By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo has been sworn in as the fifth executive governor of Anambra State.
Soludo took the oath of office alongside his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim, at a low-key event held at the Government House, Awka.
In his inauguration speech, Soludo promised to make the state an economic hub, calling on sons and daughters of the state to work with him to achieve that goal.
The newly sworn-in governor also spoke about the corruption in the state and country, saying: “The conspiracy of silence from the elite and other parties must end. Those who can should step up and show leadership.”
Soludo also promised to protect the financial and economic interests of the people of Anambra State.
“I commit to accountable and judicious use of your taxes,” he added.
In his farewell speech, the outgone governor of the state, Willie Obiano, thanked the people for the privilege to serve, asking for forgiveness from those he offended.
According to him, his intentions were pure even though he might have stepped on some toes.
Obiano said he believed that in his eight-year stint, his administration delivered on its campaign promises.
Soludo’s inauguration came four months after his landslide victory in the governorship poll.
Some of those who attended the event include 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.