Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 9 January 2017 | 2,009 times
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday said that the 111 roads in the state earmarked for construction this dry season are roads leading to areas with prospects for the realisation of the government’s agricultural, commercial and industrialisation vision.
He made the statement during a Church Service at the Retreat Center, Okpuno, Awka South council of the state to mark the New Year retreat and get together, Priests in the Catholic Diocese of Awka.
Obiano noted that the roads will cut across the three senatorial districts of the state, and would be done to standard due to the anticipated heavy duty trucks that would convey products to and from the project sites.
He described 2016 as a year of breakthrough for the state despite the fact that it was a period of suffering for other states adding that the success was as a result of his administration’s power of vision.
The Governor said his administration would intensify efforts to ensure that the state economy remained viable so that the people will not feel the impact of the present economic recession.
He stressed that apart from initiating short term policies that guarantee the state’s continued march towards greater achievements, his administration will be more focused on building strong institutions that would outlive it and pose a viable model for subsequent administrations to consolidate on and take the state to the next level.
Obiano further appealed to the Church to sustain its partnership saying: “My administration has put Anambra on the front burner as a developed state. I am committed to seeing through his social contract with Ndi Anambra.”
In his homily, the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, acknowledged that the administration of Gov Obiano has through its holistic developmental approach restored the people’s confidence in government's ability to cater for their needs adding that his security agenda has set the stage for meaningful economic activities in the state.
He commended the agricultural transformation efforts of the administration through which, he noted, the lives of many citizens have been transformed for the better especially in the rural areas.
In a vote of thanks, the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye, commended the Governor for identifying with them and described him as a humane leader.
•Photo shows Governor Obiano poses with clergymen during the 2017 New Year Retreat and Get Together of Priests in the Catholic Diocese of Awka . . . yesterday.