Anambra West stakeholders propose a 15-year development plan
By Felix Igboanugo :
Umueze Anam (Anambra West LGA), Sept. 25, 2020 (MOI) Stakeholders in Anambra West Local Government Area (LGA) have resolved to institute a 15 year-Development Plan to transcend an age-long jinx against underdevelopment of the region.
This is part of a resolution reached at a stakeholders/Town Hall Meeting held at Umueze Anam, Anambra West LGA.
In his opening remarks, the Convener, who doubles as Commissioner for Lands, Mr Bonaventure Enemali said: ``the aim is to fashion out ways to move from where we are to where we have always dreamt to be with practical steps’’.
``This all-important meeting was convened not to trade blames or exchange accolades as the case may be on either past or serving government but to fashion out method of moving forward.’’
Mr Enemali noted that the development of any community could not be successfully reached through individual efforts alone but rather through collective efforts.
``It is important for this young generation to plan ahead for 15 to 30 years, with policy direction like the Anam People's Assembly once did but in this case, transcend Anam and encompass the entire region.
``We have to leverage on some of the postulations already reached by APA and improve upon it.
``Using our technocrats, our academia and politicians to constitute a panel of discussants that will identify where we are going; this is what we are out for and this is how we are going to achieve it,’’ he said.
He expressed displeasure at the slow pace of development in Anambra West, appealing for partnership from various stakeholders and government toward uplifting the area.
Earlier in his speech, Transition Committee Chairman Anambra West LGA, Mr Sylvester Orji-Okafor advocated for togetherness and unity of purpose.
He said that Anambra West could not achieve its full potential without the cooperation of all stakeholders.
Member representing Anambra West in the state House of Assembly, Mr Patrick Obalum Udoba called for an aggressive pursuit toward developmental issues of the area.
Former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Chinedu Emeka called for the establishment of an Anambra West’s Education Development Trust Fund, noting that education was key to any meaningful development.
A former Majority Leader of the state Assembly, Mr Victor Okoye called for strategic synergy in fashioning out short and long-term goals and making them saleable.
Other speakers emphasised the need for sincerity of purpose and establishment of an organised union so as to speak with one voice.
The lead panelist, Mr Alex Asigbo and the Head of the Communiqué Committee, Mr Jaja Nwanegbo proposed for further meetings, so as to come up with watertight policies to move the area forward.
In attendance included Traditional rulers, religious leaders, Community leaders, Captains of industries from Anambra West as well as political leaders. (MOI)