By Precious Ukeje
Kwechiri N’oganiru Anambra, a youth group concerned with good governance and accountability, Thursday, February 4, 2021, visited the office of the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese on the Niger, Rt Rev. Dr Owen Chiedozie Nwokolo, to seek his blessings and input towards their arrangements to ensure the emergence of an accountable candidate in the coming gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
Following this, was a briefing by the group on how they intended to sustain good governance in Anambra State, with hopes to widen their scope across Nigeria.
Emerging plans, according to Nigeria Mbachu, coordinator of the group, include having the candidates for the November 6 election sign a pact with them concerning issues which included conduct of local government elections every two years, rejigging of educational infrastructure, human and capital development, and accountable governance.
They said whoever emerged the governor would be held to account following the contents of the pact made with the group to ensure proper alignment with the will of the electorate.
Mbachu also said they planned to visit local communities where an appreciable number of voters resided with the aim of educating them on the need to hold the government and its agencies accountable. Also, messages of togetherness would be carried to them.
Rt Rev. Nwokolo, who received them in his office at Onitsha, said they were in pursuit of a good cause, such that was expected of every well-meaning citizen of Anambra State and Nigeria at large.
He lamented what he described as decadence in governance, which, he said, was rooted in greed and religious cum doctrinal biases, and charged them to include attitudinal change projects to that effect.
While expressing optimism for the development of Anambra State, the cleric encouraged the team in their pursuit and informed them that it was not a journey which they should always expect a smooth sail. He added that love for one another would be a pillar for achieving their goals.
Ụzọr Enzo Nzeribe, Anambra South coordinator of the group, for his part, said the Bishop touched a vital point of love among Ndị Anambra and Nigerians generally as a solid platform for achieving their goals.
Nzeribe added that they aimed at a massive public enlightenment as a means of reaching people in the local communities with their message.
Emmanuel Obieze, Anambra Central coordinator, and Ezechukwuma Chibuikem Amadi, legal adviser, who also made comments during the visit, appreciated Bishop Nwokolo for receiving them and more so, for lending his voice to the call for good governance.
The duo restated the commitment of the Kwechiri N’oganiru Anambra group to massively spread the message of hope and the need to hold elected authorities to account. They also assured the cleric that their eyes were on the ball.