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#ObianoIn3Years: The Dream is within a Touching Distance Now...

Still on the Enablers, Gov Obiano continues...

"Roads & Bridges –

Our objective in roads and bridges is to construct roads that have economic importance to Anambra State. We have built 3 iconic flyovers to change the landscape of our state capital. This is in fulfillment of our campaign promise of giving our people a state capital that we can all be proud of. These flyovers in Arroma, Kwata and Amawbia have changed the skyline of Awka. We have also completed 4 other bridges while work is in progress on 5 new bridges.  The bridge across Omambala River that leads to the oilfields is the longest bridge in South East Nigeria. It is 280 meters long.

On Road Construction alone, this administration is working on 857 kilometers of roads. We have continued work on all the roads we inherited from the previous administration. We have not abandoned any roads in Anambra State. Not one! The current economic recession may have delayed progress on some roads but construction is on-going on 110 sites across Anambra State. However, we would have been more aggressive on road construction if the federal government had refunded us the sum of N43.8bn that we spent on the reconstruction of federal roads and bridges in Anambra State.

These contracts have been verified by the federal ministry of Works. Similarly, our Operation Zero Pothole team has been highly effective in fixing broken roads across the state. A total of 210 roads cutting across 32 towns in 19 local government areas have been refurbished by our Road Maintenance Team.

The Anambra Road Maintenance Agency has also re-constructed more than 30 short roads across the state that would have cost huge sums of money if they were handled by external contractors. This is what we have done in the construction of roads and bridges!

The Environment is Next –

From time immemorial, our beloved state has been plagued by the menace of gully erosion. With 4,484 square kilometres of land and over 900 erosion sites, Anambra has suddenly become the smallest state in Nigeria in land mass. This has heightened our sense of the environment and the need to preserve it.

Consequently, we have aggressively pursued urban renewal and beautification projects that would help the environment while strengthening our partnership with the World Bank to help us fight the menace of gully erosion. Effectively, remedial work has commenced on four gully erosion sites while we have secured funding for another 8 sites. Similarly, our effort to keep Anambra clean has resulted in the evacuation of a 30-year-old mountain of refuse in Okpoko that had defied the best efforts of successive administrations. We have fortified our sanitation campaign with 1,200 modern waste receptacles and deployed 15 brand new waste collection trucks to keep Anambra State clean.

In addition, we have employed 600 street sweepers. In further effort to preserve the environment, we have launched the One-million-Tree-Campaign to restore the ecological balance of Anambra State!  

Transportation –

Our Mission is to improve and maintain an efficient, safe and sustainable transport system in Anambra State. Our achievements in this sector include - the launching of the first state water transport system with 25 Speedboats.

However, we have since gone beyond that. In collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, we have successfully charted our waterways in other to find out the depth of our rivers. This will help us to commence a full scale maritime transport in Anambra State. With our eyes on Water Tourism, we have also successfully mapped out spots where Jetties shall be built to facilitate our fast expanding marine transport. It shall be built on 13 locations to give a huge boost to the coming Water Tourism.

Other achievements include the launching of a comprehensive intra and inter-city road transport system with 200 brand new taxis and 40 mass transit buses for low income earners, the inauguration of the Anambra Road Traffic Management Agency (ATMA) and the full automation of the vehicle licensing process through the Anambra Motor Vehicle Administration System (AMVAS). Another major achievement is the recent signing of the paperwork for the establishment of the first bonded container terminal in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo council area of Anambra State.

Housing and Urban Development –

In Housing and Urban Development, we are striving to provide decent housing and comfortable neighbourhoods for Ndi Anambra. In the past three years, we have completed the Aerial Mapping of the entire State to help us in planning for the future and produced a Development Control Manual to guide investments in real estate.

We have also gone into a partnership with four estate developers to construct 8 major housing projects in Awka and Onitsha with a collective output of over 15,000 units of houses. Similarly, we have produced a Geographical Information System to assist in administration and guide future city expansion projects.

Water and Sanitation –

Our objective for Water and Sanitation is to rehabilitate over 160 water schemes and develop an effective water reticulation network across the state. We have mostly achieved that. We have rehabilitated 150 moribund boreholes across the state including the Onitsha, Oraukwu, Ihiala, Nsugbe and Uruagu Nnewi water schemes and drilled solar-powered boreholes in 55 communities in Aguata and Anambra East.

In addition, we have constructed sanitary facilities with external water tanks in 80 communities and drilled boreholes in 80 secondary schools across the state. And finally, in partnership with the UNDP, we have installed waste recycling equipment in two strategic locations in the state.

The last Enabler is Women and Children’s Welfare –

Our aim here is to purposefully cater for women and children in a manner that will ensure the healthy development of our children and secure our future. Our achievements in three years in this sector include the empowerment of 1,200 women and young mothers with 500 units of fishponds and 700 chicken coops, the training of 300 physically challenged persons on various vocational skills, rehabilitation of 150 mentally challenged persons picked up from different locations across the state and of course the renovation of Vocational Rehabilitation Centres in Otuocha and Oba.

A comprehensive social register and data base is also being compiled to generate a reliable data bank on the most vulnerable group of people in the society. These people will be beneficiaries of the Conditional-Cash-Transfer Programme of the federal government that we have secured for Ndi Anambra.

In a similar partnership with the federal government, the state has commenced a school-feeding programme for 100,000 pupils from primary 1 to 3. An estimated 1,053 caterers who are mostly women have been engaged to deliver this service. This will boost family earning and bring instant relief to over 1,053 families in this time of recession."


Words of Gov Willie Obiano of Anambra State during the Special Broadcast to Mark His 3 Years in Office.

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