Tuesday, 28 March 2017

THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF GOV. WILLIE OBIANO IN ANAMBRA STATE


By PRINCE OKPALA
 
This year is already turning out to be a very interesting one. One
interesting things is that it is a year of election in Anambra State;
and all eyes are focused on the State. Many people will be
disappointed at the end of the day because what they expect will not
come to pass.

God is going to intervene to make the election very smooth, we are
confident that All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA is going to win the
forth coming Anambra State governorship election primarily because
their candidate, the incumbent, Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has
performed excellently in the past three years on the saddle.
The people of the state are very happy with the Governor because he
has performed well.

A visit to Anambra state would show that things are working and the
people are happy, workers are being paid as and when due, roads are
being constructed and re-habilitated, security is being beefed up
,health facilities are being provided, and bridges are being
constructed.

Last December, the Anambra State Government paid the workers’ salaries
on the 20th of the month, all leave allowances and pensions were paid
on the 20th of the same month. So there was no liability brought
forward into 2017 and every civil servant in Anambra State received a
bag of rice produced in the state. As at the time Governor Willie
Obiano came into office, the production capacity of rice in the State
was seventy eight thousand metric tons, but today Anambra produces two
hundred and thirty thousand metric tons of rice.

From the way things are going, in the next two to three years, Anambra
will become a net exporters of rice. The state capital of Anambra
state now wears a new look, three brand new fly over have been
constructed in the city and there is street light everywhere,
beautiful roads in the state capital and what used to be a local
government headquarter has now became a real state capital courtesy of
the wisdom, ingenuity and integrity of Governor Obiano.

Recently, the administration completed two long bridges at two
different locations in the State. Despite the economic crunch, the
government is still fulfilling its obligations to the people.
Agriculture has received a boost in Anambra State as the State now
exports Ugwu leaf, Spinach and bitter-leaf to Europe. Ugwu,
bitter-leaf and spinach from the state are said to be the best in the
world and that is now fetching Anambra solid found Exchange.

Today, Anambra State is arguably one of the most secure states one can
think of. Throughout the month of December during the yuletide, there
was no single shot fired by armed robbers, and no single case of
kidnapping, indeed there were no incidents of crime in the State. This
is a great feat because there can never be economic development or
political stability without adequate security.

Other states in the country are leveraging emulating Anambra State in
security, no wonder President Muhammadu Buhari urged other governors
to take a cue from what Governor Obiano has been doing in the area of
security and prompt payment of workers emoluments. Indeed, Anambra
state is experiencing a new era and things are moving very smoothly.
This is why there is no vacancy in the government house, because the
people have been benefiting immensely from the Obiano administration.

Currently, there are one hundred and eighty one projects going on in
each of the one hundred and eighty one communities in Anambra state
under the do it yourself scheme involving twenty million naira
investment to each community. By June this year, another twenty
million naira worth of projects would be awarded in each community
under the second phase of the scheme. No doubt, in the next one or two
months, the Governor would be busy commissioning these one hundred and
eighty one projects across the state. This is one major reason why the
people are bent on re- electing Governor Obiano.

It is also important to note that the Anambra State government has
awarded contract for one hundred and eleven roads that will be ready
in the next few months, before serious rain set in. These are apart
from the ongoing existing roads projects across the state. Almost all
the nooks and crannies have been lighted up, all the major cities in
Anambra are lighted up at night that wherever you go it’s like day
break at night in Anambra state. This is courtesy of the wisdom and
understanding of the Governor.

In the area of health, the state government has awarded contract for
three hundred and twenty six health centres one in each ward in the
state.

These are being done seamlessly as if there is no recession in the
country. The Governor had promised the people that they would glide
through economic recession without any serious impact on their lives,
and this is coming to pass. I think in terms of performance, Governor
Williams Obiano has performed excellently. He has indeed performed
beyond expectations. So who are those competing against the Governor?
What pedigree are they bringing on board? Governor Obiano soars like
an eagle and like a tower. As things stand today, nobody can match
APGA in any theatre of political battle. The people are ready to
support APGA.

For instance when the issue of defections comes up one can only see
people moving from the chaotic and factionalized and dying PDP into
the struggling APC. So APGA does not suffer any defection in any
quarter, the party is intact. In fact many people trooping into APGA
even as the election draws nearer. But the party chose not to make it
a big deal because it is not under any pressure.

The performance of the Governor is a testament to his indefatigable
determination to enthrone probity, speedy development and security in
Anambra state. However, the people must be mindful of the activities
of political hagiographers and miscreants who move about as saviors of
the people when in actual fact, they are urban masqueraders.
Nigeria is bigger than any individual and when people continue to fan
the embers of hate and engage in ethnic jingoism it calls for so much
concern. They must realize that they are not in politics to destroy or
cast aspersions on the people, a practice that has unfortunately
become a way of life for most politicians in this clime. But they
should bear in mind that they do not have any other business being in
government than to deliver quality services to the people.

This is the orientation of Governor Obiano that has made him an
uncommon achiever.
The opposition has seen his outstanding and unmatched credentials that
is why they have tried all kinds of ways to malign him, even when the
governor traveled abroad for a deserved rest, they began to peddle
rumors that he was ill and flown abroad. But the bubble burst when he
returned hale and hearty.

Some people talk about what happened in Ondo state. But Ondo is not
Anambra. Former Governor Mimiko of Ondo state made a fundamental
mistake of jumping ship and when people jump from one party to
another, what they are doing is that they are leaving their fortunes
behind and jumping into uncertainty. That was what happened to Mimiko
and he gave the APC an opportunity to over-run his state because there
was a serious crisis before the election and even two days to the
election, the problem had not been resolved, so it made it easier for
APC to win the state.

So Miiko caused his own down-fall in Ondo state, he jumped from labour
to PDP and he could not manage his successes in the PDP. So he allowed
people to hijack the party from him and before he knew it, they swept
the carpet off his feet. PDP was divided and they who are divided
against themselves can never stand.

But the scenario is different in Anambra state, there is no crisis in
APGA, it is as united as ever and there is no bad blood in the
government of Anambra state. The National Chairman of APGA, Dr Victor
Ike Oye declared recently “we have handed Anambra state to God, God
brought Obiano to help us develop the state and give Anambra state a
break from the destructive path that they always known. We are
witnessing today is economic boom, poetical stability, better life for
the people happiness and joy and that will continue as long as
Governor William Obiano is in the saddle”.

Today a lot of people are grand standing, calling themselves political
heavyweights. But all these people who are now grand-standing should
come forward with their antecedents. They should tell the people what
good things they have attracted to Anambra state.

Governor Obiano is a political colossus and he is coming with a list
of achievements in this election. Let’s take a look at the case of the
Enugu - Onitsha Express way. As at the last day of November 2016, that
road was impassable when the attention of the minister of works, power
and housing Mr Babatunde Fashola was sought, he came to inspect the
Road, told the Governor that something would be done, but nothing was
done.

The Governor saw the suffering of his people and decided to proffer
some palliatives. The state ministry of works moved to the site and
the road was fixed for those coming home for Christmas. Today this has
brought great relief to everyone including heavy vehicles plying the
road.

The Federal Government owes Anambra state the sum of 43.8 billion
naira for Federal projects undertaken by the state and this has not
been refunded. Anambra has reconstructed over seven Federal roads just
to give the people some reliefs; this is because Governor Obiano is
not the kind of a man that would watch his people suffer. Some people
talk about heavy weights and now they are jumping out of PDP into the
struggling APC, but these are men who have nothing to offer, they are
looking for where the food is ready.

In polities, we have what we call food is ready politicians. They
don’t want to suffer, they go to houses built by others person and
when they get there, they start fighting as if they were the people
that founded the party. But they can’t come to APGA because they know
that there is no vacancy in APGA, because the performance of the
Governor has astounded them.

Ultimately one should see this election as brotherly contest in which
whoever wins takes a mantle. But we know that there would be no serous
fight because political jobbers now masquerading as candidates cannot
match Obiano and APGA which controls the grass roots in Anambra state.
And it is clear that the people of the state are happy with the
Governor.

Most of the electoral losses suffered by the PDP to APC in recent
elections were as a result of bitterness and in-fighting. But the case
is different with Obiano as the Governor does not hold any grudge with
anybody and APGA, his party is not divided. In rivers state, PDP and
APC are in a fight to finish. Anambra does not have that circumstance.

In River State, they have a minister in the person of Mr Rotimi
Amaechi. he is performing, giving jobs to their people, appointing
people into different key strategic positions – NDDC, NIMASA and
others. But what is Anambra Minister Dr. Chris Ngige doing for the
people? Nothing, no jobs, no employment, so what does the APC want to
use to win election in the state?

And most of these people have contested before and lost what has
changed between then and now? Governor Obiano is indeed coming again
to defeat them a second time. There is no vacancy in Anambra state Government House!

BY PRINCE OLIVER OKPALA, A POLITICAL ANALYST

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