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Soludo vows to rid Anambra of touts at inauguration

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The new governor of Anambra State, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo has vowed to get rid of touts and revenue collectors in the state.

Governor Soludo made the remarks while addressing the audience after taking Oath of office during his inauguration as the Governor of the State at the Government House in Awka on Thursday, March 17.

Soludo said: “As a new order, many unproductive systems will give way.

“There will be new and better ways of managing our parks, managing our markets, different and better ways of collecting government revenues, managing waste, and general service delivery to citizens.

“We must ladies and gentlemen rid Onitsha and all our roads and markets of touts and make Anambra a pleasurable experience.

“Today, I will sign an executive order to suspend all revenue contracts operating in the parks, markets and roads until we put in place a new system within the next four weeks.”

According to the governor, from March 18, 2022, no one should pay cash as revenue to the government in the parks, markets, and roads.

“Market unions must also stop harassing the customers,” he added.

In a related development, there was mild drama on Thursday during the inauguration of Prof Soludo as the governor of Anambra when Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, the wife of Biafra Warlord, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, slapped Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, the wife of outgoing governor, Willie Obiano.

Trouble started when Mrs. Obiano left her seat and walked up to Mrs. Ojukwu and started raining insults on her, saying, “you said we will never win the governorship and here you are. You are a witch.”

Unable to take in the insult, Bianca stood up and released a storm of a slap on the former First Lady before security men rushed to separate them and dragged Mrs Obiano to where her husband was seated calmly.

As soon as Soludo finished signing the documents, Obiano and his wife left while Bianca Ojukwu stayed till the end of the ceremony.

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