, attraction of local/foreign direct investments, sports excellence and reasserting of education prowess of the state and so on, until the emergence of the leadership of Gov Willie Obiano(Akpokue Dike Global).
His unique leadership model has remained futuristic and reassuring. It's on record that he introduced a peace committee for the resolution of conflicts/misunderstandings between the Fulani herdsmen and their host communities in the state long before the issue became a national malady. Again, in order not to mortgage the welfare of the state and her future generations, the governor declined taking the bailout funds even in the face of its superficial attractions.
He has since disbursed the Central Bank of Nigeria-backed N2billion small/medium scale industries loan to the citizens, with the specified 60% going to women. This has visibly transformed and revolutionized the agriculture sector in the state that from monthly export of vegetables alone, the hitherto poor rural citizens today earn above $5million. Little wonder the governor has requested the Federal Government through the CBN and the Ministry of Agriculture to positively consider increasing the sectorial grant to N5billion so as to triple the economic gains already recorded in the sector in the state.
Having become a model, the Federal Government recently sent high powered team led by the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe and some state governors to come to see things for themselves and understudy what has come to be known as the 'Obiano agric Magic'. Clearly no one was left in doubt that they were overwhelmed with what they saw which was just a fraction of the reality on ground. Next time, they would be taken round the six pilot communities and council areas where the international best grade vegetables are grown, for them to see for themselves what has put Gov Willie Obiano and his state on top of the world map in supplies and distribution of nutritious vegetables worldwide.
Also, the popular but scarce Anambra Rice, wearing an upgraded package has returned to all markets in the state and prominent supermarkets across the country. It's a world beater in price, quality and value.
The governor, popularly called "Akpokuedike" quickly introduced a first-of-its-kind economic stimulus package to help cushion the effect of impact of the nationwide prevailing recession on the citizens across all classes. To put direct smiles on the faces of all citizens of the state, and to ensure social development and infrastructure upgrade spread far and wide into all communities of the state, Gov Obiano recently came up with "Choose a N20million project" for all the 177 communities in the state. The projects, all sponsored by the state government but chosen by the relevant communities had been mandated by the governor to be completed in all the communities between now and January 2017. This programme according to the state government was with a view of making the people part of governance, by giving them opportunity to air their views, opinion and the privilege to choose and determine what they really want government to do for them.
More so, the measure to cushion effect of economic recession on the people has clearly shown a significant practical show of love in action.
Also where other states have been imposing heavy and multiple levies and fees on students and pupils, Gov Obiano waived it all. He has just given automatic employment to all physically challenged graduates. This was true evidence that the Obiano led administration administers governance with human face. Consequently, every well meaning citizen have therefore been yearning for him to go for a second term in the interest of our children, and our children's children.

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