By Emeka Osondu
Much as the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, declared that his administration is a continuity with that of his predecessor, Chief Peter Obi, there are significant yardsticks to differentiate the both administrations based on their respective approach to the development patterns in the state, even though his administration continues to execute projects initiated by his predecessor religiously.
When Peter Obi assumed office 8 years ago, he adopted an all-sectoral approach to development, which he christened Anambra State Integrated Development Strategy (ANIDS) with which he used to effect development magic that is glaring, even till date.
Obiano, having married all Obi’s performance, nevertheless adopted his own four points agenda, which many see as bridging the ancient and the modern for better governance. His four-points agenda or area of priority include: mechanised agriculture; security, oil and gas exploration and enhanced commerce and industrial activities in the state.
Many observers see this agenda as people oriented, which will revive the traditional sector of the economy by recalling the institutional farming background of the Igbo man, though now in a modern and mechanised manner.
Beyond that, this policy thrust by the Obiano administration is seen as returning governance and economic development to the original owners or the grass roots, by making them take charge of their economic security and employment.
It could be recalled that the presidency recently announce Anambra as one of the oil producing states in the country, which we know that the state-owned Orient Petroleum Company is exploring the frontiers and opportunities.
For the enhancement of commerce and industry, the Governor further went into the building of an airport at Nsugbe, near Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State. This project, when completed will lift the state, as base for commerce and industry to great height in the near future.
That not withstanding, the insecure Anambr a little while ago, has been given a facelift by the duo of Obi/Obiano administration Anambrarians can now go home and sleep with their two eyes closed because they have taken security charge of the state, even to the grass roots.
In a message to the people of the state on March 17, 2014 Obiano pledged continuity of the Obi-led government policies and programmes, humorously stating that the change is just “from Obi to Obiano; and from Agulu to Aguleri,” (home places of both the out-gone and serving governor) . So, analysts see that the basic differences now are just between their English names, that is: Gregory and Willie.
Nevertheless, Obiano’s adventure into agriculture takes dates back to memory lane when the agricultural sector was the mainstay of the nation’s economy but was suddenly neglected at the advent of oil and gas.
Now even at the presence of oil and gas in Anambra State, Governor Obiano insists on tapping oil and gas to maximum and at the same time getting agricultural production to its fullest potential by providing the enabling environment, vis avis security, the proposed airport, and enhanced infrastructure, among others.
Opinion polls thinks that these if are well executed that Anambra will be a different place in the near future. No wonder, with only two months in office people are commending the impact of the Obiano administration for effective delivery but that he should be mindful of the tractors.
*Osondu, journalist, lives in Awka, Anambra State