18/10/2021

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Obiano hiding under Ojukwu’s philosophy to perpetrate corruption – Group

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An umbrella body of sociopolitical platforms, Global Initiatives For Good Governance (GIGG) has called out Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State over lack of accountability since the inception of his administration.

The pro-democracy group queried the Obiano-led government’s level of credibility, fairness and performance in the management of the resources of the state, saying that from the inception of the government till date, Anambra is being characterized by alleged mindless looting and diversion of public funds under the watch of Obiano, regretting that the funds should have been channelled to developing the education sector, healthcare facilities, road projects and agricultural grants to farmers in the state to attract monumental and overall infrastructural development in the state.

Rather, the group said Obiano’s government has exhibited high level lack of accountability, which has subjected the state to developmental backwardness for the past 20 years.

The Global Initiatives For Good Governance, in a statement signed by its Director-General, Chief Emeka Kalu, and sent to DAILY POST on Sunday, noted that erosion mishaps had been one of the environmental hazards facing various communities in Anambra State, further regretting that the huge chunk of diverted funds could have been utilized to address the situations.

The sociopolitical body posited that Obiano has failed to lead by example by running an open door policy where every drop of decisions and actions in government are neutrally subjected to scrutiny, watchfulness and accountability thereby restoring the public confidence in public affairs and governance.

According to the GIGG, the governor is at the moment working very hard to ensure he gets his party win the forthcoming governorship election in the state by hiding under the philosophy cloak of our respected Igbo leader of blessed memory, Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, the founder of APGA to perpetrate and perpetuate injustice, corruption and avarice against the will of Ndi Anambra.

The GIGG however demanded accountability in the leadership of the state as it was ready, willing and eager to publish evidence capable of proving beyond reasonable doubts that Obiano’s government allegedly looted and is still looting Anambra’s treasury.

The group also partly stated, “Global Initiatives For Good Governance,(GIGG) an umbrella body in socio-political platforms whose responsibilities are to scale, assess and evaluate the performances or otherwise of leaders in our contemporary society and make public comments to that effect. To whom much was given, much is also expected in turns from him and this statement is credited to Chief Willy Obiano, the Executive Governor of Anambra State on the current status of his credibility in the discharge of his statutory functions to the people of Anambra State.

“Our functions as a light indicator in observing the workings of things in governance through intelligent gathering have carefully studied and investigated to some reasonable extent and uninhibitedly confirmed piles of looting, misappropriation and mismanagement of funds traceable to Governor Willie Obiano in the United States Of America.

“Confirmation has it that he personally secured for his private use and ownership several apartment complexes worth billions of dollars in the USA regardless of how the poor, destitute and the unemployed suffer in the face of these excesses and recklessness.

“Furthermore, if these misappropriated funds are invested in agriculture, it would go a long way in increasing, revamping and revitalizing the economy of the State by boasting maximum production of goods and services. Anambra State is one of the major food baskets of the nation where local rice, yam, cereal crops and other economic trees survive and grow, this funds personally coveted could have helped the State in achieving milestones of success in this area of life.

“In our service to mankind, there is no sacred cow treated with kid gloves as we work to ensure the right thing is done to rid Nigeria of blatant corrupt leaders who come to power to amass wealth and abuse public trusts”.

In the meantime, Governor Willie Obiano had stated that his administration has invested N7.2 billion on community development projects across the 181 communities in the state.

Obiano disclosed this through the state’s commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mark Okoye during the 2021 public presentation of the achievements of the Anambra State Community and Social Development Agency in Awka, the state capital.

Okoye listed communities’ desire for direct assistance through Community-Driven Development Programme that can shape their destinies, empowering communities with resources, voice and capacity building to sustain development and management of funds by beneficiaries to help reduce corruption as some of the lessons learnt during the implementation process.