The Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has formally handed over a cheque of N5 million each to 118 autonomous communities that have so far met the requirements for the release of the fund, as the first tranche of the N10 million earmarked for every community in Enugu state to execute development projects that would address their “peculiar and immediate development needs”.
Disclosing that the 118 autonomous communities that received their cheques were among the 450 communities approved by the Enugu State Executive Council, EXCO, that have opened accounts with designated banks, he said the remaining communities will receive theirs as soon as they open bank accounts and send the details to the Ministry of Chieftaincy Matters/Rural Development.
Ugwuanyi, while presenting the cheques to the Traditional Rulers and the President Generals of Town Unions in the communities, explained that the government decided that the choice of the projects and their execution were left “entirely” to the discretion and at the disposal of the stakeholders of each individual community.
“To march words with action, the State Executive Council on the 22nd of November 2017, approved the release of the sum 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. The communities were also asked to open bank accounts for the lodgment of the said funds,” he said.
While thanking the communities that received the cheques for their support and eagerness to participate in “this historic scheme”, the governor expressed explicit confidence that they will utilize the funds for the identified purposes for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of their people, reassuring that his administration will not relent in its development efforts until the fruits of good governance are felt in every community in Enugu State.
Responding on behalf of the Igwes and the Town Unions’ Presidents-General, the Chairman of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu thanked Gov. 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.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Town Unions, Hon. Paully Eze had described the release of the fund as a pleasant surprise, saying that the governor has wiped away the tears of the people in so many communities, who he said had never experienced any development project in their areas.
He maintained that the grassroots development programme, will ensure that government presence is registered in all the over 450 autonomous communities in the state, commending Ugwuanyi for his passion for the wellbeing of the people.