Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in continuation of his administration’s “One Community, One Project” scheme yesterday handed over cheques of N5 million each to another batch of 171 autonomous communities that have met the requirements for the release of the funds to carry out development projects of their choice.
The scheme is an extensive rural development initiative of the Ugwuanyi administration aimed at ensuring that development reaches the 450 autonomous communities in the state, with a dedicated sum of N10 million for each community to address her pressing and peculiar development needs.
Consequently, the State Executive Council approved the scheme and earmarked the sum of N2.25 billion for 450 autonomous communities in the state as the first tranche of the N10 million for every community for the execution of development projects of their choice. Recently, N5 million was disbursed to 118 autonomous communities that had fulfilled the requirements for the release of the funds.
Last weekend, Governor Ugwuanyi was at Ibagwa Nike, Enugu East local government area to inaugurate projects executed by the community with the first tranche of N5million, which was earlier disbursed to 118 communities.
In a related development, traditional rulers from Udenu, the council area of Governor Ugwuanyi, yesterday paid a solidarity visit to the governor at the Gove rnment House, Enugu, where they reaffirmed their earlier endorsement for his re-election in 2019.
The royal fathers, who were accompanied by the presidents-general of the town unions and political office holders, among other stakeholders, commended the governor for his peace and good governance initiatives as well as his development strides across the state, declaring: “We are proud and solidly behind you and Udenu LGA is also behind you”.
Presenting the N5 million cheques to another batch of 171 communities, the governor commended “the communities that have so far used or are using their own funds to execute meaningful projects for the benefit of their people”.
He expressed confidence that the new set of communities that received their funds, would equally deploy the resources judiciously for the satisfaction of the yearnings of their people, adding that “the remaining communities will also receive their own funds” as soon as they meet the requirements.
Governor Ugwuanyi, reiterated that the scheme was aimed at “promoting participatory democracy and extensive rural development in the state as well as the involvement of all communities in the implementation of government policies and programmes”.
While thanking the people of the state, who he described as “the true heroes of democracy” for their overwhelming support and cooperation, the governor reassured them of his administration’s commitment to entrenching good governance.
He said, “We will not relent in our efforts until our promise to take visible and sustainable development to all corners of the state is fully realised”.
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