Is Chukwuma Charles Soludo the solution ndị Anambra hoped for or a virus they never wished?
by Chukwuemerie Uduchukwu
Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo had a nice live media chat this afternoon. I earlier advised the state government to delegate refuse collection and disposal to the third tier of government and I’m glad he announced today that the responsibility has been shifted to the Local Government. However, I will like Mr. Governor to note that no difference has been seen in refuse collection and disposal and this may be because those in charge of various Local Government Areas administration are not elected by the people and consequently, may not possess the charisma needed to get the job done.
It is also commendable that the state governor reiterated his commitment to make Anambra safe and it is great that for the second time, the governor boldly maintained that those behind various armed crimes in the state are Igbos and not intruders. Ndị Anambra will be glad if the government consolidate its efforts in fighting insecurity and bring pepertrators of various crimes to justice as the governor promised.
Also, even though it is always better to commend a government on nearly completed or completed projects, I will appreciate the governor for flagging off various road projects especially for his claimed determination to inspect various roads before awarding contracts for their rehabilitation. However, he should endeavor to fulfill those pledges and ensure that those projects are not abandoned.
The Governor should also endeavor to complete key projects initiated by his predecessor, Chief Willie Obiano. Abandoning key projects will amount to huge loss to the state and its citizens.
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On Agberos and revenue generation, Mr. Governor should note that there is no sign that his administration has banned Agberoism in Anambra. In fact, most if not all the parks are still filled with touts generating revenue for those best known to them. Prof. Soludo should reintegrate those touts into the society by helping the people among them that want to help themselves with gainful skills and grants, and totally digitalize revenue collection in the state. He should also ensure that his administration lives by his words by putting the revenue generated from ndị Anambra into gainful use. Government should note that citizens will always be encouraged to pay tax if they see that their payments do not end in private pockets.
On health and education sector, the government should endeavor not to fail.
In conclusion, after about a year, ndị Anambra will know if Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is the solution they hoped for or a virus they never wished.