Empirical evidence abounds to justify the assertion that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state is one of the most compassionate governors in Nigeria today. This is because, in addition to the good governance he is providing, Obiano’s delivery of democracy dividends is visible and verifiable. Presently, the security architecture in the state under his watch is second to none.
Also, the present administration, apart from transforming Awka aesthetically, lightening up major roads and streets in addition to constructing new roads and bridges across the state, has initiated the first ever “community choose your projects program” in the country.
All the one hundred and seventy-nine communities in Anambra, without exception, have since 2017, been getting twenty million naira annual grants from the state government to execute any project of their choice. Some of them have already received the third tranche of the grant.
No community in the state can accuse the present administration of leaving it out of provision of democracy dividends. This explains why the Anambra State Association of Town Unions, ASATU and traditional rulers are very happy with Governor Obiano.
Besides, there is hardly a community without a political appointee in the present administration as Executive Assistant, Special Assistant, Senior Special Assistant, Managing Director, Special Adviser, Commissioner, Principal Staff and Local Government Caretaker Committees among others. This gesture is the hallmark of inclusiveness in government.
Again, no government in the history of the state had recruited more people into the public and civil service than the Obiano administration since 2014. Governor Obiano resisted promptings to relieve thousands of workers hurriedly recruited by the previous administrations of their duties. Rather, in his humane and compassionate nature, the governor retained and confirmed the appointments of all of them. In a period when most states are hardly up to date in payment of salaries, pensions, gratuities, Obiano pays them, despite lean allocations from the federation accounts.
Today, the governor is fondly called the “Alert Governor” by Anambra workers. In a show of appreciation for his benevolence, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, have bestowed the honour of the “Most workers-friendly Governor in Nigeria” on Obiano.
It is equally on record that his government is the only one that introduced “economic stimulus package” for less privileged persons. The administration did this to cushion the harsh effects of the now declining economic recession in Nigeria. The governor’s stimulus package ensured that levies were not collected from hawkers and wheelbarrow pushers. Levies were also abolished in public primary and secondary schools.
After his first term in office, Obiano did not sack his political appointees. He rather, retained most of them, and was even generous enough to bring more persons. For the few appointees who could not continue with his government, Obiano generously gave them certificates of meritorious service. This is unprecedented in the history of politics in Nigeria.
Chief Willie Obiano was a very kind man, even before he emerged as governor. His generous nature attracted many honourary titles from the church and communities. In Akpokuedike’s philanthropic disposition, he enjoyed the absolute support of his beautiful and amiable wife, Chief Dr. Ebelechukwu, who was on merit and uniquely enrolled as a woman into the Aguleri royal cabinet as Osodieme.
With her pet project, the Caring Family Enhancement, CAFÉ Initiative, Osodieme is complementing her husband’s efforts by giving inestimable succour to widows, the physically challenged as well as persons with mental illness. The duo of Governor Obiano and his wife are undoubtedly God’s special gifts to the state. They therefore, deserve the unflinching support and cooperation of Ndi Anambra.