Group charts new course for Anambra
From Obinna Odogwu, Ekwulobia
For long, some powerful stakeholders in Anambra State have been agitated. Their minds have been on how to move the state forward.
Thus recently, the notable stakeholders, numbering over 100 and drawn from the 21 local government areas of the state, converged on Awka, the state capital, to concretise their efforts, which saw the berthing of the Anambra Renaissance.
According to them, the new group is a socio-political platform they have come together to use to discuss the “myriads of leadership and socio-economic cum political challenges rocking the state and as well proffer practical solutions as much as possible to the government and other concerned authorities on the way forward.”
The stakeholders, who were led by the member, representing Awka North and South in the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Anayo Nnebe, were particularly piqued by what they described as the rapid failing state of qualitative leadership in Anambra State at all levels of governance in the recent times.
The convener, Rt. Hon. Nnebe, explained that the group was formed to restore the leadership glory, which the state was known for over the years, which has dwindled to a near irredeemable level.
He, therefore, said that if something was not done quickly, the state might have to pay dearly for it in no distant future.
“As you are aware, the meeting was convened to get like minds together for the singular purpose of moving the state forward.
“I am not saying that there is something wrong with the state, but there is always room for improvement in every situation. Our objective is to make the state move forward; to make the state better than how it is right now. We want peace, equity, fairness; these are the things we need in the state.
“The focal points of Anambra Renaissance are to galvanise Ndi-Anambra to ensuring that credible candidates emerged in all the parties and ensuring that the best candidate emerges as the winner. Mind you, we don’t belong to any political party, religion, denomination, government or what have you. It is not owned by any individual,” Nnebe explained.
Another stakeholder, Chief (Sir) Innocent Anumba from Ozubulu community, said he signed up with the Anambra Renaissance because of its strong stance on putting the state in proper perspective.
Hear him: “We intend to straighten the leadership structure of Anambra; we intend to assemble like minds together to iron out modalities on how to move Anambra State forward.
“A lot of things have gone wrong but they cannot be enumerated in this interview but suffice to say that we felt that Anambra would have been better placed than how it is now. Like you see the federal roads in Anambra State, none of them is being attended to. The representatives, both at the state and federal levels, are not doing anything about it.
“If you go through Umunya by the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, for more than three hours you’d be stuck on the road because it is dilapidated. Unemployment is rising, there is also inflation and most of the schools in the state, especially those in the rural areas are dilapidated. A lot of things have gone wrong. So, we felt that the like minds should come together and see if there would be a way out.
“Personally, I am not satisfied with the governor of my state, Chief Willie Obiano, because he is not running a government of inclusiveness; rather he is running a government of exclusion. A lot of people that would have given their wealth of experience towards the development of the state were edged out either because of their sectional belongings or whatever.”
Also speaking, a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly for Anaocha 1 Constituency, Hon. Ebele Ejiofor, said that he was particularly pained that the state despite its huge human and material resources had not reached its expected peak.
He, therefore, pledged the full support for the “noble agenda of the body.”
Hon. Edwin Aghadinuno from Nteje community, pointed out that the “Anambra Renaissance is for the collective good of Ndi-Anambra State. And we, as stakeholders, consider that there is always the need for this kind of gathering to be organised from time to time so as to exchange views, come to terms and chart the way forward.
“Like you know, we are human beings and no single person is perfect. But when we interface in a gathering like this, at the end of the day, superior argument prevails. And by so doing, we can come out with suggestions and advice on the leadership that be; whether on Anambra or beyond. We are stakeholders in the state and there is no way we would fold our hands and watch certain things, especially the things that are negative, to happen. We must work for a near perfect situation. That is the essence of coming together. This meeting is going to be regular. And we are working in tandem with Ndi-Anambra to make sure this state remains a modest state,” he said.