Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has bagged the “2017 Eastern State and Nigerian Governor of the Year Award’’ of the Nigerian-American with Disabilities in the Diaspora and their Public-Private Partners (P3).
Obiano was chosen for the award by the group after a “massive 2014 to 2017 performance evaluation of the 36 Nigerian state governors, including the Minister of Federal Capital Territory’s works.
Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, President of Houston, Texas-based Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International (ERPDI), Incorporated in the U.S. made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.
“Today, Jan. 8, we the Nigerian-American with Disabilities in the Diaspora and our Public-Private Partners (P3), chooses, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, as our 2014-2017 Eastern State and Nigerian Governor of the Year,’’ it said.
They were assessed based on works on Nigeria’s disability-inclusive and accessible urban/city developments (building of the first Silicon Valley of Nigeria at Anambra State), progress, peace and unity, economic, trade and industrial developments.
Other areas of the assessment are agricultural developments, social, human, security, democracy and governance, electoral and political, entrepreneurship, job training and placements and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities.
The rest are Disability-Inclusive Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda, especially SDGs 1-5 for women and girls and the late effects of Polio virus infection called Post-Polio Syndrome.
The group said Obiano, broke all records because on Nov. 20, 2017, within less than 48 hours after winning his re-election that took place on Nov. 18, 2017 and also, within 24 hours after he was issued with his re-election Certificate by INEC, he wasted no time to move into positive actions.
It noted that it set to work through his Managing Director, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, Mr Michael Okonkwo, in collaborations with Nigerians in the Diaspora, led by Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom.
Others members of the group are Iyom Ifeoma B. Oni-Orisan, Mrs Ngozi Pauline Ikebuaku, Mr Polycarp Onyeachonam Ufom, Ms. Chinyelum Ozumba, Mrs Uche Helen Okafor, Iyom Mabel Ozumba, Mr Frances Okeke, Mrs Ngozi Okeke and Mr. Grace Njideke Ojukwu.
The governor introduced “Willie Obiano’s Silicon Valley of Nigeria’’; the Republic of Korea’s KOICA, UNDP and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s, “Saemaul Initiative Towards Sustainable and Inclusive New Communities (ISNC) and A New Rural Development Paradigm and the Inclusion and Sustainable New Community Model Inspired by the Saemaul Undong’’ Institute.
They also undertook Post-Polio Syndrome Clinics and Centres for Diagnostic and Clinical Managements of the late effects of Polio Virus Infection called Post-Polio Syndrome, Employment Developments, Work Readiness and Skills Training, Job Training and Placements.
Also the team developed Therapeutic Recreations, Wellness and Fitness Centres for Micro Enterprise Development, Healthcare’s, sports, social engagements, capacity building and management for all the 36 states of Nigeria.
Other African countries, including Lake Chad Basin Nations, Republic du Niger, Chad and Cameroon, with its headquarters at Enugwu-Ukwu General Hospital, Njikoka Local Government Area, Anambra, as the first projects to be built at the Silicon Valley.
The statement said that the diplomatic meeting where the history was made took place during the UN Africa Industrialisation Day, at the UNDP-Nigeria’s headquarters, Abuja, during a meeting between Anambra, Plateau, Benue, Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International, (ERPDI) Incorporated and other Government/public-private Partners (P3), with the UNDP-Nigeria’s Country Director, Dr Samuel Bwalya.
“Industrialisation is a primary driver of economic growth and job creation, and will be pivotal in efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063.
“This year’s Africa Industrialisation Day highlights the links between industrial development and Africa’s moves towards establishing a Continental Free Trade Area,’’ it said.
The statement said it would also be critical to unleash the capacities of Africa’s young people and to strengthen African institutions.
“Both the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 recognise these imperatives,” it quoted the UN Secretary General as saying on Nov. 20, 2017, at the UN Headquarters New York, during the occasion of Africa Industrialisation Day.’’
Reacting to the UN Secretary-General’s call to, “unleash the capacities of Africa’s young people and to strengthen African institutions,’’ Obiano said it would be establishing the first Disability-Inclusive Silicon Valley of Nigeria being designed by Mr Michael Okonkwo, an Architect.
He noted the project was in collaborations with Nigerians in the Diaspora, led by Chief Ufom, to ensure nationwide true local Disability-Inclusive economic developments by Nigerians, regardless of their different ethnic and religious groups, language and disability.
The inauguration of Willie Obiano’s Silicon Valley and its Republic of Korea’s KOICA and other projects under it will be taking place on March 18 and March 19, immediately after Obiano’s swearing in ceremony.
It will be followed by Obiano’s economic summit to be held at Houston, Texas and other selected countries around the world to introduce it to “our Ndi Anambra and Nigerians in the Diaspora’’.