Awka South Local Government
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.
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.
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
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.
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.