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Friday, December 15, 2017

APGA Flags Off Campaign For Anambra Central Senatorial District Re-run Election

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA yesterday kickstarted its campaigns for the January 13th Anambra Central Senatorial District bye-election with a Mega rally in Awka.

At Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, venue for the flag off, APGA faithful, fans and supporters of APGA from within and outside the state converged to express their solidarity with the APGA candidate for the election, Chief Victor Umeh.

Governor Willie Obiano, the member representing Njikoka, Dunukofia and Anaocha Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Dr Dozie Nwankwo and his Awka North and South Federal constituency counterpart, Chief Anayo Nnebe, Wife of Late Biafran Leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Chief Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, wife of Anambra Deputy Governor, Mrs Oby Okeke, former APGA Governorship candidate in Abia State, Dr Alex Otti, renowned industrialist Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, among numerous others, were dignitaries that graced the event.

Governor Obiano who at the event, agreed to work as the Chairman of Chief Umeh's Election Committee to make sure that he emerges victorious, said he has what it takes to be a strong voice for Ndigbo in the Senate.

The Governor who noted that the victory of APGA in the just concluded governorship election in the state is a strong message that APGA is on the move, said he is also aware that it is a call to duty on his part, promising that he will not disappoint Ndi Anambra.

The APGA Candidate for the Election, Chief Umeh who was also the Chairman of the Governor's re-election campaign, expressed happiness that Ndi Anambra listened to the voice of reason and voted for APGA in the Governorship election and assured them that the Governor's second term will certainly witness improved developmental milestones in the state.

Thanking Governor Obiano for solidly supporting him, Chief Umeh promised that if elected, he will work closely with him to ensure that Anambra gets everything due her from the center and advance the cause of APGA and Ndigbo in the country.

The member representing Awka North and South Federal constituency in the National Assembly, Chief Anayo Nnebe who during the event decamped to APGA, revealed that his decision to join the Party was to fully identify with the movement for the emancipation of Ndigbo.

In their separate remarks, Chief Mrs Ojukwu, Dr Otti and Prince Ukachukwu acknowledged that by voting massively for APGA in the November 18th election, Ndi Anambra have restored the pride of the Igbo nation, describing Chief Umeh as APGA's number one foot soldier and is sure to win the January 13th Senatorial election.

Also among the numerous decampees who were received into APGA during the event was the Governorship Candidate of the Democratic People's Congress, Chief Yule Edochie.

By Kenechukwu Ofomah

Obiano's Aide Gets Honoured As "The Most Valuable Digital Aide 2017" At The Embassy Of Ecuador

Ifeanyi ANIAGOH, Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to Gov Willie Obiano of Anambra State will later today be honoured with the prestigious award of "The Most Valuable Digital Aide 2017" at the Embassy of Ecuador.

The special award will be conferred on Aniagoh and few other distinguished honourees by the Young Journalists Forum at the December edition of their monthly media dialogue in collaboration with the Embassy of Ecuador.

Aniagoh is being honoured for his unique strategy in carrying out the duties of his office and his social media influence in the year under review which largely contributed to the victory of his boss in the last gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
Quoting the recognition panel, "We have watched with keen interest your (Aniagoh's) social media, strategy that attracted young and decerning Anambra people to your amiable Governor Willie Obiano, during 2017 gubernatorial election. We are therefore pleased to confer you with the prestigious award of the ‘The Most Valuable Digital Aide 2017’"

Just few days ago, Aniagoh clinched double awards at the Anambra Exclusive Youth Choice Awards winning "The 2017 Popular Youth of the Year (Male)" and "The 2017 Social Media Influencer of the Year."

Aniagoh as a young graduate of University of Nigeria keyed into the growing need to bridge information gap via the Social Media to carve a niche for himself through blogging and created a blog concept which has evolved into a Digital PR Brand, IB Concept.

With heavy presence on Facebook, thousands of followers on Twitter and good command on WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat, Aniagoh led the APGA Social Media crew that played a critical role in 21-over-21 Flawless Victory of All Progressives Grand Alliance in November 18, 2017 Guber Election in Anambra State.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Obiano Receives Commendations On Oye Agu - Nimo Convent Road Projects

Governor Willie Obiano has been described as a trail brazer in the Nigerian politics, following the way he defeated thirty-six other opponents during the November eighteenth gubernatorial election in the State.

A Nimo based industrialist, Chief Francis Nwabachili, who spoke in an interview with the ABS, said that he gave the Governor the new name, because no one expected him to cruise to victory the way he did owing to the array of formidable opposition.

He commended the Governor for the ongoing construction of Oye-Agu Nimo convent road which he said will boost businesses in the area on completion.

While congratulating Governor Obiano on his victory, the industrialist urged him to use his second term to consolidate on the achievements recorded in his first term, even as he hoped that the ongoing construction of the Oye Agu-Nimo Convent Road will be completed in a record time.

He described the road as very strategic to the people of the area.

He also used the opportunity to urge the State government to complete the Ezi Icheke- Nimo Road which he equally described as important to the people of Nimo and Abagana communities.

Chief Nwabachili commended the Member representing Njikoka Constituency Two in the State House of Assembly, Dr Pete Ibida, for drawing the attention of the Governor to the road, and praised him for his doggedness and effective representation.

Umunya Community Happy With Ongoing Road Projects In The Area

The people of Umunya in Oyi Local Government Area have expressed satisfaction with the pace of work on roads linking the community with her neighbours which is being executed by the State government.

The roads are Abba-Ifitedunu-Umunya road, Reverend Father Tagbo road linking Awkuzu, Umunya and Ogbunike as well as the Nteje Umunya Ogbunike road.

A former Commissioner for Information and Culture, Sir Boniface Orakwe who gave the commendation during a gathering to commend the All Progressives Grand Alliance faithful and the community for successfully delivering two electoral wards in the area to APGA, during the November eighteenth gubernatorial election, noted that while other candidates were busy talking of commencement of new projects contractors engaged by the Obiano administration were busy constructing roads linking Umunya with her neighbours.

Sir Boniface, who described the glorious victory of Governor Willie Obiano in the last election as the will of God, appealed to the Governor to redouble his efforts in the second term in addition to carrying everybody along.

In a speech, the President-General of Umunya Development Union, Chief Obi Ezeani, noted that since the Governor has done well in the areas of security of lives and property, prompt payment of worker’s salaries, street light project, beautification of the State, and Rural development, what remains now is aggressive and massive road construction.

Also speaking the State Treasurer of APGA, Mr Tony Nwasike, appealed to the Governor to consider establishing a private power plant in his second term to boost electricity supply, revive moribund industries and create jobs for the youths.

Other speakers who spoke during the event were Chief Chicago Okongwu, Mr Augustine Umelue and Ifeanyi Chigbo, who commended the Governor for taking the State out of the list of debt owing States in Nigeria.

Contractor Reassures On Early Completion Of Ifite - Awka - UNIZIK - Amansea Road Project

Construction work on the first phase of Ifite-Awka-UNIZIK-Amansea road is nearing completion.

It was observed that construction of drainage on the first phase of the road has been completed up to the University gate while about one hundred meters is remaining to complete work on the drainage channels.

Meanwhile, asphalting has been completed up to about two hundred meters close to the University gate.

Speaking to reporters, the Director of the project, Mr Odiraa Nwolisa, said heavy vehicular movement is the major challenge facing the pace of work adding that they must cover a reasonable part of the remaining areas before they embark on Christmas break.

On his part, a resident of the area, Mr Kingsley Uzokwe, commended Governor Willie Obiano for fulfilling his promises and called on all to give him total support to enable him complete the good work he has started.

In the same vein, construction of drainages have commenced on the second phase of the road, which is about one hundred meters from the University gate to Amansea.

 By Ngozi Obileri

Faculty Of Pharmaceutical Sciences Inducts 76 Graduates

No fewer than 76 graduates from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, have been inducted and sworn to devote themselves to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of Pharmacy.

The graduates took the oath at the 7th induction and oath-taking ceremony organised by the faculty and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), at Juhel Auditorium, Agulu campus of the university recently.

Addressing the inductees, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, explained that induction ceremonies of professional bodies serve to usher the inductees into the profession, coming after the successful completion of long years of tedious studies.

The vice chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Charles Esimone, noted that the occasion provides an avenue for remembering the financial sacrifices and otherwise, parents and sponsors had to make to sustain their ward’s studies, and the pedagogic efforts put in by the teachers to turn the students into finished products.

Ahaneku while congratulating the inductees, reminded them that their professional practice is to be guided by the oath they have taken, fortified with the university’s core values of discipline, self-reliance and excellence.

He added that the university will continue to encourage staff and students of the faculty by providing the infrastructure needed to facilitate teaching and learning.

In his keynote address titled: ‘Drug Supply and Public Health in a Recessed Economy’, the Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Pharmacy Ltd, Pharm Ike Onyechi, bemoaned the central medical stores system of drug supply, noting that it has failed in many states owing to corruption and the inability of the state governments to pay suppliers.

Onyechi noted that the current economic condition has worsened the situation and has led to unavailability of drugs in many states.

He listed challenges bedevilling drug supply in Nigeria to include scarce forex, corruption and delayed payments, stating that the increased cost of drugs due to the devaluation of naira has adversely affected the inability of many to afford the scarce drugs.

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The Alpha boss decried the low percentage of the budget dedicated to healthcare, stressing that it is a far cry from World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation.

On the way forward, he emphasised that the nation needs to be more determined, dedicated and forthright, as both government and individuals.

He urged the government to make better budget provisions for healthcare and support petrochemical industries to manufacture APIs and other raw materials for drug production. He advised the inductees to be value-minded than profit- oriented.

Inducting the graduates, the Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm N.A.E Mohammed, urged them to be acquainted with the code of professional ethics which prescribes the professional and moral responsibilities to the patients, pharmacist colleagues, other health professionals, employees and the general public.

Mohammed maintained that strict compliance to the code is indispensable for the practice of pharmacy profession.

Earlier, the Faculty Ag Dean, Prof. Ikemefuna Uzochukwu, revealed that the university has contributed a total of 431 pharmacists to the society since the inception of the pharmacy programme in 2006.

He said that the university is working hard towards implementing the PharmD programme which has been approved for implementation in all Nigerian universities by the NUC, from the 2019/2020 academic session.

Uzochukwu commended the university management for their unrelenting support to the faculty.

Delivering the valedictory speech, the overall Best Graduating Student and best graduate in all the six departments, Mrs. Janefrances Okafo-Ofomata, appreciated all who had contributed to their success.

She promised, on behalf of fellow graduates to shine the light wherever they find themselves and become good ambassadors of the institution that moulded them.

Onitsha Main Market Wins Obiano Football Tournament

The Onitsha Main Market Football team emerged winners of this year’s edition of the Willie Obiano football competition for traders in Anambra State, following their 4-1 victory over the Nnewi New Motor Spare Parts.

The Onitsha team secured the victory through penalty shoot out after playing 1-1 at regulation time in the final decided at the Godwin Achebe Mini Stadium, Onitsha yesterday.

ATDA Belgium Market Nkpor won the bronze after a walkover against the Nkpor Main Market for the third place game of the competition, which began on July 14.

Top scorers of the competition went to Obiora Enye of Nkwo Umunze and Ikenna Kachim of Mgbuka Nkpor with three goals apiece and were each rewarded with N20,000.

Other prizes that include N100, 000 for the best behaved team was won by the Millennium Importers Association. While N20,000 each was given to the best goalkeeper, Emmanuel Uzoigwe and the MVP of the tournament, Echezona Nwobodo.

Speaking at the occasion, the state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Entrepreneurship, Mr. Uju Nwogu, commended the various markets and their teams for the cooperation and peaceful conducts during the fiesta.

He said the competition was part of Governor Willie Obiano’s commitment to locate and harness talents from across the state for future development in soccer.

War Against 'miracle centres' Irrevocable - Obiano

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has reiterated his administration's commitment to clamping down on miracle centres across the state.

He said the fight against all forms of examination malpractices in the state is irrevocable.

Speaking during the third convocation ceremony of Paul University, Awka, the governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, regretted that miracle centres held sway in the state before the advent of his administration.

"My administration is committed to holistic development of all sectors of the State economy, as well as continued advancement of the standards of education in the state," he stressed.

While urging students to devote time to their studies, Obiano pointed out that valuable formal education remains the greatest asset that can be bequeathed to any child.

Anambra Poll: Obiano Humiliated Us — Yul Edochie

Nollyword star and governorship candidate of Democratic Peoples’ Congress, DPC, in the November 18 poll in Anambra State, Mr. Yul Edochie, has described the outcome of the election in which the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano dusted others in all the 21 local government areas of the state as a humiliation to the other   36 candidates that contested the election. 

Edochie, who spoke yesterday, during the inauguration of the executive council   of the National Association of Nigerian Students,   Zone B, led by   Kenneth Okeke, said none of them expected what happened. Yul Edochie

He said:    “Governor Willie Obiano really humiliated us. He dealt with all of us because I know that it is not easy for a candidate to win in all the 21   local government areas in a state like Anambra. So, we congratulate him and now that the election is over, what remains is for us to support him and his government. 

“But I did not lose the election per se.   I am fulfilled that we represented the voice of the youths in Anambra State. We won the election by getting to the end of the election without surrendering to anybody against all odds and pressure. 

“ I am calling on all of us to support the winner to ensure that the next four years will be better for the entire Anambra people.” Describing Obiano’s victory as unprecedented, the Nollywood actor, however said he did not regret participating in the exercise. 

“ I did not lose the election, I contested to give Nigerian youths a voice”. 

Describing Obiano’s victory as unprecedented, the Nollywood actor, however said he did not regret participating in the exercise, adding that he decided to contest to give Nigerian youths a voice.

He  charged the new leadership of NANS Zone B , comprising   tertiary institutions in the South East and South -South zones,   to eschew cultism and related vices. The political adviser to Governor Obiano, Mr. Chinedu Obidigwe,who inaugurated the body urged them to ensure that every tertiary institution in the zone was carried along.

By Vincent Ujumadu

Anambra Youth Awards 2017: Obiano’s Aide Clinches Two Awards For Outstanding Performance.

In recognizing the achievements of youths in Anambra State, this year's edition of Anambra Exclusive Youth Choice Awards, AEYCA2017, was held to honour and appreciate deserving young persons for their outstanding performance and impact on the lives of others in the year 2017.

The glamorous event held at the cosy auditorium of Golphin Hotels, Awka over the weekend, witnessed a large turnout of young enterprising men and women who are doing well and competing favourably with their colleagues from around the world.

Among the outstanding youths honoured was the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Willie Obiano on Social Media, Rtn. Ifeanyi Aniagoh, who went home with two top awards on the night.

Aniagoh won the 2017 Popular Youth of the Year (Male) and the 2017 Social Media Influencer of the Year. Awards he rightly deserves coming on the heels of the recent victory recorded by Governor Willie of Anambra State in which he played a very active role via the Social Media.

AEYCA2017 which is in its third edition had lots of young persons nominated and voted for through a transparent online voting system anchored on Facebook.

Aniagoh is being celebrated for catching into the growing need to bridge information gap via the Social Media to carve a niche for himself creating a blog concept that has evolved into a Digital PR Brand, IB Concept with 12 young persons as staff.

With heavy presence on Facebook, thousands of followers on Twitter and good command on WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat, Ifeanyi Aniagoh led the APGA Social Media crew that played a critical role in 21-over-21 Flawless Victory of All Progressives Grand Alliance in November 18, 2017 Guber Election in Anambra State.

By Emmanuel Tobechukwu

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mrs Obiano Mourns Step Father Late Nwanoka

The wife of Anambra State Governor , Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano says equal treatment of children in a family solidifies the love and peace among members of the household.

Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, made the assertion at the burial ceremony of her step father, late Chief Sylvanus Anyadioha Nwanoka, at Okwuzi village Egbema, Onelga LGA of Rivers state.

 The Governor's Wife recalled her relationship with her late step father, saying that the unconditional and equal love and care he showered on her and her step siblings gave her total sense of belonging in the family, and described him as a blessing, praying God to grant his soul eternal repose.

Earlier in a message, the District Overseer of Four Square Gospel Church, Mgbuoba, Port Harcourt branch, Reverend Sylvester Itobiye, who spoke on the topic "Death is real" charged Christians to always live a life that would earn them eternal rest as death is inevitable.

Reverend Itobiye, described the deceased as a true Christian who wholeheartedly served God with his talents and resources advising the children to toe his steps.

Speaking to reporters, a former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu, thanked God for a fulfilled life, praying Him to console the family he left behind, even as he urged the children to trust God in all things as He knows the best.

On their part, some of the in-laws of the deceased from Ogbunike, including the Chairman, Anambra State local government Service Commission, Sir Peter Egenti and the President- General of Ogbunike Community, Engineer Nnamdi Nwadiogbu, who narrated their experiences with late Chief Nwanoka, described him as an epitome of kindness and humility and called on his family to take solace in the fact that he is resting in the bosom of the Lord.

Also Speaking, the Transition Committee Chairman, Ekwusigo local government, Engineer Ikenna Ofordeme, encouraged the Governor's wife and siblings not to weep like those without hope, as according to him, their father died a fulfilled man and at a ripe age of eighty-two.

The burial which featured special renditions by the Choir was well attended by top government functionaries led by Governor Willie Obiano.

By Emmanuel Okomkwo

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