Onitsha North Local Government
01. THREE BOREHOLE DRILLERS FEARED DEAD AT 3.3 ONITSHA. Tragedy struck at the Federal Housing Estate Trans-Nkisi Layout recently when a borehore drilling professional who was hired to maintain a borehole facility in a completed storey building in the estate got trapped under the ground and died.
It was gathered that immediately a colleague went down to rescue him, he also became a victim in the process.
Our correspondent reports that the men of Anambra State Fire Service, Okpoko station were immediately called in on a rescue mission at the estate, near St. Augustine’s Anglican Church 3.3 by the Commander, Area Police Division, Onitsha.
The firemen who quickly responded to the call got to the venue where they saw a group of people clustered in amazement. As they were about to throw in their rescuing line, a man who claimed to be the head of the rescue job in that area and also a borehole driller hastened to the place and narrated his ordeal while trying to rescue the two dead people.
According to the man who prefers to remain anonymous, “when I found out that the two men were dead under the ground, I went down with a rescue apparatus because I have been doing that kind of thing successfully, on reaching there, something which I did not see started hitting my whole body indiscriminately with a big and painful object, I saw the two dead men lying lifeless, I quickly started giving sign to the people on the plain ground to take the rope upwards so that I will not be beaten to death.
The man said he came out of the well with his body badly battered and blood gushing out from his body.
The firemen were still contemplating what next to do to help the situation, when a young hausa boy appeared and boasted that they should keep a sum of hundred thousand naira for him that he would get inside the hole and bring out the dead, he went down the rescue line and in a moment, the hausa boy started giving a sign of danger, in the process of taking the line up by the people, the rescue line cut off from the boy and he fell to the bottom of the pit and died.
The firemen who experienced how the last victim died decided to go back to seek reinforcement for the rescue job. The people around were still surprised about the bad omen. Some said it was the handiwork of an angry evil spirit that was behind the tragedy, while others said they could not understand the mystery.
At the time of filing this report, the management of Anambra State Fire Service is still concluding plans with the Police on how to tackle the problem.
Ekwughe Gladys Obianuju
02. ONITSHA NORTH: HON. PATRICK MBA RESUMES OFFICE
By Nwankwo Chioma F.
The new Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairman, of Onitsha North Council of Anambra State, Hon. Patrick Agha Mba has officially resumed work on Monday 3rd of April 2017 at Onitsha North Local Government Council Onitsha.
All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)stalwarts that gathered to witness his first day in office, are Hon, Edward Ibuzo, member representing Onitsha North 11 constituency, Hon. Martins Obika, Chairman All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) Onitsha North, member of Onitsha North transition Committee, NdiIchie, members of Onitsha Youths Council (OYC) and others supporters too
In the speech Hon. Patrick Agha Mba, said that his government would record enviable landmark that subsequent administration would emulate. He also said that the Governor of Anambra State Chief (Dr.) Willie Obiano (Akpokuo dike) is in partnership with Local Government to embark on a lot of developmental projects in the area of Education, Health, human and infrastructural transformation.
Hon, Patrick Mba, thanked the entire guests who found time to honour the occasion and urge, them to support the Governor in his second tenure.
03. Arch. Bishop Okeke Celebrates Easter with Prisons’ Inmates, Preaches Peace, Love.
Gloria Anaeze Onitsha
The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke has called on Nigerians to embrace peace and always show love to one another, stressing that Christ laid down His life for love of mankind.
Arch Bishop Okeke who made the call in a homily while celebrating this year’s Easter with the inmates of the Federal Prisons Onitsha, Anambra state, noted that Easter was a special season when the death of Jesus Christ liberated mankind from sin and His resurrection assured man of victory over all forms of afflictions.
The Catholic Prelate made it known that Christ suffered humiliation for the liberation of the mankind, which later turned to victory through His resurrection. He however prayed for peace, unity and stability of Nigeria as a nation and Anambra State in particular.
The Bishop enjoined all Christians to always work for God no matter the circumstances of life, stressing that the economic challenges facing them and the country would soon be over.
His words, ‘”I am happy to be with you people (inmates) once again. I think despite all odds, I am sure you people still have confidence in God”.
He eulogized Governor Willie Obiano’s effort in creating a peaceful atmosphere in Anambra State especially in the area of security of lives and property of the citizenry
According to him “these days we hear about Boko Haram, kidnapping, armed robbery and other social vices, but we must exercise hope because we do not know the plans God has for us”.
In his remark, the State Comptroller of Nigeria Prisons CP Anthony Ubabuike thanked the Archbishop for his kind gesture and humanitarian services to the inmates and mankind
The Anambra state Governor who was represented by the Chief of Staff Professor Joseph Asike expressed happiness over the synergy between the church and the state government and pledged that the present administration would continue to partner with the church.
Highlight of the celebration was the administering of sacrament of confirmation to seven prison inmates.
04. Gov Obiano condoles Obiogbolu family.
By John Ndu
Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has condoled the Family of Mr Alex Obiogbolu for the loss of their mother, Mrs Elizabeth Obiogbolu.
Mrs Obiogbolu was buried yesterday in her compound, at Bishop Onyeabo street, Onitsha, Onitsha North local government area.
Consoling the family, Governor Obiano said death is an inevitable debt which awaits everyone, urging all to be conscious of our lives and live a life of emulation.
Governor Obiano described Mrs Obiogbolu as a woman of virtue who lived exemplary life, urged the children to emulate the legacies of their mother.
In his reaction, the PDP Governorship aspirant in Anambra state, Mr Alex Obiogbolu expressed gratitude to Governor Obiano’s humility and his leadership style in piloting the affairs of the state.
The PDP governorship aspirant described Governor Obiano as visionary leader whose magnanimity has no boundaries, irrespective of religious and political affiliation.
05. OBIANO TOURS LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECRETARIATS TO INSPECT VOTERS REGISTRATION EXERCISE
UDAH CLARIBEL OLUCHUKWU
The executive governor of Anambra state Chief Willie Obiano last week declared 8th and 9th of May 2017 free work days for public and civil servants in Anambra State in order to give them the opportunity to register for their voters card.
The continuous voters’ registration exercise is ongoing in all the 21 local government Secretariats and there was a massive turnout of people yesterday, both public and civil servants, students, traders and business people were present to get registered. The registration process was slow due to the use of only one registration machine by the INEC registration committee which made the people complained about.
The Governor having toured some selected local government Secretariats also arrived at Onitsha North local government Secretariat yesterday and was very happy with the massive turnout of people. The Chairman Onitsha North LG Hon Patrick Agha Mba was there to welcome him and both of them inspected the exercise.
Addressing the people, Governor Obiano thanked them for coming out in their numbers to partake in the registration exercise. He pleaded with the people to be patient that everyone will be registered. He told them that chairs and canopy will be provided so that they can be relaxed while waiting for their turns. He assured the people that he has spoken with the INEC registration committee and they are working towards bringing extra machines to quicken the process.
06. MD NATIONAL LIGHT ADMONISHES INFORMATION OFFICERS TO DO WELL
NWANKWO CHIOMA F.
The National light newspaper managing Director, Mr. Chuka Nnabuife, has challenged the State Information officers to be up and doing towards writing of report and news stories to the National light Newspaper.
Speaking at the meeting of the officers in Akwa Mr. Chuka Nnabuife pleaded with the officers to sit up in their various Local Government Area. He also urged them to send some of their reports to the National light Newspaper for publications.
Mr. Ifesinachi Emmanuel, State Chairman Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), while speaking to the officers before they left the state secretariat, urged the prospective information officers to be grateful to God for giving them the opportunity to be in the ministry. Enjoined them to be dedicated to their works. He added that Governor Obiano’s administration need everybody’s hand on desk mostly those in information sector.
In attendance at the meeting were, the Anambra National light Newspaper managing Director, Mr. Chuka Nnabuife. Anambra State Nigeria Union of Journalist Chairman, Comrade Ifesinachi Emmanuel, and State Nigeria Union of Journalist Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Udoagha and some Local Government State information officers.
07.CLERGYMAN URGES PRESIDENT BUHARI TO URGENTLY CURB ECONOMIC HARDSHIP
By Gloria Anaeze
A Clergy man Reverend Emmanuel Obianayha has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate urgent measures to curtail the current economic hardship in the country.
Speaking to newsmen in Onitsha, Reverend Obianayha expressed displeasure that the ongoing recession in the country has not only brought agony and trauma to the citizenry, but has also sent many Nigerians to their untimely grave.
He noted with concern the high rate of suicide cases by some Nigerians throughout the country, which he blamed on the current economic situation and urged the president to do something urgently to bring the situation under control.
Reverend Obianayha also called on the Federal Government to establish skill acquisition centres throughout the country where youths and adults could be trained and equipped to enable them become self-relief in the face of the current economic challenges.
08.CATHOLIC YOUTHS LAUDS GOV. OBIANO’S AGRICULTURAL POLICY BY ISIMA STEPHANIE OBIANUJU The Catholic Youths Archdiocese of Onitsha has awarded Governor Willie Obiano as the best governor in Agriculture. Gov. Obiano received the award during a holy mass at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha to mark the annual archdiocesan Youths celebration. While addressing the congregation , Gov. Obiano described the Youths as today’s leaders as well as future leaders, noting that his administration has engaged good number of them as members of his cabinet. He said one of his key enablers is geared towards improving the standard of living of the youths and promoting activities that would make the economy robust for all stakeholders including the youths. The Governor said his administration is determined and committed to diversify the economy through investment in Agriculture, noting that it is a veritable socio-economic platform to boost the economy of the State. He urged the youths to key into available opportunities the state has created in the agricultural sector, skills acquisition programme and loan facilities facilated through the Anambra State Small Business Agency(ASBA). The Governor thanked the Catholic youths for their kind gestures assuring them that the honour will motivate him to relentlessly continue in discharging his duties and responsibilities for the common good of Ndi Anambra. In a sermon, the Archbishop of the Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke urged youths to shun all forms of social vices and learn to deploy their strength to positive ventures that will add value to the society.
08.CATHOLIC YOUTHS LAUDS GOV. OBIANO’S AGRICULTURAL POLICY
BY ISIMA STEPHANIE OBIANUJU
The Catholic Youths Archdiocese of Onitsha has awarded Governor Willie Obiano as the best governor in Agriculture.
Gov. Obiano received the award during a holy mass at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha to mark the annual archdiocesan Youths celebration.
While addressing the congregation , Gov. Obiano described the Youths as today’s leaders as well as future leaders, noting that his administration has engaged good number of them as members of his cabinet.
He said one of his key enablers is geared towards improving the standard of living of the youths and promoting activities that would make the economy robust for all stakeholders including the youths.
The Governor said his administration is determined and committed to diversify the economy through investment in Agriculture, noting that it is a veritable socio-economic platform to boost the economy of the State.
He urged the youths to key into available opportunities the state has created in the agricultural sector, skills acquisition programme and loan facilities facilated through the Anambra State Small Business Agency(ASBA).
The Governor thanked the Catholic youths for their kind gestures assuring them that the honour will motivate him to relentlessly continue in discharging his duties and responsibilities for the common good of Ndi Anambra.
In a sermon, the Archbishop of the Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke urged youths to shun all forms of social vices and learn to deploy their strength to positive ventures that will add value to the society.
09.ONITSHA NORTH HEAD BOSS VOWS TO RUN INCLUSIVE ADMINISTRATION.
The new Head of Local Government Administration Onitsha North Local Government Council of Anambra State, Mr. Anthony Sunday Nkwo (JP), has said that his administration will touch all the key areas that need attention in the council area to impact positively on lives of the Local Government workers.
He stated this in an interview with the State Information Officers at the Council Headquarters, Onitsha
Mr. Nkwo, while speaking on his vision and mission for the council assured them that his administration will embrace all interests and segments of the officers.
He promised to run an open door Government as well as accommodate and welcome any vision that will help the council achieve its target goal.
Furthermore, he expressed his joy at Obiano’s Governance, describing the Governor as a hard working man, a man of his words and a mover, adding that he have confidence that he will live up to expectations. The council boss said that there must be continuity in Obiano’ s administration, adding that those that did well deserve the best.
He expressed satisfaction over various roads projects in different Local Governments, especially Nkwo Igboukwu market road, in Aguata Local Government. Mr Nkwo commended Obiano’s administration for the exportation of pumpkin leave (ugu) which according to him no other Governors have done in the Country.
Finally, he said that he reminded the Council workers of the sensitivity of the task ahead which is returning the Governor for the second tenure, saying that all hands must be on desk to realize its goals.
By Nwankwo Chioma F