Speculation that Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, South-east of Nigeria, may have been in working relationship with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have been confirmed by the supervising minister for education, Mr. Nyesom Wike who has said that the Anambra State governor is good and won’t be allowed to quit from politics after the expiration of his tenure in March.
He added that he was sure the federal government would give Obi a duty at the national level after his tenure.
The minister, who was in Anambra to observe the distribution of second to the last phase of 500 buses, 22,500 laptops and 420 giant sized generators to schools in the state said anytime he came close to Obi, he always learnt something new, and that what had amazed him most was that in spite of politicking, Obi had never been carried away.
“The president directed me to tell Anambra people that Governor Peter Obi is one governor who has contributed immensely to the federal government, and has supported the Jonathan Administration the most.
“In spite of poiticking, he always remembers that he was given a mandate by the people of Anambra to work for them.
“Federal government will not allow Obi to go and just be wasting in retirement months from now when he leaves office, he will be given a duty at the national level to help the state and the country”, Wike said.
He added that Obi had remained focused and respectful, and is not the kind of governor who will begin to abuse elders when given the microphone.
Earlier, Governor Peter Obi said that his government was working hard to meet the Millennium Development Goals which his administration had adopted as a guide, before the 2015 timeline.
Obi said Anambra State has the highest number of donor agencies in the country, and this is because his government has learnt to meet the demands of the agencies.
“Today, Mr Minister, we have called you to come and witness the distribution of the second to the last phase of the 500 buses to schools. We are doing it in phases because the manufacturing company in Nnewi, which is producing the buses cannot supply that number of buses at the same time.
“We are also giving out 42,500 HP laptops to secondary schools with the school curriculum, teachers’ guide and past question papers installed in it through a soft ware. We paid HP N2 billion cash for the laptops, and we also paid additional N680 million to Galaxy Backbone to install internet in the schools”, Obi said.
He added that he will also distribute 420 giant sized generating set to power the schools and has also budgeted for the construction of generator houses for all the sets.
A total of N12 billion was spent for the procurement of the items as against the initial N10 billion budgeted.
Obi said his prayer is that the incoming governor will do even more, while assuring the supervising minister that he will always come with the incoming governor to his office to beg for the ministry’s favour when needed.
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