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Group commends Anambra govt for accenting to Fiscal Responsibility Law

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Association of Igbo Town Unions (ASITU/ASETU), Anambra State chapter has commended the state government for giving accent to Anambra State Fiscal Responsibility Law (FRL), and Public Procurement Law (PPL).

   This was contained in a release jointly signed by the state chairman and secretary of the association, Jimmie Asoegwu and Prince Nezianya Obinabo respectively, saying that the decision was arrived at after an enlarged executive council meeting held in Amawbia, Awka South LGA,  comprising the state executive council, zonal and LG coordinators.

  The statement further maintained that Anambra chapter upheld that the laws which would encourage modern global fiduciary practices had placed the state in the comity of states that have imbibed transparency, accountability and probity in all aspects of fiscal management.

  “Without such laws to ensure due process in the purchase of public assets, a lot of fraudulent practices would continue undetected.

 “The laws were also capable of sustaining and attracting more development partners that would facilitate faster development and sustenance of all sectors of the state economy.”

   The group commended the existing cordial relationship between the state executive and legislature for their roles in the passage of the bills. It however urged the state executive and legislature to put necessary machineries in motion that would facilitate the immediate passage and accent to the state anti-grazing law, adding that the anti-grazing law would not only reduce loss of lives and properly occasioned by farmers/herdsmen conflicts; but would also facilitate the food security programme of the state government.

  In another development, the association has lauded the efforts of Governor Willie Obiano administration, in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 protective care centres by the state government, without external assistance.

  The group however, observed that such centres were still grossly inadequate, taken the huge population of the state into consideration; and appealed to Governor Obiano to commit more funds for the establishment of more such centres.

 According to the release, “from investigations carried, ASITU discovered that there are a number of un-equipped health and public buildings which the state government could acquire, equip and convert to COVID-19 protective care centres.”

  It  noted that the current figure of COVID-19 patients in the state, appear under-estimated and hoped that more facilities be put in place that would assist in the generation of accurate covid-19 infected patients figures.

  Furthermore, the group commended philanthropic individuals and corporate bodies for their generous financial and material palliative assistance, through the state government and direct to indigent persons, across the state.

  “ASITU also lamented the deliberate ignorance of some ndi Anambra who still refuse to keep to COVID-19 protocols, especially in the areas of wearing protective face masks, social and physical distancing. The State task force or COVID-19 was encouraged to step up more information and education enlightenment campaigns, all over the state. Such, the association believes would help a long way in checkmating unnecessary spread of the pandemic.”

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