Obi says Anambra will continue to Support Security Agencies in the State -from MOICT Awka (posted by 3:02 5/16/2013)
Gov. Obi said that the government of Anambra State would continue to support all the recognized security agencies working in the State for the ultimate good of the State. He said this yesterday during the routine visit to some security formations in the State, namely, the office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the State Police Command at Amawbia.
Gov. Obi who acknowledged that Anambra State, as is the case in all part of the world, is susceptible to crime because it is among the front line commercial States in the country, noted with happiness that the State is relatively peace and secured because of the diligence of security agencies working in the State and the support from the State Government. “Beofre I became Governor, the State had no relationship with the police, today the contrary is the case. Our relationship with security agencies is cordial and as a matter of fact we have continued to support them in all ramifications. For instance, my Government has bought over 300 security vehicles to security agencies in the State, communication and Amoured Personnel Carriers (APC), among others. We have also continued to give them logistics support,” Obi said.
While being conducted round SARS office at Awkuzu by the State Commissioner for Police, Bala Nasarrawa, Obi promised to look into their requests of accommodation, servicing of vehicles, including Amoured Personnel Carriers, procurement of tracking equipment and bullet Proof vests, renovation of their complex, provision of water, paying compensation to informants, among others.
At the Police headquarters, where Obi handed over the cheque of 10 Million for the construction of fence, he promised to look into their other demands for them to continue to serve the people of the State better.
As part of measures to strengthen security in the State, Obi said that Governemnt would soon provided security patrol vehicles to all the towns in the State. “Just this morning, I discussed with my Adviser on Security on the need to commence our promise of paying 20 vigilante members in each town in the State
Flood sensitization-from MOICT Awka (posted by 1:53. 5/14/2013)
Anambra State is continuing its sensitization efforts amid at informing those communities prone to flooding of what mitigation measures they need to take ahead of the 2013 flood season.
Recently Anambra senior states officials joined SEMA and NEMA officials in kicking off the early warning campaign in Atani, Ogbaru, LGA.
Speaking at the second flag off in Atani, SSG Oseloka H. Obaze noted that there were best practices from the 2012 flood disaster that needed to be sustained and lessons learned that needed to be addressed. He noted that the Federal Government had taken the proactive measure of the joint administration of the upstream dam in Cameroon, with a view to avoiding any surprises. There were also short, medium and long term measures being implemented or contemplated. Those residing in riverine areas were cautioned to be attentive and to cooperation with emergency evacuation personnel
Obi Showers 30 Million Naira on Football Club
L-R Gov. Peter Obi; Commissioner for Sports, Edozie Aroh; Ody Ikpeazu; Mr. Chigbo Enwuzor, while the Gov. was presenting a cheque of Thirty Million Naira to Ody Ikpeazu , the Chairman of Ikpeazu Redoutable Football Club Onitsha at Imeobi playground Onitsha, to assist the club to upgrade infrastructure at their playground.
Governor Peter Obi said sports remained a veritable tool for employment-creation and crime reduction. Governor Obi was speaking while presenting a cheque of Thirty Million Naira to Ikpeazu Redoutable Football Club Onitsha at Imeobi playground Onitsha.
Governor Obi said the intervention was to assist the club to upgrade infrastructure at the playground and equip the players properly for future competition. He expressed confidence that if well harnessed, the facility would produce future champions, provide employment, help to fight extreme poverty and hunger as well as eliminate crime.
The Governor who recalled that the club floated in 1956 was the first privately owned outfit in the country expressed satisfaction with the present efforts to resuscitate and reposition the club.
Governor Obi who said that before the inception of his administration, the State has no stadium and never participated in sporting activities, assured that measurable and judicious use of the funds would attract more intervention.
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr. Edozie Aroh said the Governor’s support to private initiation in Sports was in line with the on-going mass infrastructural development in the sector.He noted that under Governor Obi’s administration the State had recorded a lot of improvement and had been participating and winning trophies in national and international competitions.
The member representing Onitsha North one in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Chigbo Enwuzor said Governor Obi’s Government was the first administration that had demonstrated commitment in uplifting sports to a pride of place. He noted that the empowerment would enable the players to participate in active competition that would expose them to the mainstream of International Championship.
Receiving the cheque, the Chairman of the club, Mr. Ody Ikpeazu said he was overwhelmed with the Governor’s assistance and commended his unrelenting efforts towards total engineering of the State.
The captain of the club, Mr. Kelechi Chukwugozie thanked the Governor for encouraging them to attain their full potentials.
Anambra-Kogi Border Crisis - remarks by SSG Oseloka Obaze (19/04/13) -from MOICT Awka
Anambra and Kogi State authorities continue to work assiduously to bring the present restiveness along their common border under control. They are gratified by the continued moral and organizational support being offered by the Federal authorities and the security agencies. The recent decision by the Inspector-General of Police to deploy formed police units in the buffer zone between the conflicting communities is acknowledged and appreciated. The gesture will go a long way in calming frayed nerves and contain the activities of youths from both sides hell bent on taking the law into their hands
Obi Distributes Farm Inputs under Fadama -from MOICT Awka
Governor Peter Obi has distributed farm inputs and implements to Fadama Three Project Vegetable Grower in the State. Governor Obi distributed the materials at the ADI Premises, Awka.
The beneficiaries of the materials are drawn from the twenty-five groups in fifteen communities spread across six Local Government Areas.
The materials distributed include water pumps and accessories, knapsacks sprayers, plastic tanks, litres of herbicides and insecticides as well as fertilizers and improved seeds.
Performing the function Governor Obi said government is accelerating tempo of Fadama activities across the State to empower poor farmers to increase their productivity in the drive to fight extreme poverty and hunger. He enjoined the beneficiaries to put the materials to good use to actualize the desired goals to encourage government to invest more.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Ndubisi Menakaya said Governor Obi had remained consistent in prompt payment of government counterpart cash contribution and other logistics supports which he noted had boosted activities of the Fadama project. He explained that empowerment of vegetable growers will contribute immensely in the creation of jobs and wealth for the unemployed.
Also speaking the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Prof. Chinyere Okunna said the empowerment was targeted at empowering the farmers to expand and increase their productivity for food sufficiently in the efforts to achieve one of the goals of MDGs.
Prof. Okunna enjoined the vegetable growers to put in more efforts to increase their output to enable the State actualize food security. The Acting State project coordinator, Mr. Evelyn Odiari said the empowerment will boost the level of vegetable production and mineral intake in the State as well as enable the State join the league of vegetable exporting States in the country.
Onitsha Flooding: Gov. Obi Reads the Riot Act -from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi said that the State Government would no longer tolerate any act that impedes the flow of water at Onitsha. He said this when he visited flooded area of Onitsha, which led to loss of some lives.
While commiserating with the families of those that lost their lives, Obi attributed it to the recklessness of those that block drainages with refuse saying that the State will henceforth deal decisively with such people across the State.
Governor Obi directed those still trading on roads to vacate immediately and all vehicles parked along the area should equally be removed. He said that government will commence demolition of structures and buildings on the water ways to save the area from impending flooding as predicted by experts.
The Governor regretted that after expending billions of naira to construct adequate drainage system that would ensure free flow and proper discharge of flood, and residents of the area have continue to block the drains with refuse, putting the area at great risk of being devastated by flood this rainy season.
He made clear that government would no longer tolerate acts of irresponsibility and threats to the lives of residents of the State.
OBI CONDEMNS THE KILLING OF ANAMBRA'S FORMER DEPUTY GOVERNOR
Gov. Peter Obi has condemned the killing of the former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chidi Nwike, describing it as pathetic, crude and inhuman.
Dr. Nwike was killed in Delta State by those suspected to have earlier kidnapped him.
Obi described his death as a great loss to Anambra State and Nigeria. "By this death, the State has lost another experienced voice in terms of advice about governance", he said.
Obi, who described those that killed him as barbarians, wondered why some people could still take other's life without compunction and said that such acts were vestiges of barbarism the country is trying to wipe out.
Further, he made it clear that such callousness strengthens his resolve to continue to fight crime of whatever shade in the State.
To the family of the deceased, he assured that that Anambra State Government shares in their sorrows and prayed to God to strengthen them in this trying period
DONORS' CONTRIBUTION TO ANAMBRA STATE AN EXPRESSION OF IMMENSE CONFIDENCE -- SSG Oseloka Obaze
ANSG in furtherance of its good governance commitment and collaboration with international donors, today 12 April 2013 signed a PIA ( programme implementation agreement) with UNICEF for the partnership programmes for 2013 worth some N272 million.
The Anambra share of the programme (known ad GCCC - government counterpart cash contribution) is worth N100 million, while UNICEF would put in some N172 million. The total funding is exclusive of envisaged funds from the Bill Gates Foundation.
The 2013 programme will target areas such as providing anti shock garments, mosquito nettings, public health megaphones, and empowerment of single mothers.
Gov. Peter Obi said Anambra was in the forefront and took its partnership with UNICEF and other international donor agencies seriously. He noted that the PIA was the first to be signed between any state in the federation with UNICEF for 2013. Gov. Obi used the occasion to announce that Anambra State Government will provide HIV testing kits for over 800 testing site and would continue its aggressive stance in delivering healthcare support for children and women.
SSG Oseloka H. Obaze who was present at the ceremony, observed that "international donors' contribution to Anambra state, be it in direct or shared-cost funding, were sustained expression of immense confidence in the Peter Obi administration and its transparent utilization of such resources."
UNICEF 'A' Field Office representative, Mr. Charles Nzuki, noted that Anambra had become a model partner state for his agency and others, due to the proactive commitment of the State government and the leadership of Gov. Peter Obi. He thanke especially Prof. Stella Okunna who had oversight for such policy coordination with donor agencies.
Just after one and a half month of doling out N400 million to communities affected by the 2012 floods, the Anambra State Government has commenced the amortization of bad micro-finance loans owed by farmers impacted by the 2012 floods. The goal is to offer the affected farmers a clean slate to continue farming and also save the micro finance institutions from collapsing.
The first of such measure was taken by Gov. Peter Obi, who delivered a cheque of N8 million to Chukwuneye Micro-Finance scheme in Nnewi, to cover the losses incurred by farmers from Ogwu Aniocha, in Ogbaru LGA, who were not able to amortize their farm loans. The funding is direct from the Anambra State as opposed to federal flood relief funds. Several farmers' associations in the Omambala and Ogbaru areas lost their collective loans and owe huge sums to several micro-finance institution. They too will have their bad loans assessed and amortized.
Gov. Obi said it would be a tragedy if farmers lost their loans due to a force majure and the lending institutions were allowed to fail. "No good or sensible government would standby and see such a thing to happen." The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Hilary Odili Okeke, who received the cheque on behalf of Chukwuneye Micro Finance Scheme, thanked the governor for his "altruism and the responsive character" of his government.
SSG Oseloka H. Obaze, who chairs Anambra State Flood Disaster Relief Coordinating Committees (SFDRCC) and the Board of Trustees (BoT) for the Anambra State Flood Emergency Fund, explained that the BoT had met on Thursday 11 April 2013, and agreed that the next tranche of flood relief funding would be targeted at priority areas including manufacturing and industry as well as micro-finance houses and farmers collectives that lost loans due to the floods. He noted that the gesture by Gov. Obi was to give impetus to the process.
SSG Obaze also disclosed that the BoT had reviewed the requests from several flood-affected communities such as Uli, Ikem-Ifite and Enugwu-Aguleri that claimed they were affected by the 2012 floods but did not receive any funding or relief materials. He indicated that the BoT would reconvene next week to continue its work on those requests and related matters, while awaiting expected funds from the Presidential Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Committee in Abuja.
Maxi Okwu emerges APGA National Chair, Promises to Reposition the Party
….as Gov. Obi sues for reconciliation -from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi and Maxi Okwu the newAPGA National Chairman
Chief Maxi Okwu yesterday emerged national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at the party’s national convention held at the Women Development Centre, Awka, and the Anambra State capital. Though people started gathering at about 11am, the Convention started with accreditation of delegates at 1 am and ended with the election of new party officials and their being sworn in at 8:30 am.
Except the positions of the National Vice-Chairman (South – West), Deputy National Financial Secretary and National Woman Leader, other 24 National Officers of the party out of the party’s 28 were elected at the convention which was attended by a total of 875 delegates.
A six-man delegate from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs at the Commission’s National Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Victor Agbonwaneten monitored the APGA convention. The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Anambra state, Professor Chukwuemeka Onubuogu also monitored.
Oath of Allegiance and Oath of office were administered on all the newly elected APGA national officers at about 8.30am by Chief Ozoemena Onyali, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Okwu polled a total of 764 to defeat his sole challenger, Chief Joe-Martins Uzodike, Commissioner of Information and Culture, Anambra state who scored a total of 91 votes according to the results announced by the Convention Electoral Returning Officer, Mr. Larry Nwosu at about 8.05am. Former Deputy Governors of Anambra State, Prince Chinedu Emeka and Dr. Okey Udeh, respectively were the results collation officers.
Other National Officers of the party elected at the convention included, Chief Chris Ejike Uche (Deputy National Chairman, South); Alhaji Sadeeq Massala (Deputy National Chairman North); Alhaji (Dr.) Sagir Maidoya (National Secretary); Mr. Bernard Akoma (National Publicity Secretary); Mr. Alex Ejesieme (National Legal Adviser and Mr. Ferguson Okpara National Youth Leader).
National Protem Chairman of the party, Dr Isa Arzuka Jega presided over the Convention.
The APGA National Deputy Leader and Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi commended the party members for the orderly manner they conducted themselves during the Convention and charged the new party leadership and the entire followership to embrace peace and reconciliation with all aggrieved members. He urged them not to visit the past but to work for the future growth of the party and assured that the party would retain the Government House, Awka in the forthcoming governorship election.
“We have to focus on tomorrow. We have to do so with reconciliation, we have to do so with love, let people not think that some people have been left behind, we will bring those left behind back in other to build a great future because our future is important. We are not going to leave anybody behind”, Governor Obi stated.
In his acceptance speech, Okwu thanked delegates and other APGA faithful for the confidence reposed in him and pledged that his priority would be to reconcile all aggrieved party members and to build APGA as the core political party in Nigeria.
He particularly extended a hand of fellowship to Chief Victor Umeh, factional national chairman of the party to see reason to make peace with his leadership and assured, “I believe that somewhere down the line Victor (Umeh) will find peace with us, I am extending a hand of comradeship to him and I believe he will bury the hatchet and come back. I will give him soft landing”.
Delegates at the APGA convention come from the various states of the federation. Also in attendance were many elected state and national Assembly members who are members of the party as well appointed political office holders.
The roll call included, Governor Peter Obi; his Deputy, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu; APGA National Protem Chairman, Dr Isa Arzuka Jega; former Health Minister and member of the party's Board of Trustees, Dr. Tim Menakaya; former Information Minister, Professor Dora Akunyili; Reps members fro, Ogbaru Federal Constituency, Awka Fededrderal Constuency, Nnewi South, Nnewi North and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency, Honourables;Amba. Frank Ogbuewu; Victor Ogene, Emeka Mogbo and Chris Azubuogu respectively, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Princess Chinwe Nwaebili, former Reps member for Ihiala federal constituency, Mr. Chuma Nzeribe and former deputy Governors Chinedu Emeka and Dr, Okey Udeh, former gubernatorial candidate of the party in Abia state, Mr. Reagan Ofomba among others.
Meanwhile, reacting to the Court of Appeal ruling that granted Chief Victor Umeh a stay of execution, Okwu said the judgment was most ridiculous arguing that one cannot abort a child that had already been born. “I do not know with the Justices considered, but it is an elementary law that injunction and stay do not lay against completed act. How can a relief granted around 12:30 affect an act completed by 08:30am”, he asked.
Supreme Court Takes over Umeh’s case
The case between Chief Victor Umeh and Ichie Jude Okuli has taken another turn with the Supreme Court taken over the case, which has already been entered as as SC124/2013
In a Motion-On-Notice filed at the Supreme Court, Okuli is praying the Court for an Order stopping further proceedings in the Court of Appeal, in Appeal No. CA/E84/2013 pending the determination of the appeal at the Supreme Court.
Okuli approached the Supreme Court because he was not satisfied that the Court of Appeal went on to hear the Motion for Stay of Execution of the Judgment of Enugu High Court on the 25th of March, 2013, in his absence on the ground that he was not served. He said that in spite the fact that the presiding Justices directed the bailiff of the Court to serve him all the processes in the Court, when he appeared because friends alerted him over what was happening, he said he ought to be given the opportunity to present his own case rather than the Justices adjourning to today for a ruling.
Okuli’s Motion is supported by 28-paragragh affidavit.
Earlier, Ichie Okuli had written a petition to the president of Court of Appeal and to the National Judicial Commission on the conduct of justices M Galinge, FA Kwassami and Tom Yakubu sent to Court of Appeal, Enugu to hear the case.
As it is now, since the processes have been transmitted to the Supreme court, the case may not likely go on today as it is a settled law that once a higher court has taken over a case, the lower court will hands off that case.
Remarks by Hon. Oseloka H. Obaze, SSG Anambra on the Anambra- Kogi Boundary Crisis
“The Governments of Kogi and Anambra remain constructively engaged with a view to solving this inter-communal crisis. Every conflict resolution effort is being made. His Excellency Gov. Peter Obi and Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi are in direct contact on the matter; so too our two deputy governors, H. E. Emeka Sibeudu and Deputy Gov. Yomi Awoniyi. The heads of the security agencies on both sides of the border have established operational contacts.
Our role as a responsible state government is to sue for peace and to urge restraint. We are therefore concerned about the security of lives and property of Nigerians, be they from Anambra or Kogi. There has been a combined police, army and navy presence in the vicinity since the onset of the crisis. One could not have asked for more without the risk of militarizing the area.
I am aware of the perception that Anambra State is not doing enough. That notion is misplaced. It is rather unfortunate that some recalcitrant youths on both sides elected to resort to violence and retaliatory measures. Our behind-the-scene peace and containment efforts are ongoing and are not played out on the newspaper pages. But I must add, however, that I find it disconcerting and indeed outrageous that certain media houses have chosen to escalate casualty and damage figures for the sake of selling their newspapers.”
GOVERNOR OBI FLAGS-OFF MORE ROAD PROJECTS IN ANAMBRA -from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi at the flag-off of Uzoakwa -Ubauekwe-Oseakwa rd
Governor Peter Obi has flagged off the reconstruction of Uzoakwa-Ubahuekwem-Oseakwa road, with a spur to Oluoha Okechukwu road Ihiala. The sixteen kilometer road awarded at a contract sum of over two billion Naira will be completed within the year.
The road when completed will give some agricultural communities in Ihiala Local Government Area easy access to the outside world. Governor Obi said the project was in line with the present drive of his administration to open up and connect all parts of the State with quality road network. He disclosed that thesecond phase of the project will link Ihiala to Ogbaru with primary aim of providing a functional alternative route to Onitsha and urged the contractor to complete the work on schedule.
The Governor made clear that future administrations can reverse the present high tempo of infrastructural development across the State.
The Commissioner for Works, Sir Callistus Ilozumba said the project was properly designed with concrete drains and the contractor has been duly mobilized while the State government will maintain prompt payment of all certificates generated as funds for the project have been set aside. Sir Ilozumba said the road will help to open up the hinterland and enhance easy evacuation ofAgricultural produce.
The APGA Senatorial Candidate in the last election, Chief Chuma Nzeribe whilethanking the Governor for awarding the contract, noted that it was strategic inthe development plan of Anambra South.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Ihiala Local Government Area, Mr. Chinedu Ukachukwu expressed gratitude to the Governor for the various projects completed in the area.
In another development, Governor Peter Obi has called for the revival of self-help development initiative among communities. Governor Obi was speaking while flagging off the reconstruction of the Oyeakpu-Nkwozu road, embarked upon by the Ezinifite community in Nnewi South Local Government Area.
The Governor said there was need for communities to participate actively in the on-going rebuilding and upgrading of infrastructural facilities across the State to compliment efforts of the State Government. He explained that his administration has opened up all hitherto neglected rural communities with quality road network which he noted has scaled up the tempo and volume of socio-economic activities in those areas. Governor Obi assured that in addition to various projects already completed in the area, government will soon initiate more projects that will further uplift the area.
A community leader, Chief Leonard Okoye thanked the Governor for carryingthe town along in his policies and programmes. Chief Okoye said they embarked on the projects to contribute in developing and repositioning the State.
ANAMBRA CONTINUES HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHURCH -from MOICT Awka
The Anambra State Government is to build a modern maternity centre at the Hospital facility initiated by the Anglican Diocese of Ihiala. Governor Obi who announced this at a service to mark the dedication of a church at Okija said the project will cost thirty million naira. Governor Obi said the maternity centre is to encourage efforts of the Diocese in promoting healthcare services to support state government healthcare delivery programmes.
He reminded the church of the responsibility to champion a course of change in the country. The Governor noted that Nigeria was endowed with enough human and natural resources which if well harnessed and prudently managed will take the country to greatness.
The Primate, Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh in a sermon warned that ethnicity was threatening to destroy the church and stressed that the purpose of the church was to remove barriers and bring people together to glorify God. Most Reverend Okoh enjoined Christians not to compromise their faith over earthly squabbles.
Also, Governor Peter Obi has presented a cheque for one million naira to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Ihiala for payment of hospital bills of some indigent patients and nursing mothers. Governor Obi presented the cheque during aroutine visit to the hospital.
Governor Obi said the gesture was to enable the indigent patients to go back to their homes and provide relief to the families of the nursing mothers. He restated the commitment of his administration in uplifting the quality of life across the State.
The Governor expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done on the on-going building projects in the hospital and enjoined the management toaccelerate pace of work to ensure early completion to enable government initiatemore projects. He explained that the State government’s partnership with the church was fast-tracking the pace of achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Reverend Fr. Dr. Peter Uzochukwu said God was using the Governor to touch the lives of the people and uplift the State to a pride of place. Rev. Fr. Uzochukwu noted that the Governor was leaving behind a legacy that will benefit posterity and urged others to emulate him.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Transport and an indigene of the town, Dr. Chike Ohamobi said that Governor Obi’s administration is the first government to give the people of the area a sense of belonging..
Dr. Ohamobi explained that the area has benefited in many sectors including hospital, schools, water and road projects. Some of the beneficiaries, Mrs Ephermia Nnagboo and Mrs Uchenna Akpan from Akwa-Ibom State thanked the Governor for putting smiles on their faces.
ANAMBRA SCHOOLS TO GET 400 BUSES THIS YEAR
The Anambra State Government is to provide four hundred buses to schools across the State this year. Governor Peter Obi disclosed this during an interactive session with Ichida Stakeholders at the Palace of the traditional ruler, Igwe C.N Ezeudogu. Governor Obi said this was in line with efforts of his administration towards providing necessary logistics that will enhance teaching and learning in accordance with global best practices.
He charged communities to participate actively in the present efforts to transform the education sector to promote functional and qualitative education that will equip children properly for future competition as well as discourage them from crime and other anti-social activities.
The Governor commended the Ichida community for contributing in rehabilitating a secondary school in the area, urging others to emulate it, assuring that the State government will extend interventions to the area. Governor Obi expressed satisfaction that his government has restored civility in governance and has continued to attract donor agencies because of its clear vision, focus and definite plan on development.
The President General of the Town, Chief Kenneth Okafor said they embarked on the renovation of Community Secondary school, Ichida to compliment the efforts of the Governor in repositioning of education sector.
All-Party Gubernatorial Aspirants from North Anambra meet with Governor Peter Obi (31/03/13) -from MOICT Awka
The gubernatorial aspirants pose for a group picture after the meeting.
Thirteen gubernatorial aspirants from Anambra North and from different political parties recently meet with Governor Peter Obi to thank him for him for his unwavering support for a Northern agenda and governorship in 2014. The aspirants reaffirmed their determination to see the governorship come to the Anambra North, their respective party affiliation notwithstanding. They resolved to work together and on a non-partisan basis to ensure that a candidate from the North senatorial zone emerged as the governor of Anambra in 2014. They recalled that in the 22 year old history of Anambra State, not one single individual has emerged as a governor, even though Section 14 of the 1999 amended Constitution recognized the need for balancing of elected and appointed positions within the States and local governments. The aspirants also agreed with Governor Obi, that the North producing the next governor was a matter of equity, justice and fair play. Finally, the aspirants resolved to sensitive stakeholders, traditional leaders and people at the grassroots in all the three senatorial zones.
Anambra State Government Opens Condolence Register for Prof. Chinua Achebe -from MOICT Awka
Anambra State Government has announced the opening of condolence register for Prof. Chinua Achebe at the Conference Hall of the Government House and the Anambra State liaison offices in Abuja and Lagos.
In a release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, he noted that the Deputy Governor, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu gave the directives yesterday to offer opportunities to Nigerians to sign their condolences for a man regarded as one of the finest minds the world has known
Mr. Obaze said that in line with the policy of the State Government of celebrating the best from Anambra as worthy role models, unlike in the past when the State celebrated mediocrity and criminality, that Governor Peter Obi left for the USA on Saturday to commiserate and confer with the Achebe’s family and is due back to the country tomorrow.
On the role Anambra State would play, Mr. Obaze said that Achebe was one of the people that brought honor to Nigeria and Africa, and until his demise remained “an unrepentant social conscience of Nigeria” and as such would not, both in life and death, be circumscribed to Anambra State.
Obi Set to Shut Onitsha Down -from MOICT Awka
Governor Peter Obi has warned residents of Onitsha and Environs to improve the sanitary condition of the environment or government will shut down socio-economic activities in the State. Governor Obi handed down the warning while inspecting work in some parts of Upper Iweka and Bridge-Head Onitsha.
The Governor lamented that while government is spending huge resources to clean up and rebuild infrastructural facilities in Onitsha to preempt adverse effect of flood following predictions and warning of coming heavy rain and possible flooding, most residents are bent on frustrating the efforts through indiscriminate dumping of refuse, littering the environment and blocking the drainage system. He warned that henceforth any ware or goods displayed on any part of the road will be confiscated and leaders of the traders arrested and detained.
The Governor directed immediate removal of all vehicles in front of NITEL, Upper Iweka and warned that any vehicles caught loading in the area will be confiscated. He explained that government is recovering and rebuilding walkways for pedestrians to work freely.
At bridge head axis of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway the Governor said all structures in front of the fencing project in the area were illegal and would be removed.
While expressing satisfaction with the quality of the Expressway and the drainage work, the Governor regretted that disruption of work by some individuals has remained a serious challenge to the project which he said government would tackle decisively.
Anambra Govt Says it is Paying Special Attention to flood-prone areas -from MOICT Awka
The State Government is to construct a big water channel across the Arthur Eze Avenue to reduce the volume of flood passing through the area, as well as take other measures to check the menace. The Commissioner for Works, Sir Callistus Ilozumba disclosed this while inspecting the extent of damage wrecked by the torrential rain on Friday night.
Sir Callistus said the drain would be constructed near the former Deputy Governor’s House to cut off most of the flood coming from inside Awka town to Arthur Eze Avenue.
He explained that the on-going reconstruction of UNIZIK Temporary Site attracted through persistent appeal and representation has expanded the concrete drains to contain the high volume of flood in the area and ensure proper discharge into the Iyiagu drain but regretted that residents of the area have blocked the entire channel along Arthur Eze Avenue with refuse forcing water to erode the road still under reconstruction.
The Commissioner said government had agreed with the contractor to re-asphalt the area while the blocked drainage will be cleaned up to enable flood use the channels created for it.
He also assured that the pavement on the road would be reconstructed, urging the people cultivate proper refuse disposal habit.
GOVERNOR PETER OBI TASKS CIVIL SERVANTS ON GOOD GOVERNANCE -from MOICT Awka
Governor Peter Obi has tasked civil servants to champion the fight against corruption and greed. Governor Obi was speaking while declaring open the Thirty-Seventh National Council of establishments at Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka at the weekend. The Governor said no political leadership could successfully divert or misappropriate public resources without connivance and tacit approval by civil servants. He urged them to resist policies and programmes that could harm the future of the society.
Governor Obi explained that his administration has sustained regular and payment of salaries, pensions and gratuity through proper saving and prudent management of resources. He said his government had equally collapsed the cost of governance and shut down various loopholes for excesses and financial abuse, assuring that welfare of workers will remain top priority of his administration as civil service remains the engine that drives every government.
The Head of Service of the Federation and Chairman of the council, Alhaji Isa Bello Sali stressed the need for processes of selection, recruitment, career advancement and other forms of preferment to be based on proven ability and competence while the application of sanctions must truly reflect genuine infraction and unwholesome conduct. Alhaji Sali called for promotion of merit, experience, character and inculcation of positive values of performance as well as achievement orientation in all strata of the workforce. He assured that emphasis will continue to be placed on training and retraining of different categories of staff to complement the process of system review and improvement.
Also speaking, the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Service Matters and Establishment, Mr Andrew Uchendu urged civil servants to reassert themselves and use their wealth of experience to guide and control excesses of political leadership at all levels of government.
Mr. Uchendu lamented that the present weak and faulty recruitment process in the civil service was promoting mediocrity.
GOVERNOR PETER OBI CONGRATULATES THE NEW POPE
His Holliness Pope Francis I
Governor Peter Obi has joined billions throughout the world to celebrate the emergence of the new pope describing it as the continuation of the fulfillment of Christ to his Church that the gate of hell shall not prevail against her.
Describing the emergence of the new Pope as the triumph of a process, he insisted that one vital lesson that Nigerian should draw from that, as he has always insisted, is that the process of being elected into any position is far more fundamental that what the person elected does thereafter.
Speaking further, he said that with the emergence of the new pope, that what was required now was for everybody to join the Church in prayers for the great task ahead of the successor of St. Peter, the prince of the Apostles.
Describing the new Pope, His Holiness Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, as a deeply intellectual and religious leader, he said he did very well as Bishop of Buenos Aires and will most certainly do well as the Pope with the support of our prayers.
Imo Youths Protest Against Okorocha in Anambra State as Obi Presents N90 Million Naira Cheques to Schools.
Gov. Obi (2nd left), handing over cheques of 20 Million Naira to the Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Prof. Godwin Okpala (1st left) at Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, Nnewi for the continued rehabilitation of schools handed over to the Diocese. On the right are Anambra Commissioner for Education, Uju Okeke and the Deputy Senior Prefect of the school, yesterday.
Some placard carrying youths who identified themselves as Members of Orlu for Greatness, who said they came from Catholic Diocese of Orlu in Imo State, yesterday carried placards against Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in Anambra State. Some of the placards read: ‘Gov Rochas do for our bishop what Gov Obi is doing in Anambra State by repairing our schools.’ ‘Gov Rochas, please collaborate with the Church as your brother is doing in Anambra State.’ Another placard reads: ‘Gov Obi, we love you, tells your brother, Rochas to follow your footsteps.’
The protest, stopped by Gov. Obi’s advance team before he got there, took place at Uli Boys Secondary School where Governor Obi presented cheques to the bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Reverend (Dr) Augustine Ukwuoma for the rebuilding of collapsed school structures. Though Uli is a border town in Anambra State, it falls within the jurisdiction of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu such that the management of mission schools in the town recently returned to the Churches is in the hands of Orlu Diocese.
Speaking during the event, Bishop Ukwuoma, accompanied by emeritus Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev Gregory Ochiagha, the traditional ruler of Uli, Igwe Damian Onyekaonwu and other prominent members of the town, thanked the Governor for building a ‘promising future for our children.’ The bishop who traced the decadence in society to government takeover of schools said with the return of these schools, proper training of human beings had begun. He assured that the money will be used judiciously for the purpose it was meant.
Gov. Obi also visited Anglican Girls Secondary School Nnewi and Oraifite Grammar School where he gave cheques of twenty million naira to the Anglican Bishop of Nnewi, Most Reverend Professor Godwin Okpala, thus making a total of ninety million naira distributed to schools yesterday. Thanking the Governor for the gesture, Bishop Okpala said in Obi, Anambra State had seen a Governor who understood that governance was about the people, building a better future for them and engaging in those things that will improve their lot in future such as support to education, health and general infrastructure.
At Girls Secondary School Ozubulu and Maria Regina Secondary School Nnewi where he presented cheques of thirty million naira to the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Reverend Hilary Odili Okeke. The Bishop described what is happening in Anambra State as a revolution led by Governor Peter Obi. He said what was of interest to him was that all sectors were being developed simultaneously in faithfulness to ANIDS. He said that with the return of schools to the missions and massive empowerment by the Governor, schools in the state were witnessing ‘massive physical development’ as well as the ‘restructuring of the human person.’
Speaking at all the schools visited, the Governor accompanied by the Commissioner for Education, Dr Uju Okeke and other senior government officials said the cheques being distributed were part of government’s support for the year 2012, announcing that the support for 2013 will start in this first quarter. As part of efforts for the rehabilitation of schools, the Governor said more money will be given this year to upgrade library, sports and laboratory facilities in schools as well as provision of other infrastructure.
Anambra Awards More Roads -from MOICT Awka
The State Executive Council of Anambra State has approved the construction of four more roads at the sum of over7.271 Billion Naira. The Commission for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Joemartins Uzodike announced this during the weekly post EXCO press briefing at the Government House, Awka.
According to the Commissioner, the roads include Umuoji- Micro Finance Bank-Ekeagu-Abatete road awarded at the cost of over Eight hundred and thirty million Naira with completion period of nine months; Nwafor Orizu College of Education Gate Road to Nsugbe Express at a contract sum of over 1.535 Billion Naira and completion period of ten months.
Chief Uzodike said the council also approved the construction of the 11.2- Kilometre Atani-Ozubulu road, awarded at the cost of over 5.418 billion naira with a completion period of eighteen months. He explained that the three bridges on the road have reached advanced stages of completion.
In addition, the Commissioner disclosed that the EXCO also approved the award of contract for the construction of PHCN road, Awada, Onitsha at a cost of over 490.536 Million Naira and completion period of six months.
Chief Uzodike said the council equally appealed to citizens and residents of the State to register and have their data captured in the on-going Anambra State Identity Card Programme. The Commissioner, who regretted that many people have been reluctant to participate in the exercise because of fear of taxation, explained that the exercise is to capture comprehensive data of all residents and provide their numbers for easy identification.
He emphasized that the State identity card will be a requisite for any government transaction, registration and even admissions and will in future assist hospitals for treatment.
On the on-going restructuring of the ABS, Chief Uzodike said the exercise was to down size the staff numerical straight and explained that negotiation was on to reabsorb them in various ministries, urging those affected to exercise patience.
‘You Do Not Know What You’re Doing’
- Cleric to Governor Obi -from MOICT Awka
Gov. Obi (3rd left), handing over cheques totaling 50 Million Naira to Archbishop Valerian Okeke (3rd right), for the continued rehabilitation of schools returned to the Church by the State.
What promised to be a mild drama was abruptly aborted when, at Ogidi Boys High School, yesterday, in the course of Governor Peter Obi’s routine visit to schools, the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke looked Obi in the face and said to him: ‘You do not know what you’re doing.’ When everybody was ready to receive the bombshell the Archbishop explained: ‘Mr Governor, I said you do not know what you’re doing because all the sacrifices you are making today, the efforts to revitalize institutions of state, to build roads, hospitals, schools, industries and so on, you do not know the impact they will have on the society in ten years time. You are really God’s wonderful gift to Anambra State.’
The Archbishop lamented what he called four wasted decades in Anambra State consequent upon the forceful takeover of mission schools which the State turned into a den for training armed robbers and all manner of vile characters that made the State rather than continue in the tradition of excellence, to embarrassingly become an exporter of criminals to other parts of the country.
The Archbishop said he was happy that Obi’s seven years as Governor had been devoted to reversing this trend. He insisted that today, even those in the opposition had continued to concede that he has done better than any other Governor since Anambra State was created. He expressed the wish for Obi’s successor to be like him by saying: ‘odi ka gi ako na anyi’ ( may the State never lack someone like you).
Addressing students of the schools visited along with the Governor, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke said by trying to make life easier for them, the Governor was directing them to see excellence as their only mantra.
In his own remarks, Governor Obi who visited ten schools and mission hospitals yesterday including, Mater Amabilis, Umuoji; Our Lady Secondary School, Nnobi; St Joseph Special Science School & Seminary, Awka Etiti, Girls’ Secondary School, Umudioka, and Boys Secondary School Ogidi; and presented cheques worth 50 million Naira to Archbishop Valerian Okeke said the money brought the State’s 2012 support to the schools to a close. The Governor however assured that the support for 2013 will commence in this quarter. He lamented what he called the destruction of school system through the takeover of mission schools and once more apologized for what he described as grave error by the government.
Governor Obi said the return of schools to the missions and the assistance given to them should not be seen as something extraordinary but as a sort of reparation to the society for the wrong government inflicted on it. The Governor who at Ogidi High School was presented with the cup the school won in the Under 17 football competition, noted with happiness the return of school sports in the State in line with the old and valid belief that sound body should be in sound spirit ( mens sana in corpore sano).
He said that the provision of money to schools for equipping their libraries, equipping games facilities and other extra curricular activities in addition to building of hostels, refectories and classroom blocks would continue in line with the belief of his government that education is the number one legacy to bequeath younger generations for competition tomorrow.
GOV OBI RENEWS APPEAL FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE ON EROSION -from MOICT Awka
The leader of the Presidential Team on Ecological Problems in the South-East led by Engr. Emeka Ezeh (with Microphone), with Gov. Peter Obi (left) during the visit to Oko Erosion site yesterday
Governor Peter Obi has repeated his appeal to the Federal Government for more proactive measures on the Oko-Nanka erosion sites. Speaking at Nanka erosion site when he accompanied the Presidential Technical Team on Ecological Projects in the South-East on assessment visits to some erosion sites, Governor Obi said immediate intervention would save the area from further devastation.
The sites visited include Umuchiana Ekwulobia erosion site, Eziokke and Nanka erosion sites. Governor Obi noted that while the fund approved for the Nanka Erosion control project was grossly inadequate, the contractor failed to use available money to stabilize the area, regretting that many houses had been washed away since the project was flagged off. He said the State should be allowed to take charge of the supervision of the project or be allowed to execute the project and get reimbursed later. Governor Obi requested the President to visit the sites personally and see things for himself.
At Ezioke Erosion site Governor Obi expressed worry that many houses were on the verge of falling into the gully this rainy season unless something urgent was done. He explained that the state used its resources to control and restrain the Umuchiana Ekwulobia erosion site which he recalled claimed many houses, farmland and cut off major access road to the area and expressed the hope that Federal Government will further take measures to fortify the site.
Commenting on the Nanka erosion control project, the leader of the team Mr. Emeka Eze expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the contractor. Mr. Eze said the contractor had no engineering solution to the challenge and wondered how the contractor could allow the menace to claim more buildings and land while on site. He explained that their visit followed repeated appeals by Governor Obi to President Goodluck Jonathan for the team’s proper assessment of the situation and intervention on the sites.
The team leader assured that they will make strong recommendations that will ensure immediate federal government intervention and commended Governor Obi for his outstanding commitment to the welfare of the people, noting that his style of leadership has uplifted the state.
The Traditional ruler of Oko, Igwe Laz Ekwueme lamented that the people of the community were living in perpetual fear and requested the federal government to respond without further delay while thanking the Governor for his unrelenting efforts to get the situation solved.
Africa has the Potential to Drive the World Economy – Obi
Governor Peter Obi says Africa has the potential to drive the global economy in the nearest future Governor was speaking at a dinner organized in honour of the Consular General of the American Consulate in Lagos, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins at the Governor’s Lodge.
The Governor noted that while most of the developed nations are fast exhausting their resources, Africa has a lot of untapped wealth that will provide for other countries of the world when harnessed.
He explained that at the present tempo of growth and development in Nigeria, the country will soon become the power house of the Sub-Saharan Africa and will by the turn of the decade overtake most leading economies in Africa.
Governor Obi said till date Anambra had the assets of human capital and highest concentration of entrepreneurs, while the State had been recreated by his administration to become a reference point in the country and beyond.
The American Consul General, Mr. Hawkins who said they were in the State as part of their tour of South-East States, said he was impressed with the vision and efforts of Governor to elevate the State to a pride of place.
He said the visit has enabled him to appreciate firsthand the dynamism and enterprising spirit of the people and extolled the rich cultural heritage of the State. He said America would continue to explore areas of cooperation, collaboration and exchange to further deepen relations with the State.
In his speech, the secretary to the State government, Mr. Oseloka Obaze said the State ha remained the industrial and commercial hub of the Africa where small scale and medium enterprises had continued to thrive. He explained that Governor Obi has repositioned it to become a fertile ground for investors and presently has the highest direct foreign investment in the non-oil sector.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Professor Chinyere Okunna said the administration had made a difference and was working hard to entrench enduring legacy. She noted that it has established a reputation of skillful, prudent and transparent management of resources which she said was attracting donor agencies and Development partners.
Anambra reconstructs road, warns against disruption of projects
The Anambra State Government has embarked on the construction of additional culvert at the Ezu Bridge along the Amansea-Ebenebe-Obaofemili road. Governor Peter Obi disclosed this while inspecting the project. Governor Obi said the project was at additional cost to the State government as it was not part of the original contract and was introduced to ensure free flow of water and protect the bridge from threat of flood.
He explained that government was putting all necessary components on the road to ensure it stands the test of time as it was critical in the strategic plan of his administration to open up Awka North and all other rural communities. The Governor observed that the contractor has improved on the pace of work on the project and assured that he will maintain regular supervision of the project.
Meanwhile Governor Obi has warned people against disruption of work on infrastructural development projects across the State. He gave the warning while inspecting work on the access road to the Holy Family Youth Village, Amansea. He said government embarked on reconstruction of the road over two years ago to complement efforts of the Catholic church in providing a centre for effective youth development but regretted that one of the owners of the land beside the road has continued to disrupt work on the project after government had acquired the land and paid all necessary compensations in line with the policy of his administration.
He urged the people of the community to prevail on the individual to listen to voice of reason as government has right to acquire any land for over-riding public interest and urged them not to slow the wheel of development in the area.
One Year after Ojukwu: APGA Mega Rally Shakes Anambra-from MOICT Awka
Gov. Obi (right), Wife, Margaret (middle) the one-year remembrance of the burial of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumwgwu- Ojukwu and the Grand Rally by APGA at the Ekwueme Square, Awka, yesterday
APGA yesterday embarked on what would easily pass for Mother of all Rallies, considering the number of people, over 25,000, that attended the rallies at Ekwueme Square, Awka, yesterday.
The date for the rally was purposely chosen, according to Governor Peter Obi, to coincide with the first year anniversary of the burial of Dim Chukwumemka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Obi said that it was an opportunity to celebrate Dim Ojukwu for what he was to the Igbo people and to invoke his spirit to continue to be with, and guide APGA as it embarks on the process of rebuilding and strengthening the party.
The high point of the rally was the reception of Mr. Dozie Nwankwo who contested against Hon. Uche Ekwunife for Anaocha/Njikoka/ Dunukofia Federal Constituency in the last election and Emma Nkwocha with over 5000 of their members into APGA.
Short speeches were taken from Gov. Obi, Bianca Ojukwu, Dr. Tim Menakaya, Maxi Okwu, Odi Nwosu, among others. They all expressed happiness at the rejuvenation of APGA and called on the members of APGA to embrace the new spirit and work hard for the growth of the party. The Chairman of all Chairmen, Alhaji Isa Jiga said they would give Maxi Okwu all necessary support to build on what he has already achieved. All the speakers commended Gov. Obi for sustaining the party and for his growing interest in the progress of the party.
Four points Communiqué signed by the Acting Chairman of the party, Maxi Okwu and the Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees reads: “1. We remember and honour our departed National leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and remain committed to his ideals which led to the formation and foundation of our great party. 2. We reaffirm that the Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu remains our National Leader even in death and that Governor Peter Obi, is the Deputy National Leader of our great party. 3. We state categorically and unequivocally that our great party, APGA, is not a member of any merger of political groups, parties, association by whatever name. We stand by our earlier resolution to continue to support His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan. 4.We state that our great party remains committed to good governance in Nigeria at all levels of government. We thank our Governor, Peter Obi, for the very good work he is doing in Anambra State and urge him to continue with the good work he is doing in the State and in the country in general.”
The role call at the rally includes: Gov. Peter Obi, Governor, Anambra State: Emeka Sibeudu, Deputy Governor; Chinwe Nwebili, the speaker and her deputy, Chukwudi Orizu; Dr. Tim Menakaya, BOT member; Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, Prof. Dora Akunyili, Ambassador Odi Nwosu, Barr. Obinna Obiegue, Ochiagha Reagan Ufomba, Hon Chuma Nzeribe; all the former members of APGA National Working Committee now functioning on interim basis, namely, Chief Chris Uche, Alhaji Garba Barne, Eveng. Chinyere Okeke, Bernad Akoma, Sunday Obaslam, Chief Dickson Osu, Tondo Joseph, Ella Nwabueze, Ferguson Okpara, Hon. E.A Shonubi, Dr. gbenga Afeni, Abubakar Adamu,Dr. Sagir Auwal Maidigu, Lawal Barma, Alfred Nwosu, Dr. Isa Jiga, Mrs Victoria Oyeng Ambassador Frank Ogwuewu, Chief Reagan Ofomba, Hon. Okey Udeh, Chief Okey Ezeibe,
Others are all APGA members at the National Assembly, except Uche Ekwunife as well as all Anambra House of Assembly members and some Assembly members from other States.
EZU RIVER DEAD BODIES: AMANSEA COMMUNITY GRATEFUL FOR OBI’S PROMPT INTERVENTION-from MOICT Awka
The Amansea community in Awka North Local Government Area said Governor Peter Obi’s prompt intervention saved the people of the area from out-break of epidemic and socio-economic difficulties that could have resulted from the dead bodies found floating on Ezu River in January.
In a release signed by the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Kenneth Okonkwo and the President General, Mr. Lawrence Okafor and made available to journalists, the community recalled that the Governor did not only cut short his overseas trip on receiving the report but also rushed down to the scene and put necessary measures in place to keep the situation under control.
It said the Governor promptly ordered and sponsored the evacuation of the bodies and expended huge resources for the Autopsy at the State Teaching Hospital Awka to establish the possible cause of death.
According to the release, Governor Obi also put machinery in motion for immediate supply of water to the community and other neighbouring communities which include tankers of water, bags of satchet water and cartons of bottled water twice daily as alternative source of water supply following the pollution of the Ezu River, being the main sources of water to the area.
It equally noted that the Governor directed fumigation of the river and entire community to save the people from possible outbreak of disease from the decomposing bodies. The release said the Governor also approved immediate drilling of motorized borehole, now actualized, to provide regular water supply as well as approved the construction of the abandoned Amansea Bypass to link the Expressway to the old road in Amowole Village as part of measures to upgrade infrastructural facilities in the area.
The community pledged that the people will continued to give his administration total support and prayed God to continue to reward him.
Obi Presents Cheque of 30 Million Naira to Rojenny
Governor Peter Obi has presented a cheque for thirty million Naira for the resuscitation of the collapsed Rojenny sports facilities. Governor Obi who presented the cheque after inspecting the facilities said the gesture was in line with the policy of his administration to turn around all sectors.
The Governor regretted that such a huge investment by an individual has been allowed to waste away for years without government intervention and reinstated the commitment of his government to continue to support individual developmental initiatives. He explained that government is strategically building and rebuilding sports facilities across the State for effective harnessing of abundant sports talents and restore the State status as a pace-setter in sporting activities.
Governor Obi said this would equip youths adequately to explore their potential and discourage them from crime and anti-social activities. He assured that he will also attract companies and investors to assist and urged other interest groups to support the venture.
The Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Dr Edozie Aroh, said when rebuilt, the facilities will be used to train sports talents of various categories. Dr. Aroh explained that competitions and championships could also be hosted there as was the case before the collapse.
A former speaker, old Anambra State House of Assembly, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Enechukwu, while thanking the Governor for the intervention, said the governor had given a new definition to governance and was rebuilding a new state that was setting pace for others in all sectors. Chief Enechukwu noted that for the first, the dream and vision of the founding fathers of the State are being realized and enjoined the people to continue to support him.
Responding the proprietor of the facility, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, said the Governor initiated a revolution that elevated the State to a pride of place and urged other leaders to emulate him. He assured that the fund will be judiciously managed to achieve the assured goals.
Bishop Proposes 3rd Term for Gov. Obi
Gov. Obi (right), handing over a brand new Ambulance from the State Government to Bishop David Eberechukwu for the Jesus the Physician Hospital built by Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria, Anambra State Chapter, yesterday.
The Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Anambra State Chapter, Bishop David Eberechukwu said if it were within his powers that he would propose and personally mobilize for Gov. Peter Obi to go for a 3rd term. He noted that as his tenure is ending that the people of Anambra State do not want him to go because he has brought difference to Anambra State since the State was created. He made this comments yesterday when he received a brand new ambulance donated to Jesus the Physician Hospital, Amawbia, the first hospital jointly built by the Pentecostal in Nigeria. The Bishop commended the Governor for behaving like a true Christian in governance and noted that with him, the people now realize that those in government can keep their promises to the people.
Responding, Governor Obi said that Government would sustain intervention in mission health facilities to further expand the scope of healthcare delivery to the people
In another development, the Governor presented an initial cheque of 10million Naira to the Guardian Angel Nursery and Primary School, Abatete to commence the rebuilding of the two storey building razed by fire earlier this month. Governor Obi presented the cheque during a visit to the school, accompanied by some top government officials yesterday.
He said the gesture was in fulfillment of his promise during his previous visit to assess the level of destruction wrecked by the inferno. He assured that government will continue to support the school to complete the structure and reinsatated the determination of his administration to continue to assist schools irrespective of ownership status. He appealed to privileged individuals and groups to contribute in actualizing the project. He thanked the school management for its relentless efforts and hard work in assisting the government to realize the vision on education.
The Headmistress of the school, Reverend Sister Maria Goretti Ngwuagu who expressed gratitude to the Governor for his kind gesture, noted that his prompt intervention has brought a lot of relief to the school. Reverend Sister Ngwuagu noted that the Governor has remained responsive to the needs and yearnings of the people, assuring that they will continue to support his administration with prayers.
Also speaking, Reverend Father Ignatius Okeke of Most Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Abatete said the Governor‘s intervention had consoled them and commended the high level of success recorded in government partnership with the church in promoting education and health sectors as well as other sectors of the economy.
We Have Zero Tolerance for Illicit Drugs - Obi
Gov. Obi (left), with the Chairman of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Alhaji Ahmadu Gaide who paid him courtesy visit yesterday at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka.
The State Government has intensified war against illicit drug business. Governor Peter Obi declared this after a meeting with the Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency – NDLEA, Alhaji Ahmadu Gaide at the Governor’s Lodge. Governor Obi said no efforts will be spared in ensuring that trade on illicit drugs is eradicated across the State.
He regretted that while his administration is pursuing comprehensive health programme to uplift the lives of the people, some individuals in their blind quest for material wealth are exposing innocent citizens to health hazards. He assured that government will engage on sustained onslaught against those involved in the illicit business as it is doing with other crimes.
He explained that the State will embark on mass sensitization and will make public names of all individuals involved.
Earlier, the NDLEA Chairman, Alhaji Gaide said the visit was to solicit the assistance of the State Government in the fight against hard drugs following the discovering of methamphetamine laboratory in a dwelling house at Nanka, Orumba North Local Government Area. He said he
He explained that exposure to the drug could cause cancer deformity and other health hazards and restated the determination of the Agency to protect the country from hard drug production or being a transit route for illicit drug distribution, noting that hard drug is often linked to kidnap, armed robbery and other violent crimes.
The NDLEA boss experienced confidence that collaboration with the State government will help create necessary awareness that will save the people from the sad consequences of hard drugs. He said that Knowing how highly Gov. Obi cherished values and the welfare of his people, that he was confident that he would continue to promote those things that would be of benefit to his people.
In a similar development, Governor Obi says the expansion of the drainage system along the on-going Bridge-Head-Upper-Iweka axis of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway was to contain the high Volume of water from Obosi and Upper Iweka axis. he Governor who was inspecting the Bridge Head end of the road, restated the determination of the State to give it a befitting status noting that occupants of the area are now extending the expected cooperation.
Anambra Starts Post-flood Reconstruction-from MOICT Awka
The State Government has commenced the reconstruction of areas destroyed by the recent flood disaster on the Onitsha-Atani-Ossomala-Ogwuikpele road. Inspecting the work on the road Governor Peter Obi regretted that the road was severed at several places by the flood. Governor Obi said the State Government was constructing additional fifteen culverts at a huge cost outside the original contract sum of our fifteen billion naira.
He explained that the culverts will ensure free flow of water and save the road from being eroded in future and is being constructed based on the earlier study conducted. He said the intervention was being aggressively pursued and was targeted to be completed by Easter to ensure that the area was accessible up to Ossomala.
Meanwhile, Governor Obi has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing upgrading of infrastructural facilities at the Harbour Industrial Layout, Ogbaru. Speaking while inspecting the Emma Bishop Okonkwo road, the Governor said necessary infrastructural facilities were being put in place to boost socio-economic activities, especially with the influx of industrialists and investors in the area. He explained that the road is being constructed to standard being eighteen meter wide, with stone base and concrete drains.
GOVERNOR PETER OBI APPLAUDED THE SUPPER EAGLES
Governor Peter Obi, who was part of the Federal Government Delegation ascribed the victory of Super Eagles to hardwork and determination. He also commended President Jonathan for all his support to the team and called on Nigerians to face the building of the country with the type of unity they showed in their support for the Super Eagles
Jubiliation at Utuh as Obi Flaga-off road -from MOICT Awka
Gov. Obi coming down from a bulldozer shortly after the flag-off of the Nwanyiocha-Utuh-Osumenyi road.
The happiness of the people of Utuh knew no bounds as they rolled out drums to celebrate the flag-off of the Nwanyiocha-Utuh-Osumenyi road.
Many people who commented on the flag-off said that their happiness were borne out of the fact that the road project was the first time the people of the area were remembered through such a gigantic project as the road construction. Speaking, the President General of the town, Engr. Jimmie Asoegwu said: “the construction of Nwanyiocha-Utuh-Osumenyi road failed to get the approval of previous Governments in Anambra State. The road has been nick named ‘political road’ because politicians only use it for politics. Its construction is now a reality. Obi awarded and paid for it and you can see, work is in progress and we are very happy for that.”
Engr. Asoegwu also thanked Gov. Obi for various projects extended to the town, including remedial work at the erosion site, lifting of schools in the town and granting of money for road palliative measures and security to the town every year.
In his own speech, the State Commissioner for Works, Arc. Callistus Ilozumba called on the people of the town to take ownership of the road and assist government in monitoring the progress of work. He cautioned against making bonfire on the road when completed, using the culvert as refuge dump and other careless activities that will destroy the road.
Speaking, Obi said he was committed to working in all the parts of the State, whether the people voted him or not. He said a leader, after electioneering, must learn to be a father to all. He called on the people of Utuh to reject incompetent leaders that might want to buy them through buying of rice and sharing of money, saying that if he decided to use a fraction of the money used for the construction of the road to buy rice, that it would be difficult finding in Utuh, a warehouse to contain it.
Stop using us for Politics, Amansea people to politicians -from MOICT Awka
Gov Obi (middle), with his Commissioner for Local Government, Azuka Enemuo (front) and Igwe of Amasea, Keneth Okonkwor( back), during the inspection of the borehole Anambra State Government is drilling at Amasea to mitigate the effect of pollution of their only source of water, Ezu River, where corpses were recently found.
Amansea people of Anambra State, a town that shares boundary with Ugwuoba, Enugu State, the two communities that host Ezu River, where corpses were found floating on water has called on politicians to stop using the misfortune that befell them for politics. These sentiments were conveyed by a community leader in the town, Chief Jonathan Ibekwe yesterday when Governor Obi paid visit to the town to access how they are fairing after the tragic event.
Speaking at the event, Chief Ibekwe said that what happened to their town had given him enough opportunity to see how Anambra politicians behave. In his words: “The way they have take the Amansea tragedy show that they pray for misfortune to befell the State and use it to play politics. As at the last count, over 8 of them have either visited or sent somebody, usually with bags of pure water that did not cost them more than N100,000 Naira. However, they will ensure they use millions to publicize it.”
Speaking further, he regretted that some of the Anambra people at the Senate, who had not made any significant contributions to debates, made it a case as if the Governor was not doing anything. His question: “Is this what Senators from other States do to their States?”
In his own remarks, the Igwe of Amansea, Chief Kenneth Okonkwo thanked the Governor for the steps he has taken to show them love and compassion. He said that while others prefer to play politics with them, that it was only Governor Obi that had taken concrete and enduring steps towards ameliorating their plight. Recalling that he cut his oversees trip short when he heard about the development, he reeled out some of the things the Governor has done to include the on-going drilling of boreholes, fumigation of the entire town soon after the corpses were discovered, bring of 7 thanked of water to the town on daily basis as well as administration of vaccines to prevent outbreak of epidemics. He thanked him also for the road he is constructing in Amansea and on-going projects in the entire Awka North Local Government.
Speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikeakor said that the Ministry had been monitoring the area to make sure that disease does not break out. He said that the Government would do everything possible, having conducted autopsy at the Amaku Teaching Hospital on some of the recovered bodies, to unravel the course of the deaths.
In another development, the Governor visited the on-going Amansea- Ebenebe-Awba Ofemili, Ugbebe, Ugbene road and blamed the people of Ebenebe and the constructor for the slow pace of work. He said that his patience was running out and that except the contactor doubled his efforts, that his Government would consider revoking the contact.
The Entire Anambra is my Constituency – Obi
Gov. Obi yesterday said for the umpteenth time that the entire Anambra State is his Constituency. He said this yesterday while flagging-off the road from Agulu to Nise, which, according to him, is designed to ease traffic at a place called Ezinano and make the transportation of goods and services easy for the people.
Obi said he was aware that some past Governors of the state concentrated development in their towns and Local Government, but insisted that he would not, as a Christian, develop his area to the neglect of other areas. “All I can assure the people of Agulu and the entire Anaocha local Government Area is that by the time my tenure ends, they will, like other parts of the State, be glad that they were not left out in the developmental stride in the State.”
Obi revealed that his Government has, in the past three weeks, awarded road contract worth over 30 Billion Naira and had already paid over 5 Billion Naira as mobilization. We have enough money to sustain all the projects, the Governor said.
In his own remarks, the State Commissioner for Works, Arc. Callistus Ilozumba said that Anambra was progressing today and that all men of goodwill were happy because of the Governor’s equitable distribution of projects in the State. He said that one of the lessons Anambra people should learn from him is the virtues of equity and justice. “We have seen past Governors sitting university in their home towns and others that wanted to relocate it to their own towns, but Governor Obi stopped all that nonsense by his insistence that justice must guide all actions taken by his Government. We commend him for this and ask leaders everywhere to emulate him,” he said.
Speaking at the event, the President General of Agulu, Mr. Paulinus Anagboso said that the people of Agulu were happy about the road and other projects being executed in all the parts of the State. He said that Agulu as a town will forever remain grateful to Governor Peter Obi for representing the town very well.
Governor Obi Reinstates support for Anambra North-from MOICT Awka
Governor Peter Obi has restated his support to Anambra North Senatorial Zone to produce the next Governor of the Anambra State. Governor Obi repeated his stand during an interactive session of Anambra North Stakeholders at Palace of the traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe. He said that equity and fairness demanded that other zones should give Anambra North total support to actualize the agenda.
He also made clear that he will never impose any candidate on the people but will allow the State electorate to collectively elect credible candidate who will freely work for the overall welfare of the people without being teleguided by anybody. The Governor explained that this will enable the State to sustain the present high tempo of development in all sectors and charged the people of Anambra North to select a credible and competent candidate to attract the support of other zones.
Governor Obi said his administration had repositioned the state on sound financial footing which if sustained would make it a model.
The Senator representing Anambra North in the National Assembly Senator Magery Okadigbo said the area would l never play second fiddle in the governance of the State.
The traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe thanked the Governor for his sustained efforts to transform the State and for the support given to the zone, assuring him that they will not disappoint him.
Also speaking, the traditional ruler of Aguleri, Igwe Christopher Idigo commended the Governor for his courage, political will and sincerity of purpose.
A former Minister of Health, Dr. Tim Menakaya noted that the State has produced quality and credible human resources who have made the State proud and assured that they will present a credible candidate capable to maintaining the tempo of transformation and good governance.
Meanwhile, while Anambra North chieftains were parleying with His Excellency, Gov Obi at the Palace, some prominent traditional rulers from the Zone were busy receiving a gubernatorial aspirant, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, the Special Adviser to President on Technical Matters, who incidentally hails from Anambra South Senatorial Zone. The traditional rulers, our sources revealed, were Igwe Nkelly Nzekwe, the Okalakwu of Igbariam, Igwe Elias Nneli of Umueje and Igwe Bernard Okafor, the traditional ruler of Ikem, among others.
Obi’s wife announces monthly welfare package for non pensionable old people in Anambra -from MOICT Awka
----gives grant to about 50 old people
Wife of the Anambra state Governor, Mrs Margaret Peter-Obi yesterday announced that the Anambra state government has concluded plans to start a monthly welfare package for non pensionbale elderly in the state from age 75 and above.
Mrs Obi who announced this during the celebration of the Elderly at the Women Development Center Awka, organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, gave grants of N10,000 each to two elderly people from each of the 21 local government areas of the state.
Obi’s wife assisted by Commissioenr for Women Affairs and social Development , Dr Henrietta Agabata among other Obi aides to present awards to most aged woman Mrs Theresa Osita Debo, aged 102 from Umukwa village, Awka in Awka South Local Government Area as well as to Chief Simon Okedo, aged 99 from Abubuo Nnewichi village Nnewi North Local Government Area.
Obi’s wife represented by the Senior Special Assistance to the governor on Social Re-orientation Mrs Mitchelle Onugbolu said the event as a day set aside to celebrate the old people in the state and noted that Governor Peter Obi's administration is geared towards improving the life of the aged.
"The continued improvement in the quality of life pursued by this administration will surely add more years to the life span of our citizens especially the elderly’, Onugbolu stated.
Commissioner for Women affairs And Social Development, Lady Henrietta Agbata, in her opening remarks said that the government has put together the events of today to celebrate the senior citizens that spent the productive years of their lives faithfully serving Anambra State, the Light of the Nation.
Agbata said ,"Although the care of older persons in African society rest squarely on the extended family system, the state government has made the extra efforts to provide for the needs of older citizens to augment their welfare.
She said that the Obi administration now pays pensioners promptly, and that ‘’Mega/Micro-credit loan scheme launched earlier by the governor to provide funds that older citizens could draw from to initiate new ventures or strengthen existing business’.
Lady Agbata announced that Gov Obi has approved another grant for two persons in each of 21 local governments today.
"I wish to thank every organizations especially the Church and other NGOs for the elderly, for their special contribution to the welfare of the old people in our midst".
The celebration of the elderly is an annual ritual by the Obi administration as handled by the office of Her Excellency through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. And at each celebration not less than 2 elderly each from each of the local government areas of the state will be given a minimum of N10,000 each as empowerment grant.
Commissioner Okunna confirmed that they discussed the issue of monthly grant to aged people between the age of 75 and above at their last executive council meeting. She said they agreed to put up measures in place to care and manage the old people of the state from the age of 75 years and above providing their daily needs.
Obi describes Africa as a virgin land for investment -from MOICT Awka
The Visiting Canadian Minister of International Trade, Hon. Ed Fast (middle), flanked by Gov. Obi (right) and the Canadian High Commissioner, HE, Chris Cooter (left) at the Canadian High Commission, Abuja, yesterday
Gov. Peter Obi has described Africa as a virgin land for investment in almost all the sectors of human interest, ranging from ITC to Agriculture, he said this at the Canadian High Commission in Abuja during the meeting with the visiting Canadian Minister of International Trade, Hon. Ed Fast.
Gov. Obi, who explained about Nigeria to the visiting Minister, said that the perception of the country by the outside world is far worse than the realities on ground.
He said though things were bad in the past, but that the country, under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan was making significant progress in all areas. “President Jonathan took over the reins of government when things had already gone bad, he is striving to correct the anomalies and I can tell you that he is succeeding. The opposition he has today is the by-product of any reform movement, whereby those that benefited from the past being reformed are fighting back.”
He assured the Minister that Nigeria is a place that ensures return on investment due to its large market. He also told him about the availability of one natural resources or another largely unexploited in all the States of the federation.
He specifically introduced the Minister to Anambra State , explaining to him the opportunities in the State for investment and trade. “The South-East, which Anambra belongs to boosts of the highest concentration of entrepreneurial people in sub-saharam Africa. Nnewi in Anambra State is the leading industrial town in the country. It is the only place where motor vehicles are manufactured, I mean manufactured, not assembled in the country. The people of the State are ingenious and have the capacity to market products everywhere in the world. Investing among such people is always an instant success as with SABMiller that started operations a few months ago in Anambra State.”
The visiting Minister had earlier said that Canada was interested in increasing the volume of trade in Nigeria and investing in the country in the areas of ICT, Health, Education, Oil and gas.
The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, HE, Chris Cooter said in inviting Obi to be one of those to hold meeting with the Minister, that he was convinced of his commitment to Nigeria and to his people of Anambra.
The event was witnessed by the Nigerian Ambassador to Canada, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, the Minister of the federal Capital territory, Sen. Bala Mohammed, Hon. Chris Azubogu, The Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Uju Okonkwo, among others.
Gov. Obi Visits Eastern Academy, Iweka Road -from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi (middle), flanked by the the Senior Prefect of Eastern Academy, Chukwuneke Vivian Ogechukwu (right) and her Assistant, Ifejiokwu Unoma (right), when the Governor visited their school yesterday
Gov. Peter Obi yesterday said that all the secondary schools in Anambra State, more than 400 in all, would all get buses and computers before the end of the year. He also said that computers would be extended to all the primary schools in the State to expose the children early to the use of computers, due to its significance in the world of today.
Gov. Obi was speaking yesterday during the visit to Eastern Academy in Onitsha shortly before he left for Abuja for the meeting with the visiting Canadian Minister of International Trade, Hon. Ed Fast as well as for the Meeting of the Committee set up by National Economic Council to look at the problems of education in the country, which he chairs.
Gov. Obi who inspected the school’s amenities, including hotsles, refractory and kitchen said that his administration must continue to do everything possible to encourage her people to take education seriously as the only currency for competition in a globalised world. He expressed satisfaction that the State is already reaping the fruits of her investment as could be seen from the increasing better performances of schools in the State in external examinations. “In the last WAEC and NECO exams, a girl from Anambra came first throughout the country in both examination”, he said.
He assured the staff and students of the school, that he would come back within a month to assist them, having seen things for himself. He encouraged them to always look up to responsible men in the State as role models.
In another development, the Governor also inspected bad portions of Iweka road and promised that work will start there very soon as part of the efforts to restore the glory of Onitsha.
Obi once again took the opportunity to appeal to all those trading in shanties to remove them as, according to him, Government is determined to remove them herself.
ANAMBRA SWEARS IN NEW JUDGES -from MOICT Awka
Six new Judges were sworn-in in Anambra State. The judges who were sworn-in in the Exco Chambers of the Government House, Awka include five High Court Judges and one Judge of the Customary Court of Appeal.
The new Judges are Justice Nkechi Nwenyi, Justice Charles Okaa, Justice Peace Oti, Justice George Nwankwo, Justice Bennedict Ogbuli and Justice Cordelia Chukwura. The six new judges bring to twenty the number of judges in the State.
Governor Peter Obi in his speech observed that the State judiciary is setting pace in promoting the judicial process and dispensation of justice in the country and expressed satisfaction with the cordial relationship between the Executive and the Judiciary. He urged the new Judges to key into the collective efforts to rebuild and uplift the State.
The Governor assured that his administration will sustain adequate funding of the judiciary and disclosed that new vehicles for the new judges have already delivered while arrangement for their accommodation is being concluded.
The State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi enjoined the new judges to work hard to ensure that the common man has access to justice. Justice Umeadi thanked the Governor for remaining responsive to the needs of the Judiciary without interfering with the judicial process.
The Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary and member representing Ontisha 1 Constituency, Mr. Chigbo Enwenzo urged them to discharge their duties without fear or favour to serve the collective interest of the people.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Mrs. Chigozie Abiakam noted that Governor Obi administration has brought a new dawn to the judiciary that has brought access to justice to the door steps of the common man.
Responding on behalf of others, Justice Nkechi Nwenyi pledged to discharge their duties effectively and abide by their Oath of Office.
Also speaking, another new Judge, Justice Charles Okaa said he would bring his years of experience to bear on the course of his duty.
We are not afraid to Commend Gov. Obi - Cleric
from MOICT Awka
Anglican Bishop of Amichi , Most Rev. Ephraim Ikeakor (left) conducting Gov. Obi (right) round the Amichi Diocesan hospital during the Governor’s visit
The Anglican Bishop of Amichi, Most Rev. Ephraim Ikeakor said that the Church was not afraid to commend Gov. Obi or any public officer who is doing well to promote the welfare of the people. He said this on Tuesday during the visit by Governor Obi to the Amichi Diocesan hospital.
The Bishop said that Obi had done so much for the State and had restored the confidence of Anambrarian in governance. His words: “It is on record that within the brief stay of his Excellency on the saddle of leadership in Anambra State, he has distinguished himself and scored many firsts. There is no gainsaying the fact that his Excellency Mr. Peter Obi , CON, has written his name in Gold in the history of governance in Anambra State. We are proud to associate with you.”
Conducting the Governor round the hospital facilities, the bishop said it was originally built by Akuruouno Social Club of Amichi and handed over to the Church to own and manage. The Bishop who said the Church had spent over 7 Million naira in the rehabilitation of the complex, called for the assistance of the Governor towards rehabilitating of the complex, saying that it is the only fully-fledged Hospital located within the entire Nnewi South Local Government Area.
He specially commended the Governor for not just being the only Governor that has visited the hospital, but noted with delight that he has been visiting hospitals, schools and institutions in the State in rare show of good leadership the State lacked for many years.
Speaking further, the Bishop named some of their immediate needs to include am ambulance, an Xray machine, ultra sound machines and assistance to complete their Doctors residential quarters, among others.
Responding, the Governor said he felt bad that most facilities built by Churches, communities and organizations where left to ruins when the least government would have done was to help in their maintenance knowing fully that those facilities serve the needs of the people of the State.
The Highlights of the visit was the presentation of the Cheque of N2 Million to assist in the rehabilitation. The Governor however said that since the dilapidation based on eye witness was far more disastrous than what he had earlier imagined that the Government would go back to the drawing board on how to partner with the Church for the total rehabilitation of the complex.
MORE HOTELS AND SHOPPING MALLS FOR ANAMBRA STATE - from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi (2nd left), with Commissioner for Works, Callistus Ilozumba (1st right), Mr. Tu (2nd left) and Mr. Tong (1st left), during the inspection of the Ikenga Hotel site to be used for the construction of the Capital Territory Shopping Mall.
Gov. Peter Obi said that his Government would not relent in her faithfulness to Anambra Integrated Development Strategy by continuing to develop all sectors simultaneously, including the areas of commerce and tourism. Obi said this yesterday in justification of the plans by his government to commence immediately the building of a shopping mall at the site of the old Ikenga hotel, which is the only remaining project burnt down in 2004 that is yet to be rebuilt, as well as the Lake Hotel and Convention Centre at the capital Territory.
While conducting some white men believed to be representatives of the companies working on the projects, Obi said that the idea of a shopping mall at the old Ikenga was in response to the need for a befitting shopping Mall for the Capital Territory. The popular opinion among those present is that a mall is better for Awka as the town already has many good hotels.
At the Agulu site of the Lake Hotel and Convention Centre, the Governor said that the project was in response to the calls since the time of Chief Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo for the development of the tourist potentials of the lake. “Many big organisations wanted to hold their Annual General Meetings in Awka Capital Territory but were deterred by the absence of befitting hotels and Convention Centres, with the Onitsha Hotel and Convention Centre going on, as well as the one at Agulu which we shall start in few days, I can assure you that the State would now have adequate and befitting facilities to hold any type of conference and house those coming from overseas conveniently, Obi said.”
Speaking on the availability of resources and enough time to complete the projects, the Governor said that his Government did not just wake up to think about these projects as they were planned. His words: “We have conceived them since and saved enough money to see them through. Just watch and see what will happen. Not just these two, we are starting the Governor’s lodge, Legislative and Judiciary buildings in few days. We have the resources to execute them. We have the resources to aggressively execute and complete the many projects, including road projects we are working on.”
Obi is a Different Governor – UNICEF
from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi addressing students from various schools in Anambra State during a Town Hall Meeting with them at the Women Development Center, Awka
United Nations International Children Emergency Fund“A” Field Officer Mr. Charles Ncuki has described Governor Peter Obi as a governor different from other governors in Nigeria. He made this description yesterday during the Anambra Children Town Hall meeting entitled ‘Beginning the year with Governor Peter Obi’ at the Women Development Centre, Awka.
Explaining, Mr. Ncuki said that Governor Obi’s commitment to work and the welfare of his people was unparalleled. He said it was always humbling to see him interact with the grassroots, visit schools and see things for himself around the State.
Ncuki said he was particularly moved by the Governor’s practice of giving his phone numbers to school prefects to call him whenever the need arose. He linked the desire of international partners to work with Anambra State to Obi’s passion for excellence and said that UNICEF will continue to strengthen the partnership with Anambra State especially on issues affecting children.
Speaking further, he thanked the Governor particularly for the state’s child law and what he called ‘a lot of efforts by Anambra State regarding early child education and provision of basic tools to schools in the state both missionary, government and privately owned’ that he recognized were al training the children of Anambra State. He concluded by saying that Anambra State is one hundred percent compliant in her efforts to conform to global best practices in the area of education.
Speaking at the occasion, the Governor who described education as the best currency for competing in a globalised world reiterated the readiness of his government to continue to do the right things in all sectors. The Governor noted with excitement the commensurate improvement of Anambra State since his government started massive support to schools including those returned to their missionary owners. He cited example with the improving performance of the state in external exams, the most recent feat according to him being Miss Sandra Anagor coming first in NECO and WAEC exams nationwide.
The Governor said part of the reason for town hall meeting with children was to have one on one interaction with them where they could freely air their views on issues affecting them.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the State Commissioner for Planning, Professor Stella Okunna, thanked God for the gift of Governor Obi describing him as the best thing to happen to Anambra State since its creation. She said the Governor’s close attention to issues and timely supervision has brought about massive execution of projects.
Highlight of the occasion were commendations, questions and complaints from various schools to the Governor. While most students thanked Governor Obi for what he is doing including provision of generators, computers, laboratory equipment and renovation of buildings, some appealed to him to address the issue of teacher inadequacy in schools. They complained that youth corpers sent to their schools were not equipped to impart knowledge to them.
Governor Peter Obi promises N5 Million for Information on Bodies Found in Ezu River - from MOICT Awka
The governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, has promised N5 Million to anyone with information on the bodies found in Ezu River, Amansea, Awka North Local Government area of the state.
On Saturday over 15 bodies were found floating on the river situated at the boundary between Enugu and Anambra States. The corpses that could not be easily identified were suspected to have been dumped in the river on Friday night by unknown persons.
Natives of Amansea said some of the bodies they saw had been swept away while some were still buried down the river and are expected to become afloat later.
Obi, who was away to the United Kingdom on official duty at the time of the discovery of the dead bodies, cut short his trip after being briefed by his aides on the mysterious development.
He said the corpses obviously floated from elsewhere into Anambra state. “The fact that River Ezu flows into Anambra State from another state shows that these corpses obviously floated from elsewhere into our state. As you can see, the bodies are already decomposing and this shows that this incident happened some time ago. But I do not care where the corpses floated from; I am worried that this type of scenario could be witnessed in our country in this age and time. This is a most barbaric and unacceptable development. It cannot happen in any decent society.”
He explained that the N5 million would go to anyone who provided necessary information which would help to unravel the circumstances surrounding the strange incident.
More Illegal Structures to Go In Onitsha - Obi
from MOICT Awka
Governor Peter Obi has debunked insinuations that the shutdown of illegal markets and the removal of illegal structures at Bridge Head end of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway is targeted at non indigenes. Governor Obi, who was speaking while inspecting work in the area, said the exercise is aimed at rebuilding and repositioning Onitsha as one of the ten largest cities in the country. He said that more illegal markets and structures would be demolished to make Onitsha a livable city by all standards.
Governor Obi stated that many states in the country are engaged in rebuilding their major cities to meet the demands of the time, and Anambra would not be an exception. He noted that the State has remained hospitable and has continued to accommodate non indigenes even in its civil service. He made it clear that both indigenes and non indigenes should live within the law of the State.
Governor Obi stressed that the on-going rebuilding exercise is not aimed at displacing anybody, but rather at creating a better business environment that would benefit the traders. He said that those affected had been relocated to better sites and assured those yet to be relocated that Government would not live them to suffer.
The Governor warned that any obstruction to the on-going reconstruction work would attract serious sanction, and that any vehicle parked at the site would be confiscated.
One of the traders, Mr. Nnamdi Onyeharam commended the courage and political will of the Governor in embarking on the project and urged other traders to give the Government all necessary support for the collective interest of the State
Armed Forces Remembrance week- from MOICT Awka
leaders of the Anambra chapter of the Nigerian Legion with the SSG Oseloka Obaze
Activities marking the Armed Forces Remembrance week commenced this week all over the nation. The week long event is being celebrated with fanfare in Anambra State, starting with he launching of he remembrance emblem by H.E. Gov. Peter Obi. Interfaith services will be held as well as parade in Awka. In the pictures above, the leaders of the Anambra chapter of the Nigerian Legion called on SSG Oseloka Obaze, to brief him on their planned activities.
My Prayer for Anambra – Obi from MOICT Awka
L-R Gov. Obi’s Wife, Margaret, Gov. Peter Obi,Anglican Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Alex Ibeziem and wife, Martha during the Service to commemorate the 2013 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at Cathedral Church of St. Faith, Awka, yesterday.
Gov. Peter Obi said that as his tenure gradually comes to an end, that he had increased his prayers for Anambra State, for God to give the State a person who was better them himself for the development of the State to continue. He said that he shuddered whenever he remembered what Anambra State used to be and said that nobody that loved the State would wish a return to that barbaric past. He was speaking yesterday at the Eucharistic service to mark the Annual Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Cathedral Church of St Faith, Awka.
Speaking further, Governor, Peter Obi charged Nigerians to make necessary contributions that would enhance the growth and survival of the country. He called on Nigerians to place the collective interest of the country above other considerations and commended the sacrifices and selfless services of the heroes who fought to ensure survival of the country. He also stressed the need for leaders to take difficult decisions that will help build a better society even when those decisions are unpopular.
The Governor noted that the State has now been well repositioned to meet its various obligations to the people and expressed satisfaction that the return of schools to the Church is yielding the desired result with outstanding performances of students in internal and external examination. “Just last week, we gave scholarship to an indigene of the State, Miss Sandra Anagor from Umuawulu, who came first in NECO and SSCE examinations”, Obi said.
In a sermon, the Anglican Bishop of Awka, Rt Rev. Dr. Alexander Ibeziem noted that God used the Governor to further education in the State and to lay a solid foundation for functional and quality education.
Bishop Ibeziem called for prayers to attract divine healing to the country to erase the scars of the civil war and its sad memories. He warned on the dangers of turning away from God as, according to him, closer relationship with God is fundamental for the survival of the country.
He urged Nigerians to avoid divisive tendencies to enable the country harness strength in unity and harmonious co-existence so that efforts of those who labored to protect the unity of the country would not be in vain.
Christmas: Obi, wife Felicitate with Nigerians - from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi has enjoined Nigerians to see the period of Christmas as not just for celebration, but a time to take stock and reflect on the past lives that we have led. He said this yesterday in statewide Charismas broadcast.
The full text of the broadcast reads: “Christmas is an occasion which ordinarily as Christians we celebrate with happiness because it reminds us of the mystery of our salvation and the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ who is our way to eternity.
However, this time, we have a Christmas which is characterized by sadness which arises from the numerous unpleasant situations and developments in our country.
This period therefore actually calls for prayers and deep reflection on, and re-examination of the past lives we have led. The dictum of Socrates comes to mind here: ‘An unexamined life is not worth-living’.
As we march towards the end of 2012, I appeal to all those in leadership positions to resolve to go into the New Year with a new commitment to make sacrifices for our country. I enjoin the followership to believe in our country and exhibit the spirit of patriotism that will be in tune with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.”
In a related development, Gov. Obi’s wife, Margaret Peter-Obi wished the people of Anambra State a hitch-free celebration – one devoid of accidents, alcohol abuse and rancor.
She also enjoined the people of the State to see the celebration as a time to pounder on human condition in the following words: “While this season should be one of celebration because it is about the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ and our salvation, there is no doubt that, as we make merry, we should also pause and ponder intermittently over the ugly incidents and developments which have characterized the human condition lately.”
Calling for prayers for the State, she said: “Let us, therefore, use this opportunity of uniting with relations, friends and well-wishers to also collectively and individually reflect on the current challenges confronting us, and pray for our dear State. Let us ask the Almighty Father to touch us so that we can turn away from our evil ways.”
STOPPAGE OF WORK ONLY TEMPORARILY – OBI
from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State has assured the people of the State that the stoppage of work at various construction sites in the State was only due to Christmas holidays, which, according to him, is customary with construction companies. Obi said this yesterday while fielding questions from journalists during the inspection of the palliative work that was done at portions of Onitsha-Enugu Dual carriage way.
On the recent abandonment of some projects by some contractors, Obi said it was not due to funding as, according to him, “Anambra Government under my watch is financially liquid to go on with her various projects. If you have been following development in the State, you would notice that we have also continued with the money we give to missionaries. We recently doled out hundreds of Millions of Naira to the towns in the State for security and road palliative work. We have enough resources, saved through prudence for the benefit of the State,” Obi said.
The Governor, who appealed to the people of the State to shun vices this festive period and to strive to leave within their means, said that as soon as the celebration was over, all the contractors would promptly go back to work. “Rather than the three-week holidays contractors usually take, we have also met and talked to them not to stay more than two weeks before resuming work on the many jobs that we are presently executing and for the need to make maximum use of the dry season. I am happy to note that all of them agreed and, in fact, told us that they would grant whatever request we made because we do not owe them,” the Governor remarked.
On the fate of many jobs which he has continued to flag-off, especially now he is on exit route, the Governor said that as a financial person, that before he flagged of any project, he had already seen the finances of the State through the Accountant General and was satisfied that the State had the financial muscle to carry out the projects. Giving example with the Onitsha Hotel and Convention Centre, the Governor said that the project, though flagged off about six months ago, had reached advance stage.”We did our calculations based on our finances and we know we have the capacity to complete it and the same goes for many other projects which we have flagged-off,” Obi submitted.
Thanking the people of Anambra State for their faith in his Government, he assured them that 2013 will witness renewed commitment on his part to even achieve greater things for the progress and development of the State.
OBI PROVIDES MORE PATROL VEHICLES FOR THE ARMY- from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi (left), handing over the keys of 10 patrol vehicles donated to the Army in Anambra State to the GOC of 82 Div, General Oluwaseun Oshinowo (middle), in Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, yesterday. On the right is Obi Alfred Achebe of Onitsha.
Governor Peter Obi has presented ten more brand new Security Vehicles to the Nigerian Army. The Patrol vans presented at the Governor’s lodge brings to five, the number of vehicles donated to the Army by Governor Obi administration.
Governor Obi said this was part of the State government support to further enhance the Operation of the Security agency.
He commended them for the various assistance given to the State, including the construction of an emergency bridge which he described as one of the best in the country and expressed satisfaction with their contributions in securing the State.
Receiving the vehicles, the General Office commanding the 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Oluwaseun Oshinowo, while thanking the Governor for the gesture assured that they will continue to put in their best to maintain peace and stability in the State and South-East.
General Oshinowo said the vehicles would be effectively deployed to serve the purpose they were meant for.
The Majority leader State House of Assembly, Mr. Hafford Oseke noted that Governor Obi has remained committed in empowering security agencies in the State that have enabled them performed effectively.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, retired Colonel George Molokwu expressed satisfaction with the performance of the security agencies and their cordial relationship with the State government.
In his reaction, the Chairman, Board of Trustees State Security Trust Fund enjoined the people to provide useful information to security agents to enhance their work.
OBI PRESENTS MORE FUNDING FOR MISSION HOSPITAL - from MOICT Awka
Gov. Obi (with Block), laying the foundation for the School of Nursing the Government is building at St Joseph Hospital, Adazi-Ani. On his left is the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Paulinus Ezeokafor
Governor Peter Obi has presented cheques totaling Twenty Million Niara to St. Joseph’s Hospital Adazi-Nnukwu for building projects in the hospital. Governor Obi presented the cheque while laying the foundation stone for the school of Nursing of the hospital. The Governor said ten million naira was to commence work on the school of Nursing building, while the other ten million naira is to continue work on the on going Dr. Joe Nwilo Heart Diagnostic Centre.
He explained that government is upgrading facilities in the hospital and other five hospitals selected from the three senatorial zones to serve as training centres for medical personnel as well as provide specialist services to give people easy access to quality health care.
Governor Obi assured that the sixty million naira needed for the school of Nursing has been set aside already and enjoined the hospital management to accelerate work on the project.
The Governor while thanking the church for its contribution to the Health and Education Sector expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work done so far.
The Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor noted that the Governor has provided people easy access to health service by bringing healthcare down to the grassroots and noted that his selfless service is renewing the face of the State.
While thanking the Governor for the support, the bishop assured him that the church will continue to collaborate with him to uplift the life of the people.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor urged the student to take advantage of the opportunity offered by government to equip themselves properly to serve the State and the society effectively.
In an address, the Manager of the hospital, Reverend Fr. Felix Efobi who spoke through Nurse Faith Ejimude expressed gratitude to the Governor for his various intervention in the hospital that have totally transformed it, noting that projects initiated by Governor in the hospital are now being completed.
TOWN UNIONS IMPORTANT TO GOVERNANCE - OBI
Peter Obi says Town Union Leadership has important role to play in his present efforts to turn around the State. Governor Obi was speaking at an interactive session with Presidents General and Secretaries of the Town Unions in the State at the Governor’s Lodge. The Governor said as leaders at the grassroots, town unions have a lot to contribute in formation of government policies and execution of projects and programmes. He expressed satisfaction that regular interaction with the Town Union Leadership is yielding the desired goals.
The Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mrs. Azuka Enemuo reinstated that the various town unions would henceforth oversee the day to day running of Primary Health Centres in their areas to enhance efficiency while Traditional rulers would assist on advising capacity.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Town Union Matters, Sir. Godfrey Moutolu enjoined the Presidents general to work closely and harmoniously with traditional rulers to achieve the collective interest of their communities.
Sir Godfrey urged them to use the fund for palliative judiciously to serve the purpose it was allocated.
In his remarks, the President General of ASATU, Dr. Innocent Onwubuya announced a donation of five hundred thousand naira to support the promotion of the welfare of those affected by the recent flood disaster.
The President General, Oraifite Town Union, Sir Ralph Nwike thanked the Governor for carrying them along and assured him of total support to complete his vision for the State.
BORROMEO, IYIENU, OTHERS RECEIVE CHEQUES FROM GOV. OBI - from MOICT Awka
Governor Peter Obi has presented another cheque for ten million naira o St. Charles Borromeo Hospital, Onitsha for continuation of work on the hostel section of St. Charles’s Borromeo School of Nursing Onitsha. Governor Obi presented the cheque while laying the foundation stone of the project. The amount brings to twenty million naira the sum released so far by the Governor for the project.
The Governor also presented a cheque for ten million to Holy Rosary Specialist Hospital Onitsha to continue work on the on-going school of midwifery hostel project. Governor Obi who presented the cheque at the project site expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work done so far.
The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Reverend Valeria Okeke noted that the State will never remain the same again as the Governor has made holistic impact in all sectors and holistic re-engineering and development plan have put the State on course of steady progress. He urged the Governor not to relent in his efforts to improve and transform the State and prayed for a worthy successor.
In a similar development, the Governor also presented cheques totaling 20 Million Naira to Iyi-Enu Mission Hospital, Ogidi for the on-going hostel projects of its institutions. Governor Obi who presented the cheques during a visit to the hospital said ten million naira is for the school of midwifery hostel while the other ten million naira is for the school of Nursing hostel block. He said his administration was determined to provide conducive learning environment for the students to acquire quality training and equip themselves to contribute adequate in healthcare delivery services.
Governor Obi said the money was to accelerate work on the buildings as government was determined to complete project on a record time. He explained that proper equipping of the institution will enhance training of quality manpower that will drive the healthcare delivery system in the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The Bishop on the Niger, Right Reverend Owen Nwokolo thanked the Governor for fulfilling promises made to the people and commended his unrelenting efforts to reposition the health centre. He noted than God is using the Governor to touch lives and expressed gratitude to the Governor for his various interventions in the hospital.
The Transition Committee Chairman Idemili North Mr. Ralph Nnabuife extolled the Governor’s passion for the collective well being of the people and his regular support to various institutions across the State.
GOVERNOR OBI LAUNCHES POLIO CAMPAIGN IN ANAMBRA - from MOICT Awka
Governor Peter Obi has charged the people to join hands with Government in the fight against polio. Governor Obi made the call at Atani and Umueri General Hospital, during campaign on Polio Eradication and Inauguration of the Task Force on Immunization.
Governor Obi said his administration would not relent in its efforts to keep the State free of polio and other childhood killer diseases and assist the Federal Government to eradicate polio in the county.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Oseloka Obaze said the exercise should be embraced by all to promote the health of children.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Austin Nnalue commended the mass turn-out by people for the programme and assured that the campaign will be sustained to keep polio away from the State.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Ogbaru Local Government, Mr. Steve Chukwuma thanked the Governor for his determination to promote the health of the people.
Also speaking the Transition Committee Chairman, Ihiala Local Government Area, Mr. Chinedu Ukachukwu noted that the Governor has brought a new dawn in the health sector.
Mr. Ukachukwu said the well equipped Primary Health Centre in various communities have given people easy access to healthcare facilities.
Obi Swear-in new substantive President of the customary court of Appeal and Commissioners - from MOICT Awka
Justice Samuel Okoye has been sworn-in as the substantive President of the customary court of Appeal. The ceremony which took place at the Governor’s Lodge, followed the retirement of the former President, Justice Chinwe Amechi.
Justice Okoye until his appointment as the substantive President was the Acting President of the Court. His appointment was earlier approved by the National Judicial Council and confirmed by the State House of Assembly.
Governor Peter Obi in his speech charged the new President to use his position to further improve the judicial system and sustain the existing cordial relationship with the Executive. He expressed satisfaction that the State is on course to achieve its vision to build a better future.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Afuba said the appointment complied with all requirements of the Constitution. He thanked the Governor for his conscious efforts to ensure that all categories of courts are established in the State to promote quick dispensation of justice and rule of law.
Responding, the new president of the customary court of Appeal, Justice Okoye thanked the Governor for the opportunity to serve the state forward. He commended the Governor for his cooperation and empowerment given to the judiciary and proper funding of the customary court noting that his political will to constitute the court in 2008 has enhance access to justice.
In a related development, Governor Obi also sworn-in two Commissioners: Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor now in charge of the Ministry of Health and Mr. Sabastine Okoye, the New Commissioner for Environment. The ceremony took place at the Governor’s Lodge.
Mr. Sabastine Okoye is from Obaofemili in Awka North while Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor was the former Chief Medical Director of Amaku teaching Hospital.
Governor Peter Obi in his speech charged them to use their wealth of experience to contribute in building a progressive state to bequeath a better future to the children. He explained that collective efforts are needed to sustain the State status as a pace-setter in the country.
Responding, Dr. Ikeakor thanked him for giving them the opportunity to serve the State and assured that they will work diligently to achieve the set goals.
NAIRA RAIN AS OBI DOLES MILLIONS TO TOWNS AND PENSIONERS - from MOICT Awka
Governor Peter Obi’s administration has expanded over nineteen billion naira in payment of gratuity of retired workers. Governor Peter Obi disclosed this while distributing cheques totaling 713 Million naira to 516 Local Government Pensioners and primary school teachers who retired between April and December last year, for their gratuity.
Governor Obi recalled that from inception, his administration has continued to save money to meet regular payment of pension and gratuity and has successfully cleared huge pension and gratuity arrears accumulated by previous administrations.
He expressed satisfaction that his government has streamlined the system that henceforth every worker will receive gratuity at retirement with delay.
In a similar development, Governor Peter Obi has distributed cheques of 2 Million Naira each to the 178 communities in the State. Governor Obi who distributed the cheques at the Women Development Centre, Awka said one million naira is for maintenance of security and another one million is for palliative work. He explained that effective security network remains one of the top priority of his administration and announced that security vehicles will soon be distributed to all communities.
The Governor who regretted that the impact of the fund for palliative is yet to be felt in some communities urged traditional rulers and presidents General to ensure that the money is judiciously used to improve road in their area. He stressed the need for communities to be more involved in keeping the environment clean and ensure proper waste disposal.
The commissioner for Local Governor Affairs, Mrs. Azuka Enemuo said the Obi administration had put in place effective security network to create conducive business environment and is repositioning the State to take its pride of state in the country.
The President General Nkwelle Ezunaka Town Union, Elder Chris Eluemuno said the Governor’s intervention kept community roads in better condition.
Some of the pensioners who spoke to the press, Mr. Issac Nwadi and Mrs. Juliana Nkwo thanked the Governor for his people-oriented governance.
Gov. Obi (middle) flanked by Gov. Jang (right) and Feyemi (left) during the requiem mass for late Governor Patrick Yakoma of Kaduna State at Kagoma on Thursday
Death of Yakowa, Aziza, others: Gov. Obi Reacts.- from MOICT Awka
The Sudden death of Some Nigerians in a Chopper Crash today is shocking, Obi says. He adds that the accident which led to the demise of some Nigerians in a military helicopter, including the Governor of Kaduna State, Mr. Patrick Yakowa and the former National Security Adviser, General Patrick Aziza, is shocking and unbelievable. The Governor also described the sad event as a big blow to the families of the deceased, the people of Kaduna State, Bayelsa State, all the States affected by the tragic event and all Nigerians.
He prayed to God to grant Nigerians, especially the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan the fortitude to bear the loss, adding that He knows better why such tragedy should visit Nigeria at this time.
Criticisms Critical to Planning - Obi.- from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi (left) and Alhaji Aliko Dangote ( right) at the 13th Honorary International Investors’ Council meeting in London, yesterday
Gov. Obi said that constructive criticisms were central to planning in the lives of individuals as well as that of nations desirous of growth and development. He said this yesterday in London during the 13th meeting of the Honorary International Investors' Council of Nigeria, which he attended as part of the Federal Government delegation led by the Vice President, Arc Nnamadi Sambo, GCON.
He said that through the criticisms And offering of pieces of advice by the group, made up of renowned economists and captains of industries, that Nigeria, through the responsiveness of the Federal Government led by President Goodluck Jonathan to the advice proffered by the Council, had made quantum leap on development .
On the specific benefit Anambra State has derived from the Council, Obi said that it was not just about Anambra but about the entire country. "Beyond the country, however, I have made it a matter of necessity to read documents and resolutions from the Council, which have remained invaluable to Anambra State in her efforts to expand her industrial base, As I speak to you, we have done quite enough. Industries are coming up again in quick succession. In August 30th, 2012, the president commissioned 3 world class industries. I keep telling people that the work of the Government is to create enabling environment, as the Council recommended, for example, where those facilities are sited, we have provided all needed facilities such as good roads. We are working hard to address their power problem", Obi said.
Concluding the Governor said that inasmuch as the Council exposes the country to the dynamics of world economy, that Nigerians should always realize the need to encourage local investors, insisting that they are better placed to make meaningful impact on the economy.
Obi Flags off Three bridges, vows to complete them.- from MOICT
Gov. Obi (second right); Arc. Callistus Ilozumba, Commissioner for Works ( first right); Oseloka Obaze, the SSG( first left), and the representative of TAMAD Construction, Anthony, during the flag-off of three bridges along Atani-Ozubulu road under construction.
As if in fulfillment of his vow to turn Anambra State into a huge "construction yard", Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State yesterday flagged of three bridges of 60, 45, and 45 meters on Atani-Ozubulu road, vowing to complete them within the life spam of his Government. The flag-off was preceded by the flag-off of many roads in the State as well as many other projects that set the people of the State wondering where he got the money to execute those projects.
Valued at the combined cost of over 2 Billion Naira, the bridges, excluding the 12kilometer roads component, are handled by TAMAD construction firm based on their satisfactory execution of Amansea-Ebenebe Bridge. Already, the Government is constructing the Onitsha-Ogbaru- Akiliozizar-Atani-Ogwuikpere road terminating at Rivers State. The over 60-Km Federal road with difficult terrain is costing the State more than 16 Billion Naira. With the construction of the stretch from Atani to Ozubulu, the entire areas would become accessible.
Speaking at the flag-off, Gov. Obi said that he would continue satisfy the yearnings of the people of the State till the last day of his Government. "We have seen those in authority flag-off many projects even when they did not safe money for their execution, but in our own case, for any project we are flagging of, we have saved money for that", Obi said.
Speaking, the State Commissioner for Works, Arc Callistus Ilozumba said that the Atani Ozubulu road belonged to class of roads being constructed in difficult places that subsequent Anambra Governments shied away from because of the huge cost implication. "Some of the roads that belong to the same class as this are the Umuoba- Anam-nmiata road, roads in Ayamelum and parts of Anambra West," the Commissioner submitted.
In his own remarks, a community leader in the area, Chief Michael Okendu said he was short of words to describe what God has done for Anambra State through the Government of Peter Obi. He said that nobody would have thought that Anambra Government would would do the road under reference with three bridges. He prayed to God to answer Obi's prayer that He gives Anambra State a successor better than him or at least as good as he is.
International World Class Hospital for Anambra.- from MOICT Awka
Gov. Peter Obi (Second left), with some foreign investors that visited Anambra, namely, Chad Reischl (first right), Mary Todd (second right) Arney Benson (first left), and Igwe of Ifite-Dunu, Dr. Emeka Ilouno
A team of Consultants on Investment from the United States of America has proposed to build an International World Class Hospital in the State. The team while on courtesy call on Governor Peter Obi said the hospital, when completed, would employ over forty doctors and over one thousand two hundred nurses.
A member of the team, Dr. Maria Todd said the hospital would equally create opportunities for capacity development and institutional- strengthen for skill and unskilled labour, including technicians and Engineers.
She explained that the hospital with advance health facility can extend services to the entire West African Sub-region, noting that the State has the potential to drive the process.
The traditional ruler of Ifite-Dunu, Igwe Emeka Ilouno who is part of the team said they wanted to identify with the success story of Governor Obi’s administration and key into the commendable achievements recorded in the Health Sector. Igwe Ilouno explained that they are responding to the Governor’s call for stakeholders to think home and attract investments to the State to make it a model in the country in line with the Governor's passion to uplift the State.
Responding, Governor Obi said Africa held the hope for the survival of the global economy as it had huge unexplored human and material resources.
He noted that with the right leadership, Nigeria can effectively harness its abundant potentials to become a major player in world economy.
The Governor explained that establishing such world class hospital in the State is important and urgent now in the State's drive to achieve the MDGs.
He observed that such facilities will equally discourage people from seeking healthcare services aboard and assured the team of government support.
More Anambra Schools Receive Cheques.- from MOICT Awka
Manager of Abagana Girls' Secondary School, Rev. Dennis Ezenubi(first right), receiving cheque of 10 Million Naira from Gov. Obi (second left), for some projects in the school,when he visited the school yesterday. On the Governors's left is Anglican Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Alex Ibeziem
Governor Peter Obi has charged the management of various schools to fast track execution of projects in the schools. Governor Obi gave the directive while presenting a cheque for ten million naira each to eight schools in Anambra yesterday. The Schools are: Girls’ High School, Agulu; Agulu Grammar School, Agulu; St. John Secondary School, Awka; Loretto Girls Secondary School, Adazi-Nnukwu; St. Michael’s High School, Nimo; Girls’ High School Abagana; Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia; and St. John of God Secondary School, Awka. He said that the amount was part of the money voted to be given to all the Secondary Schools returned to their original missionary owners for their rebuilding.
The Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor who was present at Catholic Schools visited, while commending the Governor for his commitment to building quality human infrastructure assured him that the church will continue to partner with his administration to achieve the set goals. Further, he noted that Obi’s sustained efforts have elevated Education to a pride of place while his collaboration with the Church is promoting the collective interest of the State. He commended Governor Obi’s administration as the only Government that promotes and encourages private individuals, organizations and the Church to compliment efforts of government as partners.
The Bishop said the fund would fast track the completion of the projects and assured that all resources will be prudently and transparently managed to achieve maximum result. He prayed to God to provide the State with credible successor to continue the good work of the Governor.
The Anglican bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Dr. Alexander Ibeziem, who was present at the Anglican Schools visited thanked the Governor for his commitment to all
sectors, especially education, which he noted would help in training quality human beings for a better society in the future .He said that Governor had brought a new dawn in the Education sector and repositioned schools for effective teaching and learning.
The bishop describe Obi's governance module as the best in Nigeria and called on others to emulate him for the edification of the society.