Why we carried out poverty mapping in Anambra State — Obi
Posted by News Express | 3 March 2021 | 102 times
•Ex-Governor Peter Obi
Former Governor of Anambra State and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential Candidate in the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has disclosed that the extensive poverty mapping carried out in Anambra State under his administration was to discover the peculiar needs of the people in the state which helped them in delivering good governance to the people.
Speaking recently on a Webinar Colloquium themed “Poverty Challenges in Nigeria”, Obi said that the poverty mapping, which was carried out in all local governments of the state, enabled them to discover the specific needs of the people in remote areas of the state.
“We immediately discovered that good access roads were a major problem facing these areas, so we embarked on massive roads construction to connect even the remote areas of to the urban area of the state. We did more roads in the rural areas, than we did in the urban areas,” Obi disclosed.
He continued: “We further invested heavily in education, which moved us from our educationally backward position to the point that Anambra became the best in WAEC and NECO exams.
“In the health sector, we equally invested aggressively. Before we came into office, there was no single School of Nursing or Midwifery. By the time we left office, we had set up about 12 Schools of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Technology.”
He explained that if government can put measures in place to combat poverty, Nigeria would be rid of many societal vices like banditry, kidnapping, robbery, etc, plaguing it.
Source: News Express
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