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By Gloria Ikwuanusi/Anthonia Okeke :

The Commissioner for Information in Anambra State, Sir Paul Nwosu in a significant gathering marking the commencement of the year 2024, hosted the 24 Ward executives in Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Headquarter.

The event witnessed the esteemed presence of the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr. Somtochukwu Nkem Udeze.

During his speech, Udeze emphasized the organic growth of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), saying, “APGA is growing, and the growth is organic”.

He expressed his belief in communal spirit, asserting, “I do not believe in personal development, I believe in the spirit of ‘onye aghana nwanne ya”.

The Speaker also announced that he would unveil his plans for APGA and Ogbaru on February 17,  urging stakeholders to prioritize staking over taking, emphasizing the importance of collective participation.

Earlier in an address, the Commissioner for Information, Sir Nwosu, reminded Ogbaru people of the special love His Excellency, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has for Ogbaru people.

Sir Nwosu also highlighted some of the projects embarked on by the Prof. Soludo led administration in Ogbaru which includes; the reconstruction of Umunankwo/ Ossomalla bridge, Construction of Ekwusigo/Atani road, Employment/ Empowerment of Ogbaru Indigenes and construction of many roads in Okpoko.

He advised Ogbaru people to reciprocate the love by standing firm in supporting APGA without having double mind.

Further more, the State Chairman of APGA, High Chief Ifeatu Obiokoye expressed joy that APGA is coming up with a new party structure which entailed the Kindred Structure which must grow from the grassroots where you have the Kindred Co- ordinator, Woman Leader and Youth Leader.

Obiokoye explained that with the Kindred Structure of APGA, there will be proper representation, effective delivery of democracy dividend and election victory is assured.

The event witnessed the presence of key personalities, including the Local Government Chairman, Mr. Paschal Aniegbuna, APGA Local Government Chairman, Pastor Onochie Obiorah Anibueze, Mr. Linus Ezenwamma, Mr. Franklin Nwadialor, Mr Ndubuisi Ochiogu (Chairman, Ogbaru Main Market).

The event showcased a United front of APGA Leaders and stakeholders, promising a dynamic year ahead for the party and the Ogbaru communities.

*Gloria, Anthonia are of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State


By Ifeoma Aniagbado  :

The Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr. Patrick Agha-Mba has visited ICT centre in Ajani village, Ichida to underscore the significance of accessible primary education championed by Gov. Chukwuma Soludo.

The ICT centre, a memorial of Late Mrs. Ezinne Theresa Chiekezie by High Chief Innocent Chiekezie, served as a testament to the commitment to education for all in Anambra.

Addressing the students, Mr. Agha Mba specifically highlighted Gov. Soludo’s innovative Public Private Community Partnership (PPCP) program, emphasizing its role in providing essential ICT training for Anambra’s young pupils.

Expressing gratitude, he acknowledged Mr. Osita Ozalagba, Chairman of Ajani village, for actively facilitating the community’s utilization of the ICT centre.

Responding, Mr. Ozalagba expressed appreciation for Gov. Soludo’s administration and acknowledged Commissioner Agha-Mba’s dedication in inspecting and promoting ICT education within the community. 

According to him, this educational initiative aligns seamlessly with the vision of the donor, High Chief Innocent Chiekezie, focusing on nurturing a generation of global citizens capable of excelling at the highest levels of education.

*Ifeoma is of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State


By Uche Kalu :

Few days now, the social media have been awash by the news of some traditional rulers from Anambra State being suspended for ignoring due process in the conferment of chieftaincy titles on individuals without getting clearance from the State’s Ministry of Local Government, Community and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The two Monarchs cut in the web of     abeyance were HRH Igwe Onwuamaeze Ezeani (Igwe Ugonabo, Neni) Neni in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state who conferred a chieftaincy title on the senator representing Anambra South, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah on December 29th, 2023 as part of his 20th Ofala Festival and Chief Daniel Obelle of Nawfia in  Njikoka Local Government Area who On January 4th, 2024, conferred Chieftaincy titles on no fewer than 40 persons in Nawfia during the Igu Aro festival of Nawfia Community.

The traditional institution is sacred and ordained by God ( Chi na emeze) as the custodians of culture and traditions of the land and needs to be carried out with utmost sense of wisdom and carefulness. In addition Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration respects and hold traditional rulers in esteem and acknowledges their good works and efforts in facilitating achievement of his vision for the state, especially at the grassroots. The monarchs play pivotal roles in Anambra State in facilitating community development.

However, there is a Code of Conduct for Anambra State Traditional Rulers which states that any monarch who wants to confer chieftaincy title on any individual must first notify and get approval from the state government through the Ministry of Local Government, Community and Chieftaincy Affairs, explaining what the person has done for the community to deserve such honour and chieftaincy title. This law is not hidden to any of the traditional rulers.

The essence of getting the clearance wasn’t meant to witch-hunt anyone rather the process will help to ensure that chieftaincy titles are conferred on deserving individuals and also motivate others to do good works. It will equally help to prevent duplication of chieftaincy titles (giving the same chieftaincy titles to two or more different people), as well as guard against potential abuse of the traditional stool.

Further more, the traditional ruler of the hometown of the person to be conferred with the chieftaincy title (if he is from another town other than that of the monarch giving him the chieftaincy title) must also be contacted to attest for the character and integrity of the person before he would be conferred with the chieftaincy title, to ensure chieftaincy titles are not given to people who have questionable characters and integrity problem.

The question is, was this law made today?  Does  Governor Chukwuma Soludo initiate this law? Is he witch-hunting the traditional rulers? Is he against conferment of chieftaincy titles on deserving individuals? 

 The monarchs were not suspended because they confer chieftaincy titles rather It was a clear case of violation of laws. There are other traditional rulers who gave chieftaincy titles to individuals in the state and were not suspended.

The truth remains that laws are meant to be obeyed and not to be violated. Traditional rulers being the custodians of culture and traditions are expected to lead by example in their various communities by working in harmonious relationship with the state government which would in turn be reciprocated by their subjects.


By Chukwuka Ugokwe :

Oba community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State has disclosed its plans to review its security strategies and strengthen security architecture to address security challenges in the area.

The newly elected President General of the community. Engr. Uzochukwu Ejiofor who dropped the hint shortly after his victory following election of the Oba Patroitic Union (OPU) said restoration of peace and unity among members of the community would be top priority in his administration.

He also disclosed plans to set up a standard fire brigade centre to curb incessant challenges of fire outbreak in the community.

He said, “The expectations of the great people of Oba will be met because our tenure will be as transparent and focused as possible and focused.

“In the past, we have had serious security challenges but we are going to review our security strategies and strengthen the security architecture to ensure such challenges do not repeat again, even beyond our regime.

“We look forward to restore the peace, unity and dignity of our people, as a key agenda of our administration. 

“We also plan to set up a standard fire brigade centre here because we have a lot of businesses, industries, and residential buildings due to the cosmopolitan nature of the town. 

“This will help us curb the incessant challenges of fire outbreak we experience every now and then.

“I will, in my address to Ndi Oba soon, present a detailed development agenda for the community.”

Describing his victory as divine, Ejiofor commended the Interim Town Union Government (ITUG) and the electoral committee for delivering transparent and credible election to Oba people.

He pledged to work with his co-contestants and critical stakeholders in the community to bring about the long expected peace, unity and development in the town.

“Once again I thank God Almighty and congratulate Ndi Oba whom this victory primarily belongs to and I extend my hand of fellowship to my colleagues in the executive to join me in this onerous task of uniting and rebuilding our dear town Oba ebo iteghete.”

Declaring Ejiofor winner in a keenly contested election, Electoral Committee Chairman, Mr Liberty Maduekwe said Ejiofor polled 370 votes to defeat his only opponent, Ogechukwu Obasoanya, who secured 179 votes.

Other positions, aside those of Secretary General and Chief Provost, were unopposed at the election duly supervised by Transition Committee Chairman of Idemili South LGA, Hon Amaka Obi and officials of Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Affairs, Awka.

Earlier, Idemili South TC Chairman, Obi described the election as critical in view of the community’s strategic position to the Council area and the state, stressing that government presence was to ensure peace and orderliness of the exercise.

“The state government is interested in promoting peace across all communities of the state, through the entrenchment of democratically-elected town union executives,” she said.

Obi charged the newly-elected town union executives to work in accordance with the community’s constitution as they carry everybody along in their developmental efforts.

Congratulating the new executives, Regent of the town, Prince Noel Ezenwa urged them to ensure Oba remained united while bond of brotherliness among them be nurtured at all times.

He said the community has through the election, demonstrated their preparadness to commence journey of rebuilding their homeland.

Chairman of the outgone Interim Government of the Community, Sir Osita Ubadi described the election as one of the most transparent conducted in the history of the community, urging the new leadership to work towards giving the community a befitting traditional ruler in the nearest future.

“I’m happy my leadership was able to accomplish the tasks assigned them by government, as well as other achievements for the community,” he said.

A stakeholder in the community, Prof Austen Azubogu commended the advisory role of the Idemili South Transition Committee Chairman, Hon Obi, in ensuring that the elections were successful and concluded in transparent manner.

It was gathered that absence of executives had contributed to delay in electing a new traditional ruler, as all forms of crimes, including youth restiveness, sales and encroachment of communally-owned lands, held sway in the community occasioned by lack of leadership.

State Government had through the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Affairs, created the Interim Town Union Government, ITUG to ensure conduct of election of new executives of the OPU before end of 2023.


By Chioma Ezeiru / Charity Okechukwu  :

Orumba North Transition Committee Chairman, Sir Ogochukwu Ekwueme has lauded Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo for his impactful palliative measures to the people of Anambra State especially the vulnerable and less privileged. 

Sir Ekwueme, who made the commendation in an interview with information officers at the local government secretariat, Ajalli, said that Gov. Charles Soludo is God sent to the people of Anambra State especially at this critical time. 

The Orumba North TC Chairman noted that “It is worthy of emulation that at this difficult time across the country, the Anambra State governor, Professor Charles Soludo, in his kind and humane nature, has approved the distribution of about 200,000 bags of 10kg rice to the poorest of the poor across the length and breadth of the state to help cushion the effects of subsidy removal. 

“We give kudos to the governor. In Orumba North, we have received about 7,500 bags of rice already and still expecting the remaining 2000 bags before we begin distribution to various wards and communities. And we will not distribute them until we have the list of recipients from the various wards, which we will vet and ensure that the rice gets to only those it is actually meant for,” he added.  

Sir Ekwueme also stated that measures have been put in place by his leadership to avoid irregularities and ensure transparent and appropriate disbursement of the palliative. 

“Due to our experience in the coconut and palm tree seedlings disbursement, we have sat and put together measures that will ensure fair selection of beneficiaries and equitable distribution of the palliative. We have formed supervisory committee at the local government level which I am a member and also supervisory committee at the ward levels  which constitutes the councillors, presidents-general, clergy men, civil society organisations, etc for proper monitoring, supervision and distribution. 

“Also in the beneficiary selection process, we are working through the umunnas. Each village already have their umunna in place. The umunnas know their people and know those members who are actually deserving of the palliative. 

“This is how the list is generated. Every local government has its peculiarities but our job is to key into the solution mantra, ensure that it gets to the right beneficiaries and the local government is doing a good job. Each ward is expected to receive no fewer than 400-650 bags of rice and we have about 19 wards in Orumba North Local Government Area alone. 

“This is massive and first of its kind. It is a good and welcome development. We are really grateful to Gov. Soludo for putting smiles on the faces of our people in this festive season. At least, our people are assured of rice for this yuletide celebration. Ndi Anambra should give him their full support as he takes the state to enviable heights.”

Speaking further, Sir Ekwueme described the state government palliative measures as all encompassing and transformational. 

According to him, the Soludo administration is determined to bring dividends of democracy to Ndi Anambra especially the grassroots through provision of free education from nursery to junior secondary school(J.S.S 3), permitting only N5000 school fees for Senior Secondary Schools; free ante natal care and delivery services for expectant mothers in the state, youth empowerment, massive road construction, employment of teachers and health workers.

The Orumba-North TC boss expressed gratitude to God Almighty and Gov. Soludo for the privilege to serve the people of Orumba North. 

“I thank God and Gov. Soludo for this opportunity to serve my people. I am a man of service. I like to help and assist people, it is in my nature and background. 

“We have been here for about 15 months. It has been a challenging and tough one because governance is not easy especially in Nigeria. But I believe that we have been able to make some  positive impact in the lives of our people. They should keep on supporting us by paying their taxes and levies as at when due to enable us generate funds and carry out some  necessary projects in the local government area,” he said. 

_Chioma  and Charity are of the Ministry of Information_


By: Ukpa Ewa :

Good governance, development and cohesion between the government and Ndi Anambra, have been described as one of the hallmarks of the Soludo Administration. 

Addressing Ndi Anambra at a one day rally organized by a group under the auspices of Soludo Ambassadors at Nkwo Triangle, Nnewi North, the Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo  said that the event was about making statement on his transformation Agenda.

The Governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, noted that  soludo has done remarkably well in areas  of security, economic transformation, law and order.

Ezeajughi praised the Governor for making Anambra a liveable and prosperous homeland, maintaining that infrastructural and economic development was ongoing in all the 21 local government areas (LGAs) in the state.

” All the 21 LGAs can boast of road, street light installation. Communities neglected on assumption of Soludo in office within a period of one year and nine months have been given a touch. Soludo will change the history of Okpoko from being a slum to a regenerative city.”

In his remarks, the National Leader of Soludo Ambassadors and Managing Director, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA) Mr. Ossy Onuko  who underscored the importance of Soludo Ambassadors Support Group, said the event was held to propagate the dynamics of Gov. Soludo’s good work to his citizens.

Describing Nnewi as All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) land, he further enumerated numerous projects done by Soludo to include youth  empowerment, awarding of over 200 kilometers of road and mobilization paid, reviving urban water scheme and producing three new cities in Anambra known as Awka 2.0.

The National Coordinator of Soludo Ambassadors, High Chief Kenneth Nwachukwu, in his remark affirmed the staunch support of the Ambassadors in projecting, promoting and protecting the good works of Prof. Soludo, reassuring of the group’s support at all times.

Earlier in his welcome address, the coordinator of Soludo Ambassadors, Anambra South Zone, Prince Namsom Nwafor – Orizu, expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the outstanding leadership and unwavering dedication of Soludo in fighting insecurity which was a major threat. 

The large turnout of Ndi Anambra as witnessed at the rally had top government functionaries in attendance with installation of Patrons and Patroness, courtesy visit to HRM Igwe Kenneth Onyeneke Orizu III of Nnewi kingdom by the group and cultural display by each local government council areas of the zone.

*Ukpa is of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State


By Henry Anagboso :

The Chairman Ogbaru Local Government Area, Mr. Pascal Aniegbuna has called on the people of Ogbaru to make judicious use of government intervention and supports through Agricultural Programmes like the Value Chain Development Programme, VCDP, to better their lives.

The Chairman made this call during the handing over of Point of Sale, POS, machines to the physically challenged persons today at the Local Government Secretary’s office, Atani.

The chairman in his speech enjoined them to accept the support with warm embrace as it is geared to make them become financially independent, he added that such gesture scarcely come and when it does, it is advised that one makes judicious use of such opportunity.

Mr. Aniegbuna commended the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, Programme, VCDP for their support while urging the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity to encourage the donor to reach out to more vulnerable people in their community. 

Earlier, the VCDP Rural Finance officer, Mr. Chukwujekwu Obianefo explained that the POS terminal was considered a vital tool for empowerment to support the vulnerable across the participating LGAs of the Programme, using the new LGAs of Ogbaru, Ihiala and Orumba South as pilot area which would be extended to other LGAs in due time.

Mr. Obianefo said the support was part of the VCDP mainstreaming initiative of financial inclusion and considering the Programme’s concern for the vulnerable and people living with disabilities, to help them come out of poverty. 

In a vote of thanks, Mrs. Amaka Onyema, a primary healthcare worker and one of the physically challenged persons from Amaiyi community, applauded the IFAD-VCDP for the kind gesture and promised they would put it to use and achieve the objective of the support. 

Mrs. Nkiru Okonkwo, a widow from great Umunankwo Cooperative Society and Mr. Ozoemena Okori  from Destiny farmers, Umuezehobi expressed their gratitude over the support and pledged to make good use of the device, adding that the support would really impact their lives.

“I want to thank the VCDP for this support of POS machine given to me, I am grateful. I want to also thank the state government, as well as the Federal Government and I pray that God will bless them all.”

*Anagboso writes for the Ministry of Information, Anambra State*


By Felix Igboanugo :

In a remarkable display of unity and respect for cultural institution, the Transition Committee Chairman of Anambra West Local Government Area, Mr. Felix Ikechi has received the newly elected Traditional Ruler of Inoma community, HRH Igwe Sylvanus Ndukwe Onyekwe.

Receiveing the Traditional ruler In a special ceremony  at the Local Council’s sub office Umueze Anam, Mr. Ikechi reiterated Government’s commitment in partnering with traditional institutions geared towards entrusting peace and unity within the local council.

He congratulated the traditional ruler for being the choice of his people, having gone through the election process in accordance with the constitution, customs, and traditions of Inoma community, leading to his ascension on the throne.

The Anambra West chairman applauded Governor Chukuwma Soludo for creating the enabling environment for communities to choose their leaders, emphasizing the importance of unity and collaboration between the government and traditional institutions, recognizing their valuable roles in community development and preserving cultural heritage.

Mr. Ikechi appealed to the newly elected Inoma monarch to be father of all, as he expects peace, fairness, justice and love in his Community and Anambra West in general.

In his response, the Igwe elect expressed his gratitude to God, Inoma community and  Government of Anambra State for the opportunity to serve in such capacity, and pledged his commitment towards the promotion of peace, progress, and cultural preservation in Inoma and Anambra West in particular.

He acknowledged the support of his people and promised to work closely with the local government to address the community’s needs and challenges.

The presentation of the newly elected traditional ruler of Inoma to the Anambra West LGA, signifies a new chapter in the community’s history. And symbolizes the unity between tradition and governance, highlighting the significance of working together to uplift the lives of the people and ensure the progress of the entire Anambra West.

Felix is a Staff Of The State Ministry Of Information.

Anambra West Council Boss Presents Certificates, Cheques to Anambra West Beneficiaries of 1 Youth 2 Skills Initiative Programme

By Felix Igboanugo :

The Transition Committee Chairman of Anambra West Local Government Area, Mr. Felix Ikechi has handed over cheques and certificates to the Anambra West beneficiaries of the just concluded first batch of the 1 youth 2 skills empowerment program of the Governor Chukwuma Soludo administration.

The program which was Initiated by the present administration of Governor Soludo was aimed at lifting thousands of Youths off the streets and engaging them meaningfully in different skills for them to be self reliant and sufficient.

Handing over the cheques and certificate to forty-seven beneficiaries from Anambra West at the local council sub office Umueze Anam, Mr. Ikechi noted that the programme which was aimed at empowering the youths with essential skills for self-sufficiency, would certainly make a significant impact on the lives of the young individuals.

He commended Governor Soludo administration for taking thousands of youths off the streets through the initiative, saying that investing in human capital development remains the greatest of all Investment.

The Anambra West TC Chairman commended the beneficiaries for their determination and commitment in acquiring new skills, which he believed are essential for the socio-economic growth of Anambra State.

He advised them to utilize the rare opportunity to develop their lives, noting that the Governor is poised in making Anambra youths self reliant through various skills, urging them to remain focused, committed and dedicated to become employers of labour in months to come.

Mr.Felix Igboanugo is a staff member of the Ministry Of Information.

Onitsha South Council Chairman Empowers 110 Skill Acquisition Graduates

By Juliana Nwachukwu/Patricia Osegbue :

No fewer than 110 skill acquisition graduates were empowered by the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Onitsha South Local Government Area, Anambra State, Mr..Emeka Orji, with #200,000 and #500,000 each after graduating from their various skills’ training.

The benefitting youths who were trained for months, were empowered to commence their journey towards becoming self reliant and wealth creators.

Commending them for the completion of their training, Mr. Orji advised them to focus on the areas which they were trained, especially those of the apprenticeship who received higher sum, even as he stressed the need for judicious use of the money giving to them, stating that to whom much is given, much is expected.

“Small business is the engine room of the state economy and the state is willing to support those that did well by giving them more”.

“Empowering the youths is a critical aspect of sustainable economic development that requires the provision of resources such as funds and education to aid in the establishment of sustainable businesses.

Recall that last Friday the State Government empowered five thousand persons who graduated from the first batch of the “One youth, two skills” Solution Initiative with start-up grants to the tune of two billion naira to launch their businesses.

This is another commendable step in the right direction towards achieving this objective as entrepreneurship is a powerful tool for stimulating economic growth and it provides opportunities for job creation, wealth generation, innovation, and sustainable economic development.

However, starting up a new business requires resources, and access to funds is often a significant barrier faced by potential entrepreneurs and so, the decision by the Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration to help over five thousand youths in the state to acquire skills in different key areas and also empower them with grants as launch pads is not just timely but strategic.

The Governor’s initiative sheds light on the importance of providing financial support and training programme to entrepreneurs, particularly young entrepreneurs, to build and sustain their businesses.

The five thousand beneficiaries of the grant were chosen after a rigorous selection process, which involved a thorough assessment of the feasibility, and potential for growth of their proposed businesses and this process ensured that only those with viable, innovative, and sustainable business ideas were selected.

Juliana Nwachukwu and Patricia Osegbue are Staff members of the Ministry Of Information

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