Oyi Local Government
01.Community Leader Seeks Public Holiday for Late Biafran Leader, calls for massive industrialization of South East
The Traditional- Prime- Minister [onowu] of Awkuzu,Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State,Chief Ozua Okoye has called on South East governors to set aside a date annually for a regional public holiday in memory of the late Biafran leader and Ikemba Nnewi,Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu who sacrificed his life and family wealth to liberate the people of the South East.
Chief Okoye popularly known as Onowu Igbonine also urged the five South East governors to chat a new course on how to attract massive investment and industrialization of the zone.
The octogenarian who spoke to our reporter in his office at Nkpor near Onitsha while answering questions on the fifth anniversary of the death of the late illustrious son of Igbo land said that declaring a public holiday in honour of the late Igbo leader would send a strong message to all Nigerians that Igbos remain united despite their political differences.
He assured the governors that it would also be used as a forum to bring Igbos together for the development of the region.
While lamenting on the high rate of unemployment and decay of infrastructure in the zone, the community leader,however, emphasized the need for a stakeholders’ summit involving all the South East governors despite their political inclinations and credible industrialists of Igbo extraction to find the best way of ending unstable power supply in the zone.
He maintained that constant power supply remains the engine room for industrialization and wondered why privatization of the power sector has not yielded any positive result about three years after its implementation.
The cultural enthusiast, however, advised the governors not to wait for the Federal Government for the development of the zone and provision of constant power supply, stressing that the aim for which the power sector was privatized has been defeated.
He declared that the motivating factor of privatization in Nigeria is propelled by selfishness and greed and not to advance the vehicle of development as obtained in other climes such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and some Asian Tigers who did not depend on the Central Government to develop their areas, but were moved by sheer patriotism to enhance the living standard of their people.
The community leader, however, called on the South East governors not to politicize any economic summit that would be championed by the region, warning that those acclaimed industrialists who have failed the test in the power sector and other enterprises should be shunned.
02.APC GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANT ENDORSES GOV. OBIANO
BY ISIMA STEPHANIE OBIANUJU
The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief(Dr.) Willie Mmaduaburochukwu Obiano has applauded a governorship aspirant and chieftain of All Progressive Congress(APC), Comrade Harris Chuma for his decision to decamp to APGA and declaration for support for him to continue in office after the scheduled November 2017 governorship election.
The surprise endorsement occured during the commissioning of Market Toilet Project executed under Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) at Oye-Olisa, Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area by the wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano who represented the Governor.
She thanked Comrade Chuma for his courage and also ensuring that All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) would not die. She appreciated the Governor, the APGA National Chairman and other APGA Party Officials for their hard work which has attracted men and women of goodwill into APGA, saying that has shown that the legacies of the founding fathers of APGA would remain.
Expressing her joy, Mrs. Obiano and the wife of APGA National Chairman, Lolo Mary Oye decorated Comrade Harris Chuma with APGA cloth and called him “the newest APGA faithful”, adding that Comrade Chuma has done a remarkable thing by making it open that APGA is not just a political party but it stands for Igbo identity.
Earlier, the Ogbunike, Anambra born, Lagos based politician and also a well-known opponent and critic of the Governor of Anambra State has shocked the people of Ogbunike by disclosing that he decided to come to his home town to declare his intention before going to the state level to reinforce his new political move. According to him,”I did not just come home because I heard that the wife of the Governor is commissioning toilet. I decided to come and make an open declaration before our people. I am an active member of APC. But I have noticed that I am backing the wrong horse in Anambra State. I am on a mission. I want to state it in the open before our people that I have formally decamped to APGA and I am supporting Willie Obiano because I am now convinced that he is doing a good job. I have met Obiano and I have never met Osodieme before now. I want to assure our Igwe that I am no longer campaigning against Obiano.
He called on all the sons and daughters of Ogbunike to support the Governor for proving beyond doubt that he has the interest of Anambra at heart and pleaded that everybody should vote for him during the forth coming election.
Present at the occasion were – Member Representing Oyi Local Government Constituency, Hon. Vivian Okadigbo, APGA members and many indigenes of the community.
03.Catholic women commends Gov. Obiano on his care for the mentally ill.
The director catholic women organization, Mrs Appolonia Chukwuma has applauded Governor Willie Obiano on his gaint stride and care givento the mentally sick persons in Anambra state.
Mrs Chukwuma made the commendation during her visit with the Catholic Women Organization, Agulu denary to the Ministry of Social Welfare Children and Women Affairs ‘s mental and rehabilitation home,Nteje .She remarked “that since the creation of Anambra State that it is only Governor Obiano that has passion to care for our brothers and sisters who are suffering from one mental problem or the other.”
Lady Theresa Aguluka, the organiser Agulu denary also commended Governor Obiano not only for his care for the mentally ill but also on the massive development of the rural communities through the commuinty choose your project program.
The women presented various food items like bags of rice,beans,yams, cloths,fruits,malts etc to the rehabilitation home.
The commissioner for social welfare children and women affairs, Dr Mrs Victoria Chikwelu, thanked the director and the organizer for making out their time to visit the mental and rehabilitation home,Nteje. She told the women that the wife of the Governor, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano’s NGO (CAFE) has been contributing a lot towards the upkeep of the inmates of the home.
04.TOE THE LINE OF PEACE : OKEKE URGES DISPUTING COMMUNITIES.
By: Ogbuagu Benjamin U.
The neighboring communities of Osile Ogbunike and Eziumunya have been urged to toe the line of peace in the settlement of the lingering boundary dispute between the two sister communities.
The New Era Chairman of Anambra State Boundary Committee and the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke made this plea when he led other members of the Committee on an inspection visit to the area in dispute. He urged them to eschew violence of any sort as it stalls development in the communities. The Deputy Governor who expressed sadness at the idea of killing each other over land related issues, informed representatives of both communities that land is one of the constant things we met on earth at birth and will still leave it behind when we exit this world. He implored the two communities to be ready to make compromise in the settlement process of the dispute.
Earlier while briefing the Deputy Governor, the Surveyor General of the State Surv. I. Ajoku elucidated series of efforts being made to demarcate the boundary between the two communities. He however noted that the Technical Team were facing some challenges due to the technical deficiencies discovered in the survey map being used for the demarcation of the boundary. He urged the two communities to make sacrifices so as to be able to achieve lasting peace in the area.
In their vote of thanks after the inspection exercise, the President General of Osile Ogbunike community and his counterpart from Eziumunya thanked the Deputy Governor for personally embarking on the exercise. According to them, this goes a long way to show the commitment of the Willie Obiano led administration at ensuring lasting peace in the communities. They promised on behalf of their people to co-operate with the State Boundary Committee in her bid to amicably resolve their boundary dispute.
Other members of the State Boundary Committee that accompanied the Deputy Governor on the visit included : HRH Igwe Dr. Emeka Ilouno, HRH Igwe C. C. Umeaniba, Hon. Comm. for Lands, Sir Okey Moka, the Surveyor General of the State, Surv. I. Ajoku, the Executive Secretary Boundary Committee, Mr Emma Nwokoye and other Technical staff. The Team later visited Ezinkwelle and Amuche Nkwelle communities who are also having boundary issues with Osile Ogbunike.
05.THE CHAIRMAN AND WORKERS INTERRACTIVE SECTION.
06.APGA in Oyi vows to deliver Gov Obiano for second term.
By John Ndu
Members of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), recently converged at their new party secretariat at Nteje, Oyi local government area of Anambra State to further strategize on the structural plan to ensure the party’s victory in the forth coming gubernatorial polls in the state. The members turned out in their numbers from the 15 wards in the five towns in the Oyi council area. Addressing the crowd, the Transition Chairman, Oyi local government area, Mr. Uchenna Okafor explained that the present administration of Governor Willie Obiano has maintained high level of prudence in financial management irrespective of the meagre resources caused by the present economic crunch.
He pointed that the welfare of the people had been one of the cardinal objectives of Governor Obiano, which has manifested evident in the prompt payment of workers’ salary and allowances.
The Transition Chairman noted that the present administration will continue providing permanent and sustainable solutions to every challenges in the state, including the provision of adequate facilities and enabling environments that will enhance socio-economic development.
He urged them to remain steadfast as the APGA government will always appreciate every little effort of its members.
The APGA Chairman in Oyi Local government area, Mr. Onochie Mkpuechina, noted that the monthly meeting is aimed at harmonising the structure of the party, and cementing its foundation for a second term bid.
Mr Mkpuechina noted that the APGA government has reshaped the status of the state, and changing its identity from what it used to be in the past.
He commended Governor Obiano for his selflessness and doggedness in projecting Anambra to limelight.
06.FORMER NLC BOSS IBEKWE LAUDS GOVERNMENT’S SCHEDULING OF THE APS/ANPC IN THE PENSION/GRATUITY SCHEME
By Michael Ezenwata
A former Anambra State chairman of the Nigeria labour congress, Comrade Godwin Ibekwe has commended Governor Willie Obiano for approving the scheduling of the Anambra Broadcasting Service and the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation in the pension and gratuity scheme.
Comrade Ibekwe who spoke to the press in Ogbunike on the epoch making event said the gesture has portrayed the governor as a humane personality who has the interest of the citizenry at heart.
The former NLC boss expressed delight that the move has also rekindled the hope of workers in the state that the future is bright for them and that the governor should be supported to go for a second tenure in office.
Comrade Ibekwe used the forum to commiserate with the governor on the death of his mother Madam Christiana Obiano who passed on at the age of 90 years.