Anambra West 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. 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
03. INNOMA,UKWALLA AND OROMA ETITI GET SKILL AQUISITION CENTERS.
By Aniedozie Onyebuchi Kennedy
The wife of the Governor of Anambra State,Her Excellency,Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano has commissioned the skill acquisition center in Innoma, Ukwalla and Oroma Etiti during her visit to Anambra west local government area.
In her speech, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano said that the skill centers will bring development and job creation to the rural areas so that youths will be engaged in different skills, ranging from tailoring,computer,catering, beadmaking,hair dressing,vulcanizing etc, stressing that after their training they would be empowered to start on their own.
The commissioner for social welfare, children and women affairs,Dr Mrs Victoria Chikwelu,commended the wife of the Governor,Chief mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano for being youth and women friendly. “Not only that she is taking care of the mentally ill at Nteje through her Ngo (CAFE ) she has directed that other skill aquisition centers should be created at Anaku in Ayamelem Local government area,and also at Enugu otu, Aguleri , mkpunando in Anambra east.As l am talking with you now those skill centers have started operation in these areas, ” Dr. Chikwelu noted.
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of sewing machines, soap making equipment, vulcanizing machines, computers, printers, photocopiers, dryers, oven, gas cooker, kitchen utensils, popcorn oven and generating set to the skill centres.
04.Religious Leaders Extolled For Championing Development in Rural Areas
Religious Leaders have been commended for championing the cause of the masses especially those living in the rural areas through engaging in various developmental projects in other to improve the living standards of rural dwellers.
This commendation was made by the Anambra State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Ozoemena during a courtesy/advocacy visit to the Arch Bishop of Mbamili Diocese Anglican Communion Bishop Henry Okeke at the Bishop’s court Umuikwu Anam in Anambra west Local government of Anambra State.
Mr. Ozoemena who described the Arch Bishop Okeke as a passionate and God sent to Umuikwu Anam and Anambra west in general due to the numerous developmental projects he embarked upon, and his zealous in ensuring that development gets to the hinterlands of this local council.
The NOA Director stated that, aim of the visit was to encourage the Arch bishop on his good works in Anambra West and as well solicits for the Arch Bishops support in sensitizing the rural dwellers about government activities and programmes like the continuous voters registration, the change mantra of the federal government, and the need for religious harmony. “the aim of coming here is you the Arch Bishop, being the mouth piece of the people, can help us propagate the change mantra of the federal government to the people as well as people to know the importance of living in peace and also inculcate in them this ideas of always striving to do the right thing all the time. Also people to avail themselves of getting registered in the ongoing voter registration in the whole federation”. He therefore appreciate all the efforts of the Arch Bishop and pray that God will continue to protect and guide him and give him more wisdom.
On the voter registration exercise currently going on across the federation, Arch Bishop Okeke described the exercise as a shamble, saying that INEC should decentralize the process so that people of rural areas can participate actively. He therefore thanked the NOA Director and the team for the visit and encouraged them to sensitize our politicians the more, so that they would understand what leadership entails, so that rural dwellers can feel the impact on their lives.
In his vote of thanks, the Director of Programs in NOA Sir Joseph Uchendu thanked Arch Bishop Okeke, and promised that NOA will continue to do his best in the areas of orientation and sensitization of our people.
Meanwhile teachers in Anambra west local council have expressed their joy and happiness to the administration of Chief Willie Obiano, saying that his administration has been the best, since the creation of this state. They made this assertion when our correspondent visited some of the schools in Anambra west to distribute copies of national light newspaper to principals and teachers. They described Obiano as a man sent by God to lead his people to the Promised Land. They thanked the Governor for constant pay of their salaries and as when due, and pleaded that he look into teachers promotions and increase in their salaries. They promised to make sure that his Excellency is returned so as to complete numerous works and projects he has started in the state. Schools visited include, comprehensive secondary school Nzam, community secondary school Umueze Anam, community secondary school Mmiata among other schools.
05.No vacancy yet till 2022- Hon Cliff!
By Igboanugo Felix
An APGA chieftain and the former Supervisor for Education and Social Development in Anambra West local Council of Anambra State, Hon Cliff Nneli has declared that there is no vacancy in the State government House till 2022.
Speaking at his country home at Umuoba-Abegu/ Anam, Hon Nneli said this would allow His Excellency Chief Obiano to implement and complete his missions to Ndi Anambra. Hon cliff who described Obiano’ administration as the most perfect and consistent and in line with the aspirations and expectations of Ndi Anambra, stated that he has been able to provide the most needed dividend of democracy to Ndi Anambra in the last three years.
He stated that the administration of Chief Obiano has recorded numerous achievements in the last three years ranging from infrastructural development like roads rehabilitation and constructions, education, agriculture etc. and Awka the capital city which happened to be ‘Glorified Hamlet’ is today shinning and competing among the best and most beautiful capital cities in Nigeria, adding that he should be allowed to complete what he has started. Hon Cliff also stated that today Obiano administration has re-awakened and recreated our interest in agriculture especially the youths through the Anambra rice and export of vegetables outside the shores of this country thereby creating job opportunities for our youths.
On the 20 million naira community choose a project, Hon Nneli described it as awesome and a commendable step saying that it is an approach to get development to the grassroots and avenue for communities to have a sense of belonging in the activities of governance. ‘it is the first of its kind in the history of this State and the first time a Governor of any State in the whole federation is saying let the communities choose and money is given out to them to execute projects depending on their priorities’, so the step is quite commendable”, Nneli said.
He congratulated His Excellency Chief Obiano for his numerous awards, describing him as a visionary leader understands what leadership entails. He however appealed to the governor him to reactivate and reawake his security networks in other to control some criminalities currently experienced in some parts of Onitsha,ogbaru and nnewi. He therefore advised Ndi Anambra especially those vying to contest with Apokuedike to have a rethink and join hands with his administration to make Anambra great again.
06.N20 NAIRA COMMUNITY CHOOSE-YOUR-PROJECT INITIATIVE!MOST GRASSROOTS ORIENTED PG NZAM
By Igboanugo Felix
The twenty million Naira community choose –a- project by His Excellency Dr. Willie Obiano is the most outstanding, Innovative and Grassroots oriented initiative ever embark by any administration since the creation of Anambra State.
These are exact words and the depositions of Mr. Patrick Ugboja during a telephone chart with him. Mr. Patrick who is the president general of Nzam community in Anambra West LGA OF Anambra State stated that the Governor’s ideas is most commendable which would ensure that development gets to the grassroots, saying that through the initiative nzam as a community today has an ultra-modern civil center as well as ultra-modern customary court of appeal. The Nzam pg. stated that his community has started the process of applying for the second phase of the project.
The PG Ugboja who describe Governor Obiano as a ‘FATHER’, stated that the administration in the last three years has been a revelation to Ndi Anambra owning to his dynamic and visionary leadership styles which today makes people especially Anambrairansthat democracy is actually government of the people by the people and the for the people. He therefore prayed God to strengthen him more with wisdom so as to provide more quality and purposeful leadership to Ndi Anambra for the next five years.