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No going back on Awka, Nnewi, Onitsha master plans, Obi insists

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State says there is no going back on the implementation of the recently launched master plans for the three cities of Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha, pledging that if he remained Governor of the state till 2014, he would have saved the state, counterpart fund of $1million for the execution of the project.

The cost of the project is put at $100 million.

The plans were prepared by the United Nations Habitat based in Nairobi, Kenya and officials of the world body, and presented recently to the people. It is expected that the project would be completed by 2028, if there are no hitches in the course of its implementation.

The Governor, who addressed the Anambra state leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka after a tour of  projects executed by his administration, said that he has started assembling experts that would handle the project, adding that what was required was the cooperation of everybody to ensure the success of the project.

“In government, there are two options in doing things. These are doing things the right way and doing things the wrong way. And doing things the right way is always expensive, but better in the long run. We insist on doing things the right way,” Obi said.

He noted that if the previous administrations in the state had laid the foundation for the development of the state, some achievements would have been recorded, adding that it was only now that the real foundation is being laid in the state.

He urged the leadership of Ohaneze to organise the apex Igbo body properly with a view to appointing leaders that would advise and give directives to the Governors in the South East, insisting that Governors should be under the leadership of Ohaneze.


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