Posted by on 1/29/2003 10:05:38 AM

Prospects for the future of Anambra State are very bright. The present government of the State, under Governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju, is committed to a "very rapid transformation, industrialisation, physical and aesthetic development of the state, and this must be done with deliberate speed.

The priorities of the administration include: (a) rehabil itation of existing, socioeconomic infrastructure with particular reference to roads, airport, rural elec trification, potable water, and stadium; (b) estab lishing of a virile state executive machinery, and setting up of a truly independent judiciary; and (c) revolutionary changes and improvement in areas such as education, health, agriculture, cooperative movement, commerce and market development, industrialisation, youth and sports development, etc.

These will be accomplished through the State Integrated Development Programme, already launched under the following schemes: (i) Joint Action on Development (JAD), a partnership pro gramme packaged for rural water supply; rural road construction; and rural electrification between the State Government, LGAs and the benefiting com munities; (ii) Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP), designed for the unemployed, rural and urban poor, who will be mobilised into cooperatives in agricul ture, trading, industry, and transport;

Educational Trust Fund (ETF), geared towards pro viding compulsory, free, qualitative education from primary to secondary level; (iv) Anambra State Troopers (AST), which will establish social harmony and general security of lives and property neces sary for other aspects of the development pro gramme; and (v) Vigilante Services (VS), meant to assist in combating crime and ensuring security. Signs of progress in each of the fields are already evident.


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