By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu
Awka, Oct. 20, 2020 The Anambra State House of Assembly on Tuesday screened and confirmed the appointment of 21 persons nominated by Governor Willie Obiano as chairmen, Local Government Transition Committee.
Obiano in a letter dated Oct. 2, 2020, had sent the list of nominees to the state assembly for consideration and confirmation.
The tenure of the transitional committee, as approved by the state assembly, is three months , after which it could be renewed or fresh appointments made.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the House reverted to a Committee of the Whole, with the Speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor, as the Chairman, to elect and confirm the nominees.
Addressing the chairmen of the transition committee, Okafor said that the screening and confirmation exercise was aimed at fostering good governance at the grassroots.
He urged the chairmen to prioritise the needs and yearnings of the people as well as key into Gov. Obiano’s developmental projects at the grassroots.
“I urge you to initiate programmes that would better the lives of the rural populace and shun acts capable of retarding the progress of the state,’’ Okafor said.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Chairman of Idemili North, Mr Raphael Nnabuife thanked the legislators for confirming their appointment.
He promised that they would continue to serve and ensure the people enjoy the dividend of democracy.
Meanwhile, Mr Ifeanyi Chiekwu, member representing Idemili North, expressed reservations over the persons nominated to work with Mr Raphael Nnabuife, Chairman, Local Government Transition Committee in his constituency.
“Stakeholders in my constituency met and agreed that five out of the seven persons nominated from different wards in the local government be stepped down,’’ he said.
In another development, the speaker read a letter dated Oct. 19, 2020, where the governor informed the house that he would be presenting the Year 2021 Budget proposal on Thursday, Oct. 22,2020.
The house also approved the 2021 to 2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) sent to the legislature by the Governor on Oct. 15, 2020.
The approval followed the consideration and adoption of the recommendations by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations which considered the MTEF documents.
The legislature recommended that to cushion the effects of post COVID-19, the economy should be diversified by prioritising agriculture, health, education, youth empowerment and tourism to create jobs for the youth.