REPORTER: BEN ILECHUKWU
The Anambra State Government says it is determined to achieving its blueprint as contained in its five pillars of transformative agenda.
Governor Chukwuma Soludo, who stated this in a state-wide broadcast to mark his one hundred days in office, noted that despite daunting and bumpy challenges already encountered, his administration was determined to attain a liveable and prosperous homeland for the people.
Professor Soludo explained that his first one hundred years in office was spent in addressing some key fundamental issues, including insecurity and a red treasury even as he observed that the contribution of oil revenue from NNPC to the federation account had been zero.
Professor Soludo said that a new Ministry of Homeland Affairs was created to signal the emergency and utmost priority on Homeland security in his bid to restore peace, law and order in the state
According to Governor Soludo, different mechanism of sustaining the security architecture through massive consultation, mobilization and sensitization of the citizens and critical stakeholders, including security agencies, were implored.
The Governor stressed that the establishment and inauguration of the Truth, Justice and Peace Committee was to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the agitation and violence in Anambra and the Southeast in general.
On works and infrastructure, the Governor noted that direct labour intervention had been successfully deployed to rebuild the washedout section of the Enugu-Onitsha federal expressway and the Amansea-Ugwuoba axis of the Enugu-Onitsha Federal High ways.
Professor Soludo revealed that the engineering design procurement process had been completed and that contractors would soon be moved to site to tackle with the dangerous portions of two federal highways, which experienced massive flooding each year, drowning unsuspecting commuters such as the Ekwulobia -Nnobi federal road and the Ogbinike -Ogidi section of the Enugu-Onitsha old road.
The Governor, while emphasizing on the ongoing desilting of 1km of the Obodo-Ukwu road, Okpoko to Idemili River end of Sakamori storm water discharge, noted that the exercise would soon move on to the Fegge /Nwagene end of the discharge .
The rehabilitation of water facilities at the Jerome Udorji Secretariate for civil servants is underway and the completion of urban water generation at Amuko Nnewi.
On Agriculture , Professor Soludo observed that his administration had successfully launched the new Agro-economic transformation along oilpalm and coconut production value chain with the target of planting one million trees per annum.
The Governor pointed out that over thirty communities, institutions and investors had been profiled to plant 2.5 million seedlings in partnership with the state government designed to start from where Dr. Michael Okpara of the Eastern Nigeria stoped and to maximize the potential in agro valued chain aimed at creating jobs and revenue to the state government.
On transportation, Gorvenor Soludo explained that the government had embarked on massive decongestion and removal of obstruction along major roads and markets, including encroachment activities on the road in Amansea, Head bridge Onitsha, Ekwulobia, and Awka.
On Education, the Governor announced that the phase2 of screening of over 40,000 teachers that applied for the job in the primary and secondary schools have been completed, saying that the next phase of the last 6,000 candidates would commence soon.
On Health, Professor Soludo announced that the launching of the biggest Coordinated Wholesale Center in Oba had been achieved, which in turn would attract many investors when completed.
Professor Soludo added that his government has plans of making remarkable achievements in culture, tourism and entertainment; Technology ICT, sports among others.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU