Only Anambra People Can Assess Me, Says Obi
Anambra State governor Peter Obi says he has laid a proper foundation for the solid growth of the state from a near zero situation when he assumed office six years ago, pointing out that only those residing in the state can assess his performance within the period.
Gov Obi who spoke at an interactive session with newsmen in Awka was reacting to a question put to him on the issues raised by former FCT Minister El Rufai in a national daily concerning governance in Anambra State.
El Rufai had in the said publication stated among other things that Anambra was the poorest state in the country, educationally backward, lacked priorities and suffered from poor infrastructural development.
But Obi told probing journalists that only those who had not been to the state and who had poor knowledge of the state’s recent history could say that. According to him his government had nothing to hide and had always been open to assessment which was why the state became the first in the country to hold peer review mechanism where it threw its doors open to independent assessors.
‘We need people to help to assess and validate what we’re doing. We’re on course and we’re doing the right things,’ Obi stated, noting what was happening now was not a surprise as those who lived off the old order were averse to the changes he was introducing and so were kicking against it.
The governor recalled some of the revolutionary strides of his administration which include the state having the best road network in the country and the education and health sectors receiving unparalleled development. He particularly recalled the handover of schools to their former missionary owners and the take-off grant of N6b for their infrastructural development, a feat that was replicated in the health sector with handover of hospitals to mission schools. He regretted that some people preferred to sit in the comfort of their homes to comment on what they did not know and not making effort to know.
On sports development he said the state’s fortunes had been witnessing a steady rise in recent years at sports festivals due to the state government’s conscious sports development strategy aimed at spotting and grooming young talents to stardom. ‘The emphasis is on the youth; not on adults and we’re marching towards a situation where the state will recapture its lost glory,’ Gov Obi stated.