Daily Champion (Lagos)

21 September 2011

Nigeria: Awka North Council Boss, Others Laud Obi for Bridge

Awka — CHAIRMAN Transition Committee, Awka North local government Council, Hon Romanus Nebenanya has assured the people of Awka North of his commitment and dedication to improve on governance of the area through service delivery, prudence management of funds and accountability.

Addressing a stakeholders meeting by Awka North Development Association at Achalla, Hon Nebenanya stressed that communities in the council area would always be involved decision making of the council. He urged them not to relent in supporting the Governor Peter Obi's administration as no administration has done the people of Awka North great like Obi's administration.

He urged every stakeholders including traditional rulers, town union leaders and youths to partner with the council to fill what he called 'existing gaps' in the areas of development and conflict resolutions.

He further pointed out that the committee is working in partnership with the government in the resolve to sustain and improve on what has been achieved.

"'We are working in synergy with the state government and communities in the council to explore other areas of development", Nebenanya noted.

He added, "in terms of structures, we have executed and completed 39 projects in the areas of roads, schools, water, health and VIP projects. Eleven projects are still on-going and our projects are spread evenly across the ten communities. Awka North has also been selected to benefit from the MDGs program already endorsed by the National Economic Council".

In a remark, the state Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Prof Chinyere Okunna, explained that the Obi administration is committed to eradication of poverty and illiteracy through the MDGs program. "We are deliberately targeting the successful achievement of Goal No. 1, in the poorest families in Awka North".

She commended the organizers of the meeting, saying that it would help government in identifying peoples' needs with the hope to embark on more developmental programs.

Contributing, Chairman of Traditional Council of Awka North , Igwe Benedict Nweke restated the need for the people to support Obi's administration as he has done much for the local government , noting that he was part of the delegation to Egypt and the bridge was truly under construction and would be due this September for shipping.

Igwe Nweke noted that already Obi's promise of rural electricfiaction is ongoing in Urum and Amanuke but appealed that Awba be given electricity too to make it a complete circle. He insisted that unless the roads are fixed and electricity in place Awka North would be still be too near but too far from the state capital.

Chairman of the occasion, Chief Fabian Ekwuazu appealed that more youths from Awka North be offered employment as a was to give them a sense of belonging. He stressed that, 'the fact that the area is the least developed in Anambra state ' has remained a source of great concern to all.

He lamented that the conditions of roads in the ten communities are very bad, while two major bridges linking the area with neighboring councils have collapsed, adding that many towns have no electricity.

He urged government to do more to improve lives of the people, especially in transportation, insisting that the area is noted for engaging in extensive food production.

"We need infrastructural development, more employment and promotions in government departments to advance our opportunities and come out from poverty level", he said.

Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Chief Shedrack Anakwue thanked God for the peace already existing in Awka North and appealed that it be nurtured for more feats to be recorded in areas of development, unity of purpose and attraction of good things for our people.

He enjoined all delegates to take the deliberations seriously, since their resolutions would form the fulcrum for future actions.

"Today gives a great opportunity as brothers and sisters to ask important questions to those in positions of authority and to use their answers as well as our informed views to chart a future for our selves and our children", he added.

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