Gov. Obi: There'll be revolution in Anambra
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State Monday said that there would be positive revolution in all sectors of the state by the end of the year.
He made the declararation at the Women Development Centre, Awka,
during the Town Hall meeting where he explained to critical
stakeholders- traditional rulers Presidents-General of towns,
religious leaders, among others of how his government intends to carry
out comprehensive rehabilitation of 253 government owned secondary
schools in the state. This follows the rehabilitation of the schools
already handed over to the churches by the government.
The governor, who at the event commenced the distribution of a total
of N2.53 billion to principals of the secondary schools, said it
represented the first phase of the exercise.
He attributed the delay to the need to set up a monitoring group for
proper deployment of the money and warned that any principal who would be found wanting would be dealt with accordingly.
Besides the cheques, the governor said the state executive council
had just approved the sum of N6.5 billion for schools in the state
assuring them that by the end of the year, all the schools in the
state would get school buses, Microsoft Academy, computers to schools
according to their population to the average of one computer to 10
students ( including primary schools), laboratory equipment, sports
equipment and various learning materials.
He said he was paying Internet, Microsoft and other subscriptions for
three years to allow the person coming after him the latitude for
Charging the principals to be on guard, the governor who continued
apologising for take over of schools, appealed to them to emulate the
church, who are doing commendably with the money similarly given to
In another development, the governor yesterday presented 200 SUV
vehicles to all the traditional rulers in the state.
He said the vehicles, which were completely free from any charges,
were in recognition of the pivotal roles of traditional rulers in the
state and the need to endure they work in relative comfort for the
good and progress of the State.
He said the choice of INNOSON manufactured vehicles is to tell
Nigerians that with a motor manufacturing company in the state, they
need not search elsewhere.
He said that the state government has unofficially adopted INNOSON
vehicles as the State brand and revealed that the next set of official
vehicles he would use would be bought from INNOSON and called on
Nigerians to be proud of their own.
On the source of finance for the projects, the governor said it was
mainly from the money he attracted to the state. Using the education
sector as an example, he said the budget was N3 billion, but that by
the end of the year, N13 billion would have been spent.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Anambra Traditional Rulers Council, Obi
Alfred Achebe, described what the state is witnessing under Obi as
He said he was particularly thrilled not by the vehicles, but by the
revolution in schools which he noted, would be for the benefit of the
children of the state.
He called for the support of traditional rulers to what he described
as renaissance of learning taking place in the state.
In his own remarks, the traditional ruler of Umuoji, Chief Cyril
Iwueze, thanked the governor for his attention to all sectors.
Agreeing that what is taking place in the state was a revolution, he
said after witnessing billions given to the Church to rehabilitate
schools handed over to them, it was encouraging witnessing the
extension of the same gesture to public schools in the state.