Kidnapping will be history in Anambra under my watch – Obiano

APGA's Willie Obiano

Willie Obiano said he would run Anambra on four pillars.

Anambra Governor elect, Willie Obiano, said on Tuesday in Abuja that his administration would ensure that crime, kidnapping in particular, was a thing of the past.

Mr. Obiano spoke to State House correspondents after a delegation from the state met with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.

“Kidnapping is very critical for us and under my watch kidnapping will be a thing of the past.

“First, as soon as I am sworn-in, there is going to be a security conference where all the stakeholders in Anambra will come from near and beyond.

“We are going to do a lot of things that the present administration has started,” he said.

Mr. Obiano said he would deploy vigilante groups, equip and train them appropriately to tackle kidnapping.

“We will also place emphasis on youth employment because where most of the youths are employed then the rascal few will be easily policeable,” he said.

Mr. Obiano commended the outgoing governor, Peter Obi, noting that he had done very well in the state.

He promised to build on the foundation Mr. Obi laid; but would want to be a little different in moving Anambra to the next level under four pillars.

The first pillar, according to the governor-elect, is agriculture for job creation, food sufficiency and agro-based industries.

He said his second pillar was to ensure that Anambra joined the league of oil producing states.

“As you are aware, we have oil in Anambra State and our first effort is to make sure that we are included in the NDDC.

“Our people in the House of Representatives will make that move very soon and we will be properly acknowledged as oil producing state,” he said.

The third pillar, according to the governor-elect, is trade and commerce.

“All the things we are going to be producing will be sold one way or the other and therefore we need a modern market to be able to do so and of course improve the facilities in the existing markets,” he said.

The last pillar of his administration, he said, would be industrialisation.

A businessman from the state, Arthur Eze who was among the delegation, said they came to pay a thank-you and solidarity visit to the president.

“Jonathan is our brother, God gave him power and anybody fighting him is fighting God; the person will perish and I don’t want perish.

“Jonathan was in his village and God sent for him and gave him power.

“Now all of us will support him,” he said.

The National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Umeh, said that the president had supported the outgoing governor, Peter Obi and they were in the Villa to thank him.

He said the delegation also urged the president to extend same hands of friendship to the incoming governor.


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