Anambra State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, has inaugurated the state elders’ council to assist him in the administration of the state.
Chairman of the Council and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has also set a three-point agenda as premise of operation of the council.
This includes security of lives and property, development of the state and concerns about its role in coordinating the growth and development of the wider southeast zone.
Inaugurating the elders at the Governor’s lodge, Amawbia, the Governor reminded them that the advice and encouragement of elders will make for transparent administration as well as ensuring that the state stays on course in good governance.
The elders, who were drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state and have minimum of two sittings per year, are to be led by Chief Anyaoku.
They are expected to join in advising the state government on major matters relating to resolution of conflicts, as well as assisting in running a transparent government.
Mr Obiano also stated that the overall idea also includes the elders taking interest in arming the public with clear information on government’s initiatives.
He assured the council that his administration would not leave them in the dark in its decisions and policies, rather it would ensure a responsive and responsible model of governance.
Chief Anyaoku commended the Governor for reconstituting the council, while pointing out that he had acted as a true African by tapping into the wisdom of the elders as they are indeed repositories of wisdom and experience.