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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Onitsha Residents, Traders Commend Obiano On Security

The residents of the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra state have lauded the security strategy of Governor Willie Obiano and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okula for the clampdown on crimes and criminals in the area.

They noted that crime has reduced drastically within the three years Obiano has been on the seat compared to what was obtainable in the past, when Onitsha and its environs were safe haven for criminals and criminal activities.

The traditional prime minister of Awkuzu, Chief Mike Ozua Okoye who spoke with Sunday Sun on the security of lives and property in Onitsha, Nkpor, Obosi and Ogidi said that people now sleep with their two eyes closed without any fear of either kidnap and armed robbery act.

He commended the governor for checkmating crime in the entire state, saying that the introduction of patrol motorcycles, facilitated by the motorcycles distributed by governor to various police divisions, has helped in crime control especially during the last festive period.

Okoye noted that the commissioner of police and divisional police officers in Onitsha have been up and doing in curbing crime, saying that it was only in Onitsha area that DPOs move day and night to checkmate crimes and ensure that any criminal arrested are prosecuted without delay.

“I must commend Obiano for security in the state. Since 1999 till date, no time is Anambra state is as safe as it is now courtesy of the governor who provided adequate logistics and security gadgets for the police to do their job knowing full well that police cannot operate without utility vehicles and other supports.”

“In this place before now, crime was celebrated because they were moving from house to house either to rob or to kidnap, they blocked major roads several times but today everywhere is calm and many people returned home during the last Yuletide without any kidnapping and robbery act. I must give governor Obiano kudos for that and he deserves second tenure to continue with this,” Okoye stated.

Also the President of Bridgehead Onitsha, Mr. Sunday Obinze said that before the coming of governor Obiano, Onitsha was beehive of criminals especially Upper Iweka and bridgehead areas, stressing that traders were always afraid of what would happen next.

He described governor Obiano as gift to the state through his developmental strides, empowering of every community with N20 million for project as well as exportation of agricultural produces, payment of workers’ salary and lighting of the state.

Anambra Warns Against Using Children For Alms Begging

Those who engage children and sick persons to beg for alms in Anambra State have been warned to desist from the act or face the wrath of the law.

Dr. Victoria Chikwelu, the Anambra Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, gave the warning on Friday in Awka in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
The commissioner decried the activities of those who use vulnerable persons to beg for alms, adding that it will not be tolerated.

Chikwelu said anyone caught using children and sick persons under any guise to solicit for alms, will be apprehended and prosecuted.

She lamented the indiscriminate use of children, the sick and other persons in need of medical attention for alms begging, which she noted compounds the medical and mental status of the victims.

The commissioner, however, advised any person that has a sick person should go to government hospital for treatment at a reasonable cost.

She also advised persons with disability to enroll in any of the government-owned homes for physically challenged persons.

The commissioner described the state government as child friendly and would stop at nothing to protect their rights.

She appealed to the public to report persons who engage in using children for alms begging to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs in Awka, or the nearest police station for prompt action.


Obiano Receives More Endorsements For Second Term

OGBUNIKE - As preparations for Anambra gubernatorial election gathers momentum, Governor Willie Obiano has continued to receive great support from well meaning citizens of the state who believe that his accomplishments in office is a guarantee for his reelection.

Speaking at separate interviews, citizens of Anambra expressed satisfaction with the governors’ achievements so far and urged people to allow him complete the programs, which he has put in place.

Giving his backing, the president general of the Ogbunike progressive union, comrade Godwin Ibekwe declared that the Ogbunike community has agreed to support governor Obiano. He advised other aspirants to wait till Obiano completes his second tenure in office given his great accomplishments, which need not be interrupted.

On his part, the principal of Igwebuike Grammar School Awka, Dr. Raphael Anaekeokwu spoke of governor Obiano’s achievements in office, which are great indicators that a winning team needs not to be changed.

Also speaking, member representing Ayamelum constituency in the state house of Assembly Mr. Uche Okafor stressed that Obiano has proved beyond all reasonable doubts through his developmental accomplishments that he deserves a second tenure in office.

Culled from Guardian

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Gov Obiano Pledges To Resettle, Compensate Onitsha Fire Victims

Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano has visited the fire disaster scene in Onitsha where he promised to assist all effected victims.

The Governor who disclosed this when he inspected the scene of the incident at Dennis Memorial Grammar School(DMGS)Junction, Onitsha, on Thursday also announced that an investigative panel would be set up to look into the matter and advise government on the next step to take on how to forestall a future reoccurrence.

Gov Obiano had to forfeit the Governor's Forum Meeting he was billed to attend in Abuja, took an emergency flight to be able to arrive the State to see first hand, the extent of damage done by the inferno and condole with the affected families.

On arrival, the governor was received by a joint team of Security and Emergency Management Operatives, State Government Officials and residents of the area who conducted him round the scene.

Speaking after the inspection, he lamented the huge losses to the inferno, but thanked God that no life was lost in the sad event. He commended men of the State Fire Service for their efforts to put off the fire and the Delta State Government for promptly assisting the state to battle the fire.

According to him, the Delta Fire Service support became necessary to enable the State's Fire Service tackle the fire challenges which came up same night at Okpuno, Unizik,  Nimo and Nnewi.

He said the state government will immediately commence clearing the debris, adding that the State Government through its Ministry of Lands, will liaise with the owners of Gas Stations in the area to relocate to alternative locations where there are less residential houses.

He further announced ban on bush burning which he identified as a major cause of fire incidents across the state especially during the harmattan period.

He also directed the State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps to intensify checks on heavy duty trucks carrying petroleum products and building materials to ensure that they are in good shape before hitting the roads.

The governor commended the joint team of Security Operatives whose vigilance during the incident helped checkmate the attempted looting of Banks in the area, appealed to the citizenry to always stay away from fire scenes especially if they do not have anything to do with putting out the fire.

One of the victims, a widow whose house was razed, Mrs Joana Oboli cried that every of her life savings had gone into completing the structure and appealed to government and well meaning Ndi Anambra to assist them.

About 16 shops, 10 residential buildings, 15 cars and 3 commercial tricycles as well as other valuables worth hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed by the inferno.

By Kingsley Ezekwelu

Silverbird Award – The World Finally Appreciates Obiano

LAGOS - When Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State mounts the podium to be crowned the Silverbird Man of the Year in Lagos tomorrow, 19th February, 2017, he would have received three of Nigeria’s most respected honours from the private sector in one year. About this time last year, he was awarded The Sun Governor of the Year by the publishers of The Sun Newspapers. Then, in June last year, he won the Zik Prize for Leadership instituted by the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre, in the Good Governance category. With the Silverbird Man of Year award, Obiano makes it a clean sweep in a record time. And this is a record on its own!

However, since we are looking at how Governor Obiano’s effort to change our understanding of responsible leadership in Anambra has drawn approval from the world, it has to be mentioned here that he was also honoured in August last year with a certificate of recognition by the Institute of Housing and Urban Development in the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. This recognition from the Netherlands introduces a global dimension to Obiano’s rising profile. It also validates the saying that if a man makes the best mousetrap, the world would make a beaten path to his door. Vanguard has named him its Man of the Year too. The award will be handed to him in March this year. The governor has equally added a few other important awards to his growing list of honours that might not be as glamorous as these ones but no less important.

Now, let’s face this, in a society that holds its political leaders in perpetual suspicion and mistrust, only few leaders manage to win genuine approval from the people. Put the other way, in a society where political leaders abuse public trust and misuse the people’s confidence, it is understandable why only few leaders make it to public acclaim. But Governor Obiano has made a sound case for himself with a string of solid achievements. As a result, he has set himself apart from the motely pack of Nigeria’s political class whose public careers reek with broken promises and misplaced hopes.
From the moment he was sworn into office on March 17, 2014, Governor Obiano had approached governance with focus and concentration that compare favourably to the focus and concentration that Usian Bolt brings to winning a 100 meters race. He appeared to know exactly what to do to fix problems that the people had resigned to fate about; problems that had lingered for decades but showed no signs of going away.

Although Obiano showed a clear promise in his early days, the raging fire of skepticism in most people that was fueled by years of disappointment by our political leaders would not permit many people to acknowledge that. When he took on the vicious criminal world that had enjoyed an unbroken reign in Anambra State since 19-kiridim and ran them out of town in less than three months, some people didn’t pay much attention. But he still moved ahead with his crackdown on violent criminals, arresting 177 kidnappers in three months and setting up security tents in areas known to be flashpoints across the state to seal off that crack on society’s mirror.

In the same vein, when he promised an Agricultural revolution on May 15, 2014 at the flag off of that year’s farming season in Nteje, Oyi Local Government, some people doubted him. But soon after that, Coscharis Farms moved into Anaku and began an ambitious rice farm that would employ 1000 people and produce 120,000 metric tonnes of rice per annum. Now, Anambra is on the agricultural map for the Anambra Rice brand, export of vegetables and lately for hosting one of the largest and most modern poultry farms on the sub-continent with a capacity to produce 2 million birds.

Similarly, when he announced his vision “to make Anambra State the First Choice investment destination and a hub for industrialization and commercial activities,” some people thought he was telling tall tales. Now, Anambra has become the premium destination for wise investors, attracting a little over $4bn in an economy that seems to be on an endless downward spiral. Similarly, his heavy investment in education has paid off with Anambra children dominating in many external exams in the past four years and representing Nigeria in world schools debate championships.

Indeed, with each new day, many Nigerians are beginning to see in Governor Willie Obiano, the birth of hope. Hope for a more purposeful leadership from the political class. The dominant thinking is that if the South East for instance could have three governors with Obiano’s clarity of vision, focus and determination, it would not be long before the zone shrugs off its undeserved underdog status in Nigeria. Interestingly, looking back, it would seem that it was always clear that Obiano would make a difference.

This extract from the lecture delivered by Chimamanda Adichie to mark his First 100 Days in office provides a rare insight into this thinking. Assessing his performance in the aforementioned period, Chimamanda had summed it up thus – “As we mark the first one hundred days of his term, I would like to commend him for his vision and ambition in the areas of education, health and agriculture and particularly security. Most of us know how, for a long time, Onitsha has been a security nightmare. If you are travel¬ling, you do not want to be in Upper Iweka after 6 p.m. because of the fear of armed robbers. But today, because of our new governor’s initiative, people in Onitsha no longer live in fear. True freedom is to be able to live without fear. A relative told me that you can drop your mobile phone on the ground in Upper Iweka and come back hours later and still see it there, which was not the case in the past. And which is one of the best ways to measure leadership – by the testimony of the ordinary people. My sincere hope is that, under the leadership of Governor Obiano, Anambra State will continue its journey of progress with strides that are wide, firm and sure.”

Today, with the torrent of awards and commendations from institutions and people who the society takes seriously, there are no longer any doubts that under Obiano, Anambra has continued “its journey of progress with strides that are wide, firm and sure.”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

JUST IN! Managing Director, Authority Newspapers Resigns, Joins APGA

Uche Ezechukwu, the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Authority Newspapers, a media firm owned by Ifeanyi Ubah, has resigned. 

Few minutes ago on Facebook, Uche Ezechukwu wrote...

"I have forwarded my formal letter of resignation to the Managing Director/ Editor-in Chief of THE AUTHORITY newspaper from my position as the chairman of the Editorial Board of the paper on account of my recent decision to participate in partisan politics, since I enrolled into APGA last week. The very partisan political roles which I have opted to play will be at variance with the avowed neutral editorial policy of the paper. So, I felt it would be honourable of me to withdraw from that position. My resignation is supposed to take effect as from the end of my current annual leave, or if the Management feels otherwise, with immediate effect.

"I am grateful for the opportunity I had to work, since the paper's inception on October 15th 2015, with the best team one can meet in this country.

"I further express my gratitude to our publisher, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah for his large-heart, generosity and sophistication which enabled him to grant us 100percent unfettered freedom and latitude to perform our job. I am yet to encounter anybody like him, in my long journalism career. I wish him the best in his present and future enterprises.

"I request all to continue to patronize The Authority, because its best is yet to come."

More detail coming soon...

Galant Fire Fighters Salvage What Was Left Of The Fire Outbreak In Onitsha Filling Station

A fire outbreak occurred at Mobil Petrol Station at DMGS roundabout, Onitsha, Anambra State on Wednesday night.

The fire is said to have been caused by a petrol tanker loaded with fuel. According to source, the fire badly damaged a two-storey building near the filling station and surrounding buildings.

Men of the Anambra Fire Service were on ground as soon as possible and gave a very good account of themselves.

Below is an account from one of the firemen shortly after containing the fire outbreak

Fireman Agbili Martin Agility wrote...

"I can't wait to meet my lovely family. 
This is 02:13am and we are just on our way coming back to Awka from the fire disaster at Onitsha.
"Let me quickly thank the masses who did their best during the fire outbreak.
"Let me also thank the firefighters from Okpoko Fire Station, Main Market Fire Station and those of us from Awka.

"I will never forget to appreciate our fellow firefighters from Asaba Fire Station of Delta State Fire Service. Firefighters brotherhood.
"Thank you my friends for all your prayers.
"Finally, I thank God for the strenght He installed in us and all his protection during all fire fighting.
"I can remember that we fought fire in four (4) different places at Awka before moving to Onitsha to assist those at Onitsha. God, you are always my strength.
"Fire kills but you can prevent it."

More detail coming soon...

Ego Kristi Youth Movement Holds Its 3rd Youth Leadership Orientation Seminar And Skill Acquisition Programme

ONITSHA - Ego Kristi Youth Movement International, a youth base organisation is inviting the youths and the general public to its  "3RD YOUTH LEADERSHIP ORIENTATION SEMINAR 2017 AND SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAMME", with theme: "A call to bridge the gap between the government and the youths for our national reformative change"

The event will have prominent individuals as guest speakers and these will include;
1. Prof E A Egboh,
2. Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka( Ogilisi Igbo),
3. Prince Chinedu Nsoffor(Nzedike 1(President Mayrays school and Media ZAN),
4. Dr Ramas Okoye Asuzu(Akaji Ofor Nri),
5. Commander Patrick Kehinde(Commandant Anambra State Area Command Awka),
6. Hon Emeka Iloghalu(SA TO GOV. ON FISHERY),
7. Rtr Ifeanyi Aniagoh(SSA TO GOV. ON SOCIAL MEDIA,
8. Pastor John Williams(President Great Impact Team),
9. Hon Sir Chigozie Ezechinwoye(Proprietor Confidence School),
10. Dr Barr Uju Nwogu(Commissioner Youth Entrepreneurship and Sports Development).

DATE: 16th to 18th February 2017
VENUE: Agulu town Ozubulu/Ofilli Street Fegge Onitsha, Anambra State.
TIME:  9am - 3pm

For Further Inquiry, call 08033043208 or watsapp- +2349091927533 F


Ositadimma Luke Iloghalu(Founder and Gen. Coordinator of Ego Kristi Youth Movement)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Crippled Man Gets N500k From Ebonyi State Goverment Over Soldiers Brutality, As Gov Umahi Praises Obiano For His Quick Intervention

More blessings came the way of the physically challenged person , Chijioke Oraku, who was brutalized by soldiers for wearing a camouflage in Onitsha, Anmabra state. 

The man met with the governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi who has demanded the immediate dismissal of the two military officers who brutalized him.

The governor made the demand while receiving the victim, who is an indigene of the state, at the chambers of Government​ House, Abakaliki, on Tuesday. Umahi said the 21-day imprisonment given to the soldiers was not enough.

He explained that by sacking them, other law enforcement agents would be disciplined in their professional conduct and abstain from abusing the citizens’ rights.

He thanked Willie Obiano, his Anambra counterpart, for his “quick intervention” and the help extended to the victim.

Umahi gave N500,000 to Oraku for his treatment and upkeep, and directed one of his aides to liaise with the victim and recommend ways that the government can properly rehabilitate him.

Continuity Policy: Obiano Vows To Complete Amansea-Awba Ofemilli Road (PHOTOS)

The Anambra State Government would construct the 1.5 kilometer road leading from Agbaniito junction along the Amansea -Ebenebe -Ugbenu-Awba Ofemmili Road to Ugbene community. 

The state Governor, Willie Obiano announced this when he inspected the ongoing construction of Amansea-Ebenebe-Ugbenu-Awba Ofemmili Road, all within the Awka North council area, yesterday.

It was observed during the inspection that about 12.5kilometers of the road starting from Amansea community has been asphalted while the remaining length has been cleared and expanded up to Awba Ofemmili.

Speaking after the inspection, Gov Obiano recalled that the road was awarded by his predecessor who also did 8.5 kilometers stretch, while his administration inherited it as part of its continuity policy and has so far asphalted 4kilometers and cleared the road to the end at Awba Ofemilli.

He said the road remains strategic to the state as it leads to major food basket communities of Awka North, adding that its construction is in line with his government's policy to construct productive roads in view of its dwindling fortunes.

The governor noted that farmers in the Communities who are mainly yam farmers, were key players in the one million yam export arrangement of his administration and revealed that they were recently trained in Lagos on the operational requirements for the export business.

He expressed hope that when completed, the road would ensure easy evacuation of agricultural produce from the area, drastically reduce food wastage and boost the economy of the relevant Communities by putting money in the hands of the farmers.

The traditional ruler of Awba Ofemmili, Igwe Ezekwesili Maduagwuna thanked the governor for his support to the Community especially the road, the N20 million choose-your-project initiative where they are doing electricity projects as well as his agricultural development initiative through which farmers in the community have benefitted immensely.

Governor Obiano also made stops at various places along the road including Amansea, Ebenebe and Ugbene where he was received by the people with immense joy.

Speaking at Agbaniito junction, the President General of Ugbene, Mr Albert Ibe commended Gov Obiano for remaining true to his promise to continue the projects left by his predecessor and appealed for the speedy completion of the road to save their people from the hardship they encounter travelling home.

By Kingsley Ezekwelu

Photo Credit: Odiegwu Alexander Chinedu (Awka North Square Coordinator, Team Obiano)

Monday, February 13, 2017

OBIANO, THE LIGHT OF ANAMBRA STATE- When A Big Lion Roars, Smaller Lions, Run To Hide

On the 1st of December, 2013, a big Lion roared and other Smaller Lions ran and hid as many other wild animals ran off their habitats to embrace and welcome the peace making Chief Lion as the Smaller Lions were enemies to them.

This personification means that on the above date, a light shone in Anambra State and the Communities ran out in mass to welcome the governor as haven heard the result of the God – engineered Anambra State governorship election which proved Akpokuo Dike of Aguleri, the Victor.

Anambra State as a whole was happy as a gentleman with altruism who has his people’s interest at heart emerged as the governor.

His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Mmaduabuchukwu Obiano when wasn’t the governor, had dream on how he could draw his people out of the depth of a dangerous valley where they suffered without hope of rescue from the hands of scavengers. For this dream, his excellency had strategically poured submissive to those scavengers who were in power in other to assume office and show that he is a God-sent.

Indeed, Akpokuo Dike has done noble and fulfilled all his campaign manifestos in just three years and two months in office.

His Excellency his constructing roads in the 3 senatorial zones in the state simultaneously and maintaining existing ones.

For instance, the road in Uli that links AMAMPUTU to IHIALA, the one from EZIAMA, leading to UBULUISIUZOR is under maintenance. And in our city, good road network and quality traffic control to avoid congestion of vehicles on our express ways. As we all can observe, commercial motorcyclists no longer ride on our major roads on legal order. This bad attitude was automatically stopped by his excellency as a remedy to reducing the excessive rate of road accident because life is precious. That  not withstanding, our peace –loving governor has provided every community in the state with able bodied and trusted security network, issuing up to five (5) security Vans to each of the communities to ensure swift intervention of security when needed. Most of the security stations in our communities such as Police stations have been renovated, equipped and the officers reshuffled for smart operations. Aside that, most of the popular areas where absmarters  and thieves penetrate such as Upper Iweka, main market, Onitsha, main market, Nnewi and Nkwogbe market, Ihiala are now conducive for traders and pedestrians.

The electricity supply aspect in Anambra State cannot be over emphasized because it is on record that the rate of electricity supply in our state as of today is up 90% more than it was in the past administration.

Talking on the health issue, our caring governor had opened the page of our community health centers, restructured and equipped them with health facilities and required (effective) drugs for the health of his people. A good woman is the heart of her husband. That is why her excellency, chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano is devoting her time, treasure and finance to work in hands with her husband to realize the “CafĂ© Ambassadors” through which programme, they have put smile in the mouths of the sick, needy and less privileged in our society. It is also the programme through which  her excellency built and is building numerous houses for the windows in our localities and is giving them large amounts of money with support from his excellency in other to lighten their burdens. Many of them she had given jobs both in the state, local governments and communities.

The pensioners from different local governments that made up our dear state are now singing songs of thanksgiving to God as Akpokue Dike had taken care of their pension arrears from the onset of his administration till date. Most often, some state governments in our country pay their civil servants by the end of the month and even sometimes, owe them till the next month due to the project they may have handled. But in Anambra State, the reverse is the case. No civil servant nor pensioner is still owed.

On Friday,13th January, 2017, it was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta, on behalf of the Anambra State Executive  council that our progressive governor has increased the salaries of the state civil servant by 15% to be at equal percentage with that of their counterparts at the local governments since the state’s internally generated revenue has increased from N 500 million to N 1billion pointing out that inspite of that, the governor would start paying them on the usual date, 25 of every month but would pay the December salaries before 25th to enable them have more for their Christmas festivities.  According to Ogbuefi, the governor still stands on his goodwill activity of giving out the bags of rice annually to the civil servants. It is with no doubt that no government in our country would stand to do that considering the rate of economic recession our country is suffering today.

The erection of three beautiful and well decorated flyovers in three strategic places along Enugu / Onitsha road is not left behind.

Every successful governor has good and reputable adviser.
The few among the hundreds are to mention.
Hon. Chinedu Obidigwe: Special Adviser on Political Matters,
Hon. Tony Uche: Special Adviser on Youth  mobilization,
Dr. Ifeanyi Ibezim: Special Adviser on  Youth  empowerment,
Rtn. Ifeanyi Aniagor: Senior Special Assistant on Social Media,
Hon. C.T Agupugo: Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora affairs.

The effects of you, the unmentioned staff are not underestimated. Kudos to Akpokou Dike. Anambra is on the verge to becoming America in Nigeria. Let us give our support to the legend of our time for next tenure to realize this dream.

Indeed, Willie is working, doing more with less.

Nnadozie Wisdom Ezenwa
Coordinator, Uli Youths' Organisation For Willie Obiano
Anambra State.

NOTICE: The gathering of 'Uli Youths Organization For Willie Obiano' holds on;
                  Date: 25th February, 2017
                  Venue: Uli Central School Field, Uli.
                  Time: 12:00pm.

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