By Chioma Ndife
Ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, a frontline aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Hygers Ifeanyi Igwebuike, an indigene of Umuomaku in Orumba South LGA, has pledged to be transparent, selfless and vibrant in leadership; provide succour to the generality of Anambra people; as well as develop and implement a blueprint for a more economically viable state.
He maintained that such will ensure that the enormous potentials of the state could be harnessed and effectively utilized for the good of the citizens and the nation at large.
Dr. Igwebuike, a Knight of the Catholic Church, who spoke to Fides after picking his nomination form at the National Secretariat of the APC in Abuja, said he would ensure consolidation, continuity and transformation, as it concerned the development of policy framework in all sectors of the economy.
He recognized that successive administrations since the days of Dr. Chris Ngige, had consistently done their bit in the development of the State but regretted that none had been able to develop a policy framework for continuity.
‘This is not my first time contesting this very election. I have been in the race a couple of times before but the reason behind my consistency is that there is a particular thing that is missing and that is the foundation of the state.
‘The state is a project and a project without a solid foundation cannot stand the test of time; it will be like the biblical big house built on sand, and the Bible said “great was the fall”. For instance, when Chris Ngige came in, he focused on road construction. Peter Obi also consolidated; while Obiano too is doing the same, but there is no policy on roads, no policy on water supply. When there are policies, they provide a yardstick for the members of the House of Assembly in their oversight function to know whether things are being done with the set standards,’ he said.
On the issue of the ban on open grazing, Dr. Igwebuike noted that the era had since passed, hence the need for reform. He assured that the security of life and property would remain the focus of his administration by laying strategies to control the issue of farmers and herders clashes.
He further assured that making a viable investment with the right blueprint was greatly needed to attract more investors and make the state second to none.
Fides gathered that Igwebuike, who is a past leader of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos and a staunch member of the Catholic Men’s Organization, is soliciting for the cooperation of all.
‘The possibility of a better Anambra State lies with a sincere and committed effort to produce a dynamic leader who will bring about the desired positive change,’ he said.