person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder August 10, 2018 15:35:07

By John Ndu

Awka, Aug. 10, 2018 (MOI) Anambra State Elders' Advisory Council has commended Federal Government for initiating the process of refund of N43 billion debts owed the state.

The expenditures came about as a result of extensive repairs carried out by Anambra State Government on federal roads and bridges in state.

The Council made the commendation on Aug. 10 at its meeting held at Governor's Lodge, Amawbia.

Reading the communiqué on behalf of the Council, Chairman Chief Emeka Anyaoku urged every community in the state to assume ownership of government installations in their areas.

``This is to ensure adequate maintenance and sustainability of the projects; the Council suggested that communities constitute committees to manage the projects.’’

While commending Gov. Willie Obiano for his ``Community Choose-Your Project Initiative’’ that had transformed various communities.

The Council requested the state government to streamline fund release process for project execution.

Addressing security challenges in the state, the council criticised persons who parade themselves as Traditional Rulers or President- Generals as against the recognised rulers and leaders in various communities.

``We request special security funding for community leaders to enable the leadership to sustain security in special areas.

``We appreciate the resultant effects of enforcement of ban on operation of commercial motorcycles in Greater Awka and Greater Onitsha and enjoined Government to sustain it as it has helped to resolve security challenges in the state.

``The Council called for reforms over official registration and capture of members of vigilance groups in the state Government's payroll, so as to enable the various communities to deal with erring members accordingly," Anyaoku said.

The elders, then, enjoined the police in the state to strengthen their efforts in maintaining peace and stemming cult-related killings.

Present at the meeting are Chairman, Chief Anyaoku, two former Governors of the state, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Dame Virgy Etiaba.

Others are Secretary to Secretary to State Government, who serves as Secretary of the Council, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, representatives of religious leaders and representatives of Traditional Rulers. (MOI)