By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY–THE South South Leader of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Senator Rowland Owie, yesterday assured the people of Anambra state that the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Okonkwo, will ensure that the existing Town Development Authority is redesigned so they can have 20 per cent of the capital votes for the state with a view to use it for the development of Igbo villages which have been taken over by urbanization.
According to him, “ADP will return all the original Igbo markets to the communities while the communities will pay tax to the Local Government. These traditional markets which Ukpabia Asika took over will be returned to the communities because that is the only way Local Governments can get revenue to develop the councils.
“The idea is to devolve powers from the State to the Local Government Councils. Town Development Associations and Traditional Rulers will be given more powers so that communities in Anambra state will enjoy accelerated development. The ADP government will do this by amending the Anambra, Town Development Authority Bye Laws, affecting urban centres, like, Nnewi, Onitsha, Ogidi, Aguata, Ihiala, Ogbaru, Otuo-Ocha, Aguleri, Umunze, etc.
“The law will amended in a manner that it will held redesign the Town Development Associations so that the communities will enjoy 20 per cent of the state capital vote for its maintenance and retain the Igbo Village which the massive urbanisation has over run” he stated.
Owie further urge Anambra citizens who have not registered in the ongoing voters registration exercise in the state to do so now “because that is the only way they can vote the candidate of their choice in the coming election. They have tried PDP, APC and APGA, all have failed them. ADP remains the only party that can bring accelerated development to Anambra people” he stated