Critics of the political goings-on in Anambra State have continued to haul darts at Governor Willie Obiano – accusing him of ineptitude in handling the affairs of the state.
The critics insist that Chief Obiano, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), should forget his ambition of getting a second term in office as the governor of the state.
The latest salvos against Obiano are coming from a stalwart of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and leader of the Oganiru Anambra Movement in the state,o.
Obiogbolu had contested for the governorship ticket of Anambra State under the PDP for some time and nearly clinched the ticket.
Obiogbolu has expressed regrets that the Willie Obiano administration is not doing enough to protect Anambra traders and businesses from systematic exploitation by commercial banks and oppressive government policies.
He said the current administration in the state does not have what it takes to lead Anambra State to economic prosperity.
Obiogbolu spoke during the award ceremony organized by the Anambra Consensus Project for 57 traders in Anambra State.
He said that he was happy that at last the immense contributions of traders to the economic growth of Anambra State were being recognized.
He commended the awardees for their awards and reminded them of the enormous responsibility the award had bestowed upon them. He advised them to continue to maintain high ethical standards in their business and commercial activities which had brought recognition to the people of the South East.
Dr Obiogbolu, however, expressed concerns that the state government was not doing enough to protect the interests of the traders who contribute so much to the overall socio-economic development of the state.
He decried the insensitivity of the commercial banks who, in 2015 alone, collected over 370 billion naira in deposits in Anambra State and yet extended credits to Ndi Anambra of less than 40 billion naira.
The PDP stalwart pointed out that the Anambra State government had not done anything to protect the huge deposit being taken outside the state to empower outsiders at the expense of the industrialists, manufacturers and traders many of whom actually need soft loans to finance their businesses.
He further condemned the lack of access to foreign exchange to these traders for importation, lamenting that many warehouses were virtually empty, whilst the government finds foreign exchange for frivolous foreign trips.
He advised the Willie Obiano administration to be more responsive and alive to their social obligations to the people of Anambra, saying that the situation where their brothers and next of kin in other states were killed or their property destroyed and no one spoke up for them was unbecoming of the renowned Igbo unity and doctrine of “Onye aghana nwanne ya”.
Dr Obiogbolu stated that leaders must be alive to their responsibilities and that Ndi Anambra “do not expect salvation from the federal government as we are currently witnessing but we expect our government to rally our people and lead us to economic prosperity”.
He reminded the gathering that there was nothing that can kill the Igbo spirit of perseverance and faith in God and self as 45 years after every adult was given 20 Nigerian pounds irrespective of their wealth, the South East has become the home to the highest number of billionaires per square kilometre and has the lowest poverty rate in the country.