02 January 2015, Awka – Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, has expressed optimism that the current dwindling price of oil in the international market would not affect the progress of the state in 2015.
Obiano made the remark in Awka, in his New Year message to the people of the state entitled “Stretching to a New Height of Excellence”.
“Though many experts have predicted a tough year for Nigeria in the face of plummeting oil prices, such forecasts will never dampen the aspirations of Anambra. With our enormous human and material resources, we shall not surrender to dwindling oil prices in the international markets,” he said.
Obiano further told the people that his administration had taken steps to triple the state’s Internally Generated Revenue from the present N1.1 billion generated annually.
“The same determination with which we have pursued our security challenges is what we will bring to fight the leakages in our IGR.
He urged the people to pay their taxes, to enable the administration to undertake capital projects and complete them on schedule.
The governor promised to complete the three interchange and the six-lane stretch of road from Amawbia to Amansea all in Awka, as well as Agulu Lake Hotel Resort and other critical road projects.
“We shall inaugurate more projects, covering the Four Pillars of Development of this administration and lay the foundation for an ambitious economic growth.”
The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue with the war against crime during the year, and build a new social and economic order driven by strong family and community values.
“We shall force positive change on various aspects of our lives that have been resistant to our march to progress”.