Anambra state governor, Peter Obi has stated that Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was speaking out of ignorance when the ex FCT minister asserted that Anambra State was the poorest state in the country, that it was educationally backward, lacked priorities and suffered from poor infrastructural development,
According to Obi, his administration had laid a proper foundation for the solid growth of the state from a near zero situation when he assumed office six years ago, noting that only those who had not been to the state, and who had poor knowledge of the state’s recent history could say so.
He said, “I am surprised that somebody I am not sure has been to Anambra State even as a minister comments about the state from the point of view of what I consider as pure, unadulterated ignorance.
“It is an insult to the Igbo race to openly or even remotely suggest that any part of Igbo land is the poorest in the country. This negates our resourcefulness and ingenuity as a people.
“Honestly, I do not know what propels him or what interest he is protecting. We need people to help to assess and validate what we’re doing. We’re on course and we’re doing the right things.”
“The handover of schools to their former missionary owners and the take-off grant of N6bn for their infrastructural development is a feat that was replicated in the health sector with handover of hospitals to mission schools.
“On sports development, the state’s fortunes have been witnessing a steady rise in recent years at sports festivals due to government’s conscious sports development strategy aimed at spotting and grooming young talents to stardom.
“Our emphasis is on the youth not on adults and we’re marching towards a situation where the state will recapture its lost glory,” he said.
It would be recalled that the former Minster over the week said that “Obi has a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1984) and enjoys the title of being the youngest Chairman of Fidelity Bank. Considering Obi’s career achievements, and the fact that he has been to the Supreme Court successfully three times to reclaim his electoral mandate, the people had high hopes that he would improve on the stellar performance of Ngige, sadly, this has not been the case, as his administration has seen increasing crime rates, infrastructure deficits, a number of strikes over minimum wage, higher tax burdens and exodus of elites, among other challenges.”