Gear Up, We have War to Fight, Work to  Do – Soludo 


Says 1,100 Submitted Application For Commissioner 

The Governor-elect of Anambra State, Prof Charles Soludo, has urged the people of the state to gear up as there is so much work to go and war to fight immediately after his swearing in on March 17, 2022.

Soludo spoke when addressed the over 80-member Dr Oby Ezekwesili-led transition committee on Saturday.

He said that people criticize him for constituting a loaded Committee of brilliant minds because they think campaigning and winning election is the work while governance is time to eat.

Soludo said that the process of Electoral campaign and winning political power is 5 percent while the real work commences after swearing in.

The former CBN Governor gave the assurance that everybody has a role to play in the massive challenge to develop the State.

Soludo also stated that about 1,100 persons applied to be commissioner in his government, in the state with less than 20 ministries.

However, but said he is happy with the enthusiasm of the people to serve the State.

He added that he is even more thrilled by those who applied to be volunteers, to work without remuneration, but to contribute their ideas to the betterment of the state.

He noted that not all persons will serve at the same time. 

He reiterated his position that people who revenue window will not thrive with them because the state needs funds to provide basic infrastructure which would require funding y the Government,

“Politicians think that campaigning and wining election is work and governance is the time to eat. That was why some people criticized us for bringing you all as a transition committee after they had worked hard to win the election. I always say it that the process of attaining power is just 5 percent of the work, but after swearing in, the real work begins.

“Let me assure you, everybody has a role to play, there is a lot of work to be done and you must all gear up. There is work to be done and there is war to be fought. We will be calling our people to reestablish the social background between the people, and the government.

“I said the last time that people who had (revenue) window will no longer thrive with it, and it became news everywhere. We have to use the mwoney to build the state, roads, water, light, decongest traffic and others.

“Pipe borne water was running in my village long ago when I was a boy, that was over 50 years ago, but not anymore. We have to bring all of those back, and we need government revenue to do that. That is why I say there is work and there is war.”

Earlier, Ezekwesili had presented the committee’s report to  Soludo, stating her optimism that Anambra will be great again under the governor elect.

Soludo said that the Dr Oby Ezekwesili-led transition committee, would form the blueprint/roadmap of the incoming administration.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time we are having a transition committee since 1999. What we have always had is a hand over team. For the first time, we have a collaborative team of both the hand-over and the transition committee, covering the governor (outgoing) and the incoming.

“I got feedback about how tirelessly all of you worked, and it shows that this moment is Anambra’s moment and you are all ready to serve Anambra people.”

I heard madam chairman (Ezekwesili) saying that after the swearing in, your job would be over, but I want to say to you that the work you have done is just five percent. 95 per cent is after the swearing in, and I will speak to madam chairman to see if this committee can transit into my advisory body.

“All of you who are here, if you devote just five minutes to think up ideas that we can implement, then Anambra will be great. We have brains in Nigeria and we have brains in Anambra too, and we have decided to use the brains we have in Anambra.” He added 


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