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Friday, August 18, 2017

Tricycle Union Endorses Obiano’s Second Term Bid

KKAWAAPU Amalgamated Tricycle Union of Anambra State, an umbrella body uniting all the tricycle unions operating in the state, has endorsed Governor Willie Obiano for second term, and pledged to work assiduously to ensure his re-election bid is achieved. 

The union disclosed this through its State Executive Chairman, Mr. Anthony Ogalonye and State Administrative Secretary, Mr. Linus Ufoh, while speaking with Vanguard in an interview in Onitsha during the inauguration of the KKAWAAPU Local Government Executive Caretaker Committee, held at their Anambra State Administrative Headquarters, New American Road Onitsha.

The union said that the basis for the endorsement was because his administration enthroned peace in their union by uniting all the splinter groups as one body that is now working together for their welfare, their passengers and the state.

They said that apart from enthroning peace in their union, Governor Obiano’s administration has maintained adequate security for the people of the state, their members and passengers, adding that they are enjoying good road network that has reduced wears and tears in their tricycles.

They also thanked the state Commissioner for Road, Rail and water Transportation, Chinwe Nwaebili for her contributions and advise to the final enthronement of peace in the union, adding that they will do all they can to support the state government in its effort to ensure increase its internally generated revenue.

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Obiano Hands Over 33 Seater Innoson Bus To Onitsha Sports Club

Governor Willie Obiano has handed over a 33-seater coaster bus to Onitsha Sports Club.
The governor presented the keys to the bus to the club at the Governor's Lodge Amawbia.

The presentation was in fulfilment of a promise the Governor made to the Club last month when he inaugurated the Willie Obiano Lawn Tennis Tournament at Onitsha.

Presenting the bus, Governor Obiano said his administration's commitment to developing Sports as a veritable means of catering for the health of the people, is total.

According to him, the bus which was manufactured by an indigenous company, was procured by his administration in keeping with its policy of patronizing locally manufactured goods.

Governor Obiano urged the club to utilize the vehicle to expand their activities in covering all parts of the Metropolis, assuring that his government will continue to support them as its resources permit.

A member of the Club's Board of Trustees, Chief Godwin Okeke noted that they are happy with the way the Governor is handling the affairs of the state especially as it concerns security and his passion for impacting lives.

Responding, the President of the Club, Chief Tobechi Ejezie while expressing appreciation to the Governor for the gesture, said it will help the club intensify its support activities to other smaller Clubs in the Onitsha area.

He said in keeping with their commitment towards encouraging good governance in the state, the club will support Governor Obiano especially towards his second term bid.

Handover of the keys to the bus formed the highpoint of the event.

By Kenechukwu Ofomah

Obiano Presents 5 Vehicles To Law Faculty Of COOU

The State Government has presented 5 vehicles to the Law Faculty of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University.

Government House correspondent Kenechukwu Ofomah who was at the Governor's Lodge Amawbia where the presentation was made reports that the vehicles include one 18-seater bus for the faculty, a Ford mini-jeep for the Dean and three cars for the Heads of Department under the Faculty.

They are part of the final lap of requirements for the accreditation of the faculty.

Handing over the vehicles, Governor Obiano said his administration considers education as a key enabler in what it is doing and as such, no resource committed in developing the sector is a waste.

This he noted, informed his efforts at investing heavily to secure the accreditation of the Medical College of the University and its present support towards the realization of accreditation of the Law Faculty.

The Governor urged the Faculty management to complement his administration's imputs towards upgrading the Faculty by ensuring that the quality of education offered students are of the best standards.

Responding, a Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sylvester Madu thanked the Governor on behalf of the University management for his numerous imputs towards transforming the University to a world class institution and promised that the University will continue to drive the vision of the present administration as regards tertiary education.

By Kenechukwu Ofomah

Anambra Govt Returns 1067 Plots Of Land To Oba Community

State government has handed back one thousand and sixty-seven compensatory plots of land to Oba Community in Idemili South council area.

The handover ceremony was performed at the Government House, Awka by the Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Sir Okey Moka, onbehalf of Governor Willie Obiano.
The defunct Oba Airport land given back to the community is twenty percent of the entire portion acquired by the State government, about forty years ago.
Speaking to the ABS shortly after the ceremony, the Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Sir Okey Moka, said that Oba Community, who are the original land owners, have been demanding the release of their compensatory plot to facilitate development in the area, for which, he said, the Governor Obiano-led administration deemed fit to wade into.
Sir Moka, who adjudged the process as smooth, judging from the level of acceptance by representatives of the community, as well as State government representatives, called on the land owners to use the land to bring peace and progress to the community, as well as co-operate with any potential developer on the land in question.

Prince Nuel Ezenwa who spoke on behalf of the Traditional Ruler of Oba, Igwe Peter Ezenwa, described government efforts on the matter as a move in the right direction, saying that having suffered over the years, as a result of abandonment, the community is ready to embrace peace, adding that alot still needs to be done, including giving them the remaining ten percent of the compensatory plots.
The Chairman of the defunct, Oba Airport Project, Ichie Boniface Onyeka, stressed that government should show them the boundary of the compensatory plots, beyond what is contained on the survey papers, assuring that they will not fight over the sharing of the land, because they are seriously interested in entrenching lasting peace.
Signing of the acknowledgement papers, as well as hand over of the agreed survey papers was highpoint on the event graced by elders and youth representatives from the community.

By Ejike Abana

Appeal Court Rejects Agbaso's Prayers

The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu has dismissed Chief Martin Agbaso’s application in favour of Chief the Victor Oye-led executive of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The Court refused Chief Agbaso’s request for an adjournment, pending the outcome of an appeal purportedly filed at the Supreme Court.

Chief Agbaso had sought to create a splinter group that illegally tried to install him as National chairman of APGA in place of the subsisting legally-recognized Oye.

The Court had, on Tuesday, in Enugu, turned down the plea to adjourn hearing of the substantive appeal on the case listed for hearing.

The Judge said they were prepared to proceed to hear the substantive Appeal since all the briefs of arguments had been filed and exchanged by parties.

In a bid to frustrate the hearing of the appeal, both counsels to the respondents, K. C. Nwafo, SAN and Tochukwu Maduka had prayed the court to adjourn the case, pending the outcome of the purported appeal.

Maduka had claimed that he had filed all the relevant documents including affidavits showing that an appeal and application for stay of proceedings were pending before the Apex court. He, then, sought for an adjournment to stall hearing in the main appeal.

Countering the argument, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, who led five Senior Advocates alongside seven other senior lawyers for the appellant, Chief Victor Oye, said that the purported documents amounted to nothing since they were not certified true copies and the court could not rely on same.

The three-man Special Panel headed by Justice Abdul Aboki, in a ruling, agreed with the Supreme Court’s position that a lower court should stay proceedings when an appeal was pending before it.

The panel held however, that the onus was on the applicant seeking stay of proceedings to satisfy the court below that there is such an appeal,

The court then proceeded to hear arguments on the main appeal from all the parties and reserved judgment to a date that would be communicated to the parties.

Ogbalu Gives Health Tips As UNIZIK Holds 38TH Inaugural Lecture

The thirty-eightieth Inaugural Lecture of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has been marked with emphasis on Health Education as a master key to healthy living.

The lecture, held at the Institution’s auditorium in Awka, exposed participants drawn from within and outside the Institution, to tips on maintaining a healthy living, as it was aimed at raising public awareness on application of preventive measures to diseases than curative.

The Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, in his opening remarks said the inaugural lecture is one of the means through which the university recognizes excellence and sells the intellectual knowledge to the public with a view to improving the total well being of humanity.

In his lecture on the theme "Health Education: The Master Key to Healthy Living" the Inaugural lecturer, Professor Anthony Ogbalu, while stressing the importance of self discipline in maintaining healthy living, charged the participants to avoid living in dirty environment, too much intake of alcohol and smoking, among others, which he said are threats to human health.

Professor Ogbalu advised people to eat fruits and vegetables, and to always exercise their bodies to keep them strong and healthy, even as he recommended seven to nine hours sleep a day.

Regretting that most people contract diseases as a result of their obliviousness of the preventive measures, Professor Ogbalu, called on government at all levels to train more health educators/ instructors that would help in enlightening the masses on health related issues, and as well make more policies that promote good health of the citizenry.

By Emmanuel Okonkwo

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Obiano Urges Corps Members To Equip Themselves Properly With Entrepreneurial Skills

Members of the National Youth Service Corps, deployed to the State have been advised to use the various entrepreneurial skills they learnt in camp to improve themselves.

Governor Willie Obiano gave the advise at the passing out Parade of the 2017 Batch A, Stream Two Corps Members at the NYSC Orientation Camp Umunya in Oyi Local government Area.

The event saw Corps members in their complete uniform, with members of the Nigerian Army, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, and other military and para military agencies on hand.

Governor Obiano represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sports Development, Mr Linus Nwankwo, stated that youths remain the symbol and catalyst for growth and development, urging them to use all opportunities provided them by the National Youth Service Corps and it's partnership programmes with different agencies such as Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bank of Industry to properly equip themselves for the challenges ahead.
He urged them to be role models in their different places of primary assignments.

Earlier in a welcome address, the State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps , Mr Ebenezer Olawale, commended the State government for its support to the scheme, especially the ongoing construction of the NYSC permanent Orientation Camp at Mbaukwu-Umuawulu in Awka South Local Government Area and enjoined the Corp members to be torch bearers.

The Passing out Parade was spiced with a martial arts presentation by the Corps members.

By Dave Okpokwasili

South East Governors Adopt Geometric Power Project Model, Target To Establish 5 Major Industrial Clusters

The South East Governors Forum says it has adopted the Geometric Power Project as a model, for the integration of the region.

Presenting a communique at the end of a closed door meeting yesterday, the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engineer Dave Umahi, pointed out that the Governors have thrown their weight behind the success of the project which is ninety-nine percent completed.

According to the Governor, they have proposed to build five major industrial clusters in each of the states, and commended Shell for the gas project at Asa, for which the forum had signified interest to benefit from, saying that the Economic Team and the Secretariat have been directed to identify and make a list of places in the region where there are gas reserves so that they can liaise with owners of such gas blocs as well as relevant stakeholders, as it will greatly benefit the South East region.

The forum also stressed that it is solidly behind the forthcoming November eighteenth election in Anambra State, and appeal to people and relevant stakeholders and agencies to ensure it's smooth and peaceful conduct.

On the state of Ndi Igbo living in the Northern part of the country, the Forum said that they have been briefed by Ohaneze Ndigbo and have been in touch with Ndi Igbo living in that region, assuring of constant dialogue with the Federal Government and the Northern Governors' Forum, commendimg them for the posture they are currently assuming on prevailing issues.

Engineer Umahi added that the Forum will continue to monitor events to ensure Ndi Igbo living in any part of the country is not subjected to harm or live in fear.

Also present during the meeting were the Governor's of Imo, Abia and Governor Willie Obiano represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke.

The President of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo was also part of the meeting held at the Government House, Enugu.

By Ejike Abana

APGA Primary: Obiano Extends Olive Branch To Dissenters, Calls For Peace And Togetherness

We must make ndi Anambra stay on the part of progress via progressive continuity and for another four years we must keep working for the good of our dear state. We have done well for our people and we have shown clearly to all that we remain the best.

The above assertion was made by His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano while addressing APGA party delegates during the its primary which saw him emerged as the flag-bearer for the November Guber Election in the state.

Accounting for his stewardship since he came on board three years ago under APGA, Obiano said “APGA is not about personal interest but about a common desire to enthrone good governance”.

And in the spirit of sportsmanship and as a good leader who has demonstrated the important of coexisting in the past, Gov Obiano has called on those who had misgivings about the party togetherness to join him and the party to move it forward.

“By putting your faith in me we shall continue to encourage togetherness and peace in our party. APGA is a big family and in a family there is bound to be some misgivings once in a while, so in the spirit of onye aghana nwanne ya and alignment of interest, I called on all our brothers and sisters who have some misgivings about our togetherness to come join hands with us to resolve our differences”.

Obiano who said his victory was a victory for good governance and continuity, stated that there are several hurdles to cross but encouraged all  to work assiduously in ensuring total victory of the party in the November Election.

Speaking on the forthcoming election, he said “we will win the November election, so that our people will benefit from the momentum we have built. Any new person or party coming in will have to learn the ropes. We must make our people stay on the part of progress via progressive continuity. We must keep willie working for another four years for the good of our dear state”.

As already announced by INEC, Anambra Gubernatorial election is scheduled to hold on November 18, 2017, and the working governor of the state, Gov Obiano will be seeking for reelection under APGA party after emerging the flagbearer.

By Emmanuel Aniagoh

ANAMBRA GUBER: Gov Obiano Clinched APGA Ticket, Retained Deputy As Running Mate

With a total yes vote of 1070 out of a possible 1092, Gov. Obiano of Anambra State yesterday at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka,  emerged flagbearer of APGA party during its Special State Congress/Primary election.

Delegates which comprise both statutory and wards delegates were earlier accredited at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka. Three (3) delegates each were chosen from the three hundred and twenty six (3)26 wards that made up the state given a total of nine hundred and seventy-eight (978) from the wards and 119 statutory delegates.

Declaring the voting process open, Alhaji Abdulahi Shinkafi, the chairman of the electoral panel, read out the electoral laws authenticating the party primary while at the same time introducing INEC officials both from Abuja and the State offices, who were present to monitor and observe as the electoral law stipulates.

Gov Obiano emerged winner after a peaceful and orderly voting by all the delegates present and issued a certificate of return by the electoral panel chairman.

In acceptance speech, Obiano highlighted the journey so far, given account of his stewardship. The governor who thanked the people for putting their faith on me, promised to continue to work in their interest. “I shall continue to make you proud. I will do what I know how to do best and that is to work willingly”

“At this time four years ago we came with a clear vision and mission on what we want to achieve, we have been faithful to our promises and today our dear state is better for it. Willie has worked willingly”.

His Excellency called yesterday victory the “first stage of match to victory for the continuity”, saying several hurdles need to be crossed and encouraged all to work assiduously to ensure success of the party in the November election.

Closing his speech, he announced his desire to continue keeping faith with his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke and therefore declared him as his running mate in the forthcoming election.

Also present were the former National Chairman of the Party, Chief Victor Umeh who was recently inaugurated as the Director General of as well as the former National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Sanni Shinkafi, who is also the Chairman, APGA Primary Election Panel.

Former National chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, who is also the DG, Gov Obiano's Re-election Campaign, called on Ndi Anambra while addressing the press to the support the party which has brought meaningful development to the state.  He said the Governor who has consolidated on the achievements of his predecessor and taken the state to greater heights, needs vote of the people.

He assured the people of APGA’s determination to carry out thorough grassroot mobilization hinged on adequate information dissemination on the laudable achievements of Obiano’s administration.

Also in attendance were Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke; Hon Dozie Nwankwo, Federal House Member; Rtn Hon Rita Mmaduagwu, Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly; Members, APGA Board of Trustees; Members, National and State Working Committees; Members, Anambra State of Assembly; and major stakeholders.

Monday, August 14, 2017

ANAMBRA GUBER: 1,119 Delegates Set For APGA Primaries

No fewer than 1,119 delegates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) will take part in the party’s primary election on Tuesday to produce its gubernatorial candidate for the Nov.18 election in Anambra.

Chairman of the party, Dr Victor Oye who made this known at a news conference in Awka today, said that the primaries would hold on Tuesday in Awka.

Oye said the delegates were made up of 150 statutory and 969 elected from the 326 wards of the state.

He said that the election would be in the mode of ‘yes or no’ as only Gov. Willie Obiano purchased the form and met all the criteria.

He said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Police and other agencies had been informed and would be part of the process.

Oye said that there was no controversy over the leadership of the party as he remained the authentic chairman with the full legitimacy to produce APGA’s candidate for the election.

He blamed the media for fanning the embers of discord in the party, charging them to stick to the ethics of the profession by observing the principles.

“I have never been embattled; my seat has never been vacant or in contention.
“This matter would have been over long ago if the media played their role nobly,” he said.

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