There are several allegations of distorted development in Anambra State in the last 25 years but the Executive Chairman of Old Motor Car Parts Dealers’ Association, Ugwuagba Obosi, Idemili North local government area, Chief Emmanuel Obiagwu, thinks differently.
Without mincing words, Obiagwu asserts that the state has developed far more than others created along with it in August 1991.
The sectors, which the state has made progress, according to him, are infrastructure, education, health, human development, agriculture, science and technology, traditional institutions, trade and industry among others.
He however said that various administrations in the state did not efficiently utilise the state’s resources to develop it during the period under review.
Obiagwu said: “Successive governors have contributed their quotas towards developing the state in different ways. Anambra is the only state in the country one can travel round within one hour because of its good road network.
“Before the creation of the new Anambra State, crime and criminality were common. Each governor that ruled the state since then made concerted efforts to create a crime-free society. The incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, gets the highest performance rating in this regard,” he said, stressing that Obiano has registered his footprint in the history of Anambra through his developmental policies and programmes.
Obiagwu furhter stated that “Obiano’s government has done well in the areas of infrastructure. His administration has built roads and has beautified Anambra cities, especially Awka, the state capital. He has also tackled security problems, making Anambra a safe haven for residents and investors.
“He (Obiano) has democratised markets’ leadership in Anambra, established infrastructure therein and halted the activities of motor park and market touts,” Obiangwu said.
The market leader however implored the governor to revisit the state of roads in Mgbuka Obosi Market, especially Fidelity Bank, Skye Bank and Chiakwazie roads within the market, which in his view, is the biggest concentrated spare parts market in West Africa, with over 12,000 traders deserve attention.