Anambra governorship aspirants assure AFI on attention to major towns

Academic Frontiers Initiative (AFI), a group of lecturers in tertiary institutions, has reinstated support for good governance.

The group said that it would actively act as a gadfly that would not only join in pointing out incidences of bad governance in any administration, prescribing what should be done to get it right on good policies, but also interfacing with those desirous of public posts to ensure that the best among them emerges.

In a statement by its National Coordinator, Dr. Chinedu Onyeizugbe; the National Secretary, Dr. Tochukwu Oguegbe; and the Anambra State Coordinator, Dr. Uche Ngenegbo, the group lamented that governance had been bastardised in Nigeria and that everyone should show interest in governance using peculiar capacities.

The group, which has had several meetings with those aspiring to become governor in Anambra State in 2021, said that it was happy with meeting with the APC candidate, Chief George Moghalu, and PDP candidates, Hon Chris Azubogu and Dr Ifedi Okwenna.

According to AFI, the efforts of the past and present administrations should be encouraged, improved and sustained.

The group recalled that during the last administration, the UN-Habitat helped the state to prepare structural plans for Awka, Onitsha, and Nnewi, which were already being implemented to the extent that the same UN Habitat, in 2010, pronounced Onitsha as among the most growing cities in the world, following the desilting of Sacamori and Nwangege drains, the restoration of the Habour Industrial Park, rebuilding and cleaning of the Bridge Head as well as the construction of all the roads within the GRA.

Moghalu, however, decried the dirty state of Onitsha as a commercial centre and promised to pay attention to the city and equip the town with suitable environment fit as one of the major commercial hubs of the state.

He promised that his administration would revamp the water scheme of the state using his experience as the managing director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).

The group also revealed its meeting with Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, and Hon.Chris Azubogu, both, according to AFI, promised to explore their wealth of experiences working with the former governor, Mr Peter Obi, in ensuring better Anambra State when elected.

Azubogu noted that his 10 years experience as a federal legislator and the various committees he has served in, equipped him with requisite skills to govern the state effectively if elected.

Okwenna, on his part, promised to explore his position as a Commissioner for Environment under whom Onitsha was cleaned during Peter Obi's administration.

On the forth coming Edo and Ondo elections, the group vowed to use the network of its membership spread across the federation to work for free and fair election.

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