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

06. 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.

07.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.

08.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.

09.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.

10.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.

EZEONOGHA, OTHERS CALL FOR THE PROMOTION OF IGBO LANGUAGE AND CULTURE.

11.EZEONOGHA, OTHERS CALL FOR THE PROMOTION OF IGBO LANGUAGE AND CULTURE.

BY MICHAEL EZENWATA
 An Awka based industrialist from Umuawulu, Chief Tochukwu Ezeonagha has called for the promotion of Igbo language and culture for the Socio-Economic development of the Igbo race.
 
Chief Ezeonagha who spoke to the press during a cultural event in Umuawulu stressed that the challenges facing the Igbo culture should be tackled through giving enough priority to the usage of the language in vital circumstances and promoting positive cultural values through entertainment and societal recognition.
 
He expects that the positive cultural imperative imbibe in Ozo title taking and  aged grades be highlighted to promote the Igbo culture.
 
Chief Ezeonagha commended Governor Willie Obiano for his good governance which has made him eminently qualified to be re-elected for a second term in office.
 
On his part, the deputy speaker of the state house of Assembly, Right Honourable Harford Oseke an advocate of the promotion of Igbo language and culture stressed the need for Igbo to embrace their culture for the promotion of their heritage.
 
 
In his contributing, the traditional Prime Minister of the Umuawulu Community, Dr. Emma Ezenwaji spoke of the importance of inculcating  in  the upcoming generation, the values of speaking their mother tongue.
 
Dr. Ezenwaji used the opportunity to extol the security network of the Obiano administration and used the forum to ask politicians aspiring for the forth coming governorship election in the state to accept defeat in good fate if they loose.
 
Other personalities advocate who the promotion of Igbo language and culture include Ozo Ikechukwu Nkala from Umuawulu who has concluded his full Ozo title rites, professor Reuben Udeozor from Nibo, Chief Marcel Ekweozo from Umuawulu, Chiefs Emmanuel Umeanu and Eric Uchendu.
 

TRADERS TO BENEFIT MORE FROM ANAMBRA CARGO AIRPORT-NWANKWO

13.TRADERS TO BENEFIT MORE FROM ANAMBRA CARGO AIRPORT-NWANKWO

BY UZO UGWUNZE

A frontline businessman and president of building materials international market, ogidi Chief Jude Nwankwo has attributed the friendly business environment in Anambra State to the various development initiatives of the present administration.

Chief Nwankwo said that it was rather unfortunate that the country was facing hard times due to economic recession but Governor Obiano has not relented in trying to provide democracy dividends for the people of Anambra state, adding that the governor has provided an enabling environment which has attracted investors to come and partner with the government to boost the economy of the South East.

Nwankwo described the Airport project as the greatest  democracy dividend to the people of south east which were predominantly traders. He said that it would not only boost the economic activities but would generate employment opportunities in the state.

“Before in Anambra state, there was no security; kidnapping, armed robbery, pick pockets, car snatching was the order of the day but immediately Gov. Obiano came into power all those things stopped and these alone had made our state a safe place to invest  or do business. For instance, this airport project is carried out by the Chinese. They are here because of security” Nwankwo said.

“Also in agriculture he has done very well especially in the production of Anambra rice. I now prefer Anambra rice to foreign because the local rice is better. Gov Obiano also gave grants to farmers through Anambra state Business Agency (ASBA) which has improved farming and economic activities in the state”, said Nwankwo.

“If you look around now, peace is reigning in Anambra state. Some communities having problems and leadership tussles are now in peace and have been able to select and crown their Igwes. Likewise some markets previously thriving on caretaker committee has now been able to elect their executives. All these were made possible because of the proficiency of the present administration,” he said.

“The 20 million naira per community developmental project is working. In my community Umuawulu in Awka South Local Government Area, they used their own to build a road that passed through my village compound. Here, in this market work will soon commence at the road behind this building materials market as our own market development project with 10 million naira to be allocated to us after the passage of budget” he said.

COMMUNITIES IN ANAMBRA STATE ENDORSE GOV. OBIANO FOR SECOND TERM.

14.COMMUNITIES IN ANAMBRA STATE ENDORSE GOV. OBIANO FOR SECOND TERM.

By Chukwuma MaryAnn Chioma

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano’s administration has continued to enjoy high approval ratings from communities across the state.

This was made known during the community tour by the wife of the governor of the state, Mrs. Eberechukwu Obiano across the local government councils in the state as the people trooped out en mass to welcome her to their communities. Mrs. Obiano during her visit to the communities in Awka-south local government area of the state expressed delight and appreciated all for the warm reception given to her. She then seized the opportunity to state her purpose for the visit adding that it was for her to express her profound gratitude to them for their support to the government of the state so far and to profess her motherly love for her children.

In the same vein, she  mentioned some of the relief items she and her team had brought for the people to include; bags of rice, school bags, writing materials, bags of garri, cash for up keeping, diapers, sterilized delivery kits, grinding machines for raffle draw, calendars, government books and skill acquisition equipment among other things.

She also commended the governor, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano for his good works in the state and enumerated some of the achievements made by his administration as thus: improvement in security within the state, development in Agriculture, prompt payment of workers’ salary, construction of roads, flyover and pedestrian bridges, street lights installation, 20 million naira community development project to mention but a few adding that the government of the state is gradually turning the state into a modern city.

Mrs. Obiano continued by mentioning also some of the achievements recorded by the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) to include; the training of over 2000 people in various skills, distribution of over 1000 artificial hands and legs to physically challenged persons, building of houses for the less privileged, and drilling of bore-hole water in various community and many more. She therefore enjoined Ndi Anambra to live in peace and harmony and to avoid any disagreement that may lead to inter and intra communal crisis.

At Nise community, the Deputy speaker, Anambra state House of Assembly, Bar. Harford Oseke commended the efforts of the first lady in visiting the whole communities in Anambra state to express her motherly care to the people and added that she is indeed ‘Mama Anambra’ as they call her. He then thanked Mrs. Obiano for her kind gestures and promised on behalf of the people that they would give the governor their maximum support in the forth coming election.

Earlier in their welcome addresses, the women leaders of the communities: Mrs. Kate Anosike of Nise community, Mrs. Chinwe Nwanna of Amawbia community among others praised Her Excellency for her dedication to caring for the less privileged and ensuring that the needs of different communities are met through projects that are geared towards improving the lives of Ndi Anambra. They also made several request on behalf of the women of the communities and gave assurance of their support to the governor.

The highlight of the community tour was the distribution of empowerment material and food items to the less privileged by Chief (Mrs.) Eberechukwu Obiano and raffle draw challenge.

Present at the event were, the Anambra state Head of The Civil Service, Barr. Harry Udu, Special Adviser to the governor on Media, Barr. Benard Okonkwo, the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye and his wife, Iyom Mary Oye, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Victoria Chikwelu, group heads and other dignitaries.

GOVERNOR'S WIFE DISTRIBUTES GIFTS AND FOOD ITEMS TO THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PEOPLE AND WIDOWS IN MBAUKWU.

15.GOVERNOR’S WIFE DISTRIBUTES GIFTS AND FOOD ITEMS TO THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PEOPLE AND WIDOWS IN MBAUKWU

By Chinelo Chizoba Okeke

The wife of the State Governor,  Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano had recently paid a visit to Mbaukwu town to offer gifts and food items to the physically and mentally challenged people indigent women, pregnant mothers as well as vulnerable children..

Speaking at the occasion, Her Excellency, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, acknowledged that Igwe Anukwu showed support and solidarity with Governor Willie Obiano during the electioneering and pre-election period when he visited Governor Obiano in USA.

While soliciting their support for Obiano’s second tenure, Mrs Obiano said that she was helpless as to re-building the dilapidated Mbaukwu  general hospital owing to the fact that her office does not receive budgetary allocation from the government as it is not constitutional. She promised to assist the mentally and physically challenged next month.

High point of the occasion was the sharing of bags of rice, diapers, wrappers, mama kits, Calendars, grinders, envelopes containing money, calendars and magazines were given to the people.

INEC WITNESSES LARGE TURNOUT.

16.INEC WITNESSES LARGE TURNOUT,

By Ogwo Ifeyinwa Judith

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) situated at Amawbia, Anambra State, witnessed a large turnout of people for the Continuous Voters Registration Exercise.

The large turnout was prompted by the two days holidays given to the Workers in the state by the State Governor, His Excellency, Chief Dr Willie Obiano.

Addressing the Crowd after obtaining information from the INEC Officials, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Oye explained that the Exercise is conducted nationwide and it is a continuous process which will enable the masses to register with ease.

He said that the exercise will enable those who just turned 18 years or who have never registered in the first place to register, those who lost their Voter’s Cards to seek for replacements and those who want to transfer their previous voting centres to their current places of domicile.

He advised the crowd to go back to their various businesses as the equipment for the registration is not enough to attend to everybody adding that since it is a continuous process, they should come at any time and register. He also informed the crowd that the registration at the various wards pertaining to the Anambra State election will commence in June, this year.

However Chief Oye warned against double registration which will result to electoral offence.

UPDATE ON RE VALIDATION OF VOTERS EXERCISE.

17. UPDATE ON RE VALIDATION OF VOTERS EXERCISE .

By Michael Ezenwata

Thousands of people of voting age turned out on Tuesday enmasse at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office at Amawbia to participate in the ongoing re validation of voters registration exercise.

Defying the early morning rain and the threat of cane wielding youths who were observing the Imoka festival, the crowd surged to the INEC office in compliance to the two-day public holiday given by the state government for eligible voters including civil servants, to participate in the exercise.

When the press arrived the venue at about 8.00am in the morning, the enthusiasm written on their faces painted a picture of a people desirous to be part of the democratic process and the forth coming gubernatorial election in the state.

Reacting to the ongoing re validation of voters register, the traditional ruler of Nibo, Eze Chukwuemeka Ngene called for the decentralization of the exercise to various wards in Awka south local government area, arguing that one machine which was provided for  the exercise will not be enough to capture all eligible voters.

Also in his reaction, a former state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress comrade Godwin Ibekwe decried the use of one capturing machine for a local government for the revalidation exercise and suggested the provision of more machines for all the wards in the state to ensure that no eligible voter is disenfranchised.

Comrade Ibekwe argued that since the governorship election is taking place in the state this year, the issue of inadequate distribution of machines should not arise.

On his part, an Ifite Awka based legal practitioner Mr. Emmanuel Okechukwu (Junior) commended the Anambra state government for declaring 2 days public holidays to enable voters to take advantage of the ongoing registration exercise to update their voters cards.

ANAMBRA MARKS WORLD RED CROSS DAY.

18.ANAMBRA MARKS WORLD RED CROSS DAY.

By Chukwuma Maryann Chioma

The Anambra chapter of the Nigerian Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on Monday, 8 May at her headquarters in Amawbia, Awka-South local government council of Anambra state joined her sister societies all over the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Red Cross Day Celebration titled ‘Together for Humanity’. The celebration which was in commemoration of the founder of the organization, Jean Henry Dunant who was born on 8 May, 1828 in Geneva, Switzerland was being held simultaneously in the 187 member nations of the Red Cross Society.

In his speech at the event, the Anambra state chairman, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Hon. Justice P.A.C. Obidigwe KSC (Emeritus Judge of Anambra State) noted that the theme of this year’s World Red Cross Day Celebration; ‘Together for Humanity’ was in recognition and honour to the teeming volunteers of the society all over the world covering 187 member nations with over 250 million supporters. He then traced the history of the Nigerian Red Cross Society from the time it was a branch of the British Red Cross till 1917 when it first appeared on the corridors of the nation to April 1951 when the headquarters of the Nigerian Branch of the British Red Cross was established in Lagos by the Governor General. Following the official handover in 1961, the Nigerian Red Cross Society became Independent. Justice Obidigwe then gave the seven cardinal principles of the society to include: impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Speaking further, Justice Obidigwe commended His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano and the wife Chief Mrs. Ebele Obiano for the grandiose achievements and strategies of the Governor, targeted towards changing the fortunes of the people of Anambra state in order to achieve the much desired four pillars of development which are Agriculture, Industrialization, Trade and Commerce, Oil and Gas Development.

He then extended his commendations also to the members of the Anambra state House of Assembly led by Hon. Rita Mmaduagwu for the peaceful and cordial relationship with the executive arm of the government and the quality legislative functions which they have carried on since their inception in office. He however commended, the judiciary for their speedy reforms of the High Court proceedings which has accelerated judicial processes and adjudication of matters in Anambra state while thanking the Anambra people at large for being peaceful, law abiding and diligent volunteers to the Red Cross Society.

Hon. Justice Obidigwe however highlighted some of the needs of the Anambra Red Cross Society to include; Ambulance Vehicle, Pickup vehicle vans, firsts aid boxes, stretchers and medicaments; items he said if available would help the society perform her humanitarian duties optimally within the state.

In their goodwill messages, the co-coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Martin Odinya commended the good efforts of the Red Cross Society and promised his agency’s support to the Red Cross Society and vowed to relate the society’s enlisted needs to NEMA. In another goodwill message, the representative of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Dr. Judith Udemezu appreciated the activities and efforts of the state chairman of the Red Cross Society Hon. Justice Obidigwe and Prof. Peter Emeka Katchy respectively and indeed all members of the Red Cross Society and guaranteed their continuous support to the society.

Also speaking in his vote of thanks, the vice-chairman of the Red Cross Society, Prof. Peter Emeka Katchy thanked all and sundry especially His Excellency, Gov. Willie Obiano for his immense support to the Red Cross and Red Crescent society of Anambra state and promised that the Anambra Red Cross Society would not relent in all their humanitarian supports to the good people of the state.

Highlights of the event where the cutting of cake by the Grand Patron of the society, H.R.H. Igwe K.O.N. Orizu III (CON) JP and other dignitaries present, toast by the vice-chairman of the state Red Cross Society, and parade by the Nigerian Red Cross Society Parade Squad.

AWKA RESIDENTS REQUEST EXTENSION OF CVR HOLIDAY.

19.AWKA RESIDENTS REQUEST EXTENSION OF CVR HOLIDAY.

By John Ndu

Voters in Anambra state have expressed displeasure over the operation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  in the ongoing continuous Voter Registration exercise (CRV) and called for extension of time to enable them get registered.

The people complained of shortage of manpower which led to undue delay in registration and collection of old registered Permanent Voter Card.

It was observed that what ought to be a calm exercise later turned a crisis where prospective voters were forcefully chased out at Awka South, others were left with the hope of nothing new to ever happened.

Awka residents and its environs have requested for a review of the ongoing voter registration exercise that would afford prospective voter opportunity to get registered without recourse to delay and physical assault on them.

A Civil Servant Onah Nnemeka, CVR Observer To Anambra State, Zeb Ijuwa and a student Rita Omaka requested for an extension of date provided by the state government from its initial two days break to enable them perform their civil duty, adding that the present state of the registration should be improved upon.

Other participants were of the view that such exercise  should have taken place at various ward level to reduce the stress of over 3000 prospective voters struggling for just 40 registration in a day .

The state secretariat and some market places in the morning hours, showed a total compliance of the people who were eager to get registered, but the outcome in the two-days exercise did not achieve the aim for the holiday.

While most of the prospective voters were bent on performing the registration exercise, they called for an extension of date and provision of more manpower, decentralization of the registration units to ward level and provision of functional registration machines for efficient service delivery to the people.

There was however massive turn out across various centres where the continuous voter registration is ongoing in the state. They include Dunukofia, Njikoka, Awka South, Onitsha South, Onitsha North among others.

AWKA RESIDENTS REQUEST EXTENSION OF CVR HOLIDAY.

20.AWKA RESIDENTS REQUEST EXTENSION OF CVR HOLIDAY.

By Chiaghana  Chiazor

All roads lead to  Nibo community as the diocese of Awka Anglican communion held their 11th session synod at st Matthew Anglican church Nibo  in Awka south local government area.

The synod which started officially on the 13th of May 2017 had on the 14th of May 2017 a Sunday service which was officiated by his lordship Rt. Rev Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, the Anglican bishop of Awka diocese. The Bishop in his sermon, with the theme “With God all things are possible ” highlighted the need for Christians to be steadfast unto God and to avoid limiting God’s grace upon their lives. He used Sarah  in the bible and Matthew chapter 19 vs 16 as a  case study of how those involved in the bible doubted God but later on God’s manifestation upon their lives became a reality. His lordship also said that Nibo centenary coincided with the 2017 synod where official meeting of Anglican churches in the diocese are held to discuss religious matters and make important decisions.

At the end of the service , the Bishop gave his vote of thanks to the congregation by recognizing some dignitaries especially his excellency Chief Willie Obiano the executive governor of Anambra state represented by the deputy governor Dr. Nkem  Okeke for his immense support during the preparation of the synod. He also acknowledged the former vice president of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, senator Andy Uba, traditional rulers the Clergy and Bishops from different parts of the country.

ALL KNIGHT'S DAY: BISHOP EZEOKAFOR CHARGES KNIGHTS TO SUPPORT CHURCH PROJECTS.

21.ALL KNIGHT’S DAY: BISHOP EZEOKAFOR CHARGES KNIGHTS TO SUPPORT CHURCH PROJECTS

By Onwukwe, Grace.

The Catholic Bishop of Awka diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has called on the Knights and ladies in Awka diocese to be mindful of their responsibilities of defending the Catholic Church as well as supporting her  projects.

The Bishop made this call during the 5th annual convention of Awka diocesan joint council of Catholic knights and ladies recently held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral,  Awka.

Earlier in his sermon, the Prelate called for unity among the Knights in the diocese regardless of their different orders.

He emphasised the need for the Knights and ladies to support ongoing church projects,  stressing that the diocese relied on them towards completing the Peter University irrespective of their previous support at the council level.

The Bishop maintained that the project when completed would not only create employment but also provide both moral and academic training to the future generations.

In his remarks, the chairman of the joint council of knights and ladies, Sir Emmanuel Osita Onwuka  thanked the Bishop for initiating the idea of the convention, a program, he said, would help the Knights to rededicate themselves as the soldiers of the church.

He therefore assured the Bishop that they would respond positively to his call.

The occasion featured a lecture titled ‘The concept of synod with reference to the 2nd Awka diocesan synod’ delivered by Rev. Dr. Martin Anusi.

BISHOP EZEOKAFOR ENJOINS MEDIA PRACTITIONERS

22. BISHOP EZEOKAFOR ENJOINS MEDIA PRACTITIONERS

By Francis Igboemeka

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor has enjoined media practitioners in the state to practice their profession with caution as they have what it takes to make or mar the society.

The Catholic Prelate stated this at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka while addressing the press on this year’s World Communication’s Day, which marked the 51st World Communication’s day, with the theme “Fear not for I am with you”. He stated that media practitioners have much to do now that the country is filled with evil.

Bishop Ezeokafor urged the media practitioners not to be afraid in carrying out their responsibilities, not minding the hazards that abound in their profession and advised them to use the tools of communication especially the social media to bring human beings together.

The Bishop reiterated the need for media practitioners to supervise and do things accordingly, stating that when this is done, they would find joy doing their jobs. Bishop Ezeokafor said that media profession is a call from God, saying that their salvation as press people would come from how well their job is done.

In a related development, the Director of Social Communications, Cathoilc Diocese of Awka, Rev. Fr. Martin Anusi commended the Catholic Bishop of Awka diocese for his pivotal role in ensuring free flow of information in the state. He commended in a special way the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano for sponsoring the publication of this year’s World Communication day handbook.

The occasion attracted some important dignitaries amongst who were the former Governor of Anambra State -Senator Chris Ngige, Commissioner for Health -Dr. Joe Akabuike, Commissioner for Environment-Engr. Romanus Ejikeme, Commissioner for Housing- Engr. Frank Offor, NUJ Chairman, Anambra State Council Comrade Emma Ifesinachi, President Catholic Association of Media Practitioners- Mr Gab Okpalaeze, media men and women from different media outfits in the state.

Highlights of the occasion were thanksgiving procession by the media practitioners and interactive session by the press men.

CATHOLIC FAITHFULS CELEBRATES THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST

23.CATHOLIC FAITHFUL CELEBRATES THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST

By Ifeyinwa Judith Ogwo

Catholic Faithful all over the World on Sunday celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost which marked the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples of Jesus Christ, as well as the end of the Easter Season.

The Solemnity of Pentecost which is always celebrated 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, gave birth to the Church, her life and mission to all peoples.

Speaking during a Holy Mass held at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, GRA, Awka, the visiting Priest, Rev Fr Jude Nwankwo highlighted that the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples was the fulfillment of Jesus promise of sending the Holy Spirit as advocate and helper.

He stated that the event abolished fear and timidity in them and made them bold to propagate the message of Jesus Christ all over the World.

He charged all Parents to be responsible to the yearning of their families and others.

NIBO YOUTHS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR APGA

24.NIBO YOUTHS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR APGA

The Association of Nibo youths in Awka South Local government area has thrown its weight behind the second term bid of Governor Willie Obiano in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

Speaking to newsmen in Nibo, the spokesman of the group, Mr. Chike Amos described the All Progressive Grand Alleance (APGA) as the only indigenous political party in the state which should be supported by every citizen of the state.

Mr. Amos expressed satisfaction with the land mark achievements of the APGA government in the state and praised Governor Willie Obiano for fulfilling the campaign promises of APGA within the short stay in office.

He called on the people of the area to ensure that they register and obtain their permanent voters cards in the ongoing voters registration exercise at the Awka South local government headquarters Anambra to enable them exercise their franchise during the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Mr. Amos urged the people to vote massively for governor Obiano during the election to enable him continue with the good work he is currently doing in the state.

The youth’s leader noted with delight that the governor has within his three years in office proved himself as a straight forward and astute administrator by managing the affairs of the state effectively and urged the people to support him.

Mr. Amos said that the Nibo youths will not only campaign for APGA during the electioneering period but will also vote en masse for the party during the governorship election

Anambra trains girls on menstrual hygiene management and practices

25.Anambra trains girls on menstrual hygiene management and practices

BY MBUNABO NKIRU T.

The Anambra state min. Of education in collaboration with UNICEF has organised a 5days workshop on menstrual hygiene  management and practices which was attended by girls student from selected secondary schools across the state was held at Awka.

Addressing the students, Mrs Rose Amafiani, the hygiene education officer said the workshop is aimed at enlightening girls on the need to promote personal hygiene and observe healthy hygiene practices during their monthly flow.
The resource person professor Nkedi through diagram and some tutorial materials took the girls through the biological concept of their monthly period and healthy hygiene practices to be maintained during the time of flow.
The participants thanked the organisers of the enlightenment workshop saying that they have really been enlightened about their monthly flow and personal hygiene.
Ezioka Community Pays Solidarity Visit to Awka South LGA Chairman

26.Ezioka Community Pays Solidarity Visit to Awka South LGA Chairman

By Okeke Nnedinma. C.
The leaders of Ezioka community in Awka town has paid a solidarity visit to their son in whom they are well pleased, Hon. Leo Nwuba over his appointment as the Awka South LGA Chairman by His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano.
The elated Ezioka leaders led by Ichie Onukaligbo expressed their profound gratitude to the Executive Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano for remembering their zone which had been neglected over the years by past governments as regards to political appointments and positions in government.
They assured the LGA mayor of their unflinching support for his administration even as they made pleas for government’s intervention on some roads in the politically strategic zone.
Welcoming the distinguished guests, the LGA Mayor Hon. Leo Nwuba thanked them for identifying with him and the support he has continued to receive from them and the entire Awka community.
He also enjoined them to be steadfast with APGA as that is the most vaible vehicle for development in Igbo land.
He further lauded them for the peace which has prevailed among the youths of Ezioka who were disorganized before now.
The city Mayor assured them that Willie Obiano administration is poised to take Awka to the next level especially now that the National Chairman of APGA Ozo Victor Oye is an indigene of Awka South.
He also advised them to avoid whatever that may bring restiveness into Awka as no town develops upon crisis and chaos.
At the end, prayers were offered for the smooth administration of the LGA and Gods guidance in handling the affairs of Awka South.
ASATU youths conclude familiarity tour

27.ASATU youths conclude familiarity tour

The youth wing of the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) has concluded a tour of all the communities in the state.

The successful community tour of the youth wing of ASATU which commenced from Amawbia Awka South Local Government Area was made possible by the dedication of the new executive of the association lead by Mr. Osita Ozalagba.

The newly constituted executive took time to identify the challenges facing the youths in the state and graciously articulated means to mitigate them.

The tour focused on educating the youths of Anambra state on social and political issues, and emphasis on six key points that are relative to the current realities in the state such as sensitization of the youths on the ongoing voter registration exercise, youths Entrepreneurship, youth participation in governance, thuggery, and drug abuse among others.

Mr. Ozalagba sensitized the youths on the need to fully participate in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration Exercise.

The participating youths were exposed to the entrepreneurship aspects of social media platforms, and were made to understand that they can make good use of time spent on social media to generate employment for themselves, by mastering the skills of Blog Networking and Online marketing rather than spend time on social media being a menace to the society.

Some of the speakers who spoke during the tour harped on the dangers of drug abuse among youths.

They were admonished to stay away from hard drugs and other substance abuses to avoid certain behaviors that can ruin their future.

By John Ndu

AKPOKUEDIKE FAN CLUB SET TO RECRUIT OVER EIGHTY THOUSAND SUPPORTERS FOR GOVERNOR OBIANO

28.AKPOKUEDIKE FAN CLUB SET TO RECRUIT OVER EIGHTY THOUSAND SUPPORTERS FOR GOVERNOR OBIANO

By Mike Ezenwata
 The special Assistant to the governor on political matters Barrister Chika Ekwenugo says the Akpokuedike fan club has recruited over three thousand supporters for Governor Willie Obiano.

Barrister Ekwenugo who is the founder and president of the club spoke to the press at the Jerome Udoji secretariat complex Awka on the mission statement of the club which has its members spread across the twenty one local government areas in the state.

According to the special assistant, the club is working towards the recruitment of over eighty thousand supporters of the governor and has in its exco meeting in the state discussed ways of further sensitizing the people on the need to participate in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise.

Barrister Ekwenugo disclosed that every member of the club has fully been sensitized on the voter registration exercise and are part of the vanguard of further dissemination of the message to the grassroot.

He recounted the achievements of governor Obiano in the prompt payment of workers’ salaries, ensuring the security of lives and property of the citizenry, and in enhancing the Agricultural sector in the state.

The governor’s political assistant spoke on the governor’s benevolence in being part of the south east leaders delegation to the acting president Yemi Osibanjo on the recent threat by the Arewa youths against the Igbos living in the northern part of the country.

According to Barrister Ekwenugo, the move is an indication that the governor has the interest of the Igbos at heart and should therefore be supported for a second tenure in office to sustain his good track records.

He further disclosed that the Akpokuedike fan club is reaching out to the Igbos, living in the northern part of the country and giving them hope that the Anambra people at home and the governor have their interest at heart.

ANAMBRA BATTLES FLOOD

29.ANAMBRA BATTLES FLOOD

Iwuchukwu Uchechukwu Hope
It is euphoria rather than hysteria in Awka, the capital city of Anambra State as one of the promises made by the Willie Obiano administration is being fulfilled. Residents and shop owners along the zik’s avenue, Eke Awka axis heaved a sigh of relief as they saw the Anambra State Waste Management Agency  (ASWAMA) in action on Monday clearing the sand-filled gutters along the road. The Zik’s avenue  which had before now been tagged “death trap” any time it rained because of the flooding, experienced a new life as the gutters filled with sand were being cleared for easy water drainage.

In an interaction with the Managing Director of ASWAMA, Mr Felix Chinweuba, he said emphatically that “the essence of clearing the gutters is for proper drainage”. He said however that “the plan is not only for  Zik’s avenue but for all parts of the state”.
One of the shop owners, a food vendor by name,  Miss Chinasa said she was very happy by the action as they had suffered serious set back in their businesses any time it rained because of the flood. Motorists and pedestrians can now move about their businesses even while it rains. If this action can get to all parts of the state, then, Anambra State is truly “The Light of the Nation” She added.