Tuesday, 28 November 2017

PG’s, traditional rulers task on sustainability of government projects

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Presidents Generals and traditional rulers of 177 communities in Anambra State have been called to work in harmony to protect and ensure sustainability of public projects in their communities as ways of enhancing public service delivery and usage for the citizenry.

Addressing participants at one day workshop on "Ownership and Sustainability of Community Projects," recently held in Awka, Barr.  Emeka Ohuoha, permanent secretary of Anambra State Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners lamented that often times projects executed by the state government and donor agencies were either vandalised or stolen soon after Commissioning. 

Onuoha, who described the act as worrisome and evidence that community leaders were not taking ownership of projects executed in their domains, added that most water projects amongst others executed by the state government were currently not functional yet the host communities appeared not concerned about their present status or how to resuscitate them.

He further called on community leaders to submit their charter of demands for computation into the Anambra State 2018 budget as bilateral budget discussion with ministries and agencies for it was ongoing.

In a keynote address, Dr. Mitchelle Onugbolu, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Social Reorientation, explained that the workshop was organized for community leaders and sponsored by the United Nations Development Partners (UNDP) which were rounding up its four years programme in the state so as to remind community leaders and their subjects the essence of ownership and sustainability of public projects in their communities.

Speaking also, National President, Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), Chief Alex Onunkwo acknowledged that the N20 million community chose your project entrenched participatory democracy into the state, and encouraged his colleagues to take full responsibilities of projects executed in their domains.

In a paper presentation entitled ‘Civic Responsibility, Ownership and Sustainability of Community Projects’, Dr. Mike Opia, the Director of Centre for Development and Civic Education, harped that sustainability to government community based projects were the hallmarks of good governance and effective public service delivery. 



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