Aniocha South Local Government of Delta State has said the execution of capital projects in the Council Area, even in the face of zero allocation from the Federation Accounts, is a product of long term planning.
The Chairman of the Council, Hon Pastor Jude Chukwunwike, who stated this at Ogwashi-Uku on Friday at the commissioning of three projects executed by his administration, pointed out that the staff of the Council had been paid their salaries up to November, while that of December would soon be paid.
The projects are the Council Chapel and Main Gate at the secretariat, and a Modern Abattoir at the Ogwashi-Uku market.
Pastor Chukwunwike said he believed in planning ahead, which had helped him in running the Council since he came to power in March, 2021, adding that while most of the Local Governments were struggling to pay their workers, with little or no funds left for capital projects, the case of Aniocha South was different.
He said the choice of projects in the area was determined by the felt needs of the people, explaining that beyond being a clergyman, the Council Chapel was built to serve as a point of contact between God and the workforce, and as a place to draw inspiration and seek divine solutions to challenges.
The Aniocha South Council Chairman said the Abattoir at the Ogwashi-Uku market was in a sorry state at the inception of his administration, which necessitated its upgrade to a befitting status with modern facilities, to make it environmentally safe and healthy for slaughtering.
The Aniocha South Council Chairman hinted that the water scheme, which was commissioned at Ubulu-Uku on Thursday, was sited there because the community last had a clean source of water some 30 years ago.
Pastor Chukwunwike appealed to the beneficiaries of the projects to take ownership of them, ensure their proper maintenance, jealousy guard them against vandalism and put them to good use.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Hon Godspower Asuiwhu, who commissioned the Abattoir, commended Pastor Chukwunwike for providing the facility, in line with environmental best practices, describing him as a prudent manager of resources for the well-being of his people.
Earlier, while commissioning the Council Chapel, the State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Affairs, Senior Apostle Sylvanus Okorote, thanked the Council Chairman for appreciating the need to build a house of God, where he, the management and staff of the Council would be seeking divine intervention in the affairs of man and the Council.