Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF), Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on Saturday congratulated the Anambra State governor, Prof. Charles Soludo on his inauguration as the Executive Governor of the state.
In a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, Governor Akeredolu also congratulated Ndi Anambra for the peaceful transition to another administration.
He charged Prof. Soludo to brace up for the herculean job ahead, noted that the security and economic challenges in the Southern part of the country and the nation at large require joint efforts and unalloyed commitment.
He said: ”We rejoice with our brother Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo and we welcome him to the Southern Governors’ Forum. We are confident of his track records and his ability to provide the right leadership for the people of Anambra State.
“We look forward to his viable and rich contributions to the development of Southern Nigeria because his vast experience spanning the economy and human capital management is a great asset to behold. We have no doubt, therefore, that he will deploy his wealth of experience for the good of our people.
“We are particularly enamoured by Governor Soludo’s palpable passion for home-grown economic growth through effective mobilisation of resources for development. For us in the SGF, a fresh and resourceful addition has berthed for the upholding of our ideals and common course.
“We are confident that owing to his background, Prof. Soludo will expend time and resources to justify the trust of the people of the state who freely gave him the mandate to lead them at this critical time.
He added that the Southern Governors’ Forum see Prof. Soludo as a great asset that will further help drive the forum’s agenda, most especially on the economic well-being of the people.
“As a consummate economist, we look forward to drawing from his vast experience in finding a way out of the lingering socio-economic challenges that have pervaded the national space”.
Charles Soludo was sworn in as the fifth governor of Anambra State in a modest event that took place at the Government House on Thursday. Soludo took over from Willie Obiano.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor took the oath of office alongside his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim.
In his inaugural speech, Soludo promised to hit the ground running, saying 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 funfair. 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, a meeting on Okpoko, and with my Strategy, Execution, and Evaluation (SEE) team.
“Within the next few weeks, the list of commissioners will be laid before the House of Assembly”, the Aguata-born economist added.