A Lawmaker in Anambra, Chief Emeka Aforka, representing Orumba North Constituency in Anambra House of Assembly, has called on residents of the state to partner with the state government in its developmental strides.
The lawmaker, who is the Deputy Majority Leader and Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Sunday.
Aforka said that such partnership at this COVID-19 pandemic era would ensure sustainability of good governance dividends recorded in the past six years of Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration.
He said that if wealthy persons and captains of industries from the state joined hands with the state government, it would ensure sustainability of developments achieved over the years in the state.
“COVID-19 pandemic is a threat to good governance in the state and if not well handled, it will negatively affect all success stories recorded in key economic areas in the state.
“We all need to join hands with the government to give our economic sector a face lift that will provide needed succour to citizens of the state in their livelihood enterprise,” he said.
Aforka urged the people of the state to see the development of Anambra as a collective responsibility and cultivate the principle of `Think Home Philosophy’ where the state would maximise benefit from their enterprises.
He said that Anambra had all it took to ensure its rapid development, urging the people not to leave the development of the state to the government alone.
Aforka, however, appealed to Anambra people who were residence outside the state to bring part of their investments to the state for sustainable development and growth of the state.
“We have industrialists who can bridge the gap of poverty and unemployment rates among the residents who reside in Anambra if they bring part of their businesses to Anambra,” he said.
He commended Obiano for series of developments being witnessed in different parts of the state, especially in Awka, the state capital and urged for its sustenance by partnership with the people.
Aforka said that residents could partner with the state government when they took ownership of the public facilities in their domain and always protect government facilities in their various areas against vandalism.
He said that when the people took full ownership of government facilities in their areas, they had also partnered with government because they had saved money for government and created room for government to do more new projects.
Aforka urged the people to also partner with the government by complying with its development policies like a call for subsistence and school farming to ensure that hunger did not truncate the good vision of the government.
“Government wants everybody to be involved in agriculture to ensure food sufficiency and has encouraged adults to engage in various skills that will develop the state economically and otherwise,” he said. (NAN)