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Soludo makes case for women President-General in Anambra communities - ITREALMS

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The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo has made a case for women to becoming President-General of communities in Anambra State, and invariably lead the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), reports 
Gov Soludo with ASATU President, Barr Akpudo
He made this case while receiving the Executives of ASATU led by Barrister Titus Akpudo (Ichaka) at the office on Tuesday in Awka, capital of Anambra State, asking precisely "Why can't we have women as Presidents General of communities?"
Anambra State has over 170 towns with the highest office being President-General mostly occupied by men, though there are association of women wings.

Sharing some of the thoughts from the meeting, Gov. Soludo, said they had stimulating conversations around the administration of town unions in the State in the light of emerging realities that leave us with no option but to make our communities more functional.

"Of course I listened to, and received a charter of demands from the group," he said.

Soludo also promised to review their demands, whereas taking them through a detailed analysis of where the state stands, and the imminent fiscal crisis threatening the viability of many subnationals, and the country at large following the zero contribution of crude oil money to Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) in the last five months, stressing that prudence is required at this point to cut down cost and increase revenue.

He pointed out that the governance infrastructure at the local level is critical to the mandate of building a liveable and prosperous homeland.

"This is why our government is committed to ending the spectre of caretaker committees in town union administration. I believe credible elections will bring about transparency and dowse the usual tensions that characterise Town Union leadership in the State. We have also set up a committee to look into the issue of proper delineation of roles between Ndị Igwe and the Presidents General. We need to streamline the organs of government at the community level," Soludo said.

He left the meeting with a poser for his guests, which he said must be discussed at an expanded fora.

"Why can't we have women as Presidents General of communities?" he wondered, and expressed interest in having this conversation, even though he got responses from them already captured in an earlier paper the governor wrote sometime ago.

"We will sure get back to this as promised," Soludo insisted.

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