Former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo has been sworn in on Thursday, March 2022 as the fifth governor of Anambra State, at the Government House.
The Nigerian politician and economics professor took over from Willie Obianoafter taking the oath of office alongside his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim.
Governor Soludo while making his inaugural speech promised to hit the ground running, stressing that some key members of his government will be announced in a few hours.
“Today is my first day at work. I just reported for duty at 8:55 am to be precise and will work for at least eight hours today,” the newly-sworn in governor said.
“We had more than a month since the election to celebrate our historic victory. Now is the time to work and there is no minute or kobo to waste in fun fare. In a few minutes, I will announce some of the principal officers of my administration and commence with serious meetings of the Anambra Security Council followed by a meeting with the permanent secretaries and with my strategy, execution, and evaluation team.”
“Within the next few weeks, the list of commissioners will be laid before the House of Assembly,” the Aguata-born economist, added.
Soludo also appreciated stakeholders, his supporters, Federal Government agencies like the police, and the people of Anambra State for their roles in his election last November.
“Umu nnem Ndi Anambra, this is the moment. I applied for this job. My party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APG), shortlisted me, and you, Umu nnem Ndi Anambra, interviewed and employed with Chief Dr Onyekachukwu Gilbert Ibezim as my deputy,” Soludo said.
“God ordained this moment and we are grateful to Him and to you all for the privilege to serve you. Dr Ibezim and I will work very hard every day to make you proud.”
President Muhammadu Buhari was not left out of the list as Governor Soludo also praised him for allowing the will of the Anambra people to prevail.
“Our eternal gratitude goes to President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and the presidency for remaining democrats,” he said, calling for more support to deliver on his campaign promises.
At the event, top dignitaries in the state and beyond including the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Oye and wife; Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Uchenna Okafor and wife; Sen. Victor Umeh and wife; Bianca Ojukwu, clergymen, traditional rulers among others were all present.