Awka North Local Government
01. 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.
02 AMANSEA COMMUNITY CELEBRATES NEW YAM IN GRAND STYLE.
By Mike Ezenwata
The Amansea community in Awka North Local Government Area has celebrated their new yam festival showcasing the Igbo rich cultural heritage.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion included the deputy governor of the state, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the deputy speaker of the state house of Assembly, Right Honourable Barrister Harford Oseke, other members of the state house of Assembly, the APGA national chairman, Dr. Victor Oye, and his predecessor in office, Chief Sir. Victor Umeh, the traditional ruler of Nawfia, HRH Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, his Umueje counterpart, Igwe Elias Nneli, other traditional rulers, among other guests.
The traditional ruler of Amansea, Igwe Kenneth Okonkwo performed the Iwaji rites and gave his royal blessings to his subjects and invitees.
Speaking during the occasion, the member representing Awka North constituency in the State House of Assembly and the younger brother to the traditional ruler, Prince Boniface Okonkwo spoke on the significance of the New Yam Festival, and its cultural imperatives.
Prince Okonkwo spoke of Amansea as the food basket of the state, and the need for Agriculture to be given its pride of place. According to the lawmaker, Nigeria should cease to practice mono-economy which centers on oil and embrace agriculture, production and manufacturing.
On his part, the special adviser to the governor on political matters, Comrade Chinedu Obidigwe also spoke of the place of the yam in enhancing the socio-economic development of any community.
Comrade Obidigwe commended governor Willie Obiano’s administration for its agricultural policy which he said is the best in Nigeria and the world at large.
The special adviser commended his administration as a working one.
AWKA JOINS OTHER COMMUNITIES TO CELEBRATE NEW YAM
The Awka community has also celebrated its new yam festival with its traditional ruler Obi Gibson Nwosu performing the rites with an announcement that the community known for its celebration of the Iro Otite has modified it to join the other communities in the state to celebrate the yam.
To this end, he said the Awka new yam festival is to be held every last Saturday in October henceforth.
On his part, the Ezeuzu Palace Secretary, Chief Emma Nwike welcomed the modernization in the Iwa ji Awka as a step in the right direction.
Contributing, a member of the Ezeuzu royal cabinet and the chief medical director of the Ifebi Medical Centre Dr. Ernest Ifebi felicitated with the Ezeuzu and expressed delight that the problems in Awka town are gradually being addressed.
Others who also felicitated with Obi Gibson Nwosu and spoke on the cultural inperatives of the yam included the traditional ruler of Ugbenu, Igwe Lawrence Egwuonwu, Chiefs Innocent Okoli, Ken Obiora, Emmanuel Modozie, and the traditional Prime minister of Ebenebe, Chief Joe Nwegwu.
03. AWKA NORTH T.C CHAIRMAN DONATES SALARY TO THE LESS PRIVILEGE
BY ISIMA STEPHANIE OBIANUJU.
The Transition Committee Chairman of Awka North Local Government Area of Anambar State, Hon. Lawrence Emeka Onwuzuka has donated all the salaries that would accrue him throughout his tenure to the less privilege in the community.
He announced this gesture during the meeting of All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) stakeholders of Awka North at the council secretariat Achalla.
While addressing the stakeholders, the Chairman made it known to the Government Appointees, Party Faithful, and traditional rulers that his appointment as the transition committee chairman is to serve the people and also alleviate the suffering of the masses.
Hon. Onwuzuka stated that his source of income would sustain him and his family, hence the donation of his wages to those that needed it most. He disclosed that the beneficiaries would be drawn from all the wards in the ten communities that made up the Local Government Area.
The Chairman said that apart from the less privileged, he is also extending the legacy to all the ward party chairmen and some Local Government party executives in Awka North, explaining that it would enable them to serve in their various positions optimally.
In their separate speeches, the Special Adviser on Security Matters, Hon. Chikaodi Anara and the Chairman of Anambra State Housing Development Corporation, Hon. G. C. Ezenagu thanked the Council Boss for his kind gesture, saying that it is a fit that has never seen before since the creation of Awka North. They advised people of the area to come out en-mass to register for the ongoing voters registration exercise, stating that, would help boost the voting strength of the council area so they could be able to elect more people like Hon. Lawrence Emeka Onwuzuka.
The State Auditor of APGA , Hon. Nchekwube Anthony enumerated some of the challenges people encounter during the voters validation exercise and ways to mitigate them, charging the party ward chairmen to mobilize people of their wards to come out and register.
04. PG UKPO LAUDS GOVERNOR OBIANO’S GRASSROOT DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
By Mike Ezenwata
The President General of the Ukpo Improvement Union, retired group captain Benson Okoye has disclosed that his community has properly been sensitized on the need for all eligible voters to participate in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise.
Group captain Okoye who spoke to the Press in Awka on the importance of the exercise expects all those who have not yet registered to take advantage of the ongoing exercise to get registered at the council’s headquarters at Ukpo.
The president general used the forum to commend governor Willie Obiano for introducing the Twenty Million Naira choose- your- community project for the 181 communities in the state of which the Ukpo community chose the civic centre project which is at the roofing stage.
He further thanked the Obiano administration for aptly wadding into the crises between the Ukpo and Abagana communities which have been brought under control occasioning peace and tranquility in the Ukpo community.
Group captain Benson further felicitated with the newly inaugurated ASATU national executive pledging his total support to their aspirations and expecting them to continue from where their predecessor’s stopped.
On the nation’s eighteen years of uninterrupted democracy the president general regretted that so many challenges are frustrating the nation’s democracy and urged the federal government to address the needs of some pressure groups in the country whose agitations stem from the marginalization of their ethnic nationalities.
05.Awka North LGA Transition chairman Initiates Poverty Alleviation Scheme For elderly Women
By John Ndu
The Awka North L.G.A Transition Chairman Mr. Emeka Onwuzuka announced the first phase of the poverty alleviation programme organised for elderly women in the council area.
Mr. Onwuzuka made the announcement in a reception organised recently in his honour by the women of umuozede village.
Addressing the excited mothers, the chairman announced the donation of commuter bus to the rural women.
According to the chairman his intention to initiate the scheme using the commuter bus is to enable the women to be directly in charge of the programme.
Speaking further Mr. Onwuzuka stated that, the proceeds from the bus will be shared to the women in turns, every six months and will be brought down to three months depending on the viability of the route the bus will ply.
He enjoined the women to continue to support his administration and that of Governor as Dr Willie Obiano.
In a remark the Chairman of Anambra State Housing Development Cooperation Chief Godson Ezenaga extolled the Achalla women for the unity that thrives among them.
He admonished the women to support the APGA government in any election conducted in the state.
06.HON. ONWUZUKA REDEEMS HIS PLEDGE AS HE DINTES HIS SALARY TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED
BY ISIMA STEPHANIE OBIANUJU.
The Transition Chairman of Awka North, Hon. Lawerance .E. Onwuzuka has redeemed his pledge to the indigent people of Awka North by donating his salary to the less privileged in the council area.
He handed over his stipends to the widows, aged people, the sick and very poor individuals that could not feed themselves at the Council Secretariat Achalla in Awka North Local Government Area.
Other beneficiaries were the ward chairmen of APGA in Awka North and Local Council Executives of APGA, assuring them that the deed would be replicated until his appointment as the chairman elapses.
Hon. Onwuzuka requested for their prayers and support to the present Government, reminding them how necessary and important for them to register their voters card as the exercise continues at the INEC at Secretariat Achalla.
The Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, Hon. John Nwokoye applauded the chairman for his kind gesture, saying that he has never seen such before and advised the beneficiaries to always remember him in prayers.