Outgoing governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has presented 110 vehicles to the local governments in the state. The gesture comes few weeks after he presented official cars to judges, magistrates, permanent secretaries, directors in the state civil service, traditional rulers, among others.
A breakdown of recipients of the vehicles indicates that 80 of them are meant for heads of service and directors in the local government service, while 30 were poll vehicles for the 21 local governments and vehicles for Traditional Rulers Council, market leaders, youth councils, Asatu men and women leaders.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony of the vehicles to the beneficiaries at Ekwueme Square, Akwa, Gov. Obi said it was part of measures put in place by his administration to re-build human infrastructure in the state. He urged the recipients to reciprocate government’s gesture by increasing their productivity and output for the overall good of the state.
Gov. Obi noted that despite the countdown to the March 17, 2014 handover date to his successor, Chief Willie Obiano, he would not stop working to inspire people of the state to love the state and have faith and trust in government.
“As I speak, we are taking delivery of over 25,000 computers for schools in Anambra State, which we have fully paid for. We have also concluded plans to start the Three Arms Zone, Nnewi Shopping Mall and more roads.
“Though these projects will cost billions of naira, we already have the money set aside.
“The N100 million cash given to Paul University and Madonna University would be extended to other private or church-owned universities in Anambra State”, he said adding that “This is besides the N5 billion we recently made available to our state university, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu University recently”.
On the ongoing recruitment of 7,000 civil servants in the state, Gov. Obi disclosed that government had the money to pay them for two years, which is about N5 billion secured in the bank in order not to create financial crisis for the incoming governor.