Hon. Barr Obunike Ohaegbu, former Commissioner in the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the administration of Chief Willie Obiano for alleged mass failure recorded by students of the state in national examinations.
He lamented that Anambra state, which, according to him, is known for its educational exploits and for taking the first position in NECO and WAEC examinations, as a result of heavy investment of ex-Governor Peter Obi, has been lagging behind since Obiano came on board.
“Anambra schools are sprawling downwards towards decadence; and no one is concerned on the sorry development of our children, who are the leaders of tomorrow,” he lamented.
He added, “I discovered that most qualified teachers are in urban areas; and in rural areas, most teachers are being employed and paid by the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), which is an aberration.”
According to him, “As we speak, the secondary health centres in Anambra state is non-existing. We don’t even talk about the primary health centres. The state government, under Obiano, is not involved in the health sector, which is quite unfortunate.
“We have over 520 primary health centres and none of them could be classified as primary health center. The general hospital that is supposed to be the secondary health institution is mere 37 in number. You will notice that majority are not functioning. In terms of renumeration to do doctors, Anambra state pays the least.”
According to him, “The Abuja Declaration made a demand that each state would have a minimum of 15% allocation to the health sector; but in Anambra, the biggest we had was 3%. So, it is possible they can’t pay salaries to the workers at the health sector.
“Out of 21 local governments in Anambra, 5 of them, which include Onitsha South, Ayamelum, Oyi, Nnewi North and Anambra West do not have any general hospital, while the government makes huge amount as IGR from these areas.”
On agriculture, Ohaegbu stated that the state government needs to give clearer picture about the $5 million it claimed to have realised in the export of vegetables and Anambra rice.
His words, “The much promoted Anambra rice and $5 million ugu exportation are a scam. We need a picture or video of the farm where the $5 million worth of ugu was harvested, at least, from the ministry of agriculture in the state.”
On security, the PDP chieftain asked the state governor to intervene on the level of insecurity bedeviling the state; insisting that the state has not fared any better in that area.