It is no news neither is it a secret that I have aspired to serve Anambra State in
many capacities including but not limited to being the Chief Servant of the State.
My first attempt as Chief Servant was in 2003, when it did not materialize I
returned to continue service in the House of Representatives. I attempted again in
2010 and was schemed out. I am not gun shy to say that I have a genuine hunger
to serve the good people of Anambra State and to pray that it pleases God to give
me that singular opportunity someday.
This hunger simply refuses to go away because I have a dream, a big dream, given
an opportunity Anambra State should be one of the BEST developed States in
Nigeria, where:Equality, justice and fairness will reign; Every child of school age
will have an unfettered access to quality education; Every youth will have a decent
job; Every woman will have an equal opportunity to be the best she can be; where
all citizens will have access to quality healthcare.
My vision is that Anambra shall depart from the ghosts of her past, reclaim the
Glory of the present and secure the promises of her future. We live in very
challenging times that task the ingenuity of nations and their leaders. I am
extraordinarily passionate that in a highly competitive globalised world, visionary,
competent and audacious leadership that inspires a people for greatness can
make the difference between the wealth and poverty of nations. Our today’s world
needs leaders who will lead with compassion, courage, wisdom and intelligence,
leaders who can envision tomorrow today and take proactive steps to save their
people from future dangers; and leaders who can inspire their people to strive for
the best that lies within them in spite of daunting odds. It is that committed,
honest, creative, sacrificial, courageous, and audacious leadership that feeds my
vision for Anambra State.
Nothing but the BEST is good enough for Anambra State. That is my vision for
Anambra State.Anambra is a land of great entrepreneurs. It should be a land of
great prosperity. No one in Anambra state should be poor. My vision is that all
Anambrariansbe lifted from poverty to prosperity.
The education of Anambra leaders past shall not be in vain. The labours of
Anambraheroes (both past and present) who blazed the trail in education shall not
be forgotten: Dr. NnamdiAzikiwe, Dr. NwaforOrizu, Dr. Pius Okigbo, Prof. Kenneth
Dike, Prof Kodilinye, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, AjieUkpabiAsika, Justice Ajegbo, Prof.
Chinua Achebe, Prof Chike Obi, Prof. James Ezeilo, Chief EmekaAnyaoku, Dr.
ChubaOkadigbo, Senator Mike Ajegbo, Senator Ebenezer Ikeyina, CyprainEkensi,
Ike Emeagwali, Dr. Eneli, F.C. Ogbalu, Barrister Anah, Chief OsitaOkeke, Dr.
Iweka, Chief Arthur Mbanefo, Obi Nnaemeka Achebe, Prof Enweonwu, Prof John
Umeh, Chief MbazulikeAmaechi, Dr. DozieIkedife, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ike, Dr.
ChukwuemekaEzeife, Chief OdumegwuOjukwu, Chief Ikeotuonye, Chief
MokwuogoOkoye, Barrister Chuba Ikpeazu, Barrister Chike Offodile, Barrister
Philip Umeadi, Chief Osita Ezenwa, Prof. Oba, Arc. Mbanefo, Chief B.B.O Emeh,
Arc. Ifejika, Mrs. Ikeobasi, Dr. Arthur Nwankwo, Arc. Nwaobi, Prof. A.B.C Nwosu,
Mrs. Adogu, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Prof. Egwuatu, Dr. Tim Menakaya, Prof.
LazEkwueme, Chief S.N. Okeke, Engr. EbeleOkeke, Prof. Dora Akunyili, Princess
Stella Adaeze Oduah, Prof. Charles Soludo, Dr. Emmanuel Egboga, and Prof.
Anikwe, to mention a few. Knowledge is power and education has been the pride
of Anambrarians in the past. Anambra has produced some of the most educated
minds in Nigeria. My vision is that we rekindle interest in and restore the pride and
standard of education among our children and youth. Excellence in the
educational system through a creative reward system that encourages hard work
and commitment should be reintroduced.
Historically, besides education, agriculture has been the foundation of economic
growth and prosperity in most developing economies including Anambra state.
Today less that 5 percent of the population in Anambra state derive their
livelihoods from farming. The reality is that there can be no progress on reducing
hunger and poverty in Anambra state without political and resource commitment to
agriculture and rural development. Any State that cannot feed its citizen is in
danger. We should be bold to go back to the land in Anambra State.
There is no doubt that Commerce and Industry are major components of economic
advancement of any State. Traditionally Anambra has one of the best business
cultures in Nigeria. Anambrarians are knowledgeable on how to produce wealth
and build on it. What is needed is to exploit the industry and entrepreneurial spirit
of Anambra people to, among other activities,promote aggressive manufacturing of
products not only for domestic use and consumption, but also for export within and
outside Nigeria and the West African sub-region.Industrial growth is the way to go
for Anambra State. Special attention should be paid to the commercial towns of
Onitsha and Nnewi by way of focused development and unpretentious
infrastructural provision and rehabilitation.
Majority of Anambrarians are in diaspora, either within or outside Nigeria. There is
a need to attract Anambriarians back to the State. There is a gaping need to
initiate a Megacity development that will stretch from the plains of the River Niger
banks of Onitsha to the elegant banks of Anambra River to make Anambrarians,
once again, proud to return home, live in Anambra, invest and do business in
My vision is to emphasize what unites us and seek to eliminate what divides us. A
sense of shared civic responsibility among citizens of Anambra state should be
rekindled. There is a compelling need to bridge the gap between the leaders and
those are lead. This is my vision for Anambra Sate and it is a practicable vision
powered by the desire to serve.
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Monday, May 21, 2012
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