Personality of the month for September : Governor Willie Obiano

LeadingReporters personality of the month of September is Chief Willie Obiano, the Executive Governor of Anambra State – Nigeria


Born August 18, 1957 in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of Nigeria.


Holy Trinity Primary School, Onitsha

Christ the King College, Onitsha

University of Lagos

Many local and overseas training


  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)
  • Patron, Institute Of Chartered Accountants of Lagos (Mainland);
  • President, AMP8 (Advance Management Programme) of Lagos Business School for Ten years period;
  • Member, 2006 Building New Ventures;
  • Member, Harvard University, USA CLASS,
  • Member, Harvard Business School, Boston USA and Stanford University.


  • F. Kennedy Award on Essay
  • National Merit Certificate for outstanding service in Benue State as oHothe Best Youth Corper Award
    Certificate for outstanding service in Benue State and the Best Youth Corper Award.
  • Distiguished Banker of the Year 2012 Award


First Bank of Nigeria

Chevron Oil Nigeria Plc

Texaco, Netherland

Fidelity Bank Plc

  • Visionary
  • Ability to identify and harness opportunities
  • Financial Prudence and management
  • Ability to optimize limited resources
  • Human capital and material optimization
  • Passionate about sound leadership and delivery of dividends of democracy
  • Silent achiever, thoughtful, inspiring and creative
  • Team work
  • Ability to identify and reward excellence


  • Organised Strategic Retreat for Executive Council Members were strategic ideas were conceptualized, brain-stormed on and marshaled out
  • Successfully placed Anambra State as the 1st Choice Investment Destination and hub of Industrialization and commercial activities
  • Conceptualized and Crafted Blueprint tagged “Four Pillars of Development” which borders on maximizing agricultural opportunities, Industrialization, Trade and Commerce and Oil and Gas
  • Achieved social stability and coherence. Created business-friendly environment that stirred the zeal to seek and create wealth in Anambra State
  • Created a robust feedback mechanism that checkmated restiveness, youth idleness and terrorism by forming strategic partnership with all stake holders in security and other social sectors.
  • Smashed and pulled down strong holders and kidnappers syndicates, armed robbers, drug dealers, child-traffickers.
  • Donated smart cars to the police, gunboat to the Navy and helicopter for air surveillance
  • Pioneered the emergence of Anambra State as Nigeria’s safest state
  • Pioneered the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency {ANSIPPA} that has so far raked in investments worth over $3b bordering on agro-allied, trade and commerce, manufacturing, hospitality, housing, electricity generation, waste management, health, oil and gas
  • Training of over 1000 youths in diverse skills and crafts at the Technology Incubation Centre in Nnewi
  • Training of 500 other youths at the Agricultural Training Institute in Mgbakwu.
  • Pioneer Anambra State as an exporter of farm produce to Europe.
  • Facilitation of Songhai Farms and SABMiller for the supply of Sorghum, produced in Igbariam for brewing beverages.
  • Pioneered the emergence of Anambra State as a major exporter and producer of a wholly indigenous brand of rice known as Anambra Rice
  • Setting up a committee to ensure that all matters pertaining to the availability of land to investors are handled to the satisfaction of all parties.
  • Attracted $150m from Coscharis Farms Project in Anaku,
  • Attracted $50m from NOVTEC Farms Ltd in Ndikelionwu,
  • Attracted $160m from Joseph Agro Ltd rice project in Omor,
  • Attracted $220m from Ekcel Farms tomato production farm in Omasi and
  • Attracted $50m from the Songhai/Delfarms integrated organic farm project in Igbariam.
  • Attracted Grains & Silos with $40m investment in storage facilities,
  • Attracted Lynden Farms with the $61m poultry farm in Igbariam
  • Attracted Tricity Integrated Farms with $11.4m ultra-modern abattoir in Awka
  • Construction of a $350 million wholesale shopping complex in Ogbunike in Oyi LGA. The biggest and the first commercial and lifestyle complex of its kind in Africa.
  • Completion of Onitsha Shopping Mall a legacy project of his predecessor.
  • Building two other malls in Awka and Nnewi.
  • Building and about to complete the 1st Phase of the 20,000-unit International Market at Oba in Idemili South Local Government Area valued at $75 million dollars and the installation of Close-Circuit TV Cameras (CCTV) in Onitsha Main Market.
  • Setting up the Oil and Gas Advisory Committee headed by the renowned Dr. Emmanuel Egboga, the former Special Adviser to the President on Petroleum Matters to ensure the recognition of Anambra as the 10th Oil Producing State in Nigeria.
  • Construction Anambra’s longest bridge, measuring 280 meters long, across the Omambala River as part of the 42KM road that opens access to the oil fields in Aguleri.
  • Construction of two other bridges to the oil fields through Umueje in Ayamelum and Umudiora in Anambra West Local Government Areas.
  • Partnering with UD Integrated Petroleum Production Development Company, UDIPPCO, and Falcon Corporation Limited to invest in the development of our gas-to-power initiative in the State.
  • Facilitated a PPP arrangement with STANEL Petroleum for the construction of tank farms for the storage of petroleum products in the State.
  • Construction of three world class flyovers in Awka
  • Nearly completed the state-of-the-arts Arroma Bridge
  • Nearly completed two flyovers in Amawbia and Kwata
  • Built two bridges and a 5-Cell Culvert in Awgbu-Ndiukwuenu-Awa-Ufuma axis.
  • Asphalted over 102 roads.
  • Seriously working on Agulu Lake Hotel Resort and the Three Arms Zone.
  • Approach education in three broad areas – infrastructural development, pupils/students development, and teachers’ welfare.
  • Maintained enviable position in NECO and WAEC examinations.
  • Anambra children took the Third position at the World Schools Debate Championship in Singapore last year.
  • Currently the champions in the national Pre-basic Debate Competition.
  • The same debate team defeated the debate team from 80-year old Katung Secondary School in Singapore in January this year.
  • Anambra teacher – Rose Nkemdilim Obi won last year’s national Teacher of the Year Award
  • Disbursed the sum of N733 million to mission schools,
  • Renovated 1000 units of 10-classroom blocks.
  • Awarded scholarships estimated at N30 million to over 200 students
  • Added new units to the Onitsha General Hospital
  • Built a helipad for air ambulances for emergency cases.
  • Built several blocks of houses that will serve as Isolation Units in cases of epidemics.
  • Built a complex designated as the Centre for Tropical Disease Control.
  • Partnership Rise Health Incorporation of America to strengthen rural health delivery in the state.
  • Orumba General Hospital has been refurbished and re-equipped to deliver a world class medical service to the people of Orumba North and South.
  • The ABC has also set up an ultramodern Rise Clinic in Adazi Ani and Onitsha respectively to offer quality healthcare to the people.
  • Ossamola General Hospital Ogbaru will be given a similar attention this year.
  • Pioneering a comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme for Ndi Anambra.
  • Initiated the modern mass transit scheme that covers the three major cities in the state with 200 brand new taxis and 40 luxurious buses.
  • Construction of modern bus stops and bus terminals in strategic parts of the state.
  • Creating a marine transport with 24 Speedboats and Water Ambulances and one Gunboat for the Nigerian Navy to open access to the riverine communities in the state and ensure that no part of the state is cut off from the phenomenal development spreading around us.
  • Building a comprehensive vehicle inspection workshop in Awka that will check the road-worthiness of vehicles in Anambra State to minimize the carnage on our roads
  • Commissioned 47 solar-powered boreholes that will serve 27 communities in Aguata and Anambra East Local Government Areas respectively.
  • Provision of rural electrification by expanding the 33KVA line that supplies power to Anambra North
  • Installed 250 transformers in strategic locations across the state.
  • Working on an ambitious project of installing streetlights along the old Enugu Road that will run from Nkpor to Amansea.
  • Anambra ranks the best in the welfare of workers in the whole of Nigeria.
  • Increased the salary of workers by 15% in 2015 at a time when many states were looking for bailouts.
  • Cleared the N1.9bn arears of salaries owed the State Water Corporation staff as well as the approximately N1bn pension owed Local Government retirees inherited by my administration.
  • Granted amnesty to 25 prisoners serving different jail terms in Anambra State to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary last year.
  • Trained Ex-convicts in a school for skill acquisition at Umueri and empowered them with N1m each at the end of their training
  • Increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from the N500m monthly that we inherited from my predecessor to N1.3bn per month at the moment.
  • Weeded off over 800 ghost workers from the state civil service.

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