Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has stated that one year after he was sworn to office as the governor of the state, his government is still focused and on course to deliver democracy dividends to the people, just as he have not shifted from the campaign promises it made to the people of the state.
The governor yesterday rolled out the drums to celebrate his first year in office, with a huge crowd in attendance at the Ekwueme Square venue of the celebration which also had several dignitaries from the state in attendance.
Delivering his anniversary speech which was tagged ‘A Bounteous Harvest, Promising Tomorrow’, Obiano said, “Looking back, ladies and gentlemen, before our ship set sail in March last year, we dreamt of a New Anambra State … A state that would become the 1st Choice Investment Destination and a hub for industrialization and commercial activities…a socially stable, business friendly environment that would attract both indigenes and foreigners to seek wealth-creating opportunities. Ndi Anambra, to the glory of God, today, 365 days after, our dream is almost fully realized.”
Reeling out some of his achievement in the last one year, Obiano said his government has attracted over $2billion from 16 investors, making the state the number one destination in the country for investors wishing to put their money in places where returns will be high.
He also added that his government has attracted $600,000 to the state agricultural sector and that when fully in motion, theb state would be equipped to produce at least 300,000 metric tonms of rice, 200,000 metric tons of tomato and 150,000 metric tons of cassava, making it the most food sufficient state in Nigeria.
Speaking on security, Obiano said his government has chased out armed robbers and kidnappers from the state, while cutting their weapon supply lines as well as mowed down buildings which they erected using proceeds of such illegal businesses.
He assured Anamabra people that he will not abandon any of his predecessor, Mr Peter Obi’s Project as he had promised that his mission was to continue, complete and commission all projects left behind by him. He thanked Obi who though was not present at the ceremony for laying the foundation on which he is today building a new Anambra.
Obiano listed the four pillars of his administration as Agriculture, Trade and Commerce, Industrialisation and Oil and Gas, opon which he said has other enablers that will help in the development of the state.
Homily was earlier said by top clergymen in the state which was preceded by prayers for the governor. Bishop David Eberechukwu who said the sermon assured Obaino that he will serve out his ternure and even win a second tem if he continues with his steps and lets God direct him in governance.
· The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries from all walks of life including Billionare oil mogul, Prince Arthur Eze, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and former governor, Dame Virgy Etiaba.