Awka South Local Government

1000 Housing Units Project for Anambra Workers to Commence Soon at Isiagu -Obiano

01. 1000 Housing Units Project for Anambra Workers to Commence Soon at Isiagu -Obiano

By Kingsley Ezekwelu:

Construction work on the 1000 housing units for civil servants in Anambra State is to commence soon at the Isiagu site of the project in Awka South Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Willie Obiano disclosed this during the 2016 African Public Service Day celebration in Awka. The Day which is celebrated as an annual event in Nigeria is set aside by the African Union (AU) to draw attention to the central and unique role the public service plays in the governance process of member nations.

The celebration which took place at the Jerome Udorji Secretariat Complex in Awka was well attended by civil servants and top government functionaries. It featured paper presentations on various topics as well as presentation of certificates of commendation to some civil servants in recognition of their outstanding performance in the discharge of their official duties during the year.

The Governor noted that workers’ welfare remained a frontline charge for his administration adding that his administration had offset all outstanding payments hindering the commencement of work on the Workers’ Housing Unit Project.

According to him, the contractor handling the project has assured that 200 housing units would be completed within one year of the commencement of construction.

The Governor harped on the need for civil servants in the state to acquaint themselves with the development agenda of his administration pointing out that what was required of them was maximum support and dedication towards building a prosperous Anambra State.

Describing the workers as partners in progress, Governor Obiano reassured them that his administration was committed to meeting its statutory responsibilities to workers even as he promised them of receiving their salaries, leave allowances and another round of bags of rice to mark this year’s Christmas.

The Chairman of the occasion and Provost, Federal College of Education, Technical, Umunze, Prof Josephat Ogbuagu observed that workers in the state have every reason to celebrate due to the Governor’s impressive welfare package for workers which he said has been commended nationwide.

In his address, the Head of Service, Barr. Harry Uduh noted that the state’s civil service has proved to be indispensable in the execution of government’s policies which according to him is a reciprocity for the Governors friendly disposition to them. Barr Uduh stayed that the workers owe the Governor the duty to serve with dedication and to continue to promote his administration’s programmes and policies designed to improve their welfare and that of the entire Ndi Anambra.

Some of the workers honoured at the occasion including a traffic warden at Aroma Junction Awka,  Mr Darlington Ifedioranma and Miss Emetarom Ogoazi of the Deputy Governor’s Office, expressed their happiness for the recognition and said the honour will spur them for greater service and dedication to the state.

Altogether, 35 civil servants across various cadres from Ministries, Departments and Agencies were presented with certificates and gifts in recognition of their distinguished services to the state.

APGA Awka South adopts Gov Obiano

02.APGA Awka South adopts Gov Obiano

By John Ndu

The All Progressive Grand Alliance, Awka South local government Area has adopted Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State as its candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in the state.

The adoption was announced in a mega political rally organized by the party to endorse the governor for a second tenure in office.

The rally which held at the Mini Stadium, Awka was attended by members of the part in the 20 wards in Awka South, other political party loyalties, political office holders,  traditional rulers, religious leaders and many other party stakeholders.

Addressing the crowd, the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano noted that his administration had attracted many investors and other meaningful development geared towards transforming Awka to a befitting state capital.

Governor Obiano revealed that he had finalized every plan to commence the construction of an international Conference Centre with 500,000 seating capacity in Awka

He stated that the state-of-the-art center would be completed by March, 2017 and would accommodate basic facilities that would meet global standards.

The Governor announced that his government had also resolved the challenges of power failure which some communities in Awka and environ were experiencing in the past, saying that a circuit breaker had been installed to provide a permanent solution put to the power challenges.

He however promised to continue implementing his administrative blueprints and to project the state beyond the imagination of critics.

The National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Ike Oye stated that Awka south had been enjoying dividends of democracy since the present administration, adding that it had been transformed into a mega City.

Chief Oye pledged to support Governor Obiano to actualize his dream for second tenure.

The party Chairman in Awka South Local Government Area, Mr Obi Udeoba, pointed out that the Governor had changed the landscape of the local government by attracting meaningful development projects and other facilities that had added to the aesthetic value of the capital city.

Highlights of the occasion were the endorsement of Governor Obiano for continuity in office and reception of new members into the party.

GOVERNOR OBIANO’S EDUCATION FRIENDLINESS LAUDED

03. GOVERNOR OBIANO’S EDUCATION FRIENDLINESS LAUDED

By Mike Ezenwata

The principal of Igwebuike Grammar school, Awka Dr. Raphael Anaekeokwu has appreciated the efforts of the governor Willie Obiano led administration in the promotion of education.

Dr. Anakeokwu who gave the indication while speaking to the press in Awka expressed delight that the school is among the ten schools in the state to receive the supply of some science equipment worth some millions of Naira.

The principal called on the state government to address some challenges facing the school such as the renovation of the school’s examination hall, the overall fencing of the school, and the recruitment of teachers to replace retired ones.

According to him, about one thousand teachers need to be recruited into the civil service to fortify to teaching staff strength.

On promotions, Dr. Anaekeokwu called for promotion of teachers to redress the anomalies of delayed promotions of some teaching staff

CLERIC URGES CHRISTIANS TO EMULATE THE HUMILITY OF JESUS CHRIST

04. CLERIC URGES CHRISTIANS TO EMULATE THE HUMILITY OF JESUS CHRIST

By Mike Ezenwata

The Cathedral Administrator of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka Reverend Father Dr. Mathew Attansi has called on Christians to imitate the humility of Jesus Christ who came as a child over two thousand years ago.

Reverend Father Attansi in his message for the yuletide said Christians are expected to utilize the period for sober reflection

According to the Cathedral Administrator, leaders should lead to leave enduring legacies worthy of emulation.

On his part, Reverend Chinedu Chukwuchebe of the Church of Ascension Anglican Communion Ifite Awka urged Christians to reflect on the mystery of Christmas with a view to making Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives.

Reverend Chukwuchebe used the occasion to appreciate the sound security network put in place by the governor Willie Obiano led administration and urged the governor to remain focused in order to sustain the pace of development in the state.

Contributing, the Provost of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Dr. Mrs. Ego Uzoezie urged the citizenry to maximize  the gains of the yuletide by living a Christ like life, as well as making every day their Christmas.

Dr. Uzoezie appreciated the efforts of governor Obiano in developing the state expecting him to sustain the tempo of development.

IGWEBUIKE GRAMMAR SCHOOL HOLDS CAROL OF NINE LESSONS IN GRAND STYLE

05. IGWEBUIKE GRAMMAR SCHOOL HOLDS CAROL OF NINE LESSONS IN GRAND STYLE

The Catholic Bishop of Awka diocese, Most Reverend Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor has challenged parents to prepare their children as their representatives on earth.

The Bishop who gave the charge at the first climax Action and Christmas carol of nine lessons by the young Catholic students of Igwebuike Grammar School Awka reminded parents of their obligations in the proper upbringing of their children.

Represented by the Episcopal vicar of the Awka Catholic region and the Cathedral Administrator of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Awka, Reverend Father Dr. Mathew Attansi, the Bishop charged the youth to be mindful of their actions which might either lead them to a ripeful old age or cut short their life span.

He called for humility among Christians as God did in sending his only son to be born in a manger.

In a welcome address, the principal of Igwebuike Grammar School Awka, Dr. Raphael Anaekokwu appreciated the efforts of Governor Willie Obiano for championing the cause of the youth in the state.

Dr. Anaekeokwu made a case to the state government for the renovation of the schools examination hall and its fencing.

In a speech, the chairman of the occasion, Sir Lawrence Ekwunife expects the young Catholic students to be worthy ambassadors in promoting probity, excellence and being law abiding in the school and the society at large.

On his part, the immediate past principal of the school and the father of the day, Mr. Gabinus Ukah urged the students of the school to work harder in their academic pursuits.

High light on the occasion was the display of carol of nine lessons by the young catholic students of the college.

A STORY BUILDING DEMOLISHED BY FIRE

05. A STORY BUILDING DEMOLISHED BY FIRE

By Regina Igwebuike

A storey building belonging to sir Evangelizer Bill Ojil family has been gutted by fire with the family unable to save a pin, except the prayer altar where a rosary and 2 holy bibles were kept.

The inferno which occurred on Sunday, April 2 at Umueze Village Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State affected only the upstairs section of the building. The cause of the inferno was attributed to a power surge which affected the stabilizer.

According to an eye witness who happened to be the house help “there was power surge which affected the stabilizer and consequently led to fire outbreak. A thick smoke enveloped the entire building, with tongues of flame leaping high above the smoke. I ran into daddy’s room amidst shouting and woke him from sleep. Daddy woke up with only wrapper he was putting on, searched for his car key to get fire extinguisher in his car but could not find the key.” Neighbors who rushed in to save the building didn’t succeed as the inferno was raging the more.

Several calls were made to the State Fire Service but by the time they arrived the situation was beyond redemption.

Meanwhile, the patriarch and his maid were taking refuge at the parish rectory of St. Mathew’s Parish Amawbia.

NWUBA URGES CIVIL SERVANTS TO MAKE OBIANO’S SECOND TENURE A REALITY.

06.NWUBA URGES CIVIL SERVANTS TO MAKE OBIANO’S SECOND TENURE A REALITY.

By NWOYE CHINYERE, NWOSU OBIANUJU & CHUKWUMA MARYANN C.

The newly appointed Transition Chairman of Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Mr. Leo Nwuba has urged Civil Servants to ensure maximum co operation and support of the second tenure of governor Obiano in order to make it a reality.

Speaking at the secretariat hall while addressing the workers of the Local Government, Mr. Nwuba pleaded with the workers to make themselves available during the forth coming validation of voters card and registration.

He further thanked his Excellency for his support and allowing some revenue windows by which the council sources for funds and promised that his administration would place a special interest in harnessing all the revenue windows in totality.

The transition Chairman admonished the workers to shun absenteeism, truancy and lateness to work as his administration would not tolerate such vices.

Speaking also at the occasion, the Head of Local Government Administration, Dr. Nnamdi Nwadiogbu, acknowledged the changes made by the State Governor as well as the impact the changes have made in the council, adding that, the transition committee has helped in fast tracking the grass root development and that of Anambra State in general. He then assured massive support of the council.

In his speech, the head of Personnel Management Awka South, Comrade Jerry Nnubia commended the State Governor for prompt payment of workers’ salary and for appointing a vibrant and experienced politician as the Chairman of transition committee.

In a vote of thanks, the NULGE Chairman Awka South LGA. Comrade Ikemefuna Nwankwo pleaded with the governor to look into the increment of the Local government workers’ salary as he has promised.

STATE GOVERNMENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CARTER FOUNDATION COMMENCES SENSITIZATION FOR THE PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF TROPICAL DISEASES.

07.STATE GOVERNMENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CARTER FOUNDATION COMMENCES SENSITIZATION FOR THE PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF TROPICAL DISEASES

By Michael Ezenwata

The Anambra State Ministry of Health in partnership with the Carter Foundation has commenced the sanitization exercise in communities for the prevention and management of Neglected Tropical diseases.

The programme of drug distribution has been scheduled to begin as from the month of May this year.

The leader of the Carter Foundation in Awka South Local Government Area, Mr. Emmanuel Obikwelu disclosed this when his team visited the traditional ruler of Nibo His Royal Majesty, Eze Michael Ngene (Ezeike the fourth) at his Nibo palace to inform him about his community’s roles in the exercise.

Mr. Obikwelu stated that the role of communities through their traditional rulers is to select direct drug distributors from their communities, monitor the drugs distribution, and to give incentives to the drugs distributors after the drugs distribution.

The NTD leaders said their mission is to provide preventive therapy including the management of those living with targeted tropical diseases such as Beulah Ulcer, elephantiasis and leprosy.

He advised those living with the diseases to go to the nearest health centres in their villages to register for assistance.

Mr. Obikwelu announced that case management centres for the diseases will be established in the three selected states of Anambra, Zamfara and Kwara after the mapping exercise.

For the Neglected tropical diseases, the NTD leader, further listed diseases targeted for elimination such as River Blindness, elephantiasis, soil transmitted elephantiasis, and schistomiasis which will be fought through the distribution of three different drugs to eliminate them in the state.

According to him, diseases targeted for care management are elephantiasis of the hands and legs, hydrosil (ibi) and leprosy

Responding, the traditional ruler of Nibo, Eze Ngene commended the Carter foundation for the humanitarian free drugs distribution programme which has saved many lives.

Eze Ngene expressed delight for the Sensitization exercise, commended and encouraged the Awka South Chapter of the Carter Foundation led by its leader, Mr. Obikwelu, and others for their efforts.

The royal father however stressed the importance of the exercise and promised not to tolerate any laxity from any staff of health centres in Nibo.

BARRISTER ORANYE CALLS FOR MORE GOVERNMENT’S PRESENCE IN UMUAWULU.

08.BARRISTER ORANYE CALLS FOR MORE GOVERNMENT’S PRESENCE IN UMUAWULU

By Michael Ezenwata

A former deputy chairman for Awka South local government area, Barrister Chike Oranye has called for more state government’s presence in his community, Umuawulu.

Barrister Oranye who spoke to the press at Umuawulu on the needs of the people of the area urged governor Willie Obiano to give accelerated attention to the rehabilitation of the Umuawulu Amaetiti road in Orumba North local government area to enhance the socio-economic development of the affected communities.

He also called for the rehabilitation of the chief Okonkwo Street in Umuawulu.

The former deputy chairman also urged the state government to extend the street light project to Umuawulu to enhance the security of the area at night.

He further called on the state government to facilitate the building of the permanent orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corp located at the Holy Cross high school Umuawulu/Mbaukwu.

According to him, the project site is vast enough to contain all facilities for the orientation camp.

EZEOKAFOR DISTRIBUTES FOOD ITEMS, CASH GIFTS TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED.

09.EZEOKAFOR DISTRIBUTES FOOD ITEMS, CASH GIFTS TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED

 Gloria Anaeze

Although the 2017 Easter festivity has come and gone, over one thousand less privileged and vulnerable within Awka and its environs would forever remain grateful to the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor for donating food items, clothing, and some cash to them.

The less privileged, who cut across various religious denominations included males and females indigent citizens, poor and needy, people with disability, and disadvantaged children, received some cash, clothes, tubers of yam, beans, rice, garri, coconut, onions, among other gifts from Ezeokafor.

Presenting the gifts at St. Patrick Cathedral, the prelate asserted that it was his annual Easter bash aimed at remembering the downtrodden in the society with a view to giving them sense of belonging.

Ezeokafor, while recalling that the Diocese always give out such gifts to same group of people once a month, called on the government, politicians and good hearted individuals to join in making them available to the poor, who according to him are suffering as a result of ill health and economic challenges.

He, however, advised people not to resolve to begging, as he prayed for better economic situation to provide enabling environment for investors to thrive.

While commending the prelate, Very Rev. Fr. Francis Chidume, the Awka Diocesan Chancellor, enjoined other religious leaders to organize similar project to help the vulnerable among them.

On his part, Ebenebe Ernest Onyeka, the Programme Manager of Justice Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC) Awka Diocese, urged politicians to see the Bishop’s project as a better opportunity to reach out to their people.

Some of the beneficiaries, Alice Nkpukpa and Nneka Ezeome, while noting that it was not their first time of receiving spiritual and material blessings from the Bishop, vowed to extend the gifts to neigbours.