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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state recently handed over N5 million cheque each to 118 autonomous communities that have met the requirements for the release of the fund, as the first tranche of the N10 million earmarked for developmental projects in every community in the state.
According to the Commissioner for Rural Development, Gab Onuzulike,the 118 communities that got their cheques were among the 450 communities approved by the Enugu State Executive Council (EXCO) and for having having opened accounts with designated banks.
Moreso, he states that the remaining communities will receive theirs as soon as they open bank accounts and submit the details to the Ministry of Chieftaincy Matters/Rural Development.
The governor said while handing over the cheques to the Traditional Rulers and the President Generals of Town Unions in the communities that the decision was in line with his administration’ resolve to empower each autonomous community in the state with the sum of N10 million to carry out projects that would address their “peculiar and immediate development needs.”
He added that the choice of the projects and their execution were “entirely” at the discretion and the disposal of the stakeholders of each individual community.
“This was in fulfillment of our promise to promote participatory democracy and extensive rural development in the state as well as the involvement of all local communities in the implementation of government policies and programmes.”said he
Governor Ugwuanyi, maintained that the projects to be executed by the communities are different from those being done in various communities by his administration through the Community Development Project (CDP), the World Bank-assisted Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
You may recall that the Enugu Executive Council had in her meeting of November 22,2017 gave approval for the release of N2.25 billion to cover the first tranche of N5 million to be given to every community in the state so as to enable them commence work on their self-chosen projects.
In his response on behalf of the traditional rulers and the Town Unions’ Presidents-General, the Chairman of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, Lawrence Agubuzu,praised Mr. Ugwuanyi for the “innovative, unique, socio-economic and new developmental strategy for Enugu State”, saying that they are happy to have him as a governor.