A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and leader of Oganiru Anambra Movement in Anambra State, Dr Alex Obiogbolu, says it is unfortunate that the state government is not doing enough to protect traders and businesses from what he described as systematic exploitation by commercial banks and oppressive government policies even as he decried the ‘’insensitivity of the commercial banks who in 2015 alone collected over N370 billion in deposits in Anambra and yet extended credit to Ndi Anambra of less than N40 billion.”
Obiogbolu, who, during the award ceremony put together by Anambra Consensus Project for 57 traders in Anambra state said that he was happy that, at last, traders’ contributions to the economic growth of the state was being recognised even as he commended the awardees and reminded them of the enormous responsibility the award had bestowed upon them.
The PDP stalwart pointed out that the Anambra government had not done anything to protect the huge bank deposits being taken outside the state to empower outsiders at the expense of the industrialists, manufacturers and traders many of whom actually need soft loans to finance their businesses.
He further condemned the lack of access to foreign exchange to the traders for importation, lamenting that many warehouses were virtually empty, whilst government finds foreign exchange for frivolous trips.
He advised the Willie Obiano administration to be more alive to its social obligations to the people of Anambra, saying the situation where their brothers and next of kin in other states were killed or property destroyed and no one able to speak up for them was unbecoming of the renowned Igbo unity and doctrine of “Onye agha na nwanne Ya”.
Separately, a former executive member of the PDP in Anambra, Chief Okafor, warned Governor Obiano against wasting the meager resources of the state on propaganda.
Okafor, reacting to the inauguration of the Elders Council, being put together by the state government, said such inauguration was nothing but waste of resources.
The PDP stalwart argued that the Elders Council in the state had been in existence before the administration came on board and wondered why the wasteful inauguration of the council now.
He stated that Elders Council had always been a congregation of patriotic Anambrarians who did not need government’s flattering and feasting to offer useful advice out of experience.
He stated that the people of Anambra are anxiously waiting for the governor to focus on projects that would positively impact them and are indeed tired of hearing of his super performance on radio and television stations without anything tangible on ground to justify such claims.