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Group urges Soludo to conduct LG election, prioritise open governance, social security


By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Anambra Civil Society Network (ACSONET), a citizens and Nonstate actors stakeholders platform, Tuesday, appealed to governor Chukwuma Soludo to conduct local government election within the next one year.

ACSONET leader, Prince Chris Azor, who stated this in a congratulatory message to the governor who recently celebrated his one year in office, stressed that conduct of Council poll will make him a jinx breaker and trail blazer since last local government election was conducted in January 2014.

According to the group, granted that Local Government structure is not perfect, but he could equally restructure it for better because it would be valued as Igbo nation were naturally attached to their communities.

The group also praised the governor for his achievements in security and road infrastructure having begun construction of over 260 kilometers of roads across the State. 

"You are no doubt making inroads in security architecture by taking the "war" to the miscreants, through kinetic and Non kinetic approach. However, we dare say that real Non kinetic approach should be exemplified in Social Security (Social Protection). There's imperative need for a Social Protection Policy in the State, to collectively tackle abject poverty, reinvigorate wellness and wellbeing.

"You promised to prioritize Open governance. This requires intentional and conscious Partnership with the Civil Society and Non State Actors (NGOs etc). President Obasanjo alluded to this in his comments at the anniversary event. Partnership and synergy with Organized Civil Society are key to envisaged growth and development.

"There's also need to Institutionalize improved Service Delivery in the system. SERVICOM, a service delivery compact with Nigerians operational at the federal level needs to be domesticated in our MDAs. It was recently cascaded, through the office of the Head of Service, but yet to be activated. Improved Service Delivery is the sure way to attract investments and boost Ease of Doing Business in the State," they added. 

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