ByÂ Â Dayo Benson, Political Editor, Vincent Ujumadu and Tony Edike
AWKAâ€”AT exactly 12.22 pm yesterday at the famous Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, Governor Peter Obi took the oath of office for a second term in office as Governor of Anambra State, making him the first to achieve the feat.
Governor Obi, who arrived the venue of the colourful ceremony at about 11.58 am in a convoy of black jeeps and cars, in his inaugural speech, said the journey ahead would be tough, even as he called on opposition parties to join hands with his administration to move the state forward.
â€œThe journey of this administration, right from my first tenure to this day has been historic and chequered. It was one mingled with hope and despair.Â When you recall our three years of legal battles in the courts, the impeachment saga and attempted tenure abridgement, which eventually led to the Supreme Courtâ€™s interpretation of the tenure of the Governor, you will appreciate the trials we passed through.Â God, in His infinite mercy, through the judiciary, has always seen us through.
â€œNotwithstanding the above constraints, we began the simultaneous rebuilding of all sectors of the stateâ€™s economy with the vision of achieving the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, by the year 2015, working through our delivery strategy of Anambra Integrated Development Strategy, ANIDS. As we look back today, there is no sector or community in the state that has not benefited from this government in one area of development or another, be it in the area of healthcare delivery,Â education,Â urban development, control of erosion,Â reconstruction of roads,Â sports, among others.
â€œBut a look around the state will show that challenges still abound. Some towns and communities are still without potable water supply, the energy situation is still unsatisfactory, while security is still problematic. We still have to battle the problems of inadequate housing, erosion menace, urban planning, deplorable standard of education and poor healthcare delivery, among others.
â€œIn this second tenure, the journey will be tough, the challenges enormous, involving time, huge resources and effort. However, they will be confronted in accordance with the high expectations of our people,” he said.