Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Governor Obiano Speaks On The N3.5B Anambra Community Development Intervention Fund

Following the announcement by the Anambra State Government that each of the 177 communities in the state will benefit from developmental projects worth Twenty Million Naira (N20M) in addition to the timely completion of other ongoing projects in the various communities, there has been various interpretations and speculations on how the Three Billion, Five Hundred Million Naira (N3.5B) Anambra ...State Community Development Intervention Fund will be administered.

Speaking further on the fund, the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano said that in keeping with the spirit of equity, transparency, fairness and accountability, none of the communities will be given the Twenty Million Naira cash directly, rather the state government will fund the projects identified by each community as being the most critical for them after such project has gone through the state's Due Process Contract and Tender Board.

Implementation of the projects will be supervised by the State Fiscal Responsibility Committee.

The projects could be the provision of water e.g. borehole, construction of community development centre, grading of rural roads or any project of the community's choice that will not exceed Twenty Million Naira.

"I am encouraging the communities to quickly organise town hall meetings, in the palace of the Igwe, their community hall or centre or any other convenient and centrally accessible location. Ndi Igwe, Presidents General, elected representatives including councillors, House of Assembly and House of Representatives members, Transition Committee Chairmen and other political appointees, members of the community and other stakeholders should all be in attendance to deliberate and agree on the project(s) that is critical to their community which they want the state government to fund", Chief Obiano said.

Continuing, the governor said that communities are encouraged to select projects that would most impact on the lives of the people and that where projects selected are not worth up to the Twenty Million Naira set aside for that particular community, such a community can also select an additional but smaller project to make up the Twenty Million Naira. He also advised communities to go for high impact projects rather than selecting multiple projects that may not impact much on the lives of the people.

Written by Uche Nworah

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