I will include a third of Anambra Women in my practice
Through Christian Agadibe
Anambra The Labor Party’s candidate for state governor, Mr Obiora Agbasimalo, has pledged to empower women in the state. In this interview, he said his wish is to include at least a third of Anambra women in his cabinet while young people will occupy a significant part when he becomes governor of the state.
How has the journey gone so far in terms of the electorate?
The trip was stressful, hectic, a little exhausting. However, I think it’s going to be rewarding in the end.
Do you think the young people of Anambra are supporting you enough in this race?
Yes, I think so. We contacted them as much as possible. My foundation has given scholarships to many young people; we have tried to help many of them find jobs and have occupied them with some role or another in our foundation. And in our nine avant-gardes, the solidarity movement, the purity movement and the warrior movement, it is filled with young people. And they do useful things in society.
My prayer is that young people see me as someone who has their best interests at heart and someone who gives them their full attention.
My plan is to serve people so that they too can serve me. So I really believe in youth. Certainly, in my office too, the youth will be part of it. Young mobile in their thirties, forties and even credible in their twenties too. They might have the opportunity to serve the state in one capacity or another.
You seem to have admirable plans for the youth. What plans do you have up your sleeves for the women of Anambra State?
Women are very important. Everyone keeps talking about empowering women. Now we should go beyond that; women are very critical and they are able to take their place in the scheme of things. Anambra State has some very wonderful women who have achieved high and high positions in this world and not just in Anambra and even in others; someone like Chimamanda Adichie with her wonderful awards and honors all over the world; someone from my local government like Obiye; she is also a very excellent role model, and even of blessed memory (Dora Akunyili) – all three are from Anambra State.
Women are very tall and good people; it is the necks that hold the heads in the family. This is why my cabinet will have women and up to a third at least. It’s my plan based on their qualifications and criteria. I know their qualifications; we also believe in the development of human capital.
If you say give a man fish, he will come back tomorrow, but if you teach a man to fish, he will thank you forever; it will be autonomous. So we would do as much as possible to train men and women, young people in general, young and old in ICT, in professional skills – whoever they want. I saw women mechanics, women vulcanizers. What a man can do, a woman can do. I don’t know if it’s better, but I know they can do it too. That is why whatever skill they choose to venture into, there will also be training facilities for them. And of course we’re looking to make it easier for them to acquire soft loans, looking at a place like Nnewi where almost everyone (even if you’re a teacher, you have a business that you do) has a business that they do. made. You will see young boys and girls pairing up motorcycle parts and engines. These people need subsidized loans to boost and grow their business. So young people, I mean men and women, everyone in general, will be inclusive.
What is the solution to the perceived problems with the existing institutions?
We are talking about perceived problems with existing government institutions. This means that the current state democracy fails and that we bring problems and processes that will remedy those failures in order to revitalize democratic state institutions and pave the way for progressive problem-based governance for all. Young and old, men and women, religious organizations, professionals and non-professionals, people with disabilities, public and private sectors, formal and informal institutions join them on this journey to awaken Anambra.
When we talk about a revitalized Anambra State, they intend to make history by creating a better future for themselves and their children.
We will reduce corruption to its bare minimum. To achieve this, we intend to conduct a corruption risk assessment of all government institutions to expose any vulnerabilities, corruption risks and threats that facilitate corrupt practices.