By Obi Trice Emeka
Those who have been opportuned to interact with Sen. Andy Uba can attest to one thing: he can’t discuss Anambra without talking about the local government system. And, so far he has made this solemn promise in all the local government areas he has taken his campaign train to; that he would conduct local government elections by October of 2022 after he has been sworn in.
The local government is the base of the federal system, and, on it’s shoulders lies the bulk of the needs of the people- from basic education to primary healthcare centres to Agriculture, markets and parks and, the roads that connect within rural communities and the streets in urban centres.Those of us who have been opportuned to see the local government system work understand that it is pivotal and a MUST, if we must drive development and progress in Anambra state.
*While other candidates have focused on idealistic concepts that are not plausible within the lifespan of an any administration and covering their inert ideas with oratory prowess, Sen. Andy Uba understands that getting the local government to function with all it’s financial entitlements will be the greatest development coup in Anambra in the last 16 years. Beyond the effects on rural agriculture,health, Education, markets and parks, a functioning local government system will train the next generation of leaders- giving them a platform to horn their leadership skills.*
And as the Senator told me last week:
” *My local government ( Aguata) gets circa N200m monthly. Imagine if after paying salaries and some of the money from FAAC(Federal allocation Committee), ignoring other sources of revenue is used to construct 2km of roads monthly, in a year, you’re guaranteed of 24km of roads within every local government area. That’s over 400km of road constructed annually”.*
In a state where the APGA government doesn’t construct upto 100km of roads biannualy, in the worse scenario, a guaranteed 200km of roads annually is huge and this is why Sen. Andy Uba is obsessed with getting the local government to work.