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Anambra declares state of emergency on traffic hold-ups




ANAMBRA State Government has declared a state of emergency on traffic hold-ups across the state.

  This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu during the post-Anambra State Executive Council briefing held at the Government House, Awka.

  Sir Nwosu maintained that the new road traffic management measures introduced were to ensure that ndi Anambra do not spend more than 20 minutes in traffic.

  According to him, Anambra Traffic Management Agency was directed to deploy their officers in 20 most difficult areas in the state.

  The commissioner further stated that Governor Soludo directed that ATMA should be trained by LASTMA, FRSC and Army, as well as recruit more people into the agency, for increased capacity and efficiency.

  He said the state Fire Service will be restructured to become more responsive and effective, adding that it will be decentralised and brought closer to the people, revealing that the era of using phone calls had been phased out, while the Anambra State Emergency Fire Response Application had been activated.

  Disclosing that  it was also approved that all the traffic lights will be serviced, the commissioner said  that the Commissioner for Local Government was directed to identify areas in the communities that can be used as bus stops.

  According to the commissioner, among other issues discussed at the meeting were adoption of the name; Anambra State Executive Council as against Executive Council, adoption of a policy to introduce urban agriculture to increase food production in   Anambra State where every household deploy spaces in their domain to plant agricultural produce, transition from inorganic farming to regenerative agriculture to improve quality of agricultural products.

  Other items discussed include the ongoing rehabilitation work on   Anambra roads, revision of laws setting up government parastatals and agencies by the State Attorney General, approval for annual procurement of one million palm seedlings, 500 coconut seedlings as a way of trying to relive the old M.I Okpara days when palm oil was the mainstay.

  Present at the briefing was the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Aburime .

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