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Soludo seeks foreign assistance to develop Anambra

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra has called on the international community to assist his administration to build a prosperous and sustainable state.

Mr Soludo made the call when he received a delegation of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka.

Christian Aburime, Mr Soludo’s press secretary, said Mathias Schmale led the UN team.

The governor said the active participatory roles of international collaborators were crucial to the state’s development and the country in general.

Mr Soludo said the UN team’s visit was significant for Anambra and his administration in particular, especially at a time when the United Nations had not had an office in the entire South-East for a long time.

He said his administration had a robust plan for Anambra in the areas of security, law and order, economic transformation, human capital, governance, the rule of law and value system and environment.

He said the government would benchmark with the rest of the world in transforming Anambra State into a liveable and prosperous state.

“More than half of the indigenous population of Anambra live outside the state; my administration will soon inaugurate the Anambra Education Council to further engender qualitative and accessible education.

“We will also establish the Strategy Execution and Evaluation, ‘SEE’ office,” he said.

In his response, Mr Schmale said the visit was to familiarise with the South-East geopolitical zone and erase the perception that they are only interested in the North-East.

He said that though they might not be able to make input in terms of financial assistance, they could assist in areas of technical assistance.

“One of their targets is to identify where things are working, learn on it and make sure other countries capitalise on it,” Mr Schmale said.

(NAN)

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