BY CHIKA IBENEME
Rational thinkers have continued to wonder why men who are supposed to be role models and exemplary characters to the people should connive with
However, it is time for this group to stop. It is not out of place for a governor to stand firm against those that plunder the treasury of the state. Anambra money must work for Ndi Anambra and must never end up in private pockets. Happily, the governor is judiciously using the money to develop the undeveloped areas that were abandoned for years.
It is also not a taboo for a governor to chat economic and viable blueprints that have been proven to be effective and enduring for the state. Peddling lies and blackmails therefore will never stop Chief Obiano from cresting a robust economy in Anambra state. He is not even distracted by these sinister and selfish individuals who are bent on throwing the state into chaos.
In Nigeria today, Anambra is best in security and it did not just come by default. Governor Obiano painstakingly drew the road map and religiously implemented it without minding whose ox is gored. The state that used to be a flash point for criminal activities is now an investment and business haven. This is because Obiano is sincere about the protection of lives and property of Ndi Anambra.
The hitherto notorious Upper Iweka axis of Onitsha and Okpoko suburbs are now free of criminalities. The once dreaded Awka road is now serene and quiet. Iyiowa Odekpe, Onitsha-Owerri road, Idemili Bridge and the famous Nkpor Junction are now habitable. Armed robbers no longer write letters to Fegge community, informing them of what to keep for them before going to sleep. People are no longer living in fear in Anambra state.
In Anambra, bank robberies and kidnappings no longer trend. People should make enquiries about what is currently happening in some other states. Yet, fifth columnists peddle lies against a man that gave us peace. Ndi Anambra cannot forget what Chief Obiano is able to do with the meager resources in his disposal. Are we talking of the roads, the bridges, health facilities, street lights, water rehabilitation projects and other infrastructures? What of the welfare of Anambra workers and human capital development?
No doubt, Ndi Anambra have not forgotten how they took chieftaincy titles and had traditional marriages at Abuja, Lagos and other cities for fear of being kidnapped in the village before the administration of Chief Obiano came on board. To the glory of God, the story is no longer the same; everybody is free now. It is also only in Anambra state that a sitting governor was kidnapped and locked up in the toilet of a hotel room and nothing happened.
Today, under Obiano’s watch, Anambra is an investment destination melting point. These investment inflows have, more or less, created many job opportunities and self developments for Ndi Anambra. People no longer look up to the government for employment, rather, the companies and businesses springing up everywhere in the state create better opportunities for them.
The foreign direct investments flowing into Anambra’s economy improve the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of the state. The internally generated revenue is improving gradually which leverage on the investments and businesses coming into the state for the provision of basic amenities for Ndi Anambra.
On Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, Governor Obiano created Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA) to avail soft and single digit loans to the youths who are interested in agriculture, cottage industries and other viable businesses. Over fifty thousand youths have benefitted from this programme. A walk to Ogbunike shoes cluster will expose one to the marvelous work Chief Obiano is doing there through ASBA.
Thus, we call on Ndi Anambra to shun and condemn the activities of these wicked individuals who want to take us back to Egypt. We have a man of peace as a governor. Akpokuodike preaches peace and love because he believes that where love and charity abide, there God is found. Anambra is in God’s hands.