Anambra 2021: Aspirant promises to make the people his focus
As the countdown to the Anambra 2021 governorship election begins in earnest, more aspirants, especially from the South senatorial district, have continued to emerge, with Mr. Okwudili TobeOlisa Olih, a Nnewi-born accountant and businessman being the latest entrant.
His entry into the race to succeed Governor Willie Obiano has so far distorted previous political calculations and permutations, as major political parties, including the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said to be wooing him. But he told journalists that he was not yet ready to disclose the political party of his choice.
Olih said as a home grown: “My cardinal focus would be close to the people and revolutionise agriculture to produce enough to feed the state and for export, adding that over 90 per cent of the state’s land mass is arable and suitable for all-year-round farming and animal husbandry.
“Our subsistent farmers would be systematically modernised to increase their food output, with equal development of agricultural value chain in each crop line, just as we would arrange both local and foreign off-takers to buy off all excess produce.
“Farm inputs, irrigation methods, high-yielding crops, fertilizers, pest control methods and tractors would be made readily available, especially within the farming cluster areas, with storage facilities, including silos, built and farmers supported, assisted and celebrated.”
He said since modern economy is knowledge-driven, there would be compulsory quality education in the state at all levels.
Secondary and vocational schools shall be equally ranked, and must be of very high standard and made to be viable to feed the industries in Anambra, adding that skills acquired in the vocational secondary and tertiary institutions shall be internationally certified to be acceptable anywhere in the world, while the demands of local industries shall determine the vocational industrial skills to be promoted by the government.
He listed orderliness and cleanliness shall be the defining principle of the new Anambra environment, while urban planning and urban renewal would be vigorously pursued to transform the way people live and work.
“Gully erosion that has been ravaging several parts of Anambra will be vigorously controlled by geophysical mapping and detailed coordinated channeling of floods all over the state and the entire topography of the state will be taken into account to find an enduring solution to the menace.
“I shall be accountable to my generation, to my children’s generation, even to the fourth generation. I am a strong advocate of leadership by shared vision, the collective vision of all Anambra people.
“We shall lead by example, be the light while we can and leave such a legacy that anything below it will no longer be acceptable to Anambra people. Needs of the citizens must be prioritised,” he promised.
He also vowed to focus on building up the people and lift Anambra to great new height through youth/women empowerment, sports, and recreational development, tackle unemployment, infrastructure deficit, industrialisation, and energy development, as well as housing and urban planning/renewal plans, strengthening health and education sectors and reform the civil service, among others.