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.
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