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Anambra partners ASATU on rural devp drive

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 ANAMBRA State Government has expressed its willingness to partner Anambra State Association of Town Union (ASATU) toward ensuring that rural communities are not left out of activities of government.

Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba said this when the association, led by its national president, Mr. Alex Onukwue, paid him a courtesy visit at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

Adinuba, who commended the competitive spirit of communities in the state, stressed that he had a long intellectual interest in activities of ASATU as a union.

The commissioner said that he was impressed with their visit, stressing that the ministry would grant them maximum support needed to succeed in producing the magazine they plan to unveil soon.

“I am glad that ASATU has continued to complement the efforts of government judiciously, by making use of the `N20 million, Community Choose Your Project Initiative’ of Gov. Willie Obiano administration.

“I can boldly say today that many states in the South East have been borrowing the community development project initiative of the Obiano administration.”

He urged ASATU to go into communities to let people in rural areas know the achievements of the state government through their community-based magazine.

Earlier, the National President of the association, Mr. Onukwue, said that they were in the ministry to solicit support and to inform the commissioner about the planned unveiling of ASATU community-based magazine.

“As leaders of communities, we felt the need to come to see the officers of the ministry because we know that there is need for exchange of useful information between government and the people.

“That kind of relationship is key, in the process of uplifting Anambra State in a stronger and better manner,” he said.

The president said that the publication, ‘Anambra Community News’ envisaged as a monthly magazine, would be unveiled on Nov. 29 in Awka.

“We want to use that medium to tell the government what the people feel at the grassroots, their activities, policies and actions.

“We believe that by unveiling this magazine, there will be better relationship between the government and the people,” Mr. Onukwue said.

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