Soludo will make Anambra Africa's Dubai Anaekwe Politics Nov 21, 2009 Agunwa Anakwe, a lawyer and Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Third Republic , rarely speaks to the media. He is by his own admission taciturn and almost shy, preferring to work in the field and behind the scenes. Often described as ruthlessly efficient and always strategic in planning, he was the Director General of the Chris Ngige Campaign Organisation in 2007. Anaekwe has now cast his lot with Prof Chukwuma Soludo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in the February 6 2008 election in Anambra State . Anaekwe, now the DG of the Soludo Campaign Organisation, spoke to newsmen recently. Excerpts: What is unique about the manifesto? Almost everything, but let me single out the vision to turn Anambra into the Dubai or Taiwan of Africa. The African Dubai - Taiwan (ADT) concept is totally new in Nigerian politics. ADT is about visioning - and this is the element most lacking in Nigerian and African politics. Our leaders don't dream dreams any more. They think governance in the 21st century should be about paying salaries of civil and public servants and building elementary infrastructure such as roads and providing distribution transformers to communities. No one thinks of how to provide jobs to hundreds of thousands people who yearly graduate from the universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and secondary schools. No one thinks of how to build industries, both small and big, which will employ these new graduates of chemical engineering, chemistry, industrial engineering, etc. Neither Ngige nor Gov Peter Obi knows how to stimulate the economy, to say nothing about our state becoming the Dubai or Taiwan of Africa. Can they tell us how many jobs they have created or big companies they have attracted to the state as governors? Gov Obi has a worse record. He has not employed even teachers in government owned schools since he became the governor over almost four years ago. He denies workers in the employ of the state government their legitimate entitlements. That's why doctors in the state went on strike for one year until recently. Critics could say that Soludo's ADT may be good in theory but not in practice. What's your reaction? Only someone who is mentally lazy could argue like that. Every major achievement in the world began as a dream. Who would have believed that Singapore would today be one of the greatest economies when it was in 1965 kicked out of the Malaysian Federation for contributing nothing to the wealth of the Federation? The development miracle began with the founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who made a first class in the university, just like Soludo. Did any person in the world give Dubai a swath of desert- any chance of becoming an economic oasis when the programme for its transformation was launched? As we are talking, the authorities in the United Arab Emirates are out with the dream to make Abu Dhabi a more resounding economic success than neighbouring Dubai . How did Soludo come about the idea of making Anambra the Dubai or Taiwan of Africa ? Frankly, I don't know. But I do know that in 2006 he delivered a keynote address at the annual meeting of the League of Anambra Professionals in Awka where he did an arresting analysis of the development situation in the state, and asked both the people and government to immediately set in motion the machinery for Anambra's transformation within a short period. I am reliably told that Gov Obi was in the audience when the address was given and he clapped enthusiastically. Every word uttered in the address is very relevant to this day. happy reading yonder===>>>link!