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By Regina Igwebuike :

The Founder and CEO Queen-Tovah Cares Foundation International, Princess Dr. Jessie Ifeoma Udoka-Menuba, nee Oliobi has received a Professorship Award from Crown Prince Ministerial College of Bishops Inc. Nigeria having satisfactorily completed the approval course of studies in Mission Development.

The Princess is married  to  Rtd  Air commodore  Ify  Udoka Menuba  from Oguluwa kindred,  Adabebe  village,  Amawbia, and is the only sister of HRM, Igwe Maximus Ikechukwu Oliobi, Owelle of Nimo (Ezeoranyelu I).

She was also installed as the Crown Matron of the great College in recognition of her selfless and humanitarian services in her ministerial call/service on earth, having distinguished herself in the service to the nation and mankind.

The event, which took place during the Conference at the Divine Salvation Solution Ministry, Amawbia near Kabe junction on March 30, was well attended by friends and lovers of the Princess including the Nze na Ozo title holders, Eziokwubundu Women group, Oguluwa kindred Adabebe, Precious Widows Association Anambra (PWAA) and her sisters from Nimo (Umuada Nimo) married into Amawbia.

Speaking on the theme of the conference “Behold The Lord Comes”, the Founder, Crown Prince College of Bishops/Apostles, Archbishop Moses Chinedum Ezeh (JPH), said that the open statement stands tall over demonic vices against humanities.

He urged the present generation to return to their Master and Creator of all the living, saying that the choice is in their hands to choose whom to worship, knowing that the end is at hand.

Archbishop Ezeh, while advocating the Lord’s immenient returns to this earth with our true rewards, enjoined all to celebrate the Lord Almighty whose power/wisdom is in total control of our existence through Jesus Christ, Master of human salvation.

According to him, the Church’s Motto: Jesus Christ is our Savior, has the mission to rise to correct, direct, supervise and to empower the churches along with our sacrifices at large.

“The church whose aim is to save the lost soul in this end time is non-denominational and inter denominational and as such, needs men who are saints to the very calling of God to enable the very Gospel to be preached without fear in this generation.

As the son of the soil, he admonished Ndi Amawbia and christians at large to settle matters amicably through the elders than dragging their own to court.

Celebrating Princess Udoka-Menuba, the Archbishop described her as a hardworking and great woman with a difference, whom they love so dearly with passion and everything.

Commending her good works, he said that she merited the awards. She is helpful, caring, being there for men, women, children, youth, communities, cities and countries.

“I lack adjective to qualify her, no one can disqualify her not even the power of lucifer because her good generous works are not ordinary and I pray God to give her long healthy life to reap the rewards for her labour.

“With our hearts full of gratitude for all the gestures and good works, the College of Bishops are offering her two Awards: Mother of our great College and Professorship Award for her good works to continue, to motivate her to continue doing good so that others will learn to be good.

“She is not the only one, but very outstanding.”

Receiving the Awards on behalf of the Princess, Mrs Uju Izuakor, Founder and President, Precious Widows Association Anambra, thanked the College and all present for the honour, noting that the honours are well deserved.

She described the Princess as a woman filled with human kindness, an action, visionary woman cum Evangelist, touching humanity with her Foundation – Queen-Tovah Cares International.

Mrs Izuakor prayed that God will use the potentials deposited in the Princess to carry the College along, noting that God raised the Princess to help humanity especially the less privileged, downtrodden, widows/widowers, indigents and the homeless.

In an interview shortly after the Service, Barr. Mike Okoye, member Board of Trustees and the Southeast Coordinator said,”Actually, the event shows the connection between giving and spirituality because you can actually have but you cannot give.

“We’ve seen people like that but the Princess is someone who gives from the heart. When you check her qualifications and accolades, you find out that she is equally an Evangelist, showing that her purpose is driven with spirituality.

“So, this College of Bishops, having accorded her with these recognitions, is in line with what she has been doing and we actually thank the church, the body of Christ for according her that recognitions, praying that she continues to do more”.

Also in an interview, Nze Emeka Onuorah extolled the Princess for her magnanimity which won her many awards and recognitions.

He said that the Princess is a great woman achiever, an icon and epitome of excellence. Her philanthropy and legacies resonate across the globe, infact, she deserved more feathers and accolades.

Others expressed joy and wished the Princess long healthy life, more grace and wisdom to continue doing good.

*Regina is of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State


By Ifeoma Aniagbado  :

Today marks a significant milestone in the quest to transform the lives of youths positively as the Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr. Patrick Agha Mba, commenced the activation of a crucial partnership arrangement in upskilling the youths with a working visit to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in Anambra State. 

The visit stems from a Memorandum of Agreement earlier reached on 24th May 2023 between the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, under former Honorable Minister, Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige, and the Anambra State Government under the leadership of Executive Governor Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo.

This agreement was geared toward the implementation of the Skills Upgrading and Vocational Training (SUVT) Program, in order to intensify efforts on human capital development within Anambra State. 

In his remarks, Commissioner Patrick Agha Mba said that the visit was in furtherance of an earlier agreement and to finalize arrangements for the activation of a Vocational Skill Training Centre , Alor in Idemili South and Ifitedunu in Dunukofia LGAs of Anambra State. 

He said that these centres are poised to serve as hubs for the next batch of the 1 Youth 2 Skills Solution, which is targeting the training of over 10,000 youths across 55 vocational skills areas of their choice.

The Commissioner emphasized the timely nature of the visit, especially now that the preparation for the upcoming training is in top gear. 

He explained that 5,000 youths successfully graduated from the first phase of 1 Youth 2 Skills and got empowered financially for business start-ups/expansion with a total sum of ₦2 billion, the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The Commissioner while highlighting the strides of the Anambra State Government in youth and all aspects of human capital development, commended the Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for his great vision and initiatives like the Anambra Business Summit, Solution Innovation District (SID), and Solution Sports, which had contributed significantly to addressing unemployment challenges in the state. 

He emphasized the importance of these programs in societal harmony and development, as the youths constitute about 65% of the state’s population.

Mr. Agha Mba called for continuous collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Employment through the National Labour and Employment in order to open up doors of opportunities for the youths of Anambra State. 

He used the medium to inform the State Controller that the Ministry of Youth Development Anambra State has over 200,000 registered unemployed youth in its Data Bank and expressed the readiness of the Ministry to provide such information to FMLE for policy and program implementation.

Responding, the State Controller, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (FMLE) Anambra State, Mrs. B. U. Oji-Ogbuehi, expressed her delight at the commissioner’s visit, saying that it was the first of its kind since her years in service. 

The Controller, while promising that FMLE will offer all that is required to ensure that the youths of the state are effectively developed, commended Gov. Soludo’s administration for being proactive with the kind of his workforce and approach to governance.

The meeting was attended by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Development, Mrs. Chito Osili, Executive Assistant to Governor on Youth Development, Mr. Chibuzor Udeh, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Admin) FMLE Awka, Ndubuisi Nwamaka, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Admin) FMLE, Awka, Ifeoma Ndibe, and the Media Team of the Ministry of Youth Development.

*Ifeoma is of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State


By Obiageli Nwankwo :

The Onitsha Divisional Library is set to undergo a significant transformation, as it has been earmarked for renovation and upgrade to a smart library by the administration of Gov. Chukwuma Soludo.  

This was made known during an impromptu visit to the library by the Commissioner for Education, Prof Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, who urged the librarian and staff to collaborate in generating ideas to facilitate the transformation process.

Gov. Soludo’s commitment to the project was further demonstrated through the donation of 10, 000  books to the library.

Accompanied by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Mr Nnaemeka Egwuonwu, and her Special Assistant, Mr Azubike Egotanwa, Commissioner Chuma-Udeh also paid a courtesy visit to the Divisional Police Officer of Onitsha, CSP Garuba Rabiu, who joined the delegation during the visit.

During the tour of the facilities, led by the librarian, Mrs Juliet Enemuo, Commissioner Chuma-Udeh was briefed on the library’s current state and challenges. Mrs Enemuo appealed for assistance in addressing waste collection issues within the library vicinity, which she identified as a nuisance.

*Obiageli is of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State


By Uzo Ugwunze :

The Anambra State Market Amalgamated Traders Association (ASMATA) has urged traders who transact business in various Shopping Plazas in the State to defy the purported fear of the unknown gunmen or hoodlums and resume their normal businesses on Mondays.

Speaking during a meeting with Shopping plaza Chairmen and Secretaries at Onitsha on February 19, the President General (PG), ASMATA, Chief Humphrey Anuna reminded the plaza executives on the huge losses being incurred by both individuals and government because of no full business activities every Monday in Anambra and entire South East.

He said that Gov. Chukwuma Soludo who has the interest of Ndi Anambra has been using the tax payers money judiciously having almost completed about 400km roads among other interventions and projects.

“Soludo is working. Last time when Soludo empowered youths, many traders in the market benefited but people from the plaza could not submit any names because you were secluding yourselves.

“Let us unite together, sit up and support Soludo’s government because he is a good and very intelligent man that has the interest of the masses.

“His Excellency hosted a meeting for market leaders and joint task force comprising the Military, Police and AVS and they promised to be patrolling every Monday near the markets and plazas in case of any eventuality. 

“So, you leaders should organize yourselves under one umbrella and select a 7 -man committee that will be part of ASMATA leadership meetings so that traders doing business in plazas all over the state can enjoy other privileges which include defending yourselves against multiple taxation from illegal revenue contractors.

“Plazas are Incorporated in ASMATA constitution and nobody will take you serious if you put up any official document without ASMATA letter headed paper. 

“Also, remember never to remit any revenue to even I or anyone in cash because all payments are done through the bank with the ANSSID number generated for your own plaza,” Anuna said.

Moreover, Chief Anuna with the support of plazas executives appointed the duo of Engr. Samuel Nwankwo, Manager of Emeka Offor plaza and Mr Chris Nwadilibe of the Young Shall Grow plaza to organize a meeting for all the plazas from major cities in Anambra as soon as possible for further information.

Earlier during the interactive session, Mr Chinedu Udemba of Atlantic plaza Nkpor, Simon Onwe of Ike Dunukofia plaza, Afam Nwagu of Collymart plaza after expressing the fear of endangering the lives of the traders said that plaza owners were also afraid of their plaza being burnt down by hoodlums.

They thanked the ASMATA PG for extending the opportunity for plaza traders to participate in ASMATA affairs and to defend the plazas from intimidation and exploitation,  saying that this was the first of its kind.

According to Engr. Nwankwo of Emeka Offor plaza, 50 percent of plaza traders are ready to open for businesses on Mondays but they need to be convinced that government will provide adequate security both at the markets, plazas and roads leading from residential buildings to the plazas.

Nwankwo further requested for the ASMATA constitution and guidelines to enable the plaza traders to participate fully in the ASMATA affairs, urging the PG to ensure that plaza traders have enabling environment for business without interference from touts with many so called authorization form both LG Secretariat and State Government.

Moreso, Ochiagha Chukwunonso of Bethel plaza Niger Street, Onitsha eulogized Soludo for channeling the tax payers money into visible projects like the newly constructed road network within Fegge Onitsha.

He further suggested that  South Eastern Governors should go to Aso Rock, Abuja and demand for the unconditional release of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu instead of increasing the number of security agents in the state which may scare citizens from going about their normal businesses.

*Uzo is of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State


By Christian ABURIME  :

The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR, has expressed his full support for the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they face off today against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the highly anticipated semi-final match of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 

With echoes of victory already building up in the air as millions of expectant Nigerians across the nation throw their renewed support behind our gallant Super Eagles, Governor Soludo declares that the journey of Nigeria’s team in this AFCON tournament has been nothing short of inspiring, showcasing resilience, tactical brilliance, and the unbeatable Nigerian spirit. 

The governor and indeed entire Anambra State stand united behind our brave Super Eagles, confident in their abilities, dedication, and hunger for victory.         

“Let the soaring Eagles go out there, unleash their dazzling skills, and beat Bafana Bafana to the finals!” Governor declares 

Governor Soludo further emphasizes the unifying power of football and its ability to transcend differences, noting that this match presents a unique opportunity for Nigerians to come together, irrespective of current challenges, and celebrate our shared passion for the beautiful game with patriotic zeal.  

“As the boys carry the hopes and dreams of millions on their shoulders, fighting for every tackle and winning every battle on the pitch, we will all celebrate another heroic triumph tonight on the road to the AFCON finals”.  

It will be recalled that Governor Soludo has persistently supported the Super Eagles in all their matches leading up to today’s epic semi-final with South Africa with a great zeal of national patriotism!


By Chukwuka Ugokwe :

Rector Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Engr.Dr Francisca Unoma Nwafulugo has been confirmed as Keynote Speaker for the 3rd edition of the AMTY Awards slated to hold on December 29, 2023.

Director of Media and Communications, AMTY Awards, Dr Odogwu Emeka, in a press statement on Monday in Awka, revealed the theme for the edition as “Gbakotanu Ka anyi Dozie Obodo Dike” (Come Together Let’s Build the land of the Great).

He said the event will be holding at the Stanel Dome, Awka and promises to honor Anambrarians that have continued to blaze the trail in various fields of human endeavor. 

Speaking about the keynote speaker, Odogwu described Dr. Nwafulugo as a respected academician whose belief in the progress of our state is unwavering. 

The statement reads in part, “Engr Dr Francisca Unoma Nwafulugo was until her appointment as rector, Federal Polytechnic Oko, a Chief lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department of Kaduna Polytechnic.

“She attended the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu where she obtained Higher National Diploma (HND)

“She did PGD and later went ahead to obtain Masters degree and PhD all in Chemical Engineering. 

“Engr Nwafulugo is a member of various professional bodies and associations including Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSCHE).

“She is a member of Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN), Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMSON) and Women in Technical Education and Employment (WITED).

“She is a fellow of eight professional bodies including Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE), Institute of Oil Gas Research and Hydrocarbon studies (FIOGR)A

“She was appointed Rector Federal Polytechnic oko in 2019 and was the first female rector of the institution in over 40 years of its existence.”


By Chukwuka Ugokwe :

A university don, Prof Nkemdilim Nnoyelu has lamented overbearing interference of governments and its regulatory agencies or bodies on the autonomy of public Universities in the country.

He identified such interference as major factor hampering development of university education system in Nigeria.

Nnoyelu, a professor of Industrial Sociology and Industrial Relations stated this while delivering the 98 inaugural lecturer of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State titled: “From classroom teachers and researchers to union activists: The predicament of academics in Nigerian public Universities”.

He described the practice of Ministries of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC) determining curriculum benchmark as strange to global standards.

He canvassed review of NUC mandate, including allowing Universities liberty to determine their content, syllabus and curriculum without being restrained by regulation and standardizations.

He said, “Autonomy of the university is sacrosanct. The university should be insulated from government interference to enjoy academic freedom in terms of content, curriculum and syllabus. 

“The university should not be under the overbearing of the Ministry of Education or any other authority. They should be allowed to develop their own programmes. 

“Professors should be allowed to teach what they want to teach and not to be given benchmark, all in the name of uniformity of standard. 

“Intellectuals should be allowed to flourish and blossom. It’s a major struggle. That’s why university is called “mahadum” in Igbo language.

“NUC affects this autonomy to a very large extent. The whole system should be adjusted and reviewed especially in terms of the powers the Commission weilds. 

“The accreditation system is a ruise. What’s it doing for us? Even though they point to global standard, but we know the reality on ground.”

While lamenting the over 7years closure of universities in the last 31 years occasioned by strike actions, the inuguaral lecturer called for institutionalisation of collective bargaining and implementation of agreements with unions as panecea for reoccurring industrial disputes in the education system.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Charles Esimone, while decorating Nnoyelu with the lecture medal, commended him for speaking truth to power at the same time proffering solutions to challenges facing the nation’s University system.

Esimone, represented by his deputy in-charge of academics, Prof Joseph Ikechebelu explained that the culture of inaugural lectures has been sustained to promote academic and research excellence in the University.


The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has reflected on the outgoing year, 2023, describing it as a successful year for sports development in the country. 

Addressing its Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually on Wednesday,  December 13, 2023, the President, Engr. Habu Gumel, OON, FNIM, FNSE, addressed the esteemed colleagues and members of the Olympic Family in his report for the year 2022, highlighting the Committee’s achievements and plans for the future.

Engr. Habu Gumel expressed his pleasure and privilege to address the Olympic Family, acknowledging the support of all members, including the Executive Committee, and Executive Board.

The NOC president particularly paid tribute to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

The IOC member used the opportunity provided by the AGM to appeal to all stakeholders – the Federation presidents, and the Ministry of Sports to rally route ensure strong participation in three Major Games in 2024, Youth Winter Games, the African Games and the Olympics.

‘’We need a new result at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games; by improving on the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Nigeria won two Gold medals.

This was the Games the Chioma Ajunwa won gold through her 7.12-metre long jump and the gold by our soccer ‘Dream Team’ led by Nwankwo Kanu.

He also recognized the esteemed Patrons, Trustees, and members of various Commissions and Committees for their contributions in achieving the Committee’s goals.

He reflected on the activities of 2022, emphasizing the Committee’s commitment to uniting the Olympic Family and promoting the ideals of the Olympic Movement. 

Gumel, who is an honorary life member of the International Olympic Committee highlighted the successful acquisition of five hectares of land for the building of the Committee’s Secretariat in Abuja, a long-awaited achievement. 

He also mentioned the completion of the Olympafrica section of the Amuwo Odofin project in Lagos, a significant step towards the development of sports facilities.

To support the activation of Olympic Movement activities, the Committee reconstituted various Commissions, with a focus on involving members from the National Federations. 

”Despite financial constraints, the President expressed satisfaction with the dedication and hard work of some Commissions in achieving their objectives, ” Gumel said 

The President welcomed Senator John Enoh, the energetic Minister for Sports Development, and expressed his joy and honour in presenting the Report of Activities for the year 2022.

The report acknowledged the XXII Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, United Kingdom. 

The President mentioned the successful visit of the Queen’s Baton Relay to Nigeria, marking the seventh consecutive visit since 2002. 

The Baton’s journey included stops at various locations, including Abuja, Jabi Lake, and the British High Commission, before departing Nigeria. It was a moment of pride for the Olympic Family to witness the Baton’s presence in their country.

The report discussed the Gather Prepare & Sustain  (GAPS) programme, a crucial initiative by the Commonwealth Games Federation for Para athletes. 

Nigeria was among the 13 African Commonwealth countries benefiting from the programme. However, the report also mentioned the unfortunate passing of coach Patrick Anaeto during the programme, a reminder of the challenges faced by athletes and coaches.

The highlight of the report was the impressive performance of Team Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games, winning a total of 12 Gold, nine Silver, and 14 Bronze medals. 

The President praised the athletes for their dedication and hard work, placing Nigeria in the seventh position in the overall medals table.

The report then shifted focus to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, where Nigeria participated in Ski Sports. The qualification pathway was discussed, with one athlete successfully qualifying through the continental representation quota. 

It was also noted that Dr Marian Mkpo Odun received a scholarship to attend the IOC Diploma Course in Sports Medicine, contributing to the development of Nigerian sports medicine.

Other events, such as the celebration of Olympic Day, the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace, and various seminars and workshops, were also highlighted in the report, underscoring the Committee’s commitment to the growth and development of Nigerian sports.

The President Engr. Habu Gumel expressed his gratitude to the Olympic Family for their support and contributions. 

He extended his appreciation to the Federal Ministry of Sports Development and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,  Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,  the Grand Patron of NOC, for their unwavering support.

He wished the General Assembly productive deliberations and extended warm wishes for the season.

This report signifies the remarkable achievements of Nigerian sports in 2022 and sets the foundation for future endeavours in Olympic sports in the country. 

As part of the highlights of the event, the Account Audit firm of Yerima & Associates was re-appointed for another term. ##

Tony Nezianya (PRO NOC)

Anambra State Government Health Workers Recruitment Exam Time Table (Dec. 2023)


Candidates are expected to strictly adhere to the guidelines outlined below:

  1. Failure to be present on the exam date and time will lead to automatic disqualification.
  2. No writing materials of any kind are permitted within the examination hall, as the exam is Computer-Based Testing (CBT).
  3. Electronic devices, including mobile phones and calculators, are strictly prohibited in the exam hall.
  4. Candidates must present a valid means of identification upon arrival.
  5. Candidates must be present at the examination venue at least 30 minutes before the scheduled exam time. The venue for the examination is Integral Development Consult (IDK) Learning Center Awka, located at 18/20 Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, White House, Awka, Anambra State.
  6. Impersonation will result in immediate disqualification.

Kindly ensure compliance with these directives. Your understanding and adherence to these instructions are greatly appreciated.

Computer Users: Use the Ctrl + F keys to activate the find feature of your browser, type in your name, and press the “Enter” key on your keyboard to locate your name using the arrow keys provided.

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Police in Ozubulu and Umunze towns in Anambra State have smashed two deadly syndicates extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public via deadly threats.

At Umunze, Orumba South LGA Headquarters two suspects were nabbed after painstaking investigation.

The suspects had sent text messages to their victim identifying themselves as members of ESN and demanding that he paid them a huge sum or else he and his daughter would be kidnapped and killed.

Both suspects are now cooling their feet in detention and would be arraigned in court soon.

In a similar development the Police at Ozubulu, Headquarters of Ekwusigo LGA arrested one male suspect who used two different lines to issue deadly threats to a businessman. He claimed to be an ESN Commander and ordered his victim to pay up or be killed.

Meticulous investigation employing technology and human assets led detectives to his hideout where he was arrested and  both sims recovered. He was taken into custody and is to be arraigned in court. 

The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police Command, CP Aderemi Adeoye, has commended both DPOs for their diligence and painstaking effort which led to unravelling the identities of the crime suspects and apprehending them.

He assured that Command Headquarters will continue to motivate its personnel across the State for optimum performance.

*DSP Tochukwu Ikenga*

Police Public Relations Officer,

Anambra State Police Command,


15th November, 2023.

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