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*Anambra Will Be Best State In 20 Years, Says Obi
Masterweb Reports - Friday, May 11, 2012: Based on the solid foundation he has been laying for it, Anambra will be the best state in Nigeria in 20 years time, Governor Peter Obi has said.
Anambra State Government has initiated more measures to further strengthen the policy of honouring retired civil servants. Governor Peter Obi dropped the hint at a dinner organized in honour of committee of Directors of the State Civil Service who toured some completed and on-going projects of the present administration, two retired Heads of Service, fifteen retired permanent Secretaries, two retired accountants General and one retired Auditor-General at the Banquet Hall of the Governor’s Lodge Amawbia.
According to Obi, his efforts and good rapport with the presidency had attracted foreign investors to the state resulting in the decision of the second largest brewers in the world, SABmiller, to establish a factory in Onitsha, Anambra State. The factory which is one of the three being put up in Onitsha industrial area, the governor said, would employ an initial 350 people, with 60 percent coming from Anambra State as mutually agreed. The other two will also employ about the same number, the governor stated. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Anambra State, Nigeria.
He noted that these and other foreign investments like the Protea group which is building a five-star hotel in Onitsha were results of his vision for the state and useful partnership with the federal government to which he is adviser on finance. Obi stated that his several trips abroad with the president had been yielding good dividends to the state from the useful contacts he had been making.
The governor said such investments were what the state needed to take care of the large number of the unemployed and reckoned that if sustained, the state would rank the best in the country in 20 years time.
He used the opportunity to commend the retired top civil servants that included Elsie Ikemefuna and Ngozi Melifonwu who were former heads of service and said it was wrong not to show appreciation to those who had served the state well. He also noted that his administration was the first to honour such people and while regretting that it had not been done in the past, promised to make it a regular event henceforth. ( Continues below….. )
According to him, the peak of civil service was not being permanent secretaries because the position was by appointment. Rather, he noted, the peak was directorship.
Obi reiterated his resolve to build a better place for today’s children by laying the proper foundation regardless of whether it was an unpopular action. ‘I’m not doing what I’m doing today as a campaign because I have said I will not aspire for anything again after eight years in office as Anambra governor. I’m not doing it to seek glory because I have got all I want from God. The history of Nigeria will not be written without a page being devoted to my contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s democracy,’ Obi stated.
The event which was also attended by serving directors of the various ministries who toured the governor’s projects, also saw them relieving what they witnessed on the tour. Their spokesman, Pius Udo, who is the clerk of the state legislature, said the tour afforded them the opportunity to confirm what they had heard and read about the governor’s achievements and stated, ‘we have come, we have seen and we are convinced that the government is performing.’ He then jokingly moved a motion that Obi be commended and appreciated by the audience for his good works.
Highlight of the dinner was the presentation of gifts to the retirees.
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