Group expresses optimism over success of Anambra 2021 elections

By Valentine Amanze

Academic Frontiers Initiative (AFI), a non-partisan group comprising all the lecturers in tertiary institutions in Nigeria, has expressed optimism towards Anambra gubernatorial elections in 2021.

The group said that it was pleased with the quality of aspirants vying for the position.

The group, which had earlier lamented the deplorable state of governance in Anambra State, declared that soon, the state would begin to regain lost glory, judging by the quality of aspirants for the job.
In a statement by the National Coordinator of Academic Frontiers Initiative, Dr. Chinedu Onyeizugbe; the National Secretary, Dr. Tochukwu Oguegbe; and Anambra State Coordinator, Dr. Uche Ngenegbo, the group said they had, via a zoom meeting, interacted with Chief Chidozie Nwankwo of APC; Uche Ekwunife and Valentine Ozigbo, both of PDP, noting that the association was looking forward to meeting with other aspirants from other political parties.

The National Coordinator, Onyeizugbe, explained that all the aspirants, who were disappointed with the poor state of Anambra State, lamented the alarming level of degeneration witnessed in the state within the last few years.

The governorship aspirants expressed their resolve to restore the glory of Anambra State and re-ignite the light, the nation was proud of in the past.

“While we hope to meet other Anambra 2021 governorship candidates, from other political parties, soon, we are so far satisfied with the quality of aspirants we have interacted with, who visibly showed disappointment with the poor level of governance currently being delivered in Anambra State. They all expressed their willingness to get Anambra working again and help restore its lost glory, blatantly robbed of it within the last six years.

“The aspirants expressed deep concerns on how Anambra State went from a state with a surplus savings to a state neck deep in debts”, the statement read in part.

The National Secretary, Oguegbe, decried the level of nepotism being showed off by the government of the day, a situation being witnessed across other ministries and agencies.

His words: “All the aspirants we have spoken with so far promised to redress the issue of gross nepotism, lopsided appointments and to deliver political and public appointments based on merit”.

On the infrastructural decay prevalent in the state capital, coupled with the lack of basic amenities in the territory, the Academic Frontiers Initiative stated that the aspirants had pledged their willingness to ensure that Awka, the state capital, is given a face-lift and provided with development befitting of a state capital.

Of concern to the group was that Awka is being starved of electricity supply.

They said, “We refuse to be silent when the share of electricity meant for Awka, the state capital, is being transferred to Aguleri, while Awka remains in darkness. A good functional water system befitting of a state capital is non-existent, yet it is being built in preferred locations”.

They also noted the readiness of the aspirants to redress the issues and develop every part of the state equally.

The candidates, the group said, have plans of decongesting Awka, by developing other territories and communities thereby making their living conditions attractive.

On road network, the Anambra State Coordinator of the group, Ngenegbo, said, “We are deeply saddened by the sorry state of many roads in Anambra State at the moment. Anambra was known for having the best road network in Nigeria until a few years back. Most roads in Anambra have gone from bad to worse. The road maintenance agency saddled with the responsibility of keeping the roads in good condition are either no longer in existence or have refused to do their work because no one holds them accountable.
“The political aspirants however shared our concerns and unfolded their plans of resuscitating the Anambra Road Maintenance Agency. From our interactions with them, they share the vision of taking Anambra to the position of having the best road network in the country, a position it once enjoyed.”

They reaffirmed their stand and willingness to contribute to a free and fair election in Anambra State while expressing hopes that better days are ahead, going by their interactions with some of the governorship aspirants.

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