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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.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Obiano Won’t Interfere In APGA Primaries – Party Chieftains


National leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has exonerated himself from the primary elections of the party on the condition that all aspirants on the platform of APGA should go to the field and test their validity and popularity because there would no special nor anointed candidates.

The governor’s position on the party’s forthcoming primary elections was made known through some chieftains of APGA at the party’s secretariat, Awka, while speaking to journalists on the party’s level of preparedness for the 2019 general elections on Monday.

The state treasurer of the party, Honourable Tony Chukwuemeka Nwakile, said the state governor had no hand in the party’s primary elections, moreover, APGA has a procedure for conducting primary elections emphasizing that it was not the responsibility of the governor to conduct primaries for the aspirants.

Nwakile, however, posited that the constitution allowed every individual to vote and be voted for; that the party does not intend to contravene that portion of the constitution stressing that internal democracy works in APGA and that it was the duty of the party to be unbiased as whoever the voters elect automatically becomes the candidate of the people.

On his part, a member of the state working committee of APGA in Anambra State and former council chairman of Orumba South Local Government Area, Owelle Godson Obi, was of the opinion that a number of variables may be considered for the primaries but, according to him, all the aspirants would be involved in the entire process to avoid what he termed nepotism tendencies.

Although the former council chairman maintained that it was not out of place for the state governor who is the national leader of the party to be abreast of developments in the party.

He said that the state governor, the national working committee as well as the state working committee of APGA have unanimously taken a firm decision not to interfere with the conduct of the primary elections.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

NUASS to Honour Fides Abuchi Onwumelu With Media Excellence Award



The National Union of Anambra State Students (NUASS) will on Saturday, 11 August, at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, honour Fides reporter, Abuchi Onwumelu, with Media Excellence Award. 

The award which is for his immense contribution to development journalism and information dissemination, will be part of activities marking the union's 2-Day "Mother of All Cultural Fiesta".

 Addressing journalists in Awka, the national president of NUASS, Comrade Echegwo Godwin, flanked by the chairman of Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Comrade Ezeilo Franklin, said NUASS was an umbrella body which covered all the indigenous students of Anambra State across the federation, noting that NUASS was found in all the states across the federation, adding that the body used universities as its stronghold.

    He said the role of the NUASS was to fight for the welfare of the students of Anambra State extraction and also to promote hard work, academic excellence, discipline, among others.
Echegwo stated that the body created a forum for seminars, workshops and entrepreneurial training, noting that it was aimed at creating a forum for completeness among the students, as well as preparing them adequately for the task ahead.

Speaking on NUASS's first ever cultural fiesta in Awka, Comrade Echegwo said over ten thousand Anambra State students from all the states across the federation would attend, announcing that the event would be chaired by the Commissioner for Youth, Empowerment and Creative Economy, Hon. Bonaventure Enemali.

The cultural fiesta according to him, would witness several cultural displays, masquerade exhibition, talks and award presentation to several dignitaries in Anambra who had contributed greatly to the welfare of the students.

He said the NUASS national leadership would on that day also honour Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State with the NUASS Grand Service Star Award for his outstanding performance and leadership qualities, while the wife would receive Best Humanitarian Personality of the Year 2017/2018 award.

Other awardees are as follows: Anambra Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, (NUASS Meritorious Award of Excellence); Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, SSG Anambra State (NUASS Meritorious Award of Excellence); Hon Primus Odili, COS Anambra State, (NUASS Meritorious Award of Excellence); Prince Engr Arthur Eze, (Distinguished Philanthropic Award of Excellence); Sen. Victor Umeh, (NUASS Legislator of the Year); Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze, (NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill): Chief Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Uba, (NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill); Chief Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezi, (NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill); Chief Hon. Chinedu Obidigwe, (NUASS Man of the Year 2017-2018); Igwe Alex Uzo Onyido of Ogidi, (NUASS Ambassador of GoodWill); Dr Joe Akabuike, Commissioner for Health, (NUASS Health Man of the Year, 2017/2018); Hon Comr Nwabufo Nwankwo, SSA Special Duties, (NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill); Hon Bonaventure Enemali, Commissioner for Youth, Empowerment and Creative Economy,
(NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill), among others.

ASUBEB Chairman Flags Off 2018 Hon. Patrick Aniunoh Holiday Tutorial Program


Education is the key to economic empowerment and our children should be made to access that qualitatively.

Nze Nnaemeka Olisa, Okosisi, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB, Chairman, made the above remark yesterday at Urban Girls Secondary School, Fegge Onitsha, during the flagoff of the much anticipated 2018 Hon. Patrick Aniunoh Holiday Tutorial Program.

Addressing hundreds of students, Nze Nnaemeka Olisa, who appealed to the children to be serious, noted that free lessons such as this have helped to relieve their parents from some financial burden.

"The holiday tutorial lessons have been  ongoing since 2015 Hon. Paddy Aniunoh started representing Onitsha South 1 Constituency and have consistently run with much improvement till date" he said.

Speaking further about the education friendly legislator, he singled out his sacrifice to ensure every student in the constituency gets education and be open for  scholarship program.

"When i made inquiry from Hon. Paddy about the registration and what the tuition interested students are to pay, i was surprised when he said registration was completely free and all that is required from the students was just to come" because materials for the lesson(exercise books, Pen, Mathematical set, etc) were readily made available by the action legislator", he enthused.

He therefore thanked Ochudo for his unparalleled representation to his constituency, while advising the students to take the holiday lessons serious and also reminding parents who were present to also push their children to focus more on their studies.

In a separate speech, Chief Ezeokenwa Sylvester, former APGA Chairman, Onitsha South, likened Hon. Patrick Anuinoh to Gov. Willie Obiano, because of his method of representation, which according to him has brought much  development to the constituency like never before.

Said he "God gave us paddy, he is an household name and since we started having house members, we have never seen a representative like this".

Chief Ezeokenwa pointed to the blocks of classroom currently under construction and an effort of the Honourable Member.

"The blocks of classrooms over there is been constructed by paddy. He is doing so because of the love he has for education and for the student of Onitsha South constituency" he declared.

In the same vein, the centre coordinator, Mrs Okonkwo Anthonia, who reiterated that registration is free, noted that enough publicity was given to program, as the committee went round Fegge, Woliwo, Head Bridge, to announce the free holiday lesson program and the result was tremendous as large turn out from students was recorded.

Thanking Hon. Paddy for given her the opportunity to co-ordinate the lesson, Mrs Okonkwo noted that what started small in 2015 has thus blossomed to this large magnitude.

She stated that Urban Girls was chosen because of its location at the heart of Fegge.

She went further to state that the lesson which started with just English and Maths in 2015, can now boast of other subjects from science and arts.

 She emphasised that the students will not only be tutored but also at the end an exam will be conducted and the successful ones will be given automatic scholarships.

To the students, the centre coordinator, urged them to take their lesson classes serious and at the end the committee through an open process will select students based on their performances for the scholarship.

Overwhelmed by the large turnout and the students who have decided to benefit from his goodwill and magnanimity, Hon. Patrick Anuinoh, said he was happy and that is joy knows no bound for seeing his effort bearing fruits.

Speaking about his passion for education and children, the workaholic legislator said, "I love children and love Education and that's why I am investing in your education"

"In the nearest future, among you, we will have doctors, lawyers,governors, entrepreneurs, legislators like me and many more, so make use of this free opportunities and make your parents and our constituency proud" he said.

According to him, he has vowed to double his effort and therefore ask the students and parents to continue praying for him, so as to continue delivering on his promises.

Parents, students and guests at the ground, were full of praises for the exemplary leadership the Honourable member has shown.

For Hon. Aniunoh, he has handled all terms school fees and he is not thinking of slowing down. And just one week away into the tutorial lessons, the number of students participation has skyrocket, a testimony that Hon. Patrick Anuinoh is a legislator who finds pleasure in serving his people.

Other dignitaries present at the event include; Dr Mrs Kanayo Chukwurah, Onitsha south Education Secretary; Hon. Peter Ezeoba Mofus, APGA Chairman OSLG; Barr Chibuzor SA to Gov Willie; Mrs Flavour, TC member OSLG; APGA Ward Chairmen, youth Leaders, Secretaries, women Leaders; amongst others.

The highpoint of the event was the unveiling of the large chunks of lesson materials for the students.







By Emmanuel Aniagoh

Friday, August 03, 2018

We Are Yet To Receive The N43bn Refund From FG - Anambra Govt.


Anambra State government on Wednesday said it had yet to receive the refunds of the N43 billion owed it by the Federal Government for projects executed by the state government. 

“What has just happened is that the process has just begun. We are still far from receiving the funds,” Anambra State Commissioner  for Finance, Mr Ifeatu Onejeme said.

He was reacting to stories by a section of the media congratulating the FG over the purported refunds of the funds expended in executing Federal road projects in the state.

According to him, the Senate has merely approved a borrowing plan by the Federal Ministry of Finance, under which refunds would be facilitated. “The approved borrowing plan is a long way to actual receipt of the cash by the state. “What will now happen is that the Debt Management Office (DMO), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Ministry of Finance will now work out details of the borrowing plan of the N37 billion approved, in order to determine the source of funding of the plan.

 “The plan may also involve the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), if the instruments to be used will involve them.” 

Mr Onejeme explained that it was the suggestion of Anambra that since there were no immediate cash for liquidation of the debt; the FG could pay through the floating of bonds or promissory notes.



By Tony Nezianya

Anambra Partners S’African Firm For 14,000 TEUs Capacity ICD


The Anambra State government has entered into partnership with a South African company, Arup, to construct a 14,000 Twenty Equivalent Unit, TEUs capacity Inland Container Depot to be located at Ozubulu.  

The first phase of the facility is expected to be completed before the end of this year. The entire project would have a train station, a bonded terminal, dry port and export zone at completion.

The project, to be known as Anambra Bonded Terminal and Freight Station Limited, is expected to serve traders in both Onitsha and Nnewi. Disclosing this to Vanguard Maritime Report, consultant to the project and National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, Tony Iju Nwabunike, said the project is fashioned after that of Kaduna ICD.

According to him, “It is about 14,000 TEUs. We have two phases.  We are doing phase one now. “The whole project is what we should expect because it is large and they are having an institution there too. So it is going to be a total composition of train station, bonded terminal, dry port and export station. 

Anambra state government is really working on that. “It is located at Ozubulu, just 15 kilometers from Onitsha, Onitsha-Owerri road and 10km to Nnewi.’’

On how to move containers to the facility when completed he said, “Just like we are moving containers to Kaduna ICD because the train station is not working yet. Even in  “Kaduna, we are moving the containers there without train. Most of them are by road


By Godfrey Bivbere & Ebuka Oko

NUASS Sets To Honour Governor Willie Obiano


National Union of Anambra State Students (NUASS) is an Umbrella body which covers all the indigenous students of Anambra State across the federation, will host its first ever cultural fiesta, at the Alex Ekwueme’s Square, Awka, on the 11th of August 2018. 

This cultural fiesta tagged “Two-Day Mother of All Cultural Fiesta” will have in attendance over  Ten thousand (10000) Anambra state students who are coming from all the states across the federation.  The fiesta will be under the distinguished chairmanship of the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Empowerment and Creative Economy, Hon. Bonaventure Enemali.

NUASS aims at achieving cultural rebirth in Anambra state. This is based on the fact that the rich cultural heritage of (Ndi Igbo) is fast fading away and appears to be swallowed by the subtle but deadly wave of globalization.

In the face of the threat of cultural extinction, cultural rebirth is paramount. The cultural fiesta will also strive to acculturate the spirit of “homeness” among Anambra students. This will serve as an avenue to remind the students that no matter who one is or his financial clout, he should at all times, think of how to invest in Anambra state.

The aim of the cultural fiesta is to unite the students of Anambra state to stand and speak with one voice especially on the issue connected to the political milieu in the states owing to the fact that the students cum the youths are the greatest stakeholders in Anambra state.

The cultural fiesta will be flavoured with several cultural displays; all sorts of masquerades will be on display in the venue. Also, several dignitaries in Anambra, who have contributed so greatly to the welfare of the students, will be honoured for their immense contribution to the students of Anambra state.

Also, the Executive Governor of Anambra state, His Excellency, Chief Dr Willie M. Obiano and his wife will be honoured, with the NUASS Grand Service Star Award of Honour for his outstanding performance and leadership qualities and her Excellency with Best Humanitarian Personality of the Year 2017/2018.

Below are the names of some of the Awardees and their various categories of Awards:

1. H.E. Chief Dr Willie M. Obiano (Best Students’ Friendly Governor of Our Time and Grand Service Star, National Union of Anambra State Students (GSSNUASS)

2. H.E. Chief Mrs Eberechukwu Obiano (NUASS Humanitarian Personality of the Year 2017/2018)

3.H.E.Dr Nkem Okeke,
(NUASS Meritorious Award of Excellence)

4. Prof Solu Chukwulobelu,
SSG Anambra State,
(NUASS Meritorious Award of Excellence)

5. Hon Primus Odili,
COS Anambra State,
(NUASS Meritorious Award of Excellence)

6. Prince Engr Arthur Eze, (Distinguished Philanthropic Award of Excellence)

4. Chief Senator Victor Umeh (OFR) (NUASS Legislator of the Year)

5. Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze (NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill)

6. Chief Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Uba (NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill)

7. Chief Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezi,  (NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill)

8. Chief Hon. Chinedu Obidigwe (NUASS Man of the Year 2017-2018)

9. Igwe Alex Uzo Onyido - Ezechuamagha 1 of Ogidi (NUASS Ambassador of GoodWill)

10. Chief Chuka Onubogu - (Ifeneti Ogidi) (NUASS Ambassador of GoodWill)

11. Dr Joe Akabuike,
Hon Commissioner for Health,
(NUASS Health Man of the Year 2017/2018)

12. Hon Comr Nwabufo Nwankwo,
SSA Special Duties,
(NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill)

13. Hon Bonaventure Enemali,
Hon Commissioner for Youth,Empowerment and Creative Economy,
(NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill)

14. Prof Mrs Rose Obiekezie,
Hon Commissioner for Tertiary Education,
(NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill)

15. Nze Uche Nworah,
MD ABS Radio/Television Station,
(NUASS Ambassador of Goodwill)

16. HRH Dr Prophet Ramas Asuzu,
Akajiofor Igbo n' Nri kingdom.

17. Abuchi Onwumelu of FIDES Newspapers (Media Excellenc Award)

18. Heads of Security Agencies in Anambra State.

And host of others...

Like Government appointees, Past National/Chapter Student Leaders who have contributed immensely to growth of the Union including best performing and outstanding students in their various institutions of higher learning and students welfarism, will also be honoured that day.

The National Union of Anambra States Students led by Comr. Echegwo Chibunna Godwin and the entire BOT, Senate and all the members of the Executive wish to use this medium to invite the general public to this epoch making event.

Signed
Comr. Echegwo Chibunna Godwin
National President, NUASS

Comr Ezeilo Franklin,
LOC,Chairman

Thursday, August 02, 2018

APGA Denies Coalition With APC, Others


Chief Victor Ike Oye, National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has said that his party was not in any form of marriage with the All Progressives Congress (APC) nor any other political party in the country.

This was contrary to insinuations that the APGA has succumbed to the passes made at it by the APC for both parties to form a coalition ahead of 2019 general elections.

Oye, who made the party’s position known on the purported marriage with the APC, told journalists at his country home, Amawbia, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State at the weekend that APGA would not go into marriage or any form of alliance with political parties as the party was not prepared to lose its identity.

He said APGA was widely recognised and accepted and that it is the only political party in the country with a clean bill of health while the APC and PDP are suffering from terminal diseases.

Oye noted that as it stands, the party was in good stead to win more legislative seats, more state governors and some others, adding that APGA ws no longer a regional party but has made an inroads into the nation’s mainstream politics and poised to work for the peace, progress and sustainable democracy for Nigeria and Nigerians.

The APGA national chairman who said that his victory at the Supreme Court was providential and unprecedented, noted that the court ruled in his favour on the grounds that the issues brought up against him lacked merit and reasonable grounds for defence.

He stressed that the suits were ill-advised, malevolent and malicious even though he has extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents.

He said that APGA was a welfarist political party set to build an egalitarian society with equal access to social amenities for Nigerians.

On the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct credible elections in 2019, Oye explained that the nation has had several umpires but the era of Prof. Yakubu Mamood has been very successful with the conduct of elections across the country using the Anambra governorship elections as a case in point.

He noted that the current INEC boss had vision and very cerebral in handling electoral matters while expressing confidence that the nation’s apex electoral body would not fall short of the expectations of Nigerians with the conduct of 2019 general elections.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

NYCN Deputy National President Tasks Political Parties To Give 60% Party Tickets To Youths



Youths from across the South East gathered at Akanu Ibiam International Airport on Sunday, 29th July, 2018 to welcome the newly elected officers of the National Youth Council of Nigeria from the SouthEast led by the Deputy National President, Comr. Innocent Nduanya. The election which was held in Gombe State had in attendance youths from across the country.

Speaking to journalists at the airport, Comr. Nduanya reiterated the commitment of the newly elected government to ensure that the Nigerian youths take their rightful place in the politics of the nation.

According to him, the youths of Nigeria are prepared  to have a united front, speak with one voice and ensure that they are not relegated to the background any longer. He said in his statement that the various sub groups of youths in the country will be operating under the umbrella of the NYCN and as such, there will be no division or rancour among Nigerian youths any longer.

He however sent a word to all political parties in the country to ensure that come 2019, 60% of their tickets are given to youths at all levels. This should include Federal, State and Local Government levels. He made it clear that only parties that comply with this directives will get the support of the Nigerian youths who make over 70% of the nation's population.

"The youths can no longer be used as thugs and instruments of election disruption in our country. Our youths now know what they want and this time around it is no longer business as usual'

"For the Igbo youths, it is time to come together to take what belongs to us. We know what we want and that is true federalism and proper restructuring of the current arrangement of things in the country."

"We will be touring the 36 states of the country as we did during the elections. We will be touring the country to sensitize youths to know what they want and pursue it. Most of us have been able to withstand hunger for years before we got to where we are today. If the youths learn to bear the pain of their good decisions and stand by them, we will have a greater future. It is Nigerian youths that placed us where we are and we will not disappoint them"

Other matters he pointed out bordered on the plans of the Council to be all-inclusive in their decisions and resolutions. He explained that the Council will ensure that all youth organizations and associations in the Southeast are carried along in their decisions and their respective interests protected.

Also speaking to journalists on his mission for the youths in Southeast, Prince Chibuike Echem, the National Vice President, Southeast NYCN, said it is our time. According to him, it is time to reconcile every faction with a united voice, one identity and one front from the SouthEast. He reitirated the comments of the National Deputy President that is will not be business as usual. He said gone are the days when the youths are bought over to do the biddings of others. It will henceforth the interest of the youths or nothing.

Comr. Agnuncha Izunna Chidulue, the newly elected Organizing Secretary, NCYN, SouthEast Zone, believed that the youths are tools in the hands of the politicians but noted that will no longer be the case because youths are now waking up to their responsibilities, needs and interests.

According to him, the Council will be working with established entrepreneurs like Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, whom they have visited after the election to discuss ways through which the Council can work together to create more opportunities for the youths in South East.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Anaku Donates 20 Plots Of Land For Modular Refinery


 Excited by the Federal Government’s plan to build a modular refinery in Anambra State, the people of Anaku community in Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state have donated a large expanse of land estimated at 20 plots of land for the project. 

A member of Board of Trustees, BoT of Anambra State chapter of Host Communities Producing Oil and Gas, HOSCON, Mr Joseph Obidigwe who stated this in Awka, while briefing the National Chairman of HOSCON, Prince Mike Emuh, explained that he convinced Anaku land owners to donate land for the project.

Obidigwe noted that the community was ready to donate more land if the 20 plots would not be enough for the project because according to them, there is abundant oil deposits in the area to be tapped and refined for both export and local consumption, adding that they are looking forward for the take off of the project in earnest.

The state Chairman of HOSCON, Anthony Chiokwe and his deputy, Anene Onyilegbe Gregory, had explained that they have gone round the state and discovered that more than 50 oil wells in about 12 oil producing communities of the state abound in commercial quantities and waiting to be tapped, as applicable in other oil producing states.

Chiokwe and Onyilegbe stated that Aguleri alone has about 26 oil wells, while Ogwu-Ikpelle has as much as 16 oil wells, just like Ogwu-Aniocha has five wells, Anaku has nine wells, Umerum, three wells, two wells in Abagana, while Okija and Umunnachi wells were said to have been overflown and are currently spilling.

The National HOSCON Chairman, Emuh identified economic recession, disunity, ignorance and boundary disputes between Anambra State and its sister states as some of the major factors that deprived the state of its 13 percent oil revenue derivation, since former President Goodluck Jonathan declared it an oil producing state in 2012.

He lamented that the state, unlike other oil producing states, is losing about N30 million daily since six years after the presidential declaration of the state as an oil producing state because either by omission or commission, the 13 percent derivation formula has not been gazetted by the appropriate government agencies.


By Nwabueze Okonkwo

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