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“If this government was doing well, I won’t be running for this office. The governor is my friend, we have no personal issues but Anambra is bigger than I and him. I can’t fold my arms because we are friends and watch Anambra regress.”
“We should not settle for what is less than our capability in human capacity.”
“We need to take this State to the blueprint we left on March 17, 2014.”
“This government have spent 455 billion naira in 3 years; all appropriated, all expended. There is nothing to show for it. Where is the money on ground?”
“An incumbent government must run on his accomplishments. It must run on showing people how many schools it had built, it must show people how many hospitals it has built, how many schools it has given buses and more.”
“We must move beyond the numerous ceremonial MoUs we’ve signed here. We have succeeded in giving away our land to people who use them as speculations in the name of signing MoUs.”
We must address a folly in governance. It is presumed that you’re good before coming into government; not that coming into government will make your good.”
“I am going to run a result-based budget. That’s to say, if I promise that I will do 100KM of roads, hypothetical 1 million per mile, by the time I spend 50 million naira, you should see 50 kilometers.”
“Pension is a right and not a privilege. This government seems to treat pension and salary as a privilege.
The way pension is done is that overtime you recalculate the value to reflect the current cost of living.”
“I was in the Shagari administration in 1982 when that Port was built. It has been moribund ever since. To me, it’s a lack of imagination. The most strategic road in the South East is the road that goes from Onitsha to Ogbaru to Ndoni to Port Harcourt. If we had a creative government, it would have known that the road will open up the Onitsha-Port Harcourt business corridor.”
” Our responsibility first and foremost as a government of Anambra is to the people of Anambra State. Forget the noise and hype; forget the nuisances. It’s about our people Ndi Anambra. Let’s forget the excuses they make that it’s a federal road. It might be a federal road but the people passing and living in the environ are not federal people. They are our people, Ndi Anambra. They deserve better.”
“When public policy is transaction driven as opposed to public interest driven, the people suffer. That is the bane of our present government.”
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.