This Day (Lagos)

26 June 2014

Nigeria: I Have Laid Solid Foundation for Anambra, Says Obiano

After just 100 days in office, Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday boasted that he had laid a solid foundation for the total transformation of the state into one worthy of emulation in all sectors of development.

In a broadcast to the people of the state to kick-start a three-day activities lined up for the celebration of his 100 days in office, Obiano who was elected governor of the state on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 16, 2013 governorship election, said the foundation laid was a fulfillment of the promise he made during his swearing-in on March 17, this year to bequeath to the people a state where the fundamentals for progress and prospects are brighter today than ever before.

In furtherance of this, the governor said he had consulted widely with different segments of the society wherein he tried to build a consensus among "Our people and earn the confidence of stakeholders", culminating in the hugely successful stakeholders' forum held with Anambra's illustrious sons and daughters in Awka June 14.

The governor said his score-card in all sectors including security, roads, agriculture, trade and commerce, oil and gas, education, health, transport, environment, housing and the New Awka Capital City in the last 100 days is just reflective of his administration's grim determination to attract development to the state and give its citizens a better life.

For instance, his administration, he said, had within the period under review inaugurated a Joint Task force on security known as: "Operation Kpochapu," which is now in "war" with criminal elements in the state and which had arrested a total of 77 kidnappers and chased a great number of them out of the state thereby making the state one of the safest and most secured states in the country today.

The administration, he also said, had successfully flagged off the construction of 14 new roads across the state totalling 167.494 kilometres.

These roads he pointed out, are of enormous economic and strategic importance to the state as they open up direct access to her food basins; while in the same vein, work he said had continued smoothly at the proposed Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka shopping malls as well as the Agulu lake Hotel project inherited from the Peter Obi administration.

The governor rated agriculture high in his administration's four pillars development, stating that his first move in this sector was to appoint a 14-member committee on agriculture which he charged with the task coming up a blue print that would revolutionise agriculture in the state.

The committee, he noted had responded with a blue print titled: "Agricultural Transformation in Anambra State" which among other recommendations identified the specific parts of the state suitable for rice, maize and cassava production and also underscored the importance of forming cooperatives around these areas.

Whereas his administration's mission in the area of trade and commerce he said was to make the state among the top three in the sector, having laid the foundation for a rapid take-off of a buoyant economy, progress was also made in the effort to make the state the 10th oil producer in the country, adding that its oil wells now produce 6,000 barrels of crude per day.

The realisation that the state deserves a befitting capital than what is on ground today he said informed the flagging -off of the construction of three flyover bridges in the Awka capital territory. These bridges he said would be built at Amawbia, kwata and Aroma junctions in Awka respectively to change the infrastructural landscape of the city.

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