Friday, 16 June 2017

How ASATU changes baton of leadership

By Gabriel Alonta
The Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) has successfully handed over the leadership mantle to the newly elected national executive over the weekend.
The inauguration ceremony of the incoming national executive committee took place at Emmaus house with host of dignitaries in attendance.
In his opening remark, the chairman of the event, HRH Igwe Rowland Odegbo (Aborgu na Nteje) commended the outgoing national executive for their selfless service for the past three years in ensuring harmony among the various President Generals, while also charging the incoming national executives to borrow a leaf from them.

He urged the new national executives to make ASATU a tool of peace, saying that they should ensure they work collectively as a team.

On his part, the outgoing National President, Hon. Jude Okolo, noted that under his steward, ASATU has been able to effectively interface with the state government to equip the PGs with necessary information about government activities and encourage them to contribute to good governance in the state.

Hon. Okolo also noted that the steady and peaceful leadership succession is the fact that ASATU, as a grassroot body, has continued to grow from strength to strength.

Recounting his achievements, Okolo revealed that he and his team had been able to move ASATU office from a rented apartment in Amawbia to a more befitting and conducive ASATU secretariat in government house.

“We have attracted over N20 million community special project intervention fund per community from the state government which is on-going across all the 179 autonomous communities within the sate”, he boasted.

He further commended the state governor, Willie Obiano for his continued support during his tenure, adding that he should extend this by providing cars to the PGs in order to facilitate their performance in their various communities.

Earlier, the incoming National President of ASATU, Chief Alex Ikwunne, promised to ensure that the town unions in Anambra State are strengthened to function effectively as a link between the government and the people for the promotion of peace. He said that grassroot and community development of Anambra State will greatly be considered by the new national executives.

“I and my team will be working to mobilise the people of Anambra State for greater participation in governance”, he added.



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