Anambra West 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.

Nzam Community Elects New Traditional Ruler

02. Nzam Community Elects New Traditional Ruler

The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has presented a Certificate of Recognition to the newly elected traditional ruler of Nzam, Anambra West local government Area, Igwe John Nwachukwu Oguguo.

The ceremony which took place at the Governor’s Lodge attracted the people of Nzam community, traditional rulers, including the Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council, HRM Igwe Alfred Achebe, the traditional ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu, and other political appointees.

Presenting the certificate, Governor Obiano said the election of the new Igwe was in accordance with the statutory provisions of customary laws.

According to the Governor ” the presentation is in accordance with the Traditional Rulers Act of 1981, which made me fully satisfied that you, HRM Igwe John Nwachukwu Ogugua of Nzam community in Anambra West Local Government Area, has been duly elected and presented to me by the people of the community. In accordance with the customary law and usages of the town or community and in line with provisions of section 4, 5, 6 of the Traditional Rulers Law of 1981, I am satisfied that you had been accordingly recognized as the traditional head of Nzam. “

Governor Obiano urged Igwe Oguguo to maintain peaceful co-existence among the people of the community, adding that the state government would always render a helping hand in attracting development to the community.

In his address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Greg Obi who described Governor Obiano as an ambassador of peace noted that the governor placed premium in the peace of the state, especially in matters of tradition to ensure there would be no delay in resolving any crises.

Mr. Obi said the election of the new traditional ruler was in accordance with the Traditional Rulers’ Act and also in line with every due processes including security screening by the State Security Service (SSS).

He however admonished the new Igwe not to use his office to victimise or perpetuate any kind of impunity that is forbidden by custom.

Equally speaking, the Chairman of Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council, HRM, Igwe Alfred Achebe who attributed the new Igwe’s victory to God, stressed that the governor had made every necessary arrangements to ensure there was peace during the election, through provision of adequate security and other logistics for the election.

In his reaction, the newly elected traditional ruler, HRM Igwe John Nwachukwu Oguguo maintained that the his new position was an opportunity to serve his people and work towards attracting those meaningful infrastructural development which his community had been denied of, especially the minority areas of Igala.

Also in her speech, the wife of the new traditional ruler, Dr. Mrs Gloria Oguguo said she would always ensure the welfare of women in his community and provide adequate support to maintain excellent academic record by sending their children to schools, especially those in riverine areas.

By John Ndu



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