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Obiano earmarks N3.58bn for community development projects


Governor Obiano
By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has said that the state has set aside N3.58 billion for the commencement of the third phase of the N20 million Community-Choose-Your-Project Initiative.
He said each of the 179 communities in the state will have N20 million each for projects unanimously decided by the communities to be sited in their respective domains.
Governor Obiano’s decision was contained in a press release signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba, and issued to journalists on Saturday.
The Governor also said that communities yet to complete the second phase of the community development initiate will however not participate in the third phase as government observed that only 78 communities have completed the second phase and ready to start new development projects in the third phase.
Chief Obiano maintained that it was regrettable that about fifty percent of communities were yet to finish the second phase on account of mostly communal politics and squabbles pointing out that internal politics and squabbles were slowing down the progress of not only the affected communities but also the entire state.
He also stressed that the Anambra State government was in a hurry to develop all communities in the state thereby appealing to all Presidents General, Ndi Igwe and other stakeholders in the communities to ensure that their communities were not left behind in his community development drive.
Chief Obiano therefore called upon warring communities to resolve their problems immediately and complete the second phase of the Community-Choose-Your-Project Initiative.
Governor Obiano further explained that the people and government of Anambra State were proud of this initiative which has brought concrete development to every community even as it informed that the initiative has been copied by some other states in the country.
The Community-Choose-Your-Project Initiative was an unprecedented development strategy by the Anambra State Government through which each of the one hundred and seventy-nine communities in the state select a project government would execute in the area worth N20 million.
The community chooses the contractor who must come from the area while government provides the resources adding that communities have chosen libraries, civic centres, health centres, markets, water boreholes and a host of other projects for rapid development of the area.
The aforementioned strategy has earned eulogies from researchers and development experts as a perfect example of the bottom-top approach to development which was recommended in the democratic setting, as opposed to the traditional top-down style which sees top government officials decide projects for communities without finding out the felt-needs of the communities.

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