Details of the closed-door meeting between Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra and President Muhammadu Buhari have emerged
- Governor Obiano said that he met the president based on an age-long relationship built on honesty and passion for service
- He also revealed that he asked President Buhari for federal appointments on behalf of indigenes of the state
The governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano has revealed details of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari held at the Presidential Villa on Monday, May 13.
In his interactions with state house correspondents, Governor Obiano admitted that he asked President Buhari for federal appointments on behalf of indigenes of the state.
He said that his closeness with the president stems from the fact that they both share a common commitment to honesty, Vanguard reports.
Obiano said: “If you get closer to what the President is doing. Like me, I am a hands-all governor and I don’t treat federal government projects as if they are in Abuja, no. I go there and supervise the projects as if there are my own projects initiated by Anambra state government.
“I know he is doing a great work. I told my people to know where we headed, that this man keeps his words just like me and he is doing a great work. He is honest, straight forward, his yes is yes, his no is no. So why can’t I like such a fellow? He is a very good friend of mine and that friendship exists.
“I called the President real time when he won the election and this is the first time I am seeing him physically since after that election. So I came to congratulate him on his well deserved victory.
“That is one, then I gave him update on the federal government projects that are going on in Anambra. For example, Second Niger Bridge, which is going according to plan, work is going on there very well. The minister of Power, Works and Housing and myself were at the sites recently and I came to brief him fully how that work is going as planned.
“Secondly, the road they are doing between Onitsha and Awka -17.5km – is going on very well, they have stone-patched about eight kilometers of that road already and they have asphalted four kilometers already.
“Again, I commended him for that initiative. Initially, people thought it was election fluke but you can see long after the elections those works are still going on very well.
“They have concentrated majorly on the main one now which is Onitsha-Enugu Express Way. But we have over seven more dilapidated federal roads in Anambra that have not been touched for over twenty years.
"Quite honestly, it was under his tenure – under Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) that those roads were made and now he is the fellow fixing them many years after.
“So we did ask for favour in that area, we did ask for increase in the social programs that the federal government is handling; more support for school feeding. Now we are feeding 126,000 pupils every day.
“So far about N2.3 billion has been spent by the federal government in school feeding in Anambra state – a very good program. Also, on the NPower program, we have over 8000 youth are already employed.
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“Youth that ordinarily would have been doing some other things, are gainfully employed by the Federal government and of course, I did ask for support in appointments: ministerial, ambassadorial, parastatals and so on so that all of us can move to the Next Level.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Obiano on Wednesday, March 5, accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of burning and destroying public utilities in the state in 2002.
Obiano said the PDP plunged state into confusion due to its desperation for power which led to the destruction of government establishments in the state.
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