A little over three decades ago, precisely on August 27, 1991, the vibrant entity known as Anambra State emerged, a beacon of hope, a testament to the strength of shared aspirations, and a fertile ground where dreams have blossomed.
Since its inception, Anambra State has undergone a transformative journey, steered by various leaders who have each contributed their part to its development. From Chukwuemeka Ezeife (1992 – 1993), Dabo Aliyu (Military Administrator, 1993 – 1994), Mike Attah (1996 – 1998), Chinwoke Mbadinuju (1999 – 2003), Chris Ngige (2003 – 2006), Peter Obi (2006 – 2014), Dame Virgy Etiaba, Willie Obiano (2014 – 2021), to the incumbent Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, this State has been fortunate to be under the guidance of remarkable leaders.
Presently, the stewardship of Anambra State is in the capable hands of Governor Professor Charles Soludo, CFR, who is steering the State towards new horizons of excellence. Since taking office in March 2022, a mere two years ago, Governor Soludo has harnessed the development potential of Anambra, driven by his visionary quest to transform the State into a modern, prosperous metropolis – a nucleus of sustainable prosperity where individuals are invited to reside, invest, labor, unwind, and relish life.
The realization of this ambitious vision is permeating every facet of the lives of Anambra citizens through Governor Soludo’s strategic pillars: fortifying security and order; catalyzing infrastructure and economic metamorphosis; nurturing human capital and societal advancement; refining governance and value systems; and ensuring an ecologically sustainable environment.
Under the present administration, a tide of positive change has swept through the landscape of Anambra. The State is now safer, with law and order upheld. Extensive road networks spanning over 300 kilometers are under construction across all 21 local government areas. Collaborations with the EEDC are bringing continuous power supply to major cities. Urban and inter-city transportation systems are undergoing modernization.
The Solution Innovation District has been established to foster a digital economy ecosystem. Youth empowerment is being fostered through the One Youth, Two Skills program. Furthermore, a new agricultural revolution is taking root in Anambra through Governor Soludo’s Coconut and Oil Palm agenda. Already, more than 1.1 million high-yielding oil palm and coconut seedlings have been distributed to over 100,000 households in Anambra, with the goal of uplifting many families from poverty in the years ahead.
Governor Soludo’s administration is also revitalizing the education sector, as evidenced by the recruitment of 5,000 teachers for public schools last year. The results are tangible, with Anambra State students earning national and international accolades. The healthcare system has seen upgrades, with three general hospitals being enhanced and medical personnel increased.
The public service in Anambra has been reformed for optimal efficiency. Salaries and pensions are disbursed punctually. In the environmental arena, the Soludo administration is tackling the threats of gully erosion and flooding by clearing drainages and waterways. Urban renewal initiatives are progressing to create a clean, verdant, and eco-friendly state.
Despite the broader economic challenges posed by the removal of fuel subsidies and federal reforms, the Soludo government remains compassionate and responsive. On August 22, 2023, the governor announced interim relief measures to alleviate the burdens of the vulnerable within the community.
As Anambra State commemorates its 32nd anniversary, the future unfurls like a tapestry of aspirations and possibilities, urging us onward. Let us remember, Ndi Anambra, that this occasion signifies more than the passage of years; it marks the forging of a legacy. Our past, present, and future converge in an epic narrative of triumph, unity, and limitless potential.
Together, let us soar, let us flourish, and let us keep shaping a future that radiates with increasing brilliance with every passing year. In everything, our gratitude flows like a river, directed towards the unsung heroes who bolster our achievements, the pursuers of dreams and custodians of heritage, and every citizen who adds vibrancy to the canvas of Anambra State.
Thank you for accompanying us on this exhilarating odyssey through time, evolution, and advancement. Happy 32nd Anniversary, Anambra State!