The State-Local Government Joint Accounts Committee has been inaugurated by Chukwuma Soludo, the governor of Anambra State, who also revealed that the state owed retirees a significant amount of money.
Soludo disclosed that the state owed about N14 billion in back wages for pensions and gratuities that his administration had begun to pay.
Christian Aburime, Soludo’s press secretary, reported that the inauguration took place soon after the State Executive Council Meeting at the Government House in Awka.
TonyCollins Nwabunwanne, the state’s commissioner for local government, serves as the committee’s chair. Ifeatu Onejeme, the state’s commissioner for finance, and Dr. Arinze Nwankwo-Ikwueto serve as the committee’s vice chairman and secretary, respectively.
While thanking the Committee members for accepting the position, Soludo warned that their task would not be simple because the appointment came at a time when the state’s resources were scarce and there was nothing to work with.
“Resources are not there, you are being called upon to do this work at a time when there are challenges in the finances of the country, the state and local government and you have been called upon to find the solution,” he said.
In order to solve the issues in that layer of government, Soludo’s administration would establish up the local government administration.
He made the point that in order for council personnel to go to offices and work effectively, the infrastructure in the various local government regions, including those burned down by arsonists, needed to be repaired.
“For us, we have a vision to have responsibility devolved to base and to have local government that is empowered to deliver development to the grassroot.
“Consequently, the finances that are very limited will have to be run in a different way; we have a peculiar local government system where the staff and other obligations of the local government are pulled together,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the committee, Nwabunwanne praised his group for being capable and prepared to carry out their assignment and thanked the governor for thinking highly of them.
Mr. featu Obiokoye, who represents the Central Senatorial District, Dr. Nnamdi Nwadiogbu, who represents the North Senatorial District, and Mr. George Ezeogudi, who represents the South Senatorial District, are also members of the committee.
Dr. Chibuike Ofobuike from the South, Mrs. Amaka Obi from the Central, and Mr. Livinus Onyenwe from the North are the representatives for the Transition Committee Chairman.