By Anayo Ezugwu
AHEAD of Anambra State governorship election in 2021, Valentine Ozigbo, aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that he will sustain the successes recorded by Peter Obi, former governor of the state in education. He says that the state is enjoying the investments made in the education sector by the administration of the former governor.
In an exclusive interview with Realnews, Ozigbo said that his administration if elected would seek for ways to improve the successes. “Under the leadership of His Excellency, Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra state, recorded a massive leap in the performance of our primary and secondary education.
“To a certain extent, the gains of his reforms in the educational sector are still being felt. This is evident in the performance of students from the state in standardized examinations administered by WAEC, NECO, and JAMB. These strides are something to be proud of and worth sustaining and improving on. This reminds me of one of my principles, which is called Kaizen, which means continuous improvement.
“This is a principle that has guided my life and my career. To always seek for ways to improve even the excellent. No matter how wonderful something is, there is always room for improvement. I will also dedicate a lot of attention to solving the question of the relevance of education and ensure that what the schools produce as outputs are precisely what the businesses and institutions need,” he said.
According to Ozigbo, his administration if elected will revive the economy of the state. “In simple terms, we will place Anambra through the fastest path to sustainable development through collaboration and effective support of the private sector. We will raise the standard of living and run an inclusive government. We will enhance efficiencies and cut wastes. We will be creative, audacious, and purpose-driven.
“We will restore law and order and make Anambra the most competitive state in Nigeria for investors. We will leverage on technology to solve Anambra and the world’s problems, and we will transform and beautify Anambra for good. These and more will help us make Ndi (People) Anambra proud of their state, and we will be an example of an ideal world.”
The governorship aspirant said if elected he would seek restructuring to enable the state benefit from huge gas deposit in the state. “This is a broader issue that still takes us back to the question of restructuring. Restructuring is a multifaceted issue that covers the devolution of powers that would impact the economy.
“The arguments are that the current Unitarian power structure robs the states of capabilities to create wealth and prosperity for their people. I will lend my voice and do what I can to see that Nigeria is remodeled for economic justice and prosperity for all. With this, I will deepen the partnership with the private sector to ensure that the right investment and intensity of support is provided to enable a win-win-win for the government, the people, and the private sector.
“Coming with a wide experience in finance and global banking, I will look at deepening the financing and institutional investments to ensure that the benefit of the natural resources, not just gas, in Anambra reaches all,” he said.
– Jul. 7, 2020 @ 8:09 GMT |