Former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Inter Party Affairs, Senator Ben Ndii Obi; former National Chairman, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh; National Treasurer, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Okeke Ogene and transporter and former President General, Onitsha Market Traders Association (OMATA), Chief Godwin U. Okeke, have extolled the leadership style of Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
Obi, Umeh, Ogene and Okeke, among others, in separate interviews with our correspondents against the backdrop of the governor’s winning of the New Telegraph newspaper’s Outstanding Performance Award, said his administration had given the state a new lease of life.
Obiano is to be presented with the award at a ceremony set for Civic Centre, Lagos, on November 30.
The event is expected to be attended by top government officials, political bigwigs, captains of industry and commerce, bank chiefs and prominent indigenes of Anambra State, among others. Responding to a question on Obiano’s achievements since he assumed office in 2014, Obi said: “So far, the governor has stood out in the area of security and in the transformation of Awka city.
He has, through the restoration of security in the state, also attracted investors to the state. I am not a member of his party, but I must commend him for the good works he has so far done and I urge him to do more.”
Umeh also scored the governor high in the area of security, peace, agriculture, trade and commerce as well as human resources development. He said the governor had done well in these areas, which should be the focal point of any leader interested in building an egalitarian society. “I want to say that so far so good, our governor has tried in maintaining peace and development in all ramifications. He is a member of APGA and APGA is a family. We cannot give out anybody who we are not sure of. He is doing exactly what we want and today, we are happy that all other states are borrowing a leaf from Anambra State. That is the foundation we laid for posterity and we must stand by it,” he stated.
On his part, Ogene said Obiano had not disappointed the electorate. “The present governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has not disappointed the people. Although there is more work to be done, we are hopeful that his administration will, in due course, address whatever inadequacies there are.
“The people are lucky to have him as their governor because he is a dependable leader. He has demonstrated a strong will and commitment towards making the state an enviable one,” the Ohanaeze chief added.
Assessing the performance of the governor, Okeke said: “People are happy with the state of Anambra today; it is calm, cool and good to live in. “We are not surprised about what is happening in Anambra State today. You can see that while most of the states in the federation owe workers arrears of salaries and wages as well as pension, this is not so in our state.
“Obiano is an excellent administrator and, within one year and some months, he has been able to turn around the state for good. He has touched all sectors of the state’s economy and Anambra is a state to be proud of outside this country. It is a welcome development. “I’m particularly impressed by his achievements in the area of security. I experienced it because when I was the president of OMATA, we tried our best to curtail the menace of armed robbers and today we can sleep with our two eyes closed.” ref: USAfricaonline.com with reports from the New Telegraph newspaper, Lagos.