By Izuchukwu Adichie
In the course of a retreat organized by the state government for the newly inaugurated appointees, Governor Chukwuma Soludo reiterated his preparedness to deliver on his promises and contract with the people within a given time, warning that ndi-Anambra expect nothing short of excellence, hence, his administration will not reward incompetence by reshufflement which has become a norm. According to him, ‘when it comes to incompetence, a reshuffle isn’t enough.’
It is worthy to note that Governor Soludo has appointed and continued to appoint men and women who all offered to serve, and are being selected from the pool of over 22,000 competitive applicants. These set of appointees were selected based on their proven competence and track records; and are expected to initiate new ideas and strategies, formulate and execute policies for the good of the good people of Anambra state.
The Governor stated that he had expected all the appointees of the government to acquaint themselves with his contract with ndi-Anambra, drummed from three seminal documents: (a) “Anambra Vision 2070 -a 50-Year Development Plan” which he chaired ; (b) “The Soludo Solution: A People’s Manifesto for a Greater Anambra”; and (c) “The Transition Committee (Combined) Report” -which built upon the first two.
Mr. Governor pronounced a time frame within which he expects himself and his team to win. Hence, he had set clear target with time scales, and had reiterated his readiness to hold regular one to one discussion with each member of the team commissioners to get feedback on performance and keep detailed records. As a result, he wouldn’t reward and reshuffle appointees who regularly miss deadline and produce poor quality work, and who couldn’t defend policies they have devised, advised and want to implement.