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Willie Obiano: The Peoples Governor.




There is something about the man Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano that never ceases to amaze sane minds and it has to do mainly with his work ethic and almost infectious love for the people whose mandate he wields.

I mean, here is a man who only yesterday, came out victorious from what has got to be the most grueling election ever witnessed in Nigeria and you'd expect it surely must take its toll on him but we find him hitting the ground running with a desperation that is a beauty to behold.

At a time when most in his shoes would have taken a brief holiday to regain strength, the man is thinking forward and strategizing on ways to ensure Ndi Igbo coming home to celebrate Christmas, have a seamless stay.

The other day, his love for his people nudged him to undertake a trip to neighboring Delta state where he held a crucial meeting with the Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, exploring ways of ameliorating the plight of thousands who would be plying the Asaba/Onitsha Head bridge route in the coming days.

The meeting which also had the Corps Marshal in tow, was fruitful and a robust strategy was put in place to ensure road users don't spend frustrating hours on that route.

A follow up to this was the launching of Operation Udoka at Upper Iweka which essentially is a security awareness drive involving all security apparatus to ensure a crime free Christmas celebration for Anambrarians. Indeed seeing the working governor donning his combat ready fatigues was a beauty to behold and a signal to criminals that Anambra is a no go area.

Anyone approaching the Onitsha end of the Head bridge at night would also notice the beautiful Christmas light decorations which together with the street lights, create a wonderful ambience that also serves security purposes.

In line with his flagship avowal to sustain the state's standing as the safest in Nigeria, Gov Willie Obiano has equally held a series of meetings with relevant security agencies, President Generals of town unions and other critical stakeholders with a view to ensuring everyone is on the same page as regards the safety of Anambrarians this Yuletide season and the way he goes about it, you just have to bless God for bringing him our way.

As is customary every Yuletide season, Gov Willie Obiano distributes the famous Anambra rice  and as we speak, over 60,000 civil servants and pensioners are already collecting their share of this wonderful product that has seen the state becoming self sufficient in rice production.

Gov Willie Obiano by this notable act, has demonstrated his resolve to ensure that there will be food on the table of every civil servant and pensioner in Anambra state and I'm sure he has given Anambrarians cause to smile this Yuletide.

For a state that relied on imported rice before Gov Willie's tenure, it is indeed  amazing how he has energized the various rice mills at Amichi, Omor, Anaku, Ebenebe and other agrarian communities to churn out the current volume. It is a great testament to his leadership that farmers are now motivated to give it their all for they know they can't satisfy the demands of the millers on ground.

Do we mention his prompt payment of civil servants/pensioners salaries/emoluments which naysayers swore would be withheld based on their mischievous lies that state monies were used in prosecuting the elections?

It is to the eternal shame of the opposition that no civil servant or pensioner can claim his entitlements have not been paid post election and we really must thank the Governor for putting his people first in spite of the grueling effects of the current nationwide recession.

To demonstrate his resolve at ensuring Anambra starts on the right footing come 2018, Gov Willie Obiano presented to the House of Assembly, the 2018 166.9 billion naira budget which was aptly tagged,  ‘budget of value for money, economic diversification and job creation’ and a cursory glance at it reveals a well thought out plan to ensure no sector is left out. This is one budget designed to put smiles on the faces of the people of the State in 2018 and we must emulate the Speaker of Anambra State House Of Assembly, Barr Rita Maduagwu in commending him for the effective implementation of the 2017 budget.

To be sure, the just concluded elections did nothing to affect the Governor's work ethic and energy and we glean this from the way he's everywhere ensuring everything works out according to plan.

The just concluded APGA victory rally and flag off for the party's candidate in the forthcoming Anambra Central senatorial elections is a great pointer to the sheer energy he brings to the job and Anambrarians can only pray that God would continually bless and grant him the wisdom to continue the  good work.

In conclusion, owing to the seamless way he hit the ground running, it is unthinkable to imagine the just concluded election is less than a month ago and we marvel at the speed the light up Anambra project is going we remain proud to see our state blossoming in Agriculture, we are optimistic d overjoyed at the 2018 budget which clearly reveals a mindset for service and delivery but most importantly, we look forward with joy to a Christmas celebration devoid insecurity and traffic congestion, all thanks to our willingly working Governor Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano.

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