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Opinion - May 24, 2024

From Anambra to the world: Soludo as champion of development 

 

By Christian Aburime

In a world where true and exceptional leadership is often elusive, the story of Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, comes across as an enduring flare of inspiration, accentuating the path to greatness through sheer brilliance, relentless determination, and an uncompromising dedication to excellence.

His reputation always precedes him. With a well-known stellar academic record that includes a first-class honours degree in Economics, a Master’s, and a Ph.D., Soludo’s ascent to the pinnacle of intellectual prowess was a harbinger of his future triumphs.

From the prestigious ivory towers of renowned institutions like the University of Nigeria and Swarthmore College, where he served as a distinguished professor, to the global stage, where he traversed 45 countries across all continents, Governor Soludo’s expertise was sought after by the world’s most prestigious financial and development institutions, including the World Bank, IMF, United Nations, and African Development Bank.

Yet, Governor Soludo’s true mettle was forged in the crucible of national service, where he answered the call to serve as Chief Economic Adviser to President Obasanjo and Deputy Chairman/CEO of the National Planning Commission. It was during this time that his vision for transformation took shape, as he spearheaded the now-legendary banking consolidation, repositioned the Central Bank of Nigeria as an effective monetary authority, and steered the country’s economy towards unprecedented growth, with single-digit inflation, a strengthened exchange rate, and record foreign reserves.

Governor Soludo’s exceptional leadership did not go unnoticed, as he was showered with a staggering 152 national and international awards, including being named Nigeria’s “Man of the Year” by six national newspapers and magazines simultaneously in 2006.

He was also recognised as the Global and Africa’s Best Central Bank Governor of the Year for three consecutive years (2005-2007) by the prestigious Financial Times/Banker Magazine and Euromoney.

In a fitting tribute, Nigeria also bestowed upon him the third-highest national honour, the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), in 2006.

With such an illustrious track record, it was only natural that Governor Soludo would set his sights on a new challenge – the governorship of Anambra State.

Armed with the state’s 50-Year Development Plan and the People’s Manifesto, the “Soludo Solution,” he embarked on an audacious mission to lay the foundation for Anambra’s greatness.

Through a focused commitment to security, law and order, infrastructure and economic transformation, human capital development, social agenda, governance and value systems, and environmental and urban regeneration, Governor Soludo has ushered in a new era of progress and prosperity for Anambra State.

In just over two years, his administration has already recorded a staggering 115 achievements, a testimony to his relentless drive and vision. Defying conventional wisdom, Governor Soludo has refused to borrow a single kobo, instead demonstrating extraordinary prudence and fiscal sustainability, earning Anambra a place among the top five states in this regard, according to BudGit.

As Governor Soludo continues to blaze a trail of transformation, his latest accolade, the Governor of the Year in Infrastructure and Rural Development at the 2023 Champion Annual Awards by Champion Newspapers, serves as yet another affirmation of his streak of excellence. It is a fitting tribute to a man who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of greatness, and whose legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire.

As Anambra State continues to thrive under his leadership, the world watches in awe, eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this remarkable tale of transformation.

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