Published On: Mon, Mar 17th, 2014

Willie Obiano Sworn-in Governor of Anambra State in Pictures


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By Ebere Suzy Okoye

Today, a new Governor was sworn-in in Anambra State.

Willie Obiano became the governor of Anambra State. He succeeds the outgoing governor, Mr. Peter Obi.

Governor Willie Obiano is to pilot the affairs of the state for the next four years.

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The new  Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has tasked the people of the state to demonstrate their enterprenuerial spirit, which they are known for that will help them  to take their destiny in their own hands.
Obiano who spoke yesterday at Ekwueme Square Awka, the Anambra State capital immediately the State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi, administered the oath of  allegiance  and office to him and his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, also said that provision of power and adequate security of lives and property  would be paramount in his economic blue print.
Obiano who took the oath at about 2.02pm after his deputy, assured the people of Anambra State that their victory  is not for them alone, but for the entire people of the State, stating  “the occasion was a celebration of triumph of the human will over the challenges that make democracy reluctant seed to grow in Africa”
He said that under his administration the Amambra people have no choice than to decide  to be the sons and daughters of their fathers  and true heirs to the long history of pioneering excellence, saying that apart from aggressively addressing the challenges of power,”they have responsibility to free their people from the clutches of underdevelopment and set the tone for accelerated advancement’.
The new governor said  the capital city of Awka under his regime will receive adequate attention as he would re-design and remodel the state capital to meet the structural and aesthetic requirement of the 21st century, that every citizen of the state would be proud of.
He reiterated that his four Pillars of Development which include;  pursuit of mechanized agriculture, oil and gas, trade and commerce, as well as industrialization, will  ignite the enablers such education, health, the environment, youth and sport development, transportation, housing and urban planning among other social infrastructure.
Obiano  then  called for unty among the people of the state, as these cannot be possible without unity of purpose, lamenting that over the years , “we have allowed narrow interests to put knife on the things that hold us together and today, we can no longer act as one”.
To the Diaspora Anambra, Obiano challenged them not to allow the easy comforts of where the live   to carry them away and that they should  forget whose children they are  because  such sweet comfort cannot compare to the fulfillment of a life at home.
Consequently, he said, that his government will set up Diaspora Liaison Programme (DLP), to open a window for the people of the state and other Nigerians who may wish to start a business in this state as a first step to their eventual relocation to Nigeria.
Promising to rebuild the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)  as a strong party that  that will dominate the South East and indeed make in road to other parts of the country, he extended his  hand of fellowship to his opponents in  the last November Governorship election.
In his  brief speech, former Governor of the State,Mr. Peter Obi, who arrived Ekwueme Square, about 12.58 pm after along wait by the people including the state Chief Judge,  promised that he would not interfere with the administration of Obiano.
He said that Anambra State is the most financially stable state in the country as most State Governments are indebted to the State through their bond they bought from them, expressing happiness that he has been able to rebuild the state in the last eight years.
He declared that he has confidence and trust in Obiano and urged the people of the state to “always pray for him, show him love,don’t criticize him even when he makes mistake.”
Present at the ceremony were Senator Ben Obi, Special Adviser to the President on Inter-party Affairs, who said that Obi will soon join the Federal Executive Council, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, Senator MaggeryOkadigbo, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Azubuike Ihejirika,Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu among other dignitaries.

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  1. comr. Arinze Anazodo says:

    anyi na asi ka chukwu gozie gi dika iturugoro ugo a. anyi bu ndi otu ndi ntorobia na akwado asusu igbo ga akwu gi na azu ihu na obodo anyi na asusu anyi anwunghi. daalu onye ndu ndi Anambra

  2. nwakpu says:

    A GOOD LEADER BOWS OUT.
    OKWUTE PETER OBI BOWS OUT.
    YOU GAVE YOUR STATE THE BEST ANY
    POLITICIAN CAN AFFORD FOR HIS PEOPLE.
    YOU DID NOT GO INTO BUILDING PRIVATE
    MANSIONS IN AWKA,ABUJA AND LONDON.
    YOU MAKE THE OTHER GOVERNORS LOOK
    STUPID WITH YOUR LOW PROFILE IN GOVERNANCE
    YOU REMAINED CALM AND FOCUSED ALL THROUGH
    YOUR TENURES AS THE GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE.
    GOD WILL BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EVEN NOW
    THAT YOU HAVE BOWED OUT.
    BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR FUTURE VENTURES

  3. Felix Oti says:

    I wish him luck. Now, if we can move Obi to the Aviation Ministry to finish what Oduah started for the Enugu airport (frankly, I could care less about the other airports), all will be well