NewsReel 20/2/2014 - Gov. Obi Pays Valedictory Visit to Development Partners; Introduces the Gov-elect to them

[ Masterweb Reports: From Anambra State ] - Gov. Obi on Tuesday paid valedictory visit to International Organizations and Development Partners that have supported Anambra State since the inception of his Government. Obi said the visit was necessary because of tremendous support Anambra State enjoyed from them, especially when viewed from the point of view that none of them was in the State until Obi became the Governor.

Accompanied by the State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget and his Chief of Staff, Prof. Chinyere Okunna; the Permanent Secretary incharge of Abuja Liaison Office, Peter Afuba,  Dr. Beatrice Okonkwo and Chief Okey Ezeibe,    Gov. Obi took the opportunity to introduce the Governor-elect and his successor, Chief Willie Obiano, who also accompanied him to all of them. Thanking them for their support to Anambra, Obi appealed for the same support to the incoming Governor, assuring them that he has the pedigree and experience to sustain the gains of the partnership with them. "You have given us tremendous support, I appeal to you to extend the same support to the in coming Governor", Obi said.

Some of the organizations and persons  visited are the DFID,  where the Gov. Was received by Mr. Christian Rogg;  the European Union, were they were received by the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Arrion and the Head of Political Section, Henry Prankerd; the United Nations Resident Representative, Dr. Dauda Toure; the Deputy  Executive  Director of UN Habitat, Dr, Aisa Kirabo ;  and UNICEF Representatives, Ms Jean Gough.

All the development partners said it was good and nice working with Gov. Obi. They expressed the hope that those that are  coming after him would face the task of governance the way Obi did by delivering the dividends of democracy to his people. Speaking, the Deputy  Executive  Director of UN Habitat, Dr, Aisa Kirabo, who recalled how Gov. Obi reached out to the UN Habitat on structural plans for three Anambra cities years ago, commended his efforts at engaging development partners for the good of his State and advised the Governor-elect to toy the same path.

Speaking, the Coordinator, Inter Agency Relations at  the UN Habitat, Mrs Miriam Yunusa described Gov. Peter Obi as an asset for Africa. She said that after his visit to Kenya to convince the UN Habitat to support Anambra State, that other Governors from different parts of the world started coming. He said that the UN had so many things in stock for Obi, including making him their goodwill ambassador.

Speaking during the visits, the Governor-elect who commended Gov. Peter Obi for working so hard for the State, thanked development partners and international organizations for many programmes they are running in Anambra State and assured them that the relationship will be strengthened.  

Obi will round-up the visit   today with  the visit to the World Bank, Society for Family Health, among others.

 *Photo Caption - Gov. Peter Obi (2nd left), with Chinyere Okunna (1st right), duing the valedictory visit to the  UNDP Office, Abuja, Tuesday, at which he introduced the Gov-elect, Dr. Willie Obiano(2nd right) to them -  the United Nations Resident Representative, Dr. Dauda Toure(1st left), and the Deputy  Executive  Director of UN Habitat, Dr, Aisa Kirabo(middle).
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