Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo catalogued the various programmes that the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress Government has done for the people of Anambra state and Igboland in general.
The Vice President spoke Friday in Awka at the campaign flag-off for the party’s governorship candidate, Tony Nwoye, in the election coming up next month.
Osinbajo said Buhari has consistently demonstrated that he loves the people of Anambra.
One of the programmes being executed by the APC government is the Second Niger Bridge, which the previous PDP administration, promised but never executed.
Osinbajo said some N2billion was recently released for part-execution of the project and that it is included in the 2017 budget.
Osinbajo also reminded his audience that the Home Grown Scool Feeding Programme of the administration kicked off from Anambra, with over 100,000 school children already covered and thousands of cooks employed.
This is in addition to the rail connection to Onitsha, in the state under the Lagos-Port Harcourt rail line and cities such as Awka, Umuahia, Owerri, Enugu, under the Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri line.
“Also, we have our N-Power programme for young graduates. Already we have employed 4,518 young graduates and we intend to increase the number. We will not make any promise we cannot keep”, the Vice President said.
Excerpts of the speech
I have come on behalf of Mr. President, many people know already that our President is a man who loves this State, and if you are looking for evidence that he loves this State, I am sure that you will not look very far.
The first time that he ran for President, his running mate was from this State, yes, Chief Chuba Okadigbo. The second time that he ran, his running mate was from this State also, Chief Ume-Ezeoke. So I want you to give Mr. President 3 Gbosas! (Crowd responds!)
The APC government is a government that will do everything it has promised. We are not making promises for nothing. The second Niger Bridge, we have been talking about it for a long time, but for the first time, the President went by himself to negotiate the facility to do that second Niger Bridge. That is why the second Niger Bridge is in our current budget and we have provided for it.
In fact, I am being reminded that just two days ago, the Sovereign Wealth Fund paid N2billion for that same project. (Sum paid to the contractor Julius Berger for early works) We will definitely see our second Niger Bridge, we will not make promises we cannot keep.
When we were talking about railways, Lagos – Calabar railway, under the old administration, I will not mention them by name, they said Lagos will go to Calabar, there was no connection to the Southeast. It was when President Muhammadu Buhari came, that we re-designed the Lagos – Calabar, in order to pass through Onitsha in the first place. That new design is what we also have- the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri railway, which has a connection to Umuahia, Owerri, Enugu, and Awka. So we will not make promises we cannot keep, we will keep our promises.
This State was the first to receive our Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, we gave this State money first for that programme. And we have already in 807 schools, here in Anambra State, fed young children in primary schools. We have over 103,000 children that are already being fed here in Anambra. The school feeding programme is an APC programme and we have engaged over a thousand cooks.
Also, we have our N-Power programme for young graduates. Already we have employed 4,518 young graduates and we intend to increase the number. We will not make any promise we cannot keep.
That is why I am so sure you will be making the right choice, you will be doing the right thing. How many people know that when you do the right thing, you will get the right result? One plus one is two not two and a half, two plus two is four not four and a half. If you make the right choice, you will get the right results.
When we made the right choice and voted the APC, we are getting the right results. By the grace of God, you in Anambra State will also get the right results.
So it is my very special pleasure now, to invite the National Chairman to present our flag, I am going to join him. The proper person to present the flag is our Chairman, so that it will be valid, because we don’t want any invalid presentation of our flag, and I will also accompany him and all of us here will accompany him.