Former Education minister and Nasarawa State governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Labaran Maku, has lauded governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, suggesting that other governors should emulate his principles.
Maku who was speaking at the ceremony marking the 2015 Zik Prize for Leadership in Lagos last weekend, narrated:
"I recommend Anambra as a model for Northern Nigeria. Because you know I come from that part of the country and as a Minister of Information before now, I used to say that governors are the only people that can maintain peace and security in their states. When I was saying that, people thought it was politics.
"We know that Governor Obiano has been one of the most impactful governors in this dispensation.
"He is a very serious man and since his assumption of leadership in Anambra State, we have seen changes in the direction of governance, we have seen seriousness and focus in the development of infrastructure, we have seen prudence in the management of scarce resources of Anambra State to the extent that in spite of the current economic challenges across the nation he remains one of the very few governors that have been able to carry on the project of modernization of Anambra State, industrialization, without hampering the welfare of his workforce.
"Today Anambra remains very regular in the payment of salaries which cannot be taken for granted anymore in Nigeria if you consider the fact that 27 states have declared that they can no longer pay salaries. He has continued to pay salaries.
"And we are also aware that since assuming office, he has not taken a single kobo from the bank. Not a dime, in loan! This is really exemplary. It shows prudence, it shows discipline in the management of men and resources."