Today is a historic day in Anambra State as the state’s seventh Civilian Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, takes the oath of office to pilot the affairs of the state for the next four years.
A church service was held on Sunday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, the state capital, to mark the end of the outgoing State Governor Peter Obi’s eight-year administration and to pray for the success of Chief Obiano and his Deputy Dr Nkem Okeke’s administration.
At the mass, the Bishop of Awka Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor, declared that Governor Obi not only recorded an unprecedented development in the state, but has also laid a solid foundation for future leaders to stand on and take the state to a higher pedestal.
Bishop Ezeokafor urged the incoming Governor, his Deputy, and their team to have concern for human dignity, and work for the common good. He adding that in order for them to succeed, the new administration ought to imbibe the culture of discipline, zero tolerance to corruption, be focused and brave to initiate and implement programmes that will benefit
Anambra state. The Bishop assured the team that the church would stand by the new administration.
In his short speech, Governor Obi thanked God for using him to transform the state and urged his successor to be determined to face the challenges of governance.
Born in 1955, the new Anambra Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, a native of Agulueri-Otu, in Anambra-East Local Government Area of the North senatorial district, obtained a B.Sc. in Accountancy from the University of Lagos in 1979 and an MBA in Marketing from the same university in 1993. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a former Assistant Director in Fidelity Bank Plc.