By Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu
Former Governor of former Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, stressed the need to raise the bar of infrastructure and manpower development in the southeastern region of the country.
Nwobodo, who spoke during his friendly visit to one of the frontline gubernatorial candidates in Enugu, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, at his GRA, Enugu, home, also called on governors in the region to tighten ranks to pursue common goals for the area.
The ex-senator, whose memories sparked heated political discourse during the visit he made with his wife, Pat Jim Nwobodo, their children and a retinue of political associates, spoke at length about the challenges of the governance.
Going back down memory lane of his time as Governor of former Anambra State, and how he was able to accomplish so much in a short span of four years in massive infrastructure development, creation of industries and several tertiary institutions across the vast geopolitical space of present-day Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States which constituted the former Anambra State, Nwobodo said that the development of infrastructure and of labor in the area was late.
Nwobodo longed to make the entire Southeast an industrial belt spanning all five states, as envisioned by the area’s rulers after independence.
He also insisted that the road network be improved and called on the governors of the Southeast to close ranks and put pressure on the federal government to revitalize the rail network in the Southeast as it was done in the Southeast. West and other northern sections. .
Ohaa, who hosted Nwobodo along with some of his political associates and PDP stalwarts, including former House of Representatives member Ambassador Kingsley Ebenyi; former gubernatorial aspirant, Dr. John Nwokeabia of Oji River, former Enugu State Commissioner for Labour/Chiefdom, Hon. Emeka Okeke; former Nkanu West Council Chairman Henrich Okenwa and former Enugu Sports Club Chairman and PDP State Working Committee member Chief Onyeka Onwe pointed out that most of his successes in federal and state civil service were made possible through the inspiration he drew from Sen Nwobodo as his mentor.