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  • 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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