- Former Governor Willie Obiano has been ranked as the best-performing governor of Anambra state since the year 1999
- This ranking was gotten from a poll carried out by the financial literacy and content platform, Financial Street (financialstreet.ng)
- From the survey conducted it was discovered that Obiano while serving as a governor, focused on areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, trade and investment
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The immediate past governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has been rated as the best chief executive of the state in the past 23 years, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, trade and investment.
The Cable reported that Obiano’s administration focused on introducing leadership reforms for optimum social impact, devoid of media fanfare that beclouds the real performance of state governors while they are in office.
Obiano ranks high above Obi
In a survey conducted by a financial literacy and content platform, Financial Street (financialstreet.ng), which targeted project funding, impact and scale of investment as well as security of projects, the immediate past governor was credited with excellence in the three areas.
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Speaking on Wednesday, November 23, in Lagos, while releasing the result of the survey, the Director of Operations at Financial Street, Ifendu Iwenofu, explained that the firm decided to embark on the poll to gauge public perception on government performance and project relevance to the people.
He said researchers from the firm went round the 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra and administered open-ended questions to a random sample size of 1,000 persons in each of the three senatorial districts.
Iwenofu said those targeted were adults of voting age, working-class men and women as well as business owners and traders that are/were Anambra residents.
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“The researchers also went round four major markets in Lagos State, which are, on the average of 83 per cent, dominated by traders of Anambra extraction,” the operations director said.
“Financial Street decided to pick Anambra as a state of interest among three others that were selected. Similar polls will be conducted in Ekiti and Osun states in January or February 2023.”
Iwenofu disclosed that while 79 percent of respondents rated Obiano above former governors in the area of agribusiness, 71 percent and 66 percent said he performed better than previous administrations in investment/trade and general infrastructure, respectively.
Ngige ranks high, number one in road construction and maintenance
Findings from the poll show that about 61 percent of respondents rated Dr Chris Ngige as number one in the area of road construction and maintenance, with Peter Obi (who succeeded Ngige) and Obiano scoring 20 percent and 18 percent respectively.
A graphical presentation of the poll results shows that the administration of Obi came tops in education with 69 per cent. Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju scored 51 percent in security, while Obiano got 38 percent.
“In rating Obiano high on the three sectors, projects that the respondents easily identified were the signature flyovers, the Anambra International Convention Centre and the Anambra International and Cargo Airport. Those polled recalled the former governor’s exploits in enhancing the Anambra Ricebrand, as his administration introduced the first digital databank for Anambra farmers and active situation room for progress monitoring and evaluation,” Iwenofu stated.
How Peter Obi threw Anambra into massive poverty level as governor, Soludo explains
Anambra state Governor, Chukwuma Soludo on Monday, November 14, tackled the presidential candidate of the Labour party, Peter Obi, in a lengthy opinion piece.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor said poverty doubled in Anambra state under Peter Obi as governor.
According to the governor, Soludo said Obi was governor for 8 years (2006 -2014) during a period of unprecedented oil boom and prosperity in Nigeria (Nigerian economy was growing at average of 6-8% per annum, and oil price was highest during this time).
Peter Obi’s purported investments are worth next to nothing, Soludo declares
Soludo earlier said the investment of Peter Obi when he was the state's chief executive is worth next to nothing at the moment.
Soludo made the comment in an interview with Channels TV’s Politics Today on Thursday, November 10.
When asked his perspective on government investing outside the public sector with reference to Obi as former governor in Anambra, Soludo said:
“I don’t know about the investment. Our interview is about the 2023 budget. I’m not talking about investments of any of my predecessors.
“By the way the one that you talked about I don’t know about that. I think there was something I read about somebody speculating about whatever investment. With what I’ve seen today, the value of those investments is worth next to nothing. So, let’s leave that aside.”