By Cynthia Igbokwe
A frontline gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, has vowed to serve Anambra State selflessly if elected as governor. She stated this at Finotel Hotels, Awka, Monday, May 3, while briefing newsmen.
Lady Onyemelukwe, daughter of the First Vice President of Nigeria, Chief Alex Ekwueme, disclosed her motivation as a burning desire to improve the quality of life among Anambarians
‘Leadership is about service. I am privileged to have been well travelled. I have been to places where things work and are taken for granted. Even here in Nigeria, in the so-called good old days, potable water was available in most urban areas, the roads were few but well maintained, public property were well maintained by the Public Works Department (PWD).
‘If we improve the quality of life, give our people hope and better life, that ought to be sufficient motivation.
‘As the saying goes, to whom much is given, much is expected. I want to give back. I want a state that our children are proud to call home. As a child growing up, holidays in the village were always the highlight of my year. These days, the young ones are mostly looking for a way out, a lot has gone wrong, we need to get back on the right track,’ she said.
Onyemelukwe, while unfolding her plans for Ndi Anambra, said she would prioritize the restoration of trust and confidence in both leadership and government and to also get the state infrastructure working, while sustaining and protecting existing public infrastructure.
She also promised to complete viable abandoned projects and place Anambra state on the path to greatness.
Onyemelukwe who was the running mate of PDP’s Oseloka Obaze during his failed gubernatorial ambition, maintained that her governance would seamlessly reform and strengthen the public institutions in the state. And she also revealed that her governance slogan, ethics and value would be premised on transparency and accountability.
Addressing gender imbalance, Lady Onyemelukwe promised to engage in gender mainstreaming at all levels, bureaucratic and political. She noted that elective and appointive positions would be based on a 60:40 ratio.
Amongst so many areas she intends to address if elected as a governor, she said her administration would offer solutions to the out-of-school children syndrome by investing aggressively in primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary education.