Who is Peter Obi?

About Peter Obi

Peter Obi was born on July 19, 1961 in Onitsha, Anambra State. He attended Christ the King College Onitsha for his secondary education. Then, he moved on to University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he studied Philosophy from 1980 to 1984. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree with honours. Obi attended multiple educational institutions focusing mostly on business. He took the Chief Executive Program at Lagos Business School, took courses on Mid to Mid Marketing and Changing the Game at Harvard Business School and attended the London School of Economics where he studied Business Policy and Financial Management. He also attended Cambridge and Oxford business schools for Advanced Leadership Programs and many more.  

Peter Obi was the Chairman at Fidelity Bank, Future Views Securities, Paymaster Nigeria, and Next International. He was also Director at Emerging Capital and Card Centre, Chams Nigeria and Guardian Express bank. He also served as the former Chairman of the Board of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Finance till May 2015 and a member of the Presidential Economic Management Team.

Legacy
Increased Savings
Anambra State under Peter Obi was the first State to commence Sub-Sovereign Wealth savings, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. At a time when other state Governors were leaving huge debts for their state, Peter Obi as an excellent manager of public wealth left the equivalent of $500 million Dollars in investment as well as local and foreign currency, including $156 million in Dollar-denominated bonds for Anambra People.
Debt Management
The Nigerian Debt Management Office (DMO) rated Anambra as the least indebted state in Nigeria under the administration of Peter Obi. In spite of visible and measurable achievements recorded in various sectors, the State under him did not borrow or raise bonds for her various projects.
Educational Reforms
Under his administration, he used the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and his home grown strategy, the Anambra Integrated Development Strategy (ANIDS), as special purpose vehicle and template for revitalising education.  In a space of six years, Anambra State improved from its erstwhile 24th place among the 36 states in Nigeria to the 1st position in results of the NECO and WAEC examinations for three consecutive years.
Health Reforms
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s awarded Peter Obi the best performing governor on Immunization in South-East Nigeria (2012). His Government won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (1 Million dollars) as the best-performing state in immunisation in the South-East. The money was used to build 10 Maternal and Child Care Centres across the State, particularly in rural communities, in partnership with the Churches. By the end of his tenure in 2014, more than twelve (12) health institutions, including two hospitals in Anambra State had secured accreditation; when he took office in 2006, no health institution in Anambra State was duly accredited.
Security and Boosting the Economy
Before Peter Obi came into office, Anambra State was known for criminal activities and political thuggery. Peter Obi restored security of lives and property, made Anambra a safe haven for investors and brought back the international community to Anambra State. As part of his efforts to turn around the economy of the State, he attracted SABMiller, the 2nd largest brewery in the world, which built their first Green Field facility in Anambra State.
Why Peter Obi Deserves Your Support?

By managing the affairs of a state that had been in distress before he came into office, Peter Obi has shown that he has the necessary skills required to manage the a struggling Nigerian economy. His work in the private sector also supports the Atiku Abubakar promise of being pro-business and supportive of growing Nigeria economy by creating an enabling environment for the private sector to create jobs and opportunities for all Nigerians.

 

He has also shown himself to be a shrewd administrator of public funds who was able to increase the savings and investments of Anambra State while he was in office. Peter Obi is a committed leader who will go beyond rhetoric to lead the necessary reforms that will make the Nigerian economy work at a much faster rate and creates jobs that will make life better for Nigerians.

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