Chime Pledges Electricity Statewide Before End of 2015Ignatius Okpara, Latest News, News Friday, November 29th, 2013
Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
The Enugu State Government has declared that it would provide electricity to the few remaining communities in the state that are yet to be electrified before the end of the administration in May 2015.
The State Governor Mr. Sullivan Chime stated this in an address at a workshop on community Administration organised for Councilors, Area Administration Town Union Presidents and other stakeholders in the state held Thursday in Enugu.
Chime who was represented by the Chief of Staff Government House Enugu Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo restated the administration’s commitment to providing the people with the essentials amenities that would help make life better for them.
He noted that the workshop was organized with a view to enabling government know the position of the distribution of social amenities to communities in the state so as to addressing any in balance and other areas of needs.
According to the governor, government has done much in the provision of social amenities to the people, adding that there are still needs for improvement.
He said that the State government is interested in the reconstruction of rural roads to help convey food production in the rural areas to the urban areas and emphasized that his administration will continue to pay attention to accountability and probity in government business.
The Governor commended the State Ministry of Rural Development the organizer of the workshop which he described as successful and expressed hope that the outcome of the exercise would help government re-strategize as participant are people that has direct contact with the rural development.
Earlier in an address, the State Commissioner for Rural Development, Dr. Eric Oluedo said that the workshop was intended to restore good governance in the rural communities in the state.
He noted that in Enugu State that every Community was mandated to have a Town Union, with President that governor by rule of Law, adding that there should be no parallel Town Unions as witnessed in many communities in the State.
Dr. Oluedo noted that the workshop will also help to reduce crisis and conflicts in many communities arising from power tussle due to the inability of the leaders to carry all the stakeholders along in the execution of community project.
He recalled that on assumption of office the administration of Governor Chime constituted a Committee known as Visit Every Community (VEC), to meeting with the communities and ascertain the need of the people.
The Commissioner noted that government based its rural development on VEC reports, adding that VEC initiative of the Governor had led to the rapid development of the rural Communities in the State.
According to him, emphasis in future project would be on Community focused project which ensures that stakeholders are involved in Community project, adding that projects would not be done in Communities without the knowledge of stakeholder like councilors, administrators, Igwes and others to ensure completion.
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