Anambra East Local Government
01. Five communities in Anambra Submerged by Flood: ASATU appeals for NEMA, SEMA intervention
The President General of the Association of Anambra State Town Unions (ASATU), Dr JAP Okolo raised the alarm Wednesday in Awka, the Anambra State Capital.
He said that the communities mostly affected in the riverine areas of the State are Eziagulu Otu Aguleri, Mmiata Anam , Umuoba Abegbu Anam, Iyiora Anam and Umueze Anam, adding that water Hyacinth weeds in Omambala river which traverses Anambra East and West Local Government Areas and empties into the River Niger impedes efforts by residents of the area to evacuate their farm produce to the upland areas.
He therefore called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Anambra state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist in clearing the waterways of Riverine communities in Anambra East and Anambra West local government areas of water Hyacinth to enable them evacuate to upland areas.
Okolo said, the water Hyacinth covers a stretch of some 40kilometers on the Ezichi ,Oda River waterways from Eziagulu Otu Aguleri through other coastal communities.
He said the people could not come out because of the inability of boats to move on the weeds which had taken over the waterways.
“People of Anambra East and West cannot come out and they need the intervention of the SEMA and NEMA to be able to be evacuated”, he said.
By OBI RIKASON
02. POVERTY ERADICATION: AGENCY TRAINS VILLAGE VOLUNTEER CREDIT GROUPS IN ANAMBRA
The International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted Rural Finance Institution Building Programme (RUFIN) has organized a two day training programme for formation of Village Savings Credit Groups in rural communities in Anambra State.
Speaking at the forum organized at the headquarters of the state Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, the State Project Coordinator, Rufin, Mrs Uzoamaka Emeagwali stated that the programme was organized to equip the participants with the skills to mobilize and sensitize rural farmers especially women on accessing agricultural credits from micro finance banks and non-governmental organizations.
Mrs Emeagwali further stated that the programme was designed to reduce poverty in rural communities especially in localities where credit facilities are not easily accessible; pointing out that the volunteer groups would train the rural women on techniques of saving funds for agricultural purposes.
Also speaking at the occasion, Lydia Ameh, a representative of Central Programme Management Unit (CPMU) Rufin, Abuja and a facilitator at the workshop urged participants to diligently disseminate the information and skills they received to the unreached poor rural women, pointing out that they are the vehicles for effecting a change and achieving the state’s goal to eradicate poverty in rural communities.
A participant at the training, Mrs. Okafor Blessing, Chairperson, Ifunaya Women from Anyamelum Local Government Area, urged other participants to successfully step down the training at their various villages as it has great potentials for women,citing herself as a beneficiary of the scheme and has successfully introduced other women to the scheme in Anyamelum local government area.
At the training, participants were taken through various topics such as definition of volunteers, roles and responsibilities of a volunteer, good mobilization and sensitization techniques, good record keeping skills amongst other topics.
Some of the micro finance banks and NGOs in attendance were Care for the physically Challenged and Bank of Agriculture Rural Business Initiative, (BOARBI).
Participants were drawn from Awka North, Anyamelum, Orumba North, Anambra East and Idemili South local government areas.
...says no vacancy in 2017
03. Nsugbe Community Lauds Obiano Over Community Project
…says no vacancy in 2017
It was celebration galore in Nsugbe community in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State as thousands of people trooped out en-mass to witness the flag-off by the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, of the construction of a modern civic center that would promote the socio economic growth of the community.
The event attracted the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Oye, the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Rita Mmaduagwu, members of the State House of Assembly including the member representing Anambra East in the State House of Assembly, Hon Obinna Emenaka,APGA stakeholders and other political office holders.
Addressing the people, Governor Willie Obiano commended them on their choice of project, assuring that when completed, it would be a state of the art project with modern facilities.
Governor Obiano promised that the project would be completed before January next year, adding that his administration had concluded plans to construct the one kilometer road leading to the community.
In his address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Greg Obi said that since assumption of office by Governor Obiano, Nsugbe community witnessed tremendous government’s presence as exemplified in such projects as the renovation of five classroom blocks in the town’s secondary school, provision of 500 and 300 KVA transformers in the Nwafor Orizu College of Education, provision of 3 solar powered water boreholes among others.
The Commissioner said the civic center when completed would have capacity to accommodate 300 people, five office blocks with a library, toilet facilities and a provision that make the centre accessible by physically challenged persons.
In his reaction, the member representing Anambra East Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon Obinna Emenaka observed that since Obiano emerged as the Governor of the state, Anambra State has become a reference point for measuring the indices of development in all the states in Nigeria.
Hon Emenaka cited that section 182 (1b) of the Nigerian Constitution gave constitutional rights for all governor’s to seek second tenure, saying that there is no vacancy in 2017 in Anambra State.
Hon Emenaka noted that adequate provisions have been made in the budget for Nsugbe community and indeed all communities in the state to benefit from the state government’s development initiatives. He however commended the Governor for his unprecedented development of the state adding that by the choose-your-project initiative of the Obiano administration, no community in the state will claim to have been neglected in the development plan of the present administration.
In his address, the President General of Nsugbe town union, Engr Obiorah Uyadi requested the Governor to incorporate indigenes of the community in the newly constituted governing council of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe.
While expressing profound gratitude to Governor Obiano, the President General pleaded with the Governor to make provisions for the perimeter fencing of the only Community High School in Nsugbe.
By John Ndu
04. Umueri Youths lend Support for Obiano’s Second Term Bid
By Nwegbo Ifeanyi .C.
The youths of Umueri Community in Anambra East LGA have joined millions of Ndi Anambra to give their support to Governor Willie Obiano’s second term bid.
The youths numbering over 1500 recently went on a solidarity visit to the governor and his wife Chief Ebelechukwu Obiano at their residence in Aguleri, Anambra East LGA.
Governor Obiano while receiving them assured the youths that his administration will continue to embark on more development projects in the state particularly in the area of roads construction and other infrastructure that will impact positively on the lives of the people.
The wife of the governor, Chief Ebelechukwu Obiano who also spoke during the visit assured the youths that the governor will continue to carry them along. She said that the 3 flyovers which the Obiano administration constructed in the state capital has given Awka a new look. She said that a new bridge has also been constructed across Enugu-Otu Aguleri, and urged the youths to continue their support for governor Obiano to enable him continue his good works in the state.
The former Chairman of Anambra East LGA, Hon. Hillary Udanoh who spoke on the occasion described Governor Obiano as a good leader, and called for total support for his administration.
The president Umueri National Youth Forum, Mr. Chibuzo Ekwenye commended the governor for developing all sectors of the state economy. He also promised him the support of Umueri youths.
A stakeholder in the area, Mr Elias Isiagu said that he will support the governor for making roads in the area passable.
05.Enugwu-Otu Aguleri Gets New Traditional Ruler
The Anambra State Government has presented Certificate of recognition to the traditional ruler of Enugwu Otu Aguleri, Igwe Emmanuel Obiora.
The certificate presentation took place at the governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
Presenting the certificate, Governor Said ” the presentation is in accordance with the traditional rulers Act of 1981, which made fully satisfied that you HRH, Igwe Emmanuel Obiora of Enugwu Otu Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area, has been duly elected and presented to me by the people of the said community, town. In accordance with the customary law and usages of the town, community and in provisions of section 4, 5, 6 of the traditional law of 1981 do hereby satisfied that you had been accordingly been recognized by me as the traditional head of Enugwu Otu Aguleri ”
Governor Obiano said his government is committed to promoting peace in communities across the state hence its efforts at resolving leadership crisis in the communities.
He urged the traditional ruler to utilize the certificate to reconcile all aggrieved members of the community, reminding him that he is the leader of everybody.
Earlier the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union matters, Mr Greg Obi noted that every lawful procedure was observed in selecting the new traditional ruler and reminded him of the need to always support the government.
In an admonition, the traditional ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu called on people of Enugwu Otu Aguleri to rally round the traditional ruler to be able to succeed.
Responding, the new traditional ruler, Igwe Obiora thanked the state government for recognizing him and promised to lead his people with fairness and justice.
Presentation of the certificate and performance by a cultural troupe from the community formed the Highpoints of the event.
By John Ndu
06.Inter Communal War Impedes Our Infrastructural Development : Umueri Monarch
Gloria Anaeze Onitsha
The newly elected traditional ruler of Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area, Anambra state, Igwe Benneth Emeka,has expressed regrets that his community has a long way to go in terms of infrastructural development due to inter communal war between them and their brother town, Aguleri coupled with the fact that they were without a monarch for 21 years.
Disclosing this when the Onitsha Federal Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists paid him a courtesy visit in his palace, Igwe Emeka emphasized on his interest to ensure unity and peace within the community and their neighbouring communities
According to him, “The 1995 war between us and our brother, Aguleri brought us back, for 21 years no monarch. We need development.
“We need the Governor’s assistance, he is our brother and within three years he has done very well and deserves return”
He revealed that the devastating effect of the war is still telling on most families and they have not been able to recover from the shock and trauma it caused.
On the Igweship crisis which also worsened the situation he stated that, “there is now a new constitution which says that when a traditional ruler dies the community would be informed after three months and the burial ceremony comes up after six months to avoid prolong burial and presentation of a new monarch”
Igwe Emeka who was elected because of his philanthropic gesture single handedly built the Cathedral church of St Gabriel at Umueri in 2007, including hospital, construction of a five-classroom bloc and graded most of the major roads and he built also the town hall at Portharcourt which
yearly yields about #4million to the community.
Speaking also on the crisis rocking the state House of Assembly he said, ” thereis no reason to have crisis there because majority if not all are
members of APGA and we have waded into the matter and it is being solved”