By Ndife David – Awka.
The 21 local government transition committee chairmen has held a three days self revaluation and best local governance strategy retreat/one year anniversary celebration in Awka.
The retreat which was tagged “One year of localizing the solution agenda in Anambra State, Issues and Prospect” is aimed at enhancing capacity building, effective management and control, financial prudence and general administration for effective leadership, rules of law, and general responsibilities of local government councils as the third-tier of government.
The event which took place at Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu, over the weekend had in attendance top government functionaries with the likes of Anambra State, Commissioner for Environment, Hon Felix Odimegwu, Chairman of Anambra State Local Government Service Commission, Barr Vinn Ezeaka, Special Adviser to Mr Governor on Local Government Affairs, Barr Asha Nnabuife, and Executive Secretary, JACC, Hon Dr Leopold Ikwueto among others.
Delivering a key note lecture on localizing the Soludo agenda, a former Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chidoka commended Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo administration for appointing the TC Chairmen as a necessary team for achieving his mandate for Ndi Anambra. He also applauded the TC Chairpersons for their selfless service in their various local government and urged the Council Chairmen not to take issue of insecurity lightly in their various council areas.
According to him, the issue of insecurity should not be the responsibility of the Chairmen alone. All the relevant stakeholders should be involved actively, if the menace must curbed.
Chidoka went ahead to suggest to Governor Soludo to consider creation of what he called “Community WhatsApp groups” across the 181 communities in the state in order to help curb the Insecurity menace, noting that the WhatsApp groups will enable the admitted members to provide necessary informations, especially, concerning insecurity (alerts or threats to communities) for prompt action.
“The WhatsApp groups if created should have, the State Governor, the State Commissioner of Police, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Council Area Divisional Police Officers (DPO), Traditional rulers, Religion heads, President Generals, Women and Youth leaders, Motor Parks and Market leaders and Vigilante group as members and also the TC Chairmen, to serve as administration Officer to help monitor community activities for effective governance and transformational development, he added.”
Also speaking, the Chief of Staff to governor Soludo, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, who represented the governor, on his part, enjoined the TC Chairmen and other community stakeholders, to ensure their youths imbibed the right values and avoid destructive vices, like violence and drug abuse and also to keep their environment clean at all time.
He urged the Council Chairmen to replicate same strategies and footsteps while working hand in hand with town union and community leaders to take every new developments to the rural communities
Contributing, the Anambra State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Matters, Hon. Tony-Collins Nwabunwanne, in his speech, urged the Chairmen to be good managers and to always engaged Traditional rulers, Religion leaders and community President Generals in their decision-making, if the Council Areas under their watch must grow and developed.
In their seperate interviews, the Ihiala TC Chairman, Hon. Kingsley Obi, Ekwusigo LGA, Hon. Chimezie Obi, Onitsha South LGA, Hon. Joseph Emeka Orji and their Ogbaru Council counterpart, Hon. Chidiebere Pascal Anaegbunum, while commending Governor Soludo for his encouragement and support in their one-year in office, applauded Prof Chukwuma Soludo for giving them the right platform to perform and excel beyond expectations in a short while.
While lamenting over insecurity as a one of the major setbacks for their effective performance, the TC chairmen assured their firm resolve to implore every necessary measures in ensuring a conducive environment for peaceful activities especially during festivity and promised to practicalise the retreat lessons in their various Council Areas and assured the Governor of internalising the core vision of his administration, to be able to function well.
In a vote of thanks on behalf of their colleagues the Chairman of Aguata LGA, Dr. Chibueze Ofobuike who is also Chairman, Retreat Planning Committee and the Chairman of Ayamelum LGA who also doubles as the Chairman of the 21 transition committee chairmen, Chief Livinus Onyenwe while appreciating governor Soludo and the guest speaker, recounted their success so far. They went further to request for more robust security measures in tackling the security challenges in order to perform more.
Highlights of the retreat were lectures, interactive session, prayers and special thanksgiving mass at retreat center, Okpuno, Awka to rap up the retreat.