By Ononye VC (News Editor)
On the 17th of March 2022,the tenure of Governor Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano as the Executive Governor of Anambra state (KSG),would have officially rolled to an end to usher in the new governor of the state,Prof Chukwuma Soludo.
Governor Willie Obiano is a two term governor elected under the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
He succeeded ex Governor Peter Onwubuasi Obi KSG who also ruled Anambra State for two tenures.
Governor Willie Obiano’s regime was relatively peaceful compared to what happened in other states in terms of insecurity.
During his first tenure in office,he was widely hailed as a security conscious governor.His government worked harmoniously with security agencies such that crime and criminality were on lower ebb.
However, following other seen and unforseen circumstances across the country,the issue of insecurity crept into the state though tackled promptly.It was not limited to Anambra state.
Obiano assisted various communities in development of infrastructure such that he initiated the community choose your project initiative where the various Anambra communities were supported with funds to do the priority projects needed in their communities.
The governor achieved peace in the various markets and also provided security in the markets.
He built a good number of roads,though he cannot be said to have done much owing to the poor state of roads in most cities and villages in the state.
He did so well in education such that many students of Anambra extraction won prestigious laurel in international and local competitions.
Under his watch,many schools were rehabilitated and also equipped.
He partnered with the church and assisted them with finances to upgrade their schools and provide learning tools.
Some of his landmark achievements include the Anambra Cargo and passenger Airport.Indeed,Gov Obiano takes the credit of breaking the many years jinx of unavailability of airport in Anambra state.
The governor boosted the capacity of the Anambra International conference Center, Awka and erected three flyovers in Awka to ease traffic congestion in strategic axis within Awka metropolis and along the Awka-Enugu expressway.
He was dubbed the alert governor by workers in the state owing to prompt payment of salaries of workers.
While he is said to have done well averagely,Obiano did not do well in provision of pipeborne water in Anambra.It is a very dark spot on the record of his administration.
Presently,surviving staff of the Anambra State Water Corporation are starving having not been paid their entitlements or dismissed officially from work.Governor Obiano allegedly did not look into the plight of the workers.
Gov Obiano did not do much on touting and illegal revenue collection by thugs and other undesirable elements across Anambra.He allegedly allowed Anambra revenue to go into the hands of contractors who unleashed terror on citizens.
Generally,Willie Obiano is a humane person who relates very well with cross sections of stakeholders in the state very well.
It is acknowledged that Obiano restored pensions and gratuities of staff of Anambra Broadcasting Service and the National Light Newspapers.
He gave a facelift to the Onitsha General Hospital which hitherto turned into a thick bush before his administration.
Governor Willie Obiano was born at Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Lagos in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration also from the UNN.
He worked at the First Bank of Nigeria,Chevron Oil and Fidelity Bank as Deputy manager and head of Audit unit before rising to the position of Executive Director.
Obiano left the banking system to join partisan politics and in 2013 contested the November 16,17 and 30 Anambra State gubernatorial elections on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance,APGA.
He won the election landslide and was sworn in on 17 March 2014 to succeed Mr Peter Obi.
On 18 November 2017,he was re-elected as Governor for second tenure of office as the Executive Governor of Anambra State.
As governor Willie Obiano bows out of office,he would be remembered for his jolly good nature, inclusiveness in governance,big heart and accommodation of all.
At this juncture,we seize this opportunity to welcome the incoming governor Professor Charles Soludo to steer the ship of state.
Goodbye Akpokuodike.Goodbye Sir Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano.