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Anambra State Govt Holds Consultative Forum On 2021 Budget, Targets Improvement On Debt Management Position


The Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mr. Mark Okoye says the state is already working hard to improve on her Second best position in debt management, nationwide.

Mr. Okoye stated this in Awka during a stakeholders consultative Forum on the 2021  annual budget.

The program which was powered by the Ministry of Economic Planning attracted participants from the Civil Society Organization’s, representatives from Anambra State Association of Town Unions,
Ministries and Development Partners among others.

Addressing the participants, Commissioner Okoye harped on the need to diversify the state economy stressing the need for the state to focus on strategic collaborations especially public-private partnerships
which he said has created over two hundred jobs in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the state ranked second nationwide in terms of debt management.

The Commissioner For Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha while giving an  over view on  basic things needed in the Education sector, urged the Budget Planning Committee to channel its education funding
towards COVID -19 related issues with regards to infrastructure.

Professor Omenugha said that education funds should consider capacity building and trainings for teachers ,toilet facilities, boreholes and more classrooms even as she said that the Ministry is considering
creation of four to five model schools which would serve as template for other schools in the state.

On his part, the Chairman, Anambra State Civil Society Network, Prince Chris Azor commended the state for collaborating with civil societies, stating that such synergy brings about efficiency in problem solving.

Also at the forum were the National Secretary, Anambra State Association of Town Unions, Chief Nkala Iyke and Mrs. Josephine Onah of ROLac who extolled the state government for giving everyone a voice in its development agenda adding that this practice will yield great benefits for the state.

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