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Celebrating Obiano @ 63

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TODAY is a special day for the entire people of Anambra State given that it marks the 63 birthday of the executive governor of the state, Chief Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano. Ndi Anambra in general have every reason to celebrate and thank God for the special gift of life over Governor Obiano to the state, for keeping him alive to attain 63 and for sustaining him in office from his first tenure as the state’s governor to this second tenure which commenced on March 17, 2017. This is because the governor has made a lot of impacts to the socio-political and economic development of the state and the country in different capacities.

 

HE was born to the family of the late Pa Philip Obiano, a former headmaster and the late Mrs Christiana Obiano, an Onitsha-based trader, who died last year. He attended primary school at Holy Trinity School, Onitsha, Anambra State, from where he proceeded to the Prestigious Christ the King College (CKC), Onitsha, where he passed in the Grade I category and obtained the West African School Certificate in 1974 and got his Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1976. He won the John F. Kennedy Essay Competition in 1974.

 

WILLIE, as he is fondly called, attended University of Lagos for his undergraduate and post-graduate studies and bagged a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) with Second Class Upper Division in Accountancy in 1980 and MBA (Marketing) in 1983.

 

HE won the best Youth Corper Award from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) during his service year in Benue and between 1981 and 1982, he worked with First Bank Plc, from where he joined TEXACO Nig. Ltd where he served for nine years between 1982 and 1995 as a senior Accountant with experience in refinery auditing, Lube blending, plant audit and bunkering audit.

 

HE joined Fidelity Bank Plc in 1991 and rose to the position of executive director and next in command to the Chief Executive Officer before he retired in 2012.

 

DURING his working career, he attended key leadership and management courses both in Nigeria and abroad to enhance his performance. In 1991, he attended Total Quality Management course at Lagos Business School and a course on Marketing Bank products (adconis), including a course in auditing through the computer, using fat software in 1992.

 

IN 1993, Obiano again, attended Lagos Business School for a course in conflict management, Advance Team Management Course (1994) and Advance Management Programme in 1998 and travelled to London for Advance course in Engineering Markets in 1997.

 

HE proceeded to Citibank, New York, for Detail Operation Training in 1998.

HE equally enroled in courses in Managing Change and Crisis Resolution by Anderson Consulting in 1997 and attended Havard Business School for a course in Best Practice Leadership, even as he attended Stanford Business School, California, for a programme on Influence and Negotiation.

 

Based on his experience in banking and the oil sector and his records of service, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) approached him to participate in 2013 Anambra Governorship Election.

HE was elected as Governor of Anambra State on November 16, 2013 and immediately after his swearing in on March 17, 2014, Obiano wasted no time in bringing in his wealth of experience to governance. Firstly, he tackled insecurity and made the state the most secure among the states of the federation and achieved a lot through his five pillars of development and their enablers.

 

His administration under the first four years, launched Anambra on a new skyline of economic and political powers among the states in Nigeria. No wonder, ndi Anambra insisted on leaving their fate on his hands for the next four years by voting for him en masse during the last gubernatorial election to continue as governor of the state.

 

HE was sworn in for his second tenure as governor of Anambra State on March 17, 2017, he has continued to transform the state through his numerous programmes and policies.

APART from consolidating on the gains of his predecessors and his numerous achievements in agriculture, industrialisation, oil and gas and commerce, he has succeeded in uplifting Awka from a glorified village to a befitting capital city with three lighted flyovers in the heart of the town, which endeared  him the more to ndi Anambra.

 

The governor has over the years, demonstrated an uncommon political will by taking up the challenge of clearing the over 26 years old arrears of pension and gratuities owed retired staff of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), publishers of National Light group of newspapers and Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) and ensured that the serving staffers of the two media organisations are now in the same salary scale with their counterparts in civil service unlike before.

HIS recent moves in demolition of illegal structures and shanties along the roads, markets and other areas within the state and the recent okada restriction within Awka and Onitsha areas that the governor is not ready to go back on his determination to ensure that the state witnesses a radical improvement in all sectors.

 

Ndi Anambra are very proud that while many states are finding it difficult to pay workers, Obiano is not only increasing salaries but doing a lot to promote workers welfare, among others.

NATIONAL Light therefore uses this opportunity to thank God and APGA for the gift of Obiano as governor of the state while calling on ndi Anambra to support him by contributing their quota towards the growth of the state by remaining law abiding citizens and paying their taxes and levies promptly. This will enable him to continue to provide democracy dividends for the populace.

 

FOR ndi Anambra in the diaspora, the best support they can give the governor is to key into his Akulueuno philosophy and bring their wealth home for investment to help lift their homeland high and lift the spirit of Anambra.

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