ASATU National President, Dr Jude A.P. Okolo opens up on Anambra 2017, Town Unions as 4TH tier of government

ODOGWU EMEKA ODOGWU, reports that the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) has rejected the plans to make town unions fourth tiers of government in Nigeria and asked all those championing it to have a rethink.
ASATU through its National President, Dr Jude A.P. Okolo during an interactive session with newsmen said: ‘’Those who are championing the cause of Town Unions serving as the fourth tier of government should be advised to have a rethink. Any effort made in that direction is an exercise in futility especially in Igbo land where republican way of life is the order of the day. People would always want to decide who leads them. The ugly experience of events in the local government in all parts of the country is enough food for thought. The independence of town unions should be held sacrosanct’’.

ASATU National President, Okolo flanked by his National Vice President, North/ President General Olumbanasa, Anambra West council area , Nnachu Lawrence and National Publicity Secretary, Barr Stan Nwattah appealed for huge investment in power sector for improved economy as without energy, the economy will continue to be in comatose.
ASATU said: ‘’There is need for the government and organized private sector to invest in power generation to ensure steady power supply. This, no doubt, will serve as a catalyst that will cascade industrialization of the State.
On national issues, ASATU National President , Dr Okolo appealed on Ndigbo to return investments at home to improve the local economy.
ASATU national Leadership said: ‘’There is the urgent need for Ndi Anambra, na Ndi Igbo to think home, return and  invest  at  home  and  grow  their  domestic  economies  -Akulue  Uno philosophy.
‘’ We also urge all well-meaning and illustrious Ndi Anambra to help empower their less-privileged ones. By doing so, they would be helping to re-distribute wealth thus curbing criminality in the communities in the spirit of onye aghan nwanne ya philosophy of APGA.
‘’ ASATU is in support of the rotation of the office of Governor among the three Senatorial Zones, This engenders the spirit of oneness, equity and fair play. This was the message of our recent Town Hall meetings.
‘’ASATU is deeply worried over the burden imposed on the people by the current economic hardship and called on the Federal Government to find ways of ameliorating the difficulties. -Prices of food items have hit the roof¬tops and most parents cannot afford a meal in a day, nor pay school fees for their children. Federal Government should assemble a team of knowledgeable Nigerians to help guide the country out of this economic quicksand.
ASATU urged the present Anambra State Government under the leadership of Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, Akpokuedike Global, to continue to touch our people with the better angels of his nature. ASATU, on its own part will continue to offer our various communities quality leadership even as he added that ASATU will continue to solicit unflagging support from its people so that together they shall make Anambra State a paradise of wondrous pleasures and blessings.

He said ASATU is the umbrella body of the 179 communities in Anambra State as represented by the President General (PG) of each town and was founded on 13th April 1996 by a legal luminary, the Late Chief Chimezie Ikeazor, Oboli Obosi (SAN).
ASATU said it has achieved tremendously including moving from a rented building to conducive ASATU Hall within the Government House premises as provided by the Anambra State Government.
‘’hosting of successful event tagged "Award of Excellence" to prominent Ndi Anambra in 2015 and instituted a weekly ASATU Hour known as 'Development Digest' on ABS Radio and organized a peaceful protest in 2015 to draw the attention of the Federal Government to effect the re-location of Boko Haram detainees at Ekwulobia Prison in Anambra State.
Dr Jude A.P Okolo said the robust working relationship ASATU had with the State Government got it allocation of a parcel of land for the construction of the Chimezie Ikeazor Cultural Centre, in Awka which would be of international standard.


ASATU National President Dr Jude A.P Okolo reading the address flanked by his National Vice President North/President General Olumbanasa (left) Nnachu Lawrence 

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