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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Press Statement: South East NUJ Lauds Gov. Obiano Over Appointment of Journalist As Executive Assistant Political Matters



 Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zone C (South East) wishes to thank the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano for finding one of our own, Comrade Abuchi Onwumelu, worthy of being appointed Executive Assistant (EA) on Political Matters. 

We view this gesture as a worthy and fitting recognition and encouragement of hard work and innovativeness. We also acknowledge that this appointment is just one out of many of our colleagues, who serve at different levels and sectors of government in Anambra state under the present regime.

This has added to the already sparkling record and profile of His Excellency, as one of the most media friendly governors in the country. This attributes surely must not go unrecognized at the fullness of time. 

Comrade Onwumelu is the Chairman, Fides Newspaper Chapel of the NUJ, Anambra State Council, and also the Administrator of one of the most vibrant watsapp platforms in the country, Media Practitioners Only (MPO), which has been agent of social change and mass mobilization of media practitioners and none practitioners alike.

As we once again congratulate Comrade Onwumelu for this recognition, we urge him not only to be a worthy ambassador, but to work even harder by discharging his duties creditably and excellently in order to justify the confidence reposed in him by Governor Obiano.

We pray the Almighty Lord to continue to guide and protect the Governor in his onerous task of providing quality governance and leadership to Anambra State - Light of the Nation.

Signed:

Comrade Petrus Obi

Vice President, NUJ Zone C

Comrade Kenneth Ofoma

Secretary, NUJ Zone C


Friday, September 14, 2018

AKWAABA 2018: Exporting Anambra Paradise



Anambra State, led by the Honourable Commissioner for Indigenous Art, Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism Mrs. Sally Uwechue Mbanefo, took part, along other states, with leading tourism destinations from the Middle East and Africa, in the just concluded AKWAABA Africa Travel Market 2018

The event which was held from Sunday September 9 to Tuesday September 11, 2018, at Eko Hotel & suites, Lagos, presented an opportunity for our dear state, Anambra, which is known as a land of several firsts, to showcase its enormous cultural artifacts and heritage with several tourist destinations.

According Mrs Mbanefo, tourism across the globe is a lucrative business.

"A lot of countries, most especially in the Middle East, get huge revenues from Tourism and nothing stops our state with its diverse tourism endowerments not to be in the forefront of Nigeria's tourism sector" she enthused.

Several cultural artifacts from the State were on display in the exhibition. All these showcasing our rich cultural heritage, God-given natural endowments and unique tourism potentials.

The former director-general of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), noted that highlighting and exhibiting our numerous cultural heritage and tourism potentials in this manner would go a long way in drawing the attention of the world, especially potential investors to this sector in Anambra state.

No doubt tourism is the greatest employer of labor and has the potential to drive any nation’s economy.

Mbanefo pledged to use her experience to turn around tourism and create jobs for youths.



By Emmanuel Aniagoh





An Address Delivered By The Governor Of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, At The Formal Launching Of The Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme




Protocol

I am happy to welcome you all to this event. Ndi Anambra, today marks the beginning of quality, affordable and accessible healthcare delivery in Anambra State. It also marks an end to avoidable suffering, preventable disability and careless death for our people.

After a careful planning, my administration has stepped out to make sure that everyone in Anambra State has a chance to enjoy a quality healthcare service. And when I say “everyone” I actually mean everyone that is living in this great state, including the poor and the rich and the young and the old. The scheme also comes with very special offers for pregnant women and for children under the age of five.

Ndi Anambra, this is a revolutionary scheme. It is probably the most affordable quality healthcare delivery scheme in this part of Africa. With just one thousand naira (N1000) a month per person, we offer a comprehensive scheme that covers preventive care, curative care and rehabilitative and surgical services for a whole year. Ndi Anambra, what this means is that if you register for the scheme with one thousand naira and continue to pay one thousand naira every month, you will get a top quality medical attention for whatever diseases or ailments you might have for a whole year. One thousand naira only!

Indeed, I am very hopeful that our illustrious brothers and sisters shall easily take up the challenge of offering insurance cover to their relatives and to their towns and communities or even local government areas. Since it costs only N12,000 per person per year, I have no doubt that some of our brothers and sister will underwrite this cost for their relatives in the spirit of onye aghana nwanne ya. 

I also urge employers of labour and members of the organized private sector to organize and buy policies for their staff from this scheme.

Similarly, I advise members of professional associations, social clubs and age-grades not to miss this great opportunity to buy a rewarding policy for themselves.
Ndi Anambra, at this juncture, I am delighted to announce to you that Anambra State Government has paid for policies covering ten thousand people from across the state. The modalities for equitable distribution of this offer are being worked out to ensure that every community is adequately represented among the beneficiaries. At the same time, my administration shall pay ten percent in counterpart funding for the coverage of all civil servants and their families by this scheme. So, as you can all see, we are already leading from the front.

Ndi Anambra, my administration has always given the health sector the priority attention it deserves because we believe that ‘health is wealth.’ That is the reason why Health is one of the Key Enablers of my Economic Blueprint.
Essentially, we approach Health from three broad categories. Namely; Primary Healthcare, Secondary Healthcare and Tertiary Healthcare. Interestingly, this administration has recorded quite some impressive achievements in Primary Healthcare Delivery in the past five years. In specific terms, we have renovated 83 Primary Healthcare Centers and provided 63 Keke Ambulances. We also provided 17 Speedboats and 6 Water-ambulances for the riverine communities. Two Escort Life-saving Ambulances were also added to this fleet. In addition, we have finally established the Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

Ladies and gentlemen, we achieved even more in Secondary Healthcare Delivery. They include the upgrading of three General Hospitals in the state to a specialist status in each senatorial zone, namely; Onitsha, Ekwulobia and Enugwu-Ukwu General Hospitals. Next is upgrading of Nawfia Psychiatric Hospital and the on-going renovation of 18 General Hospitals in the state for improved services, accreditation and a robust participation in the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme.

In Tertiary Healthcare Delivery, we also recorded some impressive achievements. They include the successful accreditation of the School of Health Technology, Obosi with 6 Departments, the successful accreditation of Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), the successful accreditation of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Nkpor and perhaps more importantly, the accreditation of the final MBBS Programme of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital to ensure the graduation of the first set of Medical Students from the College of Medicine, Amaku. Other achievements include the accreditation of the Residency Training in O & G, Paediatrics and Community Medicine and finally; the donation of over N747m to Mission Hospitals as well as the sum of N250m in medical support to the vulnerable members of the society.

Ndi Anambra, these are some of the achievements of my administration in Healthcare Delivery so far. We still have a lot of headroom for improvement and we shall not relent until we have put Anambra State on the map for exceptional healthcare delivery.
Ladies and gentlemen, what we are launching here today is indeed a visionary healthcare scheme. I have no doubt that when it hits its operational peak, it will inspire a new thinking in medical insurance in Nigeria.

However, no matter how good this initiative is, it will not achieve its objectives if we do not take ownership of it and give it the support it deserves. So, I urge you all to take a policy today. I also charge all healthcare providers in Anambra State to turn over a new leaf and commit to providing quality healthcare services to our people. Ndi Anambra deserve nothing less than the best healthcare services- in the world!
Dalunu!

Long live Anambra State
Long live Nigeria
Willie Obiano
Governor






Sunday, September 09, 2018

Nigerian Statistical Association Elects New Officials, As Its 42nd Annual National Conference Ends In Grand Style




Nigeria has one of the best crops of highly respected statisticians in the world.

Evidence of the above statement was seen at the just concluded 42nd Annual National Statistical Conference of the Nigerian Statistical Association, as experts in the field of Statistics converged at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Auditorium.

The conference with the theme: Statistic For Economic Recovery, Growth and Sustainability, which ran from 5th to 7th Sept., 2018, was declared open by the State Deputy Governor Dr Nkem Okeke, who was  represented by his Senior Special Assistant on General Duties, Mr Charles Nwufo.
Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, Professor Charles Asimone and the Director Research Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Uwati who represented the Deputy Governor, Economic Policy Directorate of the APEX Bank, noted that given the overwhelming importance of statistics in any economy, there is urgent need to build a comprehensive, accurate, reliable and easy to access data base. 

Also, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Hajia Zainab Ahmed represented by Mr Megida Ishaku, regretted that the economy has been on low Gross Domestic Product, weak downward Market, recession amongst others, and urged the government to collaborate with the Nigerian Beaureau of Statistics to uplift the living standards of the people.

In the course of the conference, several sessions were organized and participants were divided into groups, where papers were presented and discussed by selected analyst.
Role of Statistics in our daily lives, why we needed Statistics and what the society would be without it formed basis of the discussions.

Speaking during the event, the National President Nigerian Statistical Association, Professor Sidney Onyeagu, noted that Statistics is an interesting subject and has been an ancient tool which has been useful in solving problems of interest and understanding the world we live in.
Other notable speakers who share their knowledge, include; Emeritus Prof. Mosto K. Onuoha, President, Nigeria Academy of Science; Tule Moses K., Director, Monetary Policy Department, CBN; Ojijo Odniambo, Economic Adviser, (Nigeria & ECOWAS), United Nations Development Programmes; Hon. Mark Okoye, Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budgets and Development Partners, Anambra State; Dr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director, NNPC; amongst others.
Investiture of some fellows into the Nigerian Statistical Association and a dinner night put together to celebrate the association, were some of the highlights of the conference.

Careers and training in statistics are becoming more common in our universities, and statisticians are beginning to play an important role in our society. Statistics derives its power from the positive impact that it can have when it interacts with other fields like science, business, government, services, and research in general.

The conference afforded the experts to look at the challenges and opportunities available to Statisticians and how building and forging statistical curricula may be useful.

One take away from the conference is the understanding that statistic classes should start at the high school level at the latest. Students should be exposed to some type of statistics education. Not everybody needs to be a practicing statistician, but at the very minimum, individuals in decision making positions should know when to use statistics or when to bring in statisticians into the decision making process

The conference ended with the association electing new officers into the professional body.








Obiano Pledges Support, Hosts Police Games In November




The governor of Anambra State ,Chief Willie Obiano, this afternoon received the delegation of Police Sports Committee who mulled that the state is to host the 2018 Police Games scheduled to hold in November this year.
This was revealed when the Committee paid Gov Obiano a courtesy visit at the governor's Lodge, Amawbia.
Led by the Chairman of the Committee and Commander, Nigeria Police Academy, Kano, Assistant Inspector General, Sani Mohammed, was in the State to solicit the support of Anambra State Government towards the 2018 Police Games coming up in the State in November this year.
The Governor, while playing host to the committee, said that Anambra State remain the safest in the country and the Nigeria Police has played a critical role with his support towards its realization.
He explained that because of how important their jobs are to the sustenance of the security agenda of his administration, his government will continue to support them.
The governor said that when he receives the details of the event he would consider how and areas he would be able to render support.
AIG Mohammed had said Anambra was chosen because of the governor's visible interest in youths and sports development, commending him for his overwhelming support to the service.
He appealed for support to enable them organize a successful sporting event in the State.

By Kingsley Ezekwelu

Friday, September 07, 2018

Gunmen Shoot Pastor David Elijah In Front Of His Church In Awka (PHOTOS)



Unknown gunmen Thursday evening trailed and shot a popular cleric, Pastor David Elijah Chidiebere, in front of his church in Awka, Anambra State.

The middle aged pastor who is the founder of Divine Prophetic Ministry, is known for his very intriguing prophesies and healing miracles in the city.

Though it was not clear if the cleric was attacked by assasins or armed robbers, it was gathered that the gunmen trailed him in their vehicle from Enugu to Awka where he was attacked when he wanted to park his car in front of his church.

An unidentified source from his church was quoted as saying the suspects demanded to be given N5million, but he offered them N1million which they declined.

Another account however stated that the gunmen after spraying his vehicle with bullets, left him in the pool of his blood and carted away an undisclosed sum.

Pastor Chidiebere was rescued by some members of his church after the gunmen drove away, and was said to be receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

When Correspondent visited the church premises, some members of his church were seen discussing the attack in clusters.

A resident, who gave his name as Johnson, said he was passing through that road when he saw some persons pulling out a man from the bullet riddled vehicle.

“When I enquired, I was told that he was the pastor of the church. Who knows what he must have done to attract this kind of treatment?” he wondered.

Haruna Mohammed, Anambra State Police spokesperson, could not confirm the attack. He promised to get back to our correspondent after enquiring from the DPO in charge of the area but had yet to do that at the time of filing this report.

The incident happened less than 500 meters from B division, police station.


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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Imo 2019: Frank Nneji Sends Strong Signal In Imo, Picks APGA Governorship Form



The CEO of ABC Transport, Frank Nneji was at the APGA National Office, Abuja to Pick his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for Governorship position, as he seek to rescue Imo from the shackle of bad leadership.

The quintessental leader and lead proponent of Rebuild Imo, was full of praise for his supporters who turned up in their numbers shortly after obtaining the forms. 

Nneji who was filled with emotions while receiving the leaders and members of  Rebuild Imo Campaign Organisation ; Frank Nneji Support Group ;Association of Imo Car Dealers in Abuja and Frank Nneji Fans Club amidst songs of jubilation and solidarity, reiterated his commitment to the Imo cause, and promised to do everything possible not to disappoint imolites if given the mandate.

Said he “The event today is significant and historic because this is the only time that young men and women in the state have come together without my knowledge to show this kind of solidarity and support, and promised not to undermine their effort if elected into power.

Nigerian Statistical Association Ends 2 Days Pre-Conference Workshop On High




…main Annual Conference starts today

Under Gov. Willie Obiano, Anambra State for the first time played host to the Nigerian Statistical Association, as it holds its 42nd Annual National Statistical Conference and 17th Pre-Conference Workshop at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

The Association, a professional body made of statisticians and experts from other related field, ended its two days Pre-Conference workshop yesterday at Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Post Graduate Auditorum.

The workshop which started Monday, 3rd August, 2018, and as expected, had many participants, from various part of the country, converged to engage in intensive discussion on the theme: Data Cleaning And Missing Data Analysis Using SPSS.

Prof. Julian. I. Nbegbu, a Professor of Statistic at the University of Benin and the Editor-In-Chief, NSA’s Journal, anchored the 2 Days workshop. Speaking to Journalist shortly before the Workshop, Prof. Nbegbu noted that the Association’s decision to consider Anambra as a venue for the first time was informed by the enabling secured enviromment created by His Excellency, Gov. Willie Obiano.

He stated that the serenity provided by Awka, the State Capital was enticing and plus, the Governor supported the conference and also provide logistic for them.

On the workshop, the Professor of Statistics explained that the Statistic as a subject has been an ancient tool which has been useful in solving problems of interest and understanding the world we live.

“Before now, it was incorrectly thought that statistics was a branch of mathematics, of interest only to people in academia. Fortunately, the perception is changing. These days, we find more and more people interested on how and where one could use statistics to the advantage of government, business, sciences, and day to day affairs” he enthused.

The workshop which usually starts with registration of participants, begins 9am everyday and with the resource person, Dr Augustine Iduseri, a great communicator, dissect the topic, Data Cleaning and Missing Data Analysis Using SPSS.

SPSS stands for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences and it is a software package created in 2004, used in statistical analysis of data.

According to Dr Iduseri, the software was originally meant for the social sciences, but has become popular in other fields such as health sciences and especially in marketing, market research and data mining.

Using SPSS, Dr Iduseri practically explained the criteria for defining data quality, reasons for missing data and how it can be handled with the software.

It was a complete workshop, well packaged by the Nigerian Statistical Association and having an intermediate break for breakfast and lunch.

The workshop also affords participants to ask questions, a highly interactive session all through. About 100 participants registered for the programme and at the end of the session yesterday they were full of praise and appreciation for the organizers and resource person.

In particular, Mrs Onyinye Anatogu from National Identity Management Commission, expressed profound gratitude to the resource person for broadening the scope of her knowledge and that of her fellow participants. She also extended her heartfelt gratitude to the organizers for organizing a near perfect workshop.

In the same vein, Dr Francis Ogege who gave the vote of thanks, commended the NSA for putting up such a knowledge impacting workshop and for the highly cerebral resource person, he appreciated him for thoroughness and patience in his tutorial.

The workshop came to an end with Prof. Nbegbu thanking participants for maintaining orderliness, as he urged them to put to practice what they’ve learnt from the workshop. He reminded them that the 42nd Annual National Statistical Conference will starts today (5th, August 2018) where certificate of participation will be issued to them.

Highpoint of the programme was a group photograph of the participants and the organizers.








Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mentoring Moment: Obiano Changing The Narratives For Anambra Youths



...10 persons to embark on digipreneur/business trip to China.

The 2nd Edition of the monthly Mentoring Moment being organised by Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy was held last Monday in Awka with 1000 youths mentored by Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah who was the mentor of the month. 

Aside the mentoring session, ten youths in Anambra State qualified for the first phase of digital entrepreneurship and business training trip to China.

The youths were participants at the Mentoring Moment which had Engr Ifeanyi ANIAGOH, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Youth Develpment and Digital Entrepreneurship as host.

The youths, who emerged after a lucky dip included, Miss Chinelo Enukora,  Mr. Uchenna Okafor, Mr. Valentine Aladi  Mrs Vera Abana and  Mr Jeremiah  Onyedikachukwu.

Others were Miss Miracle Chukwujekwu, Mr. Okpala Chukwuma, Mr. Gabriel Nnadume, Mr. Chizelim Ogbogu and Miss Deliverance Ezenwegbu.

Speaking to newsmen in Awka, the governor's aide, Aniagoh said the mentoring moment is a unique platform designed in line with the vision of Gov Obiano to change the narratives for Anambra Youths.

Aniagoh said the lucky 10 would enjoy all expense paid trip and participate in the forthcoming World Trade Fair in China courtesy of Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Group.

He said the trip would enable the youths to explore the opportunities in the digital entrepreneurship space and equip them with necessary skill to catch-in on the promising economy of the Information Technology.

Aniagoh said: “We had our August Edition of Mentoring Moment and it was great, mentoring moment is a programme designed to awaken the minds of the youths to grab the opportunities around them and use their creativity to contribute to the economy.

"It's the vision of Gov Willie Obiano of Anambra State to raise the pool of young entrepreneurs that would dictate the pace in the digital world. So, through special Digipreneur programs like this, we guide the young people on self development, give them the right orientation before arming them with desirable digital skills.

“Chief Ifeanyi Ubah who was the mentor of the month provided opportunity to 10 lucky youths to go to China for more exposure, they are being prepared to become world class entrepreneurs,” he said.

"So,  while other states are battling to provide 'unavailable' jobs, Anambra State through the visionary leadership of Gov Obiano is changing the narratives for our youths, preparing them to become wealth creators and employers of labour."

"These programs are only possible because we have a youthfriendly governor in Chief Willie Obiano; an energetic Commissioner for Youth, Bonaventure Enemali; and robust partnership with Stanel World, Anambra Broadcasting Service, DigitalPr-Wire and many other good willing individuals/groups."

He said through the Digipreneur programs, 2000 persons have been mentored and over 2600 trained on digital skills while urging those who have had the privilege to make good use of the opportunities.




Friday, August 10, 2018

Austrian Company To Build First Waste-To-Energy Plant In Anambra State


An Austrian company is set to build a waste to energy plant in three industrial cities in Anambra State. 

The energy plants, which the state energy efficient and create over 1000 jobs will be erected in Onitsha, Awka and Nnewi.

According to the newly appointed Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on International Business Development through Anambra State Investment Promotions & Protections Agency, Honourable Chuma Simon Okeke, who made the disclosure to newsmen, said this will be the first Waste to Energy & Bio gas plant in African.

Okeke said the state government will receive a delegation from an Austrian company to the South-eastern state to fine-tune business partnership with the governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, the board of Anambra State Investment Promotion & Protections Agency and the Anambra State for Waste management to Energy Generation in Awka, the state’s capital city. He said: “The meeting will take place in Awka recently.

The economic importance of the meeting is that it will bring the first Waste to energy & Bio gas plant in Africa to Anambra and will provide 1,000s of jobs. “This partnership is very crucial to us because the waste from the cities like Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka where a lot of industries function will now be cleaned up and the waste will be used for energy. 

“Also economically the waste to energy plants will help Anambra in its mission to become a premier destination for industrialization and manufacturing with the steady power to be generated from the waste to energy company. Onitsha is known to have high amounts of waste due to the industrial nature of the city, but Okeke said that “the waste to energy company coming into Anambra State will have a big impact on the citizens of Anambra as well as our attitude to waste management”.

 He however did not mention the cost estimate of this partnership. Meanwhile, The Austrian Company, Sustainable Environmental Technology GmbH Austria, is a two-time European Union Award winners for Sustainable Energy Providers.

Obiano’s Wife Assures Women On Poverty Alleviation, Empowerment


Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, the Wife of Anambra Governor, on Wednesday reassured people of the state of her commitment to empower indigent women, widows and youths, and help to alleviate poverty.

Mrs Obiano, also the founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), made the pledge at the launching of the 2018 Community Tour and Interaction with Women and Less Privileged at Ajali, Orumba North Local Government Headquarters, in Anambra.

The governor’s wife, who later visited Umunze, the headquarters of Orumba South, said all the 31 communities in both Orumba North and Orumba South would be reached.

She said that the annual tour, done in collaboration with the Anambra Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, is an important outreach programme targeted at women and less privileged persons in the state.

“We will be supporting government initiatives aimed at improving the fortunes of our indigent sisters and brothers with various gift items.

“I want you to understand that it is not just about handouts, but a means of telling you that you are not forgotten by the Gov. Willie Obiano administration’’.

She urged the people to key into the CAFÉ Skills training and empowerment programmes, which according to her had successfully changed the lives of more than 4,000 people in the state.

Obiano said that through her organisation, several persons had been equipped to become owners of various small scale ventures such as tailoring and fashion designing, computer and telephone repairs, bakery and confectioneries, interior decoration, among others.

The governor’s wife announced that the last batch of 350 persons trained on the various skills would soon receive their starter packs.

She also used the medium to harp on immunisation, appealing to pregnant and nursing mothers to always take advantage of regular free immunisation against childhood diseases.

“You must endeavour to report without delay to the President-Generals of your communities or the council chairmen, any case of lack of vaccines and other medical demands or attempts to extort you by any personnel’’ she said.

In her remark, the member representing Orumba South at the State House of Assembly, Princess Nikky Ugochukwu, commended Obiano’s wife for her love and care for the less privileged.

On her part, Commissioner for Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, said the governor’s wife had built many homes for widows and cared for the mentally-challenged persons.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, attributed the emergence of Anambra State as the best state on immunisation to the efforts of the governor’s wife and others.

Items shared to women and less privileged persons include bags of rice, school bags, mosquito nets and exercise books.

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