Tuesday 30th August, 2016
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Alleged corruption: Obiano breaks silence

Alleged corruption: Obiano breaks silence

· Says he is not a criminal in govt house
 
After almost two years of keep­ing silent over allegations of corruption against him, es­pecially on the social media and vil­lage squares, Anambra State gover­nor, Chief Willie Obiano yesterday broke his silence.
Obiano stated emphatically that contrary to the allegation making the rounds, he said he is not a crim­inal in the Government House but a very transparent and accountable leader with the interest of Anambra State at heart.
The governor who spoke while hosting correspondents and some se­lect media chiefs in Anambra state, at the Governor's Lodge in Awka, in­sisted that he is focused to deliver the dividends of democracy to the peo­ple of the state as he promised during his campaigns.
Obiano said: “I am a very transpar­ent person. I am not here to steal; I am a big man. I never dreamt of being a Governor but like David in the wil­derness, God brought me to do this job. People don’t know what I passed through, what they know is that I am the Governor.”
He further said that he is not in government to either acquire wealth or steal from the state to be rich as he is already contented with what he has.
He said that in order to fulfill his promises, his government has adopt­ed the approach of doing more with less funds, even in the face of dwin­dling oil revenue, which has crippled some states and even made its chief executives to be wanting in payment of salaries.
The Governor said: “Most of you know how I came to become the gov­ernor, I did not set out to become one, but God made it possible. I used to tell myself that the reason God made it possible is for me to do a good job and help contribute my quota to the growth of the society.
“I am a transparent fellow, and I am not here to steal. I am a rich man in my own right, and I’m contented with what I have. Some people think it is a lot of enjoyment to be a gover­nor, but they do not know the diffi­culties in it. At some point when you should be resting, some folks will come to disturb your peace, but you have to do it because you are their governor.”
He also told journalists that the state is currently being owed the sum of N34 billion by the Federal Govern­ment, being funds he expended on federal roads in the state, and he ap­pealed to the Federal Government to reimburse the state as the funds were meant for other projects, but used to rehabilitate federal roads because of their very bad shape in the state.
Obiano said that Anambra is among the few states of the federa­tion that are still paying workers’ sal­aries promptly, and that in the case of Anambra, he has even increased salaries and also mapped out incen­tives for workers in rural areas and for teachers who teach core subjects in government-owned schools.
He said that when the various MOUs signed with the various in­vestors are actualised within the 1-2 year gestation period, Anambra state would be on its way to becoming the economic hub of not only the South East but Nigeria at large.

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