Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has signed the 2023 Appropriation Bill into law and promised to make Anambra roads motorable.
Mr Soludo, at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, said on Tuesday the budget was premised on five pillars.
He listed them as security, law and order; economic transformation; social agenda; human capital development/ transformation of government works and environment.
Mr Soludo had, on November 10, presented a proposed budget of N259 billion to the state House of Assembly for consideration.
The governor thanked the Anambra House of Assembly, led by Speaker Uche Okafor, for their diligent and expeditious consideration of the budget, which made it ready for signing barely a month after it was presented.
He said his administration was ready to deliver quality governance to the people of Anambra and that all the five policy thrusts would get equal and simultaneous attention.
“I want to thank the parliament for this productive partnership, especially the leadership, which ensures the expeditious scrutiny of the 2023 budget. This is the type of partnership we want in order to build the Anambra of our dream,” stated the governor. “This is the budget of acceleration, one that, in spite of the challenges of insecurity, (and) economic downturn, we are still pressing the accelerator.”
Also, Mr Soludo added that he had met with local government chairmen on the condition of state roads and made funds available for palliative work on them.
He said that this was to ensure that they were motorable during Christmas and new year while awaiting the completion of major construction work on state roads.
The governor said the state faced unprecedented flooding, which washed off roads and bridges, but assured the citizens that major intervention was underway.
He said his administration had spent about N2 billion on executing palliative works on federal roads in Anambra since he assumed office.
“Our palliative is not just the normal palliative that will make it motorable for days; the roads will be built to last, (and) the quality is unprecedented. They will endure for a long time,” Mr Soludo explained.