Communities make demands for in-coming LG Chairman
By Fred Ike, Enugu
Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor, Enugu State
Communities in Oji River local government area of Enugu state have itemized priority needs they want in-coming local government council Chairman should do for them.
Top on the priorities of the communities is access roads followed by primary health care, modern market stalls and erosion control.
Other key development needs of the communities include construction of civic centres, building of primary school classroom blocks and economic empowerment.
The communities made their demands at the Oji River Citizens’ Forum, an agenda setting platform for Community Development, organized by Enugu state Open Government Partnership, (OGP), with support from Christian Aid.
Coordinator of the state Directorate of Visit Every Community, (VEC), Dr. Eric Oluedo said that the forum was a pilot of Open Government Partnership in the state which goes beyond partisan gathering.
“The state government has already earmarked N10 million per each of the 458 communities in the state for development projects, but we need the local governments to give them their own projects which the communities would select by themselves,” said Oluedo.
Chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the council, Chief Benson Uzoagbara noted that by the communities’ selection of their needs priority, his job would become easier if he becomes the council chairman.
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), chairmanship candidate who was absent sent appologies that he could not attend the forum due to campaign engagements.
Official of the supporting Christian Aid, Mr. Kenny Oleru noted that the Forum was born out of the desire to strengthen interaction between citizens at grassroots and governance at the state.
“We believe that for development to effectively trickle down to the grassroots, the rudiments of good governance such as social accountability and citizen engagement must be in place at the very least,” Oleru said.