National Weekender has scooped on the agenda of the governor-elect of Anambra State Dr. Willie Obiano who we can also reveal is putting finishing touches to the list of his cabinet members alongside his political godfather, incumbent governor Peter Obi. We can exclusively report that the former Fidelity Bank chief will continue from where the out-going governor stops as his focus will be on four fronts.
A Government House source who is one of the aides to Peter Obi disclosed that Obiano has been told categorically by his godfather that the only way the impact of his government will be felt is for him to toe his line and ensure that all outstanding projects that he is unable to complete before he leaves office in March 2014 are pursued to a logical conclusion.
To this end, Obiano is focusing on road projects which Peter Obi has gotten pass mark on. In addition he will focus on security to put an end to the kidnapping menace going on in the state. Anambra is notable for kidnapping which Gov. Obi has been trying hard to flush out in conjunction with other South East governors. It is expected that Obiano will continue the fight against robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities to ensure the state returns to its peaceful mood. Again the incoming governor is looking at job creation since he is coming from the private sector and he hopes to bring his wealth of experience as a banker on board to attract investors thereby creating jobs. The fourth area Obiano will concentrate on according to our source is industrial growth. This is given the presence of a large drugs and pharmaceutical market in Onitsha and automobile business concern in Nnewi.
Says our source, “as expected the governor-elect is working very closely with the incumbent governor. And from what we hear it is going to be a continuation of Obi’s administration. Nothing much will change. The road projects will continue because that is a standing order by His Excellency Gov. Obi to the governor-elect. We also know that security will be of paramount interest to the incoming government. Obinao will also use his experience from the private sector to create jobs. This is because of the embarrassment which this administration suffered when Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola sent home about 70 of our people resident in Lagos. It is the thinking of Obiano and Obi that once jobs are adequately created our sons and daughters who are outside the state will obviously return to contribute to the development of the state which surely has the potential of being the industrial heartbeat of Nigeria. And talking about industrial development, it is key to Obiano’s administration and he is also taking it seriously as one of his focal points.