Idemili South Local Government
01. 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.
02.Awka Etiti Gets New Traditional Ruler.
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has presented a Certificate of Recognition to HRH, Igwe Micheal Chidozie Ezeudenma, the newly elected traditional ruler of Awka Etiti, in Idemili South local government area of the state.
The event which took place at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia attracted many dignitaries and a large number of the people of Awka Etiti, including some chieftains in the community.
Presenting the certificate of recognition to the Igwe elect, Governor Obiano said the election was in line with the stipulated laws of choosing an Igwe 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 Michael Chidozie Ezeudenma of Awka Etiti community in Idimili south 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 Awka Etiti . “
The Governor urged the new traditional ruler to maintain peaceful co-existence among the people of the community, saying that ascending the throne was a divine intervention to ameliorate the sufferings of indigent people in the community.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Greg Obi said that chieftaincy tussles in Awka – Etiti community dates back to the 80s. He said the long struggle for a widely accepted Igwe led to the 2004 constitution of the community which prescribed rotation in choosing the Igwe as a way of maintaining peace in the community.
Chief Obi pointed out that the election of the new traditional ruler was in line with the stipulated traditional Act of the state, and his landslide victory in the preceding election was an indication that peace and justice have been restored finally in the community.
Equally speaking, the traditional ruler of Mbaukwu, HRM, Igwe Peter Anugwu while commending Governor Obiano for his transformation agenda, charged the newly elected traditional ruler to always uphold the tradition and customs of Igbos while enthroning meaningful development in the community.
Igwe Anugwu charged him to respect constituted authorities, especially the present administration of Governor Obiano.
In his reaction, the newly elected Igwe, HRH, Igwe Micheal Chidozie Ezeudenma who appeared highly elated commended the Governor for his administrative skills and unprecedented development of the state.
Igwe Ezeudenma promised that his 35 years of experience in the civil service would be an asset in attracting tangible development in Awka-Etiti community which he described as Long in coming.
03. AWKA ETITI MONARCH RECEIVES GOVT RECOGNITION
The Anambra State Government has presented Certificate of Recognition to the new traditional ruler of Awka-Etiti community in Idemili South Council Area, Igwe Micheal Ezeudenma.
The Governor, Dr Willie Obiano made the presentation this morning at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka in a brief but colourful ceremony that attracted people and friends of the community.
Presenting the certificate, Gov Obiano who described leadership as an avenue to touch lives, said at the traditional rulership level, what is mostly required is a genuine intention to lead the people aright and consistently carry them along every step of the way.
He charged the new traditional ruler to avoid engaging in acts that can smear the image of the traditional institution, but to work closely with the government at all times so as to ensure that the community was integrated in the state’s development process.
He assured that his administration would avail him the necessary support to succeed on the throne, and therefore urged Awka Etiti people to do same.
The Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters, Mr Greg Obi recalled how the community the Igweship tussle that had engulfed the community in recent times, noting that in the quest for peace, the people had decided to make Igweship rotational, adding that the election of the new traditional ruler was done in line with the laid down processes.
In his speech at the occasion, the traditional ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu while commending Gov Obiano for his transformation agenda and efforts at entrenching peace in communities, charged the new traditional ruler to always uphold the tradition of Igbos and to respect constituted authorities, especially the present administration.
Responding, Igwe Ezeudenma who was visibly elated commended the Governor for his love for Awka-Etiti people and his humane disposition towards Ndi Anambra, promised that he will use the position for which government has recognised him to work for the benefit of his people.
By Kingsley Ezekwelu
04. Stop Parading Yourself As “Igwe”: Awka-Etiti Community Warns Usurper
The Awka-Etiti community in Idemili South LGA of Anambra State has described as laughable the claim by one Chuma Angus Ojukwu, son of former Igwe Joachin Okwudili Ojukwu of Awka Etiti that he is the current Igwe of the community.
In a chat with newsmen, the Secretary, Igwe –In –Council of Awka Etiti, Ichie Ebele Enemuo said that the claim of the young man, Angus Ojukwu has no substance and cannot stand on its feet in Awka Etiti town.
According to Chief Enemuo, Awka Etiti has seven(7) villages namely, Nkolofia, Umunocha, Ejinandu, Iruowele, Umudunu, Nnaba and Ogunzele in order of seniority and that traditional rulership rotates among the seven villages in that order as stipulated in the community’s resolution in the year 1999 Resolution and subsequent incorporation into the 2004 constitution of Awka-Etiti.
He further stated that Awka Etiti has never had an Igwe until in the 1950s when the then Eastern government started recognizing traditional rulers across the South East region. In that regard, Chief Silas Ezenwa from Iruowele village became the first elected Igwe of the community in 1957, but regrettably his coronation which triggered disturbances and was only resolved through the 1999 resolution of Awka Etiti, signed on 25th April, 1999 .
He said, “ Igwe Silas Ezenwa died on October 11th, 2003 and his final Offala was celebrated in 2005 coupled with one year mourning according to the tradition of Awka Etiti.
“After his death, the community decided to implement the 1999 resolution, which stated among other things that “the traditional stool of Awka Etiti shall rotate among the seven villages in Awka-Etiti in order of seniority”. To that effect, Nkolofia village, the most senior among the seven villages presented Chief Joachin Okwudili Ojukwu as the Igwe and Obi of Awka Etiti, after all requirements were met and he was coronated on 26th of April, 2008.
“After the death of Igwe Joachin Okwudili Ojukwu in 2013 and all traditional rites were completed, it became the turn of Umunocha village to produce the next Igwe. The normal processes were followed and Engr. Michael Ezeudenna later emerged Igwe-elect”.
Ichie Enemuo further stated that Igwe Michael Ezeudenna having beaten his opponents in the election also met and fulfilled all other requirements including presentation of Igwe-elect to the, town union, seven villages in Awka-etiti, Local Government Council and state government before his installation by the good people of Awka Etiti community and the subsequent reception of Certificate of Recognition given to him by the Anambra State government on November 2nd and 3rd, 2016 respectively.
Ichie Enemuo who insists that there is no confusion in the community concerning the traditional institution, however, advised Chuma Ojukwu to wait for the turn of his village, if he wants to be the Igwe, subject to whether his villagers and people of Awka-Etiti want him. He insisted that the long arms of the law would surely catch up with any impostor as according to him, “evidences of his impersonation abound and he should know that nobody is above the law”
Also speaking with newsmen, Mr Ikechukwu Igwe of Iruowele and Robert Ekwelum of Nnaba both chairmen of their respective villages in Awka-Etiti said that Chuma Ojukwu was deceived by some unscrupulous cabals in the community into believing that he is a crown prince because of his ignorance regarding the contents of the constitution of Awka-Etiti, 2004.
They frowned at the magnitude of indictment against the working Governor of Anambra State whose effort to ensure a secured and peaceful Anambra state has no equal.
By Gloria Anaeze
05. NNOBI-AWKA ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
By Ezumezu Nonyelum O.
ANSG ASSURES CITIZENS OF GOOD ACCESS ROADS
In an effort to provide good access roads to motorists, the Anambra State Government has restated its readiness to improving all dilapidated roads in the State.
Speaking at the Nnobi-Awka Etiti road project sites the Co-ordinator on zero potholes in Anambra State Central, Engr. Chibuzor Okafor commended Governor Willie Obiano for providing funds for carrying out the project.
Engr. Okafor also commended the Governor for providing the agency with working materials for the road project even as he lamented that inadequate working materials poses a problem in working at different locations.
The Co-ordinator maintained that his agency is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that Anambra roads reached up to standard. He noted that the youths on zero potholes operations are trained and supervised by site engineers while congratulating them on their hardwork.
At the Nnobi-Awka Etiti road, men and women of operation zero potholes in the state were seen wearing jackets working on different locations of the road while some were making use of cutting machines to cut out affected areas, others were applying coal tar and Asphalt on the roads making use of the rollers to smoothen the road surface.
In their separate comments some of the members on zero potholes operations, Mr. Chukwudi Ngene said that transportation and working tools are the great challenges they are facing while Miss Offorah Ebele lamented that the job is stressful and uncomfortable for her stressing that facilities like; nose mask should be provided to avoid health problems.
06. Gov Obiano Commends Aku Luo Uno moves
By John Ndu
Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has commended some Anambra indigenes who had heeded to his “Aku Luo Uno ” campaign by attracting meaningful development to the state.
Governor Obiano expressed the gratitude while commissioning the state of the art hotel owned by Anambra Son of the Soil, Dr Obiorah Chukwuka, at Nnokwa, Idemili South Local Government Area.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the level of development the state had recorded since he assumed office, saying that 142 hotels had been recorded within three years of his administration.
Chief Obiano revealed the importance of the influx of development such as, creation of employment opportunities, enhancement of socio – economic activities, improvement of the state’s internally generated revenue among others.
He attributed the successes to the present peaceful security situation in the state, which Anambra had been adjudged the safest state in the country.
Governor Obiano urged meaningful people of the state to invest in Anambra state, as his administration would continue to provide enabling ground for business to thrive.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Hotel, Dr Obiorah Chukwuka said he was motivated by the Aku Luo Uno campaign of the present administration, especially the security he had attracted to the state.
He commended Governor Obiano for his doggedness in transforming the state beyond expectations and projecting it to global recognition.
The highlight was commissioning of the Hotel by Governor Obiano.
07.UNICEF CALLS ON HEALTH WORKERS TO ENLIGHTEN PEOPLE MORE ON IMMUNIZATION BENEFITS
UNICEF Volunteers & other health workers have been called upon to Enlighten People More on Immunization Benefits.
Speaking at UNICEF Appraisal Meeting held at Ojoto, Idemili South Council Area of Anambra State, the state UNICEF Desk Officer Mrs. Chineze M. Ileka said that Ndi Anambra should be protected from diseases like Meningitis, Polio & other diseases by being encouraged to go for Immunization.
She called on Health Workers to spread the good news of keeping the environment clean & ensuring proper Ventilation of rooms especially at this time of Meningitis outbreak in Nigeria.
The UNICEF Desk Officer however, called on volunteers to always go to Primary Health Centres ( PHC’s ) & Health Posts a day before appraisal meetings to Harmonize reports & ensure accurate records.
08.OBIANO, C.L.O SENSITIZE NDI ANAMBRA ON VOTERS REGISTRATION
BY UZO UGWUNZE
The duo of Governor Obiano of Anambra state and the State Chairman, Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme have urged Ndi Anambra to register near their residence to enable them participate fully during the November 18th governorship election in Anambra state.
Governor Obiano made the appeal while sympathizing with the family of late Chief Sir. Fred Unachukwu at Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area recently.
“You know I am very friendly with Ndi Ogidi. I gave your Igwe certificate of recognition. I have already sympathized with the wife of Fred Unachukwu and other family members. I am glad to see this mammoth crowd here in this funeral today. Although I know the reason for the turnout is because of adequate security in the state”, he said.
“You know that election is approaching and registration will commence soon. Everybody up to the age of 18 years should endeavor to register if she/he has not registered before. For those who have registered before, if the polling unit you registered is not within trekking distance now, go to the LG headquarters, meet the INEC EO and demand for transfer of your voters’ registration to the place where you are domiciled now”.
In a related development, Comrade Ezekwueme while addressing newsmen at Onitsha appealed to the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commissioner to commence the process of sensitization and mobilization of Anambra State Electorates towards active participation in Nov 18th governorship election.
“For election to be free, fair, credible and meet both national and international acceptable standard, the electoral umpire and political parties must carry electorates along before, during and after the election. The Resident electoral commissioner should also direct his local government electoral officers to also constitute voters education committee for every local government in Anambra state,” said Ezekwueme.
He further stated that the government of Anambra state should also constitute voters registration and education committee for state and local government registration committee for each local government in other to educate Ndi Anambra.
It is despicable, distasteful and condemnable that during the cause of monitoring 2015 General Election, nearly forty percent of the Ndi Anambra were not aware of the election, this led to unprecedented voters low turnout. I appeal to church leaders, traditional rulers, Civil society groups, market leader, presidents General of town union, politicians and student union to mobilize, educate, inform and sensitize Ndi Anambra to participate actively during voters registration exercise and ensure that they obtain their voters card, because it is their only power to choose their leaders.
09.UNICEF SENSITIZES VOLUNTEER WORKERS ON MENINGITIS.
By Uzo Ugwunze
The Anambra state United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) facilitator on Maternal and New born child health (MNCH), Mrs. George Ileka (JP) has embarked on sensitization of volunteer workers on the ways of preventing outbreak of meningitis in their communities, saying that although Anambra state is yet to record a victim of the dreaded virus, they owe it a duty to educate their community members on ways to avoid the disease.
Mrs. Ileka disclosed this recently during an assessment visit to the UNICEF volunteer workers and primary health care centre (PHCs) staff at Idemili South Local Government Council Headquarters, Ojoto.
She directed the nurses and midwives working at the various PHCs to urge the volunteer workers to embark on serious sensitization of the community dwellers; stressing that they should ensure clean environment, sleeping inside ventilated rooms and coming out for immunization whenever the vaccine for meningitis was available.
“Please you the staff nurses and midwives should educate the people on meningitis. It has already killed over 300 persons at the northern part of Nigeria with few cases recorded in Cross River and Delta States. Although, no meningitis case has been reported in Anambra state but who knows, one day, it may come in. To be fore warned is to be forearmed,” Ileka said.
“Volunteer workers don’t allow your people to be victims so that you don’t regret not warning them about the dreaded disease. Ensure cross ventilation of your rooms especially at night no matter the mosquito, sleep under treated mosquito nets. When you or your children come back from work or school have a cold bath immediately to cool the body temperature. Also ensure our environments are clean by disposing our refuse properly. Anytime the vaccine for celebral meningitis arrives make sure you tell all your people to come out for immunization”, she said.
Moreover, during the monthly assessment, it was discovered that two staff nurses/midwives both from Nnobi community stood out in their performance for the quarter. They include R/N.M Ezimdi Ifeoma of PHC Ebenesi Nnobi and R/N/M Hamada Nkechi of Umuru Nnobi Health Post. Mrs. Ileka praised them and urged others to emulate their hardwork.