Anambra East Local Government

Five communities in Anambra Submerged by Flood: ASATU appeals for NEMA, SEMA intervention

01. Five communities in Anambra Submerged by Flood: ASATU appeals for NEMA, SEMA intervention

untitledNo fewer than five rural communities in Anambra state have been submerged by flood, hampering human and vehicular movements in those areas.

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 

POVERTY ERADICATION: AGENCY TRAINS VILLAGE VOLUNTEER CREDIT GROUPS IN ANAMBRA

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.

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Nsugbe Community Lauds Obiano Over Community Project
...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

Umueri Youths lend Support for Obiano's Second Term Bid

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.

Enugwu-Otu Aguleri Gets New Traditional Ruler

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

Inter Communal War Impedes Our Infrastructural Development : Umueri Monarch

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”

VICTIMS OF WINDSTORM CRY OUT FOR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE.

07.VICTIMS OF WINDSTORM CRY OUT FOR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE.

By Nwankwo Chinyere

The victims of windstorm at Igboezunu village, Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area have called on the State Government assistance towards the provision of food and reconstruction of their destroyed houses.

The windstorm which hit the community on the 26th of April, 2017 devastated some pains of the village leaving some buildings damaged.

The State emergency management agency (SEMA) Official who visited the scene of the incident discovered that eighty nine (89) buildings including churches, nursery & primary school, town hall, uncompleted structures and residential buildings were affected. Also on the record was that economic trees and food crops like cassava were destroyed and many people were rendered homeless.

Most of the displaced persons approached by SEMA officials disagreed with the idea of relocating to designated internal displaced persons centers (IDP) but preferred to squat with their kinsmen whose houses were not affected by the storm. They prayed for government’s assistance to enable them bounce back to normal living.

OBIANO'S AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION CONTINUES TO ATTRACT COMMENDATIONS.

08.OBIANO’S AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION CONTINUES TO ATTRACT COMMENDATIONS.

BY LILIAN ONYEKA

The Agricultural Revolution of Governor Willie Obiano has continued to attract commendations from well meaning citizens of the State.

A business man from Nimo in Njikoka Local Government Area, Mr. Charles Odife while speaking to newsmen in Awka said transformation agenda of the current administration has enhanced economic growth, food security and cash circulation.

Mr.  Odife, affirmed that the enabling environment created by Governor Obiano has equally made agriculture very attractive.

In their various contributions the President, Anambra Poultry Farmers Association, Prince Ugochukwu Okpaleke and the Councilor representing Umuoba Anam ward in Anambra East local government Area, Mr. Anthony Nnaluo, maintained that Governor Willie Obiano’ s consistent interventions in the agricultural sector have attracted many youths to the sector, created jobs and enhanced food security.

STATE GOVERNMENT INSTALLS GENE-EXPERT MACHINE FOR TUBERCULOSIS DETECTION AT UMUERI.

09.STATE GOVERNMENT INSTALLS GENE-EXPERT MACHINE FOR TUBERCULOSIS DETECTION AT UMUERI

By AZUKA GRACE U.

Four hundred and twenty-four patience have benefited from the twenty-five surgeries carried out in the 3-days free medical tests at the Umueri General Hospital recently.

The free medical surgeries were conducted by the Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria(MDCAN), Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi Chapter.

This is their 1st edition of the medical out-reach and third(3rd) free medical tests conducted since its approved by Governor Chief Willie Obiano in the hospital from 2014-2016.

Commenting on the free medical exercise the President General of Umueri General Assembly-Chief Pius Okonkwo commended Governor Willie Obiano for the installation of a GENE-EXPERT MACHINE in the hospital.

The machine according to him detected the stages and levels of tuberculosis disease in the body, and it’s to serve the four Local Government communities of Oyi, Anambra East, Anambra West and Ayamelum.

It will be recalled Governor Obiano has installed this machine for the purpose of Ndi Anambra accessing it from any part of the state

OBIANO'S MOTHER BURIAL DETAILS OUT.

10.OBIANO’S MOTHER BURIAL DETAILS OUT.

BY ISIMA STEPHANIE OBIANUJU

Governor Willie Obiano has announced 20th of July, 2017 as the burial ceremony of his mother, Mrs. Christiana Obiano.

According to the schedule released by the family, the burial service will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area by 11am.

The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke noted that Late Mrs. Christiana Obiano who passed away to eternal glory on Friday 2nd of June,2017 at Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital Nnewi, aged 90 years will be missed by many and prayed that God will grant the Governor and the rest of Obiano’s family the fortitude to bear the heavy loss.

The President of South East Amalgamated Trader Association (SEAMATA), Chief Okwuchukwu Ezenwankwo reminded the bereaved family that while they are mourning they should remember to give thanks to God.

GOVERNOR OBIANO RECEIVES MORE SOLIDARITY FROM NDI ANAMBRA

11.GOVERNOR OBIANO RECEIVES MORE SOLIDARITY FROM NDI ANAMBRA

 By Mike Ezenwata

Governor Willie Obiano has continued to receive more messages of support from well meaning citizens of the state as he prepares for his mother’s funeral slated for July 20th this year.

Speaking to the press in Awka, the President general of the Umuoba Anam Community in Anambra East local government area, Barrister Kenneth Meze commiserated with the governor on the loss of the mother and promised to mobilize his people for the burial.

Barrister Meze expressed his implicit trust in the Obiano’s administration and promised to ensure that all their votes will count in favour of the governor during the November 18th governorship election in the state.

On his part, an APGA chieftain, Dr Cyprian Afunugo from Umunachi also commiserated with the governor on the death of his mother and urged him to bear the loss with fortitude.

In their separate reactions, the traditional ruler of Omasi, Igwe Benjamin Okeji and an illustrious son of Nimo Prince Chike Okafor-Agilo sent their condolence message to the governor to take heart over the mother’s death.  They also used the forum to express their support for his purposeful administration.

Gov Obiano clears air on Int'L Airport City...moves to boost agriculture

12.Gov Obiano clears air on Int’L Airport City…moves to boost agriculture

By John Ndu

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has reassured the people of the state that his administration would always promote and invest heavily in agriculture to boost food sufficiency.

Governor Obiano stated this during the 2017 Synod at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Igboezunu Aguleri, in Anambra East.

The Governor said the State under his watch had recorded tremendous successes in the Agricultural sector due to his unprecedented policies which had attracted investors, geared towards reviving the sector to be more viable for socio – economic activities and transforming the state.

He explained that the state was producing 80,000 metric tons of rice in 2014 , but had drastically increased to 245,000 metric tons since his administration, not including the newly commissioned largest integrated Rice Farms in the South East at Ufuma.

Governor Obiano said the Ufuma farm would embark on three planting season to produce 90,000 metric tons annually, to add to the state’s consumption capacity of 300,000 metric tons, by which the state would be sufficient enough to export rice to other countries.

He disclosed that the 2 billion dollars International Airport City attracted by ANSIPPA would encourage economic productivity especially among the people of the state who travel round the world in purchase of goods.

Chief Obiano cleared the air that the ultra modern airport was a tripartite  partnership between the Government of Anambra State, Orient Petroleum Resources Limited and Sinoking Enterprises Investments Limited of China, and would be fully funded by Chinese Company and delivered in three years time.

He added that aside job creation, the Orient Petroleum would supply ATK aviation fuel to international aircraft to further strengthen economic viability.

Delivering his sermon on the theme ” The Power of His Might walking in Victory ”  the Bishop of Asaba diocese, Rt Rev Emeka Muogekwu charged Christians to be more dedicated to God and refrain from devious and ungodly activities that would mar their relationship with God.

Also reacting, the Bishop of Niger West, His Lordship, Rt Rev Johnson Ekwe commended Governor Obiano for his leadership prowess and ingenuity in piloting the affairs of the state.

Nwoye, Oduah, others should endorse Obiano - Odunze

13.Nwoye, Oduah, others should endorse Obiano – Odunze

By John Ndu

A one time governorship aspirant in Anambra State, Dr Okechukwu Odunze has beckoned on all politicians, especially those from Anambra North Senatorial zone to embrace the transformation agenda of the present administration, as APGA led government has extended its hands of fellowship to receive and accommodate all.

Dr Odunze who is also a grassroot mobiliser disclosed this during a town hall meeting at Umueri town hall, in Anambra East local government.

The meeting comprised all the critical stakeholders across parties in Anambra North senatorial zone.

While explaining further, Dr Odunze charged the member representing Anambra East and West in the House of Representatives, Hon Tony Nwoye and the member representing Anambra North Senatorial Zone, Senator Stella Oduah to endorse Governor Willie Obiano, following his giant achievements across the state.

He advised the duo to clasp firmly the present administration and evade any calamitous plan by other political gladiators, whose stock in trade had been to ensure political black out in the state.

The political mobiliser revealed that Governor Obiano’s achievements within the three years of his administration had projected the state to a positive direction and improved the standard of living of the populace.

Odunze who regretted different degrees of marginalisation Igbos are facing, called on all meaningful individuals in the state, to clinch APGA government for the maximum interest of Igbos.

He bemoaned that some Igbo leaders had crippled the oneness that had been existing among Igbo communities, and as well devalued their cultural heritage, saying that such value system is enshrined only in APGA Government.

The political bulldozer charged the big fishes in a small pond to refrain from skating on thin ice, but sheathe their sword and embrace Governor Obiano led government, for the general interest of Ndi Anambra.