Ayamelum Local Government
01. Breast feeding mothers commend Governor Obiano for providing medications
As the weekly routine immunization against various illnesses receives a boost at Anaku Primary Health Centre, the headquarters of Ayamelum local government area, breast feeding mothers in the area have commended Governor Willie Obiano for living up to expectations in making drugs available for the weekly exercise.
The women who came out in reasonable numbers testified that since the routine immunization began in the area, there were no recorded cases of polio and other viral diseases that used to affect their babies.
Mrs Oby Obikwere and Mrs Ngozi Ajulam who spoke in an interview at the Primary Health Care Centre, Anaku, urged other breast feeding mothers who shy away from taking their children for immunization to start doing so as it will prevent any future occurence of diseases.
Also speaking in an interview, the Junior Community Health Extension Worker, Miss Felicia Monwuba, expressed happiness that the health centre usually witnessed impressive turnout of breastfeeding mothers.
On her part, Mrs. Emenaka Cecilia agreed that mothers have been turning out for the immunization exercise weekly. She however, appealed to Governor Willie Obiano to help the health centre by digging a water borhole at the Primary Health centre to ensure availability of potable water. She noted that the health caregivers have been drawing water from the well, saying that it may cause diarrhea in children.
By Agunwa Anastacia, Ayamelum LGA
02. 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.
03. Ayamelum LG Workers Lament Transport Difficulties
The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees,NULGE,Ayamelum Chapter has identified lack of transportation as one of the major challenges facing workers in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Comrade Gladys Igbokwe, a member of NULGE pointed this out recently during a NULGE general meeting at the council’s secretariat.
According to her,”lack of transportation is a problem in this Local Government. I have on several occasions waited for about four hours before I could get a vehicle to convey me from Anaku to Otuocha after the close of work,” she said.
She pleaded with the NULGE Executives to do something about the ordeal that workers in Ayamelum are faced with on daily basis.
While recalling his own ordeals,Comrade Albert Okeke,HOD Health,affirmed the need for a functional means of transportation for Ayamelum Local Government staff.
In his words,” transportation is vital. Something has to be done. I remember the first day I came to this Local Government,I came with my wife to see my new duty post. As we were leaving,we waited for hours before we could get a vehicle”.
“On another occasion I had to buy groundnut for fellow workers to chew while we waited several hours for Just a bus,”he recalled.
He called on the chapter’s chairman to do whatever he can including reaching out to the members representing Ayamelum LGA in the National and State Houses of Assembly in order to tackle this problem of transportation.
In his response,the NULGE Chairman,Ayamelum Chapter,Comrade Patrick Ononye said that he is always ashamed of waiting for vehicles for hours.
According to him,”I feel ashamed while waiting for four hours to get a vehicle that will convey me to my destination. It is a shameful thing for civil servants to mount trucks even lorries just to get to work or return home after a day’s job,”he said.
He however assured the workers that since it is now on record that they have cried out in one voice concerning transportation,that his office will try its best to save the situation.
The Chairman appreciated the workers for their love and support to his administration saying that it is good fellowship that makes good leadership.
The meeting featured special prayer sessions for both NULGE members and the entire Ayamelum community.
04. Anaku traders, community hail Obiano over construction of ‘Eke’ market stores
By Agunwa Anastacia,
The traders and people of Anaku community, Ayamelum local government council of Anambra State have expressed happiness over the ongoing construction of stores in their popular ‘Eke’ market by the Chief Willie Obiano led-government.
The people, including the Chairman, Anaku Traders’ union, Mr. Chiama Nwabunwanne, a farmer, Mrs. Helen Okechukwu- Noah, a trader Mrs Oluchi Maduagwuna, amongst others commended Governor Willie Obiano for bringing life to their long awaited dilapidated market stores.
The people who were highly elated recalled how they used to suffer any time there was rainfall on ‘Eke’ day during the rainy season, and expressed delight that by the time the ongoing lock-up stores construction are completed, they will be leaving their wares in the market shops without suffering again.
According to Anaku Traders’ union Chairman, ” we are the ones that have been responsible for the upkeep of the market. In fact, its like it’s me that Anambra state government is building the market for, because the buildings have since been dilapidated and have been waiting for attention until our Governor, Chief Willie Obiano remembered us”.
Continuing, ” construction of the open stores have finished and by the time the lock-up shops are also finished, our market will look like the markets in the cities”.
He disclosed that the traders did not contribute any money towards the building of the market project.
Mr. Nwabunwanne however, appealed to Governor Obiano to expedite action in order to finish the market project in good time, pointing out that the traders in Anaku will support the governor on his second term bid.
”With the construction of this market, he has won the hearts of our people, as this project will stand out during his governorship campaigns”, he emphasized.
He further prayed God to give Chief Willie Obiano the strength to do more for them and to carry out his programmes for the state effectively.
UMUEJE MONARCH ENDORSES OBIANO FOR A SECOND TENURE IN OFFICE
05. UMUEJE MONARCH ENDORSES OBIANO FOR A SECOND TENURE IN OFFICE
By Michael Ezenwata
The traditional ruler of Umueje in Ayamelum local government area, His Royal Majesty Igwe (Dr) Elias Nneli has scored the Obiano administration high in his service delivery.
Igwe Nneli who spoke to the press in Awka on the governor’s development blueprint noted with satisfaction his sound security network, the quick transformation of the state and the influx of investors into the state.
According to the royal father, the governor has equally impacted positively in his community Umueje with the “choose-your-project” initiative by the governor for all communities in the state, and the construction of the bridge which connects his community Umueje to the site of the Orient Petroleum at Aguleri-otu.
Igwe Nneli endorsed governor Obiano for a second tenure in office given his sound track record in government which in three years was very impressive.
He acknowledged the recent award given to him by the governor during the recent celebration of the state silver jubilee which will act as a spur for him to strive for more excellence.