Dunukofia Local Government
01. Igwe Elect of Ukwulu Receives Certificate of Recognition
By John Ndu:
It was joy galore recently at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia as the Igwe Elect of Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area, Peter Uyanwa received a Certificate of Recognition from Anambra State Government.
The event had in attendance many traditional rulers in the state including the traditional rulers of Awka, Igwe Gibson Nwosu, the traditional ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu and the traditional ruler of Nteje, Igwe Roland Odegbo. Others were the traditional ruler of Ifitedunu, Dr Emeka Ilouno, and the traditional ruler of Umunya, Igwe Chris Onyekwuluje. Equally in attendance were some PDP chieftains including Hon. Ken Emekayi, many religious leaders as well as political office holders in the state.
Presenting the certificate, Governor Willie Obiano said the election of the new Igwe was in line with the stipulated laws of Igbo land. According to the Governor ” the presentation is in accordance with the Traditional Rulers’ Act of 1981, which made fully satisfied that you HRH, Igwe Peter Uyanwa of Ukwulu community in Dunukofia Local Government Area, has been duly elected and presented to me by the people of the said community, town. In accordance with the customary law and usages of the town, community and in provisions of section 4, 5, 6 of the traditional law of 1981 do hereby satisfied that you had been accordingly been recognized by me as the traditional head of Ukwulu”.
The Governor urged Igwe Uyanwa to maintain a peaceful co-existence among the people of the community, saying that he should see the throne as a divine intervention to ameliorate the sufferings of indigent people in the community.
Addressing the people, the state Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, Chief Greg Obi said the election of the traditional ruler was a general consensus of the community. Chief Obi described the newly elected Igwe as a tenacious man who would not leave any stone unturned in achieving his purpose for the development of the community.
Equally speaking, the traditional ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu while commending Governor Obiano for his transformation agenda, charged the newly elected traditional ruler to always uphold the tradition of Ndi Igbo and enthrone meaningful development in the community.
On his part, a PDP Chieftain, Hon. Ken Emeakayi urged the new traditional ruler to live up to expectations as the throne is task demanding.
In his reaction, the newly elected Igwe, HRH, Igwe Peter Uyanwa who was highly elated noted that his emergence was divinely inspired as it was the actualization of his long awaited dreams. Igwe Uyanwa promised that his reign would attract tangible development which his community had not been enjoying.
02. DUNUKOFIA CHAIR CHARGES LG STAFF ON COMMITMENT
By Uju Nwosu
The transitional chairman of Dunukofia Local Government area in Anambra state, Hon. Umerie Uchenna Sunday, has charged local government staff to be committed to work, to complement the efforts of the state government.
The chairman who emphasized on attendance and dedication to duty on the part of the workers, conveyed the gratitude of the governor for the support of the local government staff, praying God to bless them and asking for their continued support to his government.He equally pledged his commitment to leave the local government better than he found it.
In their separate speeches, the Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Emmanuel Obiano, and the Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Lady Helen Maduka, both of the local government area , enjoined the workers to take punctuality and attendance to work seriously to avoid disciplinary action. They equally pleaded with the new chairman to look into the backlog of promotions of the staff and ensure a speedy action on it, while pledging support to the chairman.
In his speech, the NULGE chairman, Dunukofia chapter, Comrade Victor Ofole, thanked the Governor for his kind gestures towards workers and asked that the bus stop and canteen which were earlier promised the local government be erected for them. He equally joined his voice to that of the chairman to ask workers to endeavor to register and get their permanent voters’ cards (PVC) from the NEC office where they reside. In a vote of thanks, a staff of the local government, Comrade Obi Mbekwe Martins thanked the Chairman for calling on the workers, saying that Dunukofia was privileged to get a good person to pilot the affairs of the local government and pledged the support of the workers.
03. GOV. OBIANO DISTRIBUTES NEWSPAPERS TO DUNUKOFIA
By Uju Nwosu
The people of Dunukofia L.G.A. in Anambra State has rejoiced over the free copies of Anambra National Light Newspaper being distributed to them by Governor Willie Obiano through the Ministry of information and Communication Strategy, Awka.
The free copies of the newspaper were distributed to the people of Ukpo, Umunnachi and Umudioka communities in the area to enlighten the public on the activities of government in the state.
Ven. Geofrey Oje, a priest at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Ukpo, expressing his gratitude said the governor is doing a great job in Anambra State. Also speaking the principal of Community secondary School, Ukpo, Mrs Chizube Okoye, expressed her happiness at the kind gesture of the governor.
On his own part, Rev. Fr. Igweagu of St Peter’s Parish, Umunnachi expressed his happiness about the newspaper distribution saying it would help them to know what goes on in Anambra State.
04. ANAMBRA TACKLES FLOOD OUTLETS IN UMUNNACHI
By John Ndu
Anambra State government has commenced massive construction on the flood outlets and road project of Ozzu – Umunachi road, Dunukofia local government area of the state.
Inspecting the road, the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano said the catchment area of the flood would be channelled to a bigger drainage to solve the heavy flood challenges in the area.
Governor Obiano stated that the flood area which was not part of the initial design had been added, saying the flood had constituted threat to the people of the community and their neighbourhood.
The governor disclosed that 50% of the road had been completed and asphalted drainage to drainage, and other 50% would be completed within two and a half months.
The 1.2 km flood channel and 4.2 road, when completed would link 7 communities and open up more social activities in the area.
The Contractor handling the project, Engr Lawrence Emenike said the road had been designed to accommodate modern facilities that would add to the beauty of the state.
The Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Dr Victoria Chikwelu expressed satisfaction, saying the road would add to the political strength of the community.
Other residents of the community, Mrs Franca Eze and Mr James Ifeanyi said if the road is completed, it would enable them transport their agricultural produce to other communities.
05. Anambra Assembly gives directive on erosion menace
By John Ndu
The State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging Governor Willie Obiano to direct the Commissioner for Road Construction, Maintenance and Furniture and Commissioner for Environment to address the erosion menace at Ukpo bypass, Dunukofia local government Area.
The House passed the resolution following a matter of urgent public importance sponsored by the member representing Dunukofia constituency, Chief Lawrence Ezeudu during plenary.
Mr Ezeudu lamented that the erosion washed away farm lands, grave sites, shrine, swallowed livestock and compelled the affected residents to relocate to neighbouring communities where they are seeking refuge following the torrential rainfall that occurred recently.
He noted that the entire people of Dunukofia are facing impending doom of becoming refugees in their own land as the Ukpo bypass, an important road in Anambra central senatorial district is now being cut off by erosion.
According to Chief Ezeudu, if urgent step is not taken to salvage the situation, it would cause casualties even now that four tombs and corpses have been washed away thereby causing psychological trauma to their living relatives.
In his contribution, the member representing Njikoka Two Constituency, Dr Pete Ibida who described the incident as very pathetic, appealed to the executive Arm of Government to urgently remedy the situation.
Barr Chugbo Enwezo of Onitsha North one constituency, contended that as efforts are on to restore the four burial sites, the shrine should also be restored to give worshippers sense of belonging in line with freedom of worship as contained in Nigerian constitution.
On his part, the member representing Nnewi South One Constituency, Mr. Kingsley Iruba and his Anaocha Two Constituency counterpart, Engr. Charles Ezeani called on the State Emergency Management Agency, National Erosion Watershed Management Project and state government to arrest the gully erosion before it becomes worse since a stitch in time saves nine.
The speaker, Barrister Rita Maduagwu who regretted that seventy percent of Anambra state landscape is being threatened by erosion, called on the National Emergency Management Agency, Donor Agencies and the federal government to come to the aid of Anambra state.