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The Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo on Tuesday received a donation of about ₦2m from the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) to support those affected by the flood crises in the state.
Governor Soludo who received the cheque at the Government House Awka, thanked ASATU for the kind gesture.
He pointed out that ASATU is the foundation of the state because Anambra is composed of town unions in all 21 local government areas.
‘We have communities and communal efforts. When we are challenged by any emergency, people rally around to carry the burden together.
‘Thousands of Anambra indigenes are displaced which is no fault of theirs. Cameroun opened their dams and flooding ravaged the state.
‘This shouldn’t be an emergency in this country because we were forewarned about it.
‘It’s not my responsibility to build dams across Benue and River Niger. The Federal Government and NEMA have a huge responsibility in this task.
‘In our own part, we are trying to cope with the citizens and chip in our own bits.
“Good-spirited individuals, Civil Societies, Religious Bodies, the Political Class and today, ASATU in a symbolic and significant manner have come together to donate a whopping amount.
“N2 Million is not a small amount of money. Wealthy individuals in the State and others should donate generously towards this cause.
‘We are preparing because this menace will happen again if we are not careful, but our immediate challenge is resettling these people back to their homes when the water recedes. They have to start life afresh
‘We call on everyone who has anything to donate in the same usual communal spirit to rise up to the occasion. And together as a people, we have overcome so many challenges in the past and this one shall pass.” Governor Soludo said.
‘ASATU is very strong and it’s our collective responsibility as the Government to work hand in hand.
‘Our efforts to raise revenue will get down to communities. The palm-coconut agric revolution will be trickled down to communities.
‘We are starting a cooperative movement in the 326 wards in the state commencing from next year.
‘Our motto Onye aghana nwanne ya is to leave no one behind. In our communities, there will be thousands of beneficiaries. We will empower people at the base and together all of us will get it done,’ Soludo concluded.
Earlier, the Vice-President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, on behalf of Town Unions in the State said they are donating N2 Million to Anambra Government to assist them in providing relief materials for displaced persons.
He disclosed that ASATU was formed in 1996 to assist the State Government.