Obiano Signs Two Billion Dollars Airport City MoU

The dream of Governor Willie Obiano in making Anambra State a first choice investment destination and a hub for commercial activities seems to be materialising.

The State Government has signed a two billion dollars Memorandum of Understanding with two investment companies, Orient Petroleum Resources and Elite International Investment Limited, for the construction of an international airport city in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area.

Speaking at the signing ceremony which took place in the Government House Awka, the state’s capital, Governor Obiano expressed hope that the project would reduce cost of importation and boost development in the state.

He added that it will also create a boundless business connection between Anambra and China, saying the State Government will ensure that the project is not only a central economic hub for the state, but also for the entire south-east region and Nigeria at large.

Giving details of the investment, the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Igwe Cyril Enweze, said the project would promote rapid urbanisation and increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state.

On his part, the Managing Director of Orient Petroleum Resources, Mr Christian Udechukwu, commended the vision of the Obiano led administration.

He assured the State Government that they would deliver quality project, in line with aviation engineering best practices.

The airport city to be named, Anambra Airport Infrastructure Company Limited, has a completion duration of three years and sits on a 1,500 hectares of land at Ivite Umueri.

Non-Teaching Staff, ASUU Clash Over Appointment Of V.C.

ASUU, ANAMBRA, COOU, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversitySome members of the non-teaching staff and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, in the East Local Government Area of Anambra State, are in disagreement over the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor for the University.

A new situation, however, developed as members of the Non-Teaching Staff Association of the institution took a swipe on the leader of the branch, Mr Emeka Nwabunnia, for announcing that the seat of the Vice chancellor was vacant when none existed.

In a press conference, the leader of the association, Mr Vincent Asoegwu, refered to a letter written by the branch ASUU leadership to the Governor of Anambra State while on his visit to the University for the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor.

He maintained that that ASUU was unnecessarily creating tension, as the Law that established the institution from the Anambra State University of Science and Technology over to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, (COOU), was signed by the Governor on November 12, 2014.

Mr Asoegwu further stated that a retrospective commencement of the law affected every affair of the university, including that of the Vice Chancellor, whose tenure began from the date of the commencement of the law.

The Association appealed to the Governor during his visit to the institution to disregard the July 25 letter from the branch ASUU as well as any other petition, as it was a distraction to the proper administration of the University.

They also asked him to instruct the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University ASUU to maintain decorum in the conduct of their affairs and understand that vacancy could exist only in 2019 when the incumbent must have served his single non-renewable tenure of five years.

Anambra State Partners With Private Sector In 15bn Naira Poultry Business

poultry farmingAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has flagged off a 15 billion Naira modern integrated poultry farm in a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between the state government and Lynden Integrated Farms at Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area.

This is part of the state government’s plan to position Anambra State as a center for poultry farming in Nigeria.

Flagging off the construction of the facility, the Governor said the purpose of the project was to develop, operate and manage a modern integrated poultry farm that would create both direct and indirect jobs for the youths and women, produce high quality poultry products and most importantly, position Anambra state to be one of the highest producers of poultry products in Nigeria.

Governor Obiano also announced the prospects of the project in the area of the quantum of poultry products to be produced and the associated job creation possibility.

For the Managing Director of the agency through which the state government attracts investment to the state, Joe-Billy Ekwunife, the project which is a Public-Private Partnership would be beneficial to all stakeholders, especially the host community in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility.

The Chairman of Lynden Group, Mr Clem Nwogbo, stated that the facility when completed would comprise rearing houses with over 200,000 birds, as well as produce high quality poultry products.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Afam Mbanefo, reiterated that the facility would help bridge the existing gap of 802 metric tons of poultry products in the state.

Presently, Anambra State has a total of 1,814 poultry farms with a population of two million birds and the consumption rate is placed at over 7,000.

The management of Lynden Farms assured the Governor that the construction of infrastructure would commence immediately while the layer farm would be commissioned by August 2016.

Bishop Of Niger West Tasks Buhari On Equitable Leadership

Muhammadu-Buhari-NigeriaPresidentBishop of the Niger West Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Johnson Ekwe, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly and members of the ruling party to show maturity to the point of being able to draw the line between politics and governance.

Bishop Ekwe gave the charge on Saturday while presenting his Presidential address during the Second Session of the Second Synod of the Diocese of Niger West at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, Nando in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The Bishop, however, said that the public office holders should show maturity to the point of being able to draw a line between politics and governance in order not to indulge in discriminatory policy in the administration of the country.

He not only urged the State Governor Willie Obiano not to relent with the security war in the state, but also asked President Buhari to  see the entire country as his constituency and equitably dispense the dividends of democracy.

Bishop Ekwe further urged the National Assembly to resolve all internal crises perceived as an extension of the quarrel within the APC and focus on the business of legislation.

Obiano Revalidates APGA Membership

Governor Obiano Revalidates APGA Membership In AguleriAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, South-east Nigeria.

Governor Obiano made the revalidation during the inauguration of Wards and Local government party executive members and APGA’s mini rally at Ama Igwe Square in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.

He urged residents, who are yet to be part of the ruling party in the state to do so immediately by registering with the party, while old members should also go for revalidation as the exercise is ongoing.

The former banking guru noted that the revalidation exercise by all APGA members is a way of strengthening the party as well as repositioning it to be on firm footing ahead of the next election.

The National Chairman of APGA, Victor Oye, encouraged the governor to keep up the good work of developing Anambra State.

He also urged the party members to continue to be faithful to APGA so as to make the party wax stronger.

However, Governor Obiano proudly displayed his new card, which now bore the signature of the new leadership of the party and urged everybody in the party to do same.

He maintained that the party stood for hope for the common man and would keep increasing in strength and number until it surpasses every other political party in the country.

With the victory chant by the governor and the people, APGA members were reminded that it is their responsibility to champion the course of the party and carry its message of brotherliness to every nook and cranny of the state and beyond.

Police Demolish Kidnappers’ Dens In Anambra

Kidnapprs-Den-in-AnambraThe efforts to end crime and bring criminal elements in Anambra State to book are still on, as the police have demolished two kidnappers’ dens in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Agugoesi, led the group that demolished the buildings.

He narrated the ugly activities of one Mr Solomon Chibuzo Morah, alias Mmili, one of the most notorious kidnap kingpins in the state who had been on the Police wanted list for many years. He is now in police custody.

Mr Agugoesi said the suspect had terrorised his community and environs and had in one kidnap activity with his gang collected about 70 million Naira from a victim as ransom.

Kidnapper’s ‘Charm House’

According to him, Morah’s building and another kidnap den had been demolished, as he had confessed using proceeds from his nefarious activities to erect the structure.

The Assistant Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the State government to ridding the State of crime and criminality, by dealing decisively (according to the laws of the state) with anyone caught perpetrating crime.

At the site of the demolition, inside the fenced compound was a completed building filled with all kinds of fetish materials which, according to some villagers, was the kidnapper’s ‘charm house’.

The villagers also said the suspect was a lay-about, who had no clear means of livelihood, but suddenly started living big before they discovered he was into kidnapping activities.

According to Mr Agugoesi, the action taken by the Police was not meant to punish the innocent, but the offender, as the building of Hyacinth Chibuodu, another kidnap suspect from the same Umueri, was spared for the day, to allow tenants move their property.

However, another structure belonging to one Mr Matthew Nwankwo, a gang leader from Nteje in Oyi Local Government, who is presently on the run, was completely crushed.

Addressing reporters after the demolition, the State Governor, Willie Obiano, reiterated his commitment to fighting crime, stressing that the huge benefit of having a crime free environment had earned the state over $2.4 million in investment.

Obiano Thanks Anambra Residents For Voting APGA

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Anambra State Governor has thanked the people of the state for voting massively for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in last Saturday’s House of Assembly election in the state.

Delivering the thank you message in a Special Broadcast at his Aguleri residence in Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA), Governor Willie Obiano said the gesture had massively renewed, re- invigorated and re-validated the sacred mandate the people had given him and his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, to build a better state as well as a nudge to them to shape the future of Anambra state.

He said the victory of APGA in the House of Assembly election had exposed the large scale fraud perpetrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential and National Assembly elections of March 28.

Governor Obiano said the PDP also made same attempt during last Saturday’s election, but was nipped in the bud, leading to the cancellation of the election in five state constituencies.

He however, urged the people of the state in the affected areas to be vigilant and ensure that their constitutional rights of deciding who represents them is not tampered with, while pledging maximum security towards a peaceful, free, fair, and credible election on Saturday, April 18.

INEC has rescheduled the elections in Ekwusigo, Anaocha and Aguata LGAs.

Obiano Flags Off Aguleri-Otuocha-Umueri Airport Road

AguleriThe fishing and agrarian community of Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, came alive with the flag off of the 8.5 kilometer Aguleri-Otuocha-Umueri Airport dual carriageway.

Anambra State Governor, who also inspected the Aguleri –Uno oil rig road project, a 40 kilometer road and several bridges, expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work, reassuring the people of the State that the projects would boost economic activities in the State by the time the airport and the road projects are completed.

The governor, who was briefed by the contractor on the progress of the project, also expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work on the project, which, according to him, on completion would open up seven food producing communities in Anambra North.

While addressing the people after the inspection, the governor said the projects are in the interest of the people, especially the Airport project which when completed would have a depot for aviation fuel for international flights.

He announced a new partnership with a South African company that will boost electricity supply in the Omabala region and beyond.

The State Commissioner for Works, Calistus Ilozumba, said the state had secured approval from the Federal Government for the airport and had also acquired enough land for the project and therefore the road to the airport is very important.

The governor’s entourage moved to Nando From Aguleri, another food producing community in Anambra East local government area for the flag off of a 4.5  kilometer road, awarded at N1 billion.

The governor flagged off the project and assured the people that the contractors have been fully mobilized and the road is expected to be completed in one year.

The Anambra State government said the road construction will cost the sum of N5 billion.