Monday, 16 April 2018

ENUGU: Gov. Ugwuanyi handed over cheques of N5 million each to another batch of 171 autonomous communities

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State,
in continuation of his administration’s
“One Community, One Project” scheme on
Monday handed over cheques of N5 million
each to another batch of 171 autonomous
communities that have met the
requirements for the release of the funds to
carry out development projects of their
choice.
The scheme is an extensive rural
development initiative of the Ugwuanyi
administration aimed at ensuring that
development reaches the 450
autonomous communities in the state,
with a dedicated sum of N10 million for
each community to address her pressing
and peculiar development needs.
Consequently, the State Executive
Council approved the scheme and
earmarked the sum of N2.25 billion for
450 autonomous communities in the
state as the first tranche of the N10
million for every community for the
execution of development projects of
their choice. Recently, N5 million was
disbursed to 118 autonomous
communities that had then fulfilled the
requirements for the release of the
funds.
Last weekend, Gov. Ugwuanyi was at
Ibagwa Nike, Enugu East Local
Government Area to inaugurate projects
executed by the community with the
first tranche of N5million, which was
earlier disbursed to 118 communities.
In a related development, Traditional
Rulers from Udenu, the council area of
Gov. Ugwuanyi, also on Monday paid a
solidarity visit to the governor at the
Government House, Enugu, where they
reaffirmed their earlier endorsement
for his re-election in 2019.
The Royal Fathers, who were
accompanied by the Presidents-General
of the Town Unions and political office
holders, among other stakeholders,
commended the governor for his peace
and good governance initiatives as well
as his giant development strides across
the state, declaring: "We are proud and
solidly behind you and Udenu LGA is also
behind you".
Presenting the N5 million cheques to
another batch of 171 communities, the
governor commended “the communities
that have so far used or are using their
own funds to execute meaningful projects
for the benefit of their people”.
He expressed confidence that the new
set of communities that received their
funds, would equally deploy the
resources judiciously for the satisfaction
of the yearnings of their people, adding
that “the remaining communities will
also receive their own funds” as soon as
they meet the requirements.
Gov. Ugwuanyi, therefore, reiterated
that the scheme was aimed at
“promoting participatory democracy and
extensive rural development in the state
as well as the involvement of all
communities in the implementation of
government policies and programmes”.
While thanking the people of the state,
who he described as “the true heroes of
democracy” for their overwhelming
support and cooperation, the governor
reassured them of his administration’s
commitment to entrenching good
governance.
He said: “We will not relent in our
efforts until our promise to take visible
and sustainable development to all
corners of the state is fully realized”.
Earlier in his remark, the state’s
Accountant-General, Sir Paschal Okolie,
stated that the government carefully
designed laid down procedures for the
judicious utilization of the money for
the purpose it was meant for.
Sir Okolie disclosed that the state
government in keeping with its
hallmark of prudence, accountability
and transparency, had set aside the
N2.25 billion approved for 450
autonomous communities as the first
tranche of N5 million for every
community, saying: “The cash is ready
for collection”.
Responding on behalf of other
Traditional Rulers and the autonomous
communities in the state, the Vice
Chairman (Enugu North), Enugu State
Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe R.N.S
Ezeh, thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for the
people-oriented scheme, describing it as
first of its kind in the history of the
state.
He said that the Royal Fathers have
endorsed the governor for second term,
declaring that there is no vacancy in the
lion building in 2019.
Gov. Ugwuanyi, while granting audience
to his Udenu kinsmen, thanked the
Royal Fathers for the endorsement,
noting that such support coming from
them was significant and inspiring.
The governor appreciated the people of
Udenu LGA for the existing peace in the
council area, which he disclosed "made
it possible for us to achieve what we
have achieved".
"Over 95% of Enugu State people support
what we are doing as a government and
we will not take such support for
granted" , Gov. Ugwuanyi said while
urging his kinsmen to continue to
remember him in prayer

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