person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder August 10, 2018 17:01:19

By Daniel C Obagha/Azuka Nnabuife/Awal Abdul

Awka, Aug.10, 2018 (MOI) The legislature is ready to support the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment in re-branding Anambra State, top member, Anambra State House of Assembly (ANHA) has pledged.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Obinna Emenaka said the legislature would assist through adequate budgetary provisions in line with the vision of the Government.

Emenaka said this during an over site function of the Committee on Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

``The ministry so far is doing well and we can see the passion and enthusiasm. We believe that the enthusiasm should be sustained by the commissioner.

``We believe that so much will be achieved in this ministry through his innovation and of course we on our part are ever ready to support,’’ Emenaka said.

The lawmaker urged the commissioner to ensure that everything his ministry would be doing would be in line with the budget.

``Without budget, government cannot function. So, in everything you do, study your budget and see how your vision and plans can be in line with what has been budgeted.

``This is because budget is the direction and framework upon which you do whatever you do in your ministry.’’

He adds: ``Even when you discover something new, ensure it is reflected in the budget.

``Thank you for being available and giving us some information and being aware of your capital project,’’ Emenaka stressed.

Responding, Adinuba thanked the committee for the visit, saying that he was ready to partner with the House to implement the vision of the ministry.

``Yours is basically an advice and we appreciate it. You have shown that you are ready to partner with us in the implementation of our new vision and plans,’’ he said.

Adinuba emphasised that the committee members were development partners.

``I see the committee as our development partners and they have shown that we have to do more for the people of Anambra by having proper financial plan.

``We are fully aware that our performance in our 2018 budget will determine what will be approved for us in the 2019 budget.

``Their visit is simply a review and preview,’’ Adinuba added.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Obiageliaku Umeadi noted that what the committee highlighted would help the ministry to achieve results.

Ag. Director, Information Anthony Nweke said that their visit was a wake-up call.

``It is a wake-up call for us to ensure that the legislative arm and the Executive arm that we represent are on the same page concerning implementation of the 2018 budget.

``We have articulated the issues we have applied for and as soon as funds are available, we will hit the ground running,’’ Nweke added.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mr Tony Nezianya, said that their visit would rouse the ministry to work more proactively.

``They asked very incisive questions that will propel the right action,’’ Nezianya said.

Earlier, member of the committee, Timothy Ifedioramma, praised the Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Uche Nwora for his exceptional work.

``My brother at the ABS is doing very well nationally and internationally.

``The innovation he has always come up with at ABS has been second to none. So, we are impressed,’’ Ifedioramma said. (MOI)