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.

Anambra State Asks FG To Address Its Erosion Disaster

erosionAnambra State government has asked the Federal Government of Nigeria to profile the state as an erosion disaster zone and subsequently declare a state of emergency on the state with respect to the challenge.

Governor Willie Obiano made the renewed call at a meeting with a delegation from the House of Representatives Committee on Erosion and Habitat led by the Chairman, Honorable Obinna Chidoka, at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.

The delegation is in the state, as a major location to visit in their tour of the Southeast states on inspection of Ecological Funds Office Projects and Erosion Sites in the various states.

Addressing reporters after an extensive closed door, Governor Obiano decried the effect of the 962 active erosion sites on Anambra, pointing out that if nothing was done in the next 10 years, Anambra State Will have lost half of its size.

“The attendant calamities will be too much to handle,” the Governor stressed.

He emphasised that the state had been making efforts to handle the menace, but also lamented that “it is beyond the state capacity at the moment”.

The governor, however, expressed hope that the visit of the House Committee would add impetus to the intervention so desired on the challenge.

Responding, the Honourable Chidoka, corroborated the fears of Governor Obiano on the massive loss of land to erosion based on their findings in several locations visited.

He, however, assured the Governor that the committee, at the end of the tour, would make recommendations that would make the Federal Government act with a sense of urgency in addressing the gully erosion ravaging not only in Anambra but other Southeast states.

Anambra Govt. Set To Launch Health Insurance Scheme

Anambra state, Obiano Anambra state government has concluded every arrangement to key into the National Health Insurance Scheme.

This was revealed when a team of medical doctors, under the auspices of the Nigeria Medical Association, Anambra state chapter, paid a visit to the state government at the Government House, Awka.

The visit was to mark the 2016 Physicians Week, with the theme: “Health Care in a Frail Economy, Changing and the Way Forward”.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, said that the present administration of Governor Obiano had made efforts in improving the health conditions of people in the state.

Dr Akabuike stated that within three months of Governor Obiano’s inception, his administration had passed the Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency bill into law.

This, according to him was geared towards providing adequate health services to the people.

Furthermore, he stated that the State House of Assembly would pass the introduction of the Universal Health Insurance Scheme into law in the state.

This would ensure free health services, especially for the indigent people in the state, saying it had passed through first and second reading.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the state had 726 Primary Health Care Centres, of which 526 were owned and managed by the government, while 210 were owned by individuals and churches.

He explained that those health centres should have been managed and thoroughly supervised by the local government, but as a result of incapacitation of the government throughout the federation, those centers turned moribund.

Sharing some good news, he said that the present administration had declared a state of emergency on the situation and was currently revamping the centres.

According to him the Government had equipped 63 health centers, three from each local government across the state.

In his address, the Chairman of Anambra State Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Emejuku Jude-Kennedy stressed that the visit was also aimed at presenting a letter to Governor Obiano to deliver President Buhari.

The letter was regarding the National Health Act which was passed into law two years ago, precisely on October 27, 2017, which is yet to be implemented.

The Act was based on the provision of a framework for manpower development, health financing, training, sanction and ethnic control of health practices.

Dr Emejulu pointed out that the annual Physician Week would avail them the opportunity to get abreast of their environment, review their duties and activities as well as ensure they embark on health therapy that would equally improve their standard of living.

The chairman opined that the association had been facing financial constraints due to the present economic crunch, nonetheless, assuring that they would always discharge their duties effectively in accordance with the rules.

He commended the state government for its immense collaboration with the association in protecting the state above other states in medical service delivery.

Anambra Govt. Reveals Plans For Sorghum Production

Anambra Govt. Reveals Plans For Sorghum ProductionThe Anambra state Government has revealed plans to commence supply of Sorghum, as Delfarms Songhai Farms in Anambra has adequate capacity to produce and supply sorghum from next year.

The Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano disclosed this during an inspection visit to Intafact Beverages, Onitsha, to review progress made so far in the company in which Anambra state is a shareholder.

During the inspection, the Governor expressed satisfaction with the growth of the company as they inspected various departments of the plant.

Addressing the press after a private meeting with the administrative officials of the company, Mr Obiano said his administration will continue to create the enabling environment and framework that will continue to support investors while creating opportunities for the people of the state to drive the economy forward with a win-win situation for all.

Responding to the visit of the governor, the General Manager of Intafact Beverages, Mr. Lukas Van-Daventer, was full of commendation for the state government for its support in raising the business profile of the company through a favorable business environment.

Mr Van-Daventer assured that the company will not disappoint the state but would continue to create an investment future for the people of the state as well sustain its corporate social responsibility commitment.

Intafact Beverages Plant in Onitsha, Anambra state was commissioned in August 2012 with an initial investment of 100 million US dollars with Hero lager beer and Grand Malt being the major drinks.

But between 2014 and now, it has grown above two hundred and fifty million US dollars investment with a production capacity of 2.7 million hector liter per annum which represents fifty percent production increase.

The Anambra State government as a shareholder in the company owns ten percent shares of the company and aside the massive contributions of the previous administration to the establishment of the company, the present administration has also made thirty percent investment contribution to the company.

Anambra Signs MoU On Housing Projects With Two Companies

Housing, Anambra, Willie ObianoThe Anambra State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on housing development with two investment companies, Rockland Development Institute and Lake Petroleum Limited.

Signing the agreement on Friday at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Willie Obiano said that the move was to further make housing affordable to the people of the state.

He explained that the numerous housing projects which his administration is undertaking was to reverse the uncomplimentary trend where Anambra citizens who work or do businesses in the state live in neighboring states due to lack of affordable accommodation.

The Governor expressed hope that the projects would provide a desirable housing development model.

The Managing Director of Anambra State Investment Agency, Mr Joe Billy Ekwunife, remarked that the outstanding benefit of the project was the reclamation of lands threatened by erosion.

The Executive Director of Lake Petroleum Limited, Mr Valentine Mbaji, commended the Governor’s effort in the area of security which he said has continued to attract investors.

He gave the assurance that the project would provide the much needed urban renewal for Onitsha.

The Managing Director of Rockland Development Institute, Mr Obi Eneh, on his part, assured Governor Obiano of his company’s full commitment to delivering a world class housing project to the state.

The Rockland MoU total investment was put at $10.8 million for the development of 450 plots of land in a new town layout, Baron Estate Court in Awka, the state capital.

The Lake Petrol deal was put at $7.2 million for the development of a state-of-the-art estate on 60 standard plots to be called Divine Mercy Estate located in Onitsha, the Abia State commercial capital.

Willie Obiano Moves To Tackle Erosion In Anambra State

Willie Obiano, Anambra State, Erosion Several key stakeholders have been engaged in a one-day strategic meeting in Anambra State on issues concerning the environment with specific focus on erosion.

The event, which held in Awka, Anambra state capital, was part of activities to mark this year’s World Environment Day in the state.

Stakeholders including state government officials, development partners, community leaders, representatives of government ministries and agencies among others gathered to exchange ideas with indigenous and foreign resource persons on the way forward on environmental issues especially erosion.

The session featured presentations on ecological issues including erosion management and control, renewable energy development ad climate change.

Declaring the session open, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, condemned the effects of erosion in the state which presently has destroyed 950 sites.

He called on the Federal Government to declare the state an ecologically devastated state due to its numerous erosion challenges.

The Governor noted that despite the states’s small land mass of 4,844 sq km, it has lost and was still losing so much land to erosion.

He said that the state’s effort in tackling the over 960 erosion sites had attracted the intervention of the World Bank and it would commence work in 12 sites but more intervention was needed still.

The keynote speaker at the event, who is a consultant in Renewal Energy Development from the United States of America, Mr Jerome Ringo, commended Governor Willie Obiano for pursuing the issue of environment seriously.

He advised that leadership everywhere should focus on stimulating the economy with green projects and stop deforestation.

Other ecologists who spoke also elaborated on the solution to reversing damage in the state through the “Acting Locally and Thinking Globally,” concept designed as an enlightenment campaign that places increased value on environment.

The meeting was part of government effort in creating awareness on the issue of collective resolve on environmental protection in which all hands must be on deck to ensure a safer, cleaner and erosion free environment in Anambra State.

Obiano To Commence Tourism Site In Anambra

Willie Obiano-Anambra State-Health Insurance SchemeThe Anambra State Government is set to immediately commence the exploration of the tourism potentials of the Ogbaukwu Cave and Waterfall in Owerre Ezukala in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Willie Obiano, who was on a fact finding mission to the cave, marveled at the hidden treasures and historical wonders buried untapped in the cave which were capable of placing the community and the state in the world map of tourism.

He announced the immediate construction of the road leading to the cave while other plans for development will be properly articulated for prompt execution.

The Governor  made history, as the first Governor to visit the cave descends the stone steps down into the belly of the cave and the gentle breeze of the over fifty feet high waterfall of the cave blows a cool welcome to him and his entourage to the front porch called Obuagu Nta. It is nature at its best.

Governor Willie Obiano after the exploration, signed off at the rock of remembrance, refreshed himself at the waterfall and announced immediate designing of a new road that would lead to the cave alongside other packages of development.

Repositioning tourism, as one of the major sources for foreign exchange with Owerre Ezukala cave, will guarantee sustainable revenue growth for the state with its accompanying job creating opportunities for the youths and unemployed of the host community.

Obiano Targets Rural Areas’ Development With Road Projects

Anambra-State-Governor-Willie-ObianoThe Governor of Anambra State is optimistic that the Iyiora-Anam Bridge in Anambra West Local Government Area and other ongoing road projects will open up the rural areas and provide better access to an oil producing community of the state.

Governor Willie Obiano and the Commissioner of Works, Mr Lawrence Chinwuba on Saturday inspected the projects that have reached advanced stage, with the contractor giving the assurance that the projects would be ready by May.

The bridge which is 108 metres in length, with a height of about 13 meters, is critical to the road project, as it makes for easy accessibility of the community by heavy duty trucks that will be plying the road on completion. The road leads to the oil producing community of the state.

The Governor expressed satisfaction with the quality and the pace of work on the entire road project during his inspection tour.

It is a massive road construction on the 7.8 kilometre Iyiora-Anam Road in Anambra West Local Government Area which is a critical project due to the swampy nature of the area, as it is always flooded each year and the intervention of the state government in fixing it has brought relief to the people.

The contractor, Mr John Nasir, said the bridge was designed in consideration of the high level of flood experienced in the area.

In continuation of the projects’ tour with other stakeholders, the Governor inspected the Mmiata-Anam-Nzam Road, where two kilometre of earth work out of the whole 11 kilometre road has been done by the contracting firm with high hopes of delivering the project by December.

The Governor said that the reason behind embarking on the project in spite of the economic crunch was to ameliorate the suffering of the people of the area who are seemingly forgotten by every administration in Anambra State due to the impossible terrain of their area.

The last project inspected was the Kwatta flyover which was over 85 per cent completed.

The flyover bridge, aside decongesting the heavy traffic always experienced at the junction, will boost the aesthetic landscape of the capital city.

It is the last of the three bridges initiated by the Willie Obiano administration and expected to be completed in April this year.

Lassa Fever: Anambra Has No Recorded Case – Health Commissioner

lassa feverAnambra State Government has said that the state is still on a clean bill, with no recorded case of Lassa fever.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, made the statement on Friday in his office at Jerome Udoji secretariat, Awka, the capital of Anambra State.

Dr Akabuike said that with eight states affected and the death rate put at 45 per cent, it has become imperative for Anambra State to commence sensitisation alongside taking precautionary measures to guard against any occurrence.

Addressing a press conference in his office, Dr. Akabuike said that the state Ministry of Health, the Disease Surveillance Notification Officers and the Information Dissemination Unit Personnel sent to various communities in the state have embarked on awareness programmes on the signs and symptoms of the disease through the Churches, Women Organisation, and Trade Unions.

He advised citizens, who have visiting relations from Bauchi, Nassarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo and Oyo States, to be wary of symptoms associated with bleeding and persistent fever and report case immediately.

Dr Akabuike encouraged the people of the state to be conscious of hygiene to ensure no one was affected.

Earlier, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, confirmed that the death toll from the recent Lassa fever outbreak was now 40.

According to him, the disease has also spread to 10 states since the last six weeks when the first case was reported in November.

Obiano Gives Police Security Cars To Boost Security

Willie-ObianoThe Anambra State government has donated 25 advanced patrol vans and other tactical operation equipment for combating crime to the Police in the state.

Commissioning and test-driving the vehicles, Governor Willie Obiano said the latest security development was part of his commitment to eradicating crime in the Nigeria’s southeast commercial state.

“We have entered a new phase in the pursuit of security in Anambra State.

“These cars are modeled after the Rapid Response cars used by the police in the United States of America.

“The mere appearance of these cars gives a strong warning of the resolve of my administration to free our people from the fear of criminals for good,” Governor Obiano said.

Commending the Governor, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, said Anambra State had set a worthy pace in security management in Nigeria.

He expressed optimism that the development would enhance police visibility in every area of the state as well as counter any threat to individual or collective security and safety.

The Police boss urged other State Executives especially in the South-eastern region, to emulate the Governor Obiano administration’s strategy in tackling security challenges.

While the Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, shared the security exploits of the current administration, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, gave an insight into what the advanced security cars could do in saving lives.

Senior police officers and other security agencies as well as government functionaries, traditional rulers, clergy and a large crowd of Anambra State citizens were all present at the security event.

Anambra Govt. Announces 185bn Naira Debt Burden From Previous Administration

Obiano-AnambraThe Anambra State Government has announced 185 billion naira as the debt burden it inherited from the previous administration led by Mr Peter Obi.

According to the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, only nine billion naira cash and 25 billion naira worth of foreign investment assets was inherited by the present administration.

He referred to a written statement of account from the previous administration’s handover note to Governor Willie Obiano.

These claims have, however, been debunked by the past administration.

The former Governor Obi’s Special Assistant, Mr Val Obienyem, has stated via e-mail, that Mr Obi not only left 75 billion naira in cash and investments, but also did not leave a single debt for the current administration.

Anambra Sets Higher Food Production Agenda

anambra state governor, obianoAnambra State Government is set to achieve food sufficiency and drive away rural poverty through active and massive mechanised agricultural activities by next year.

The State Governor, Willie Obiano, made the statement during agricultural stock-taking event to mark the World Food Day at Awka Mini Stadium on Wednesday.

The occasion, which features agricultural display from the 21 local government areas of the state, provided opportunity for the government to relate to the people areas of agricultural success, especially in rice production, in which the Governor revealed that Anambra State is gradually filling the gap of the required rice production index to the tune of 190 tons presently and expectations are high to achieve the maximum 320 tons by 2016.

Governor Obiano, who was highly elated by the agricultural exploits of the rural farmers, assured the citizens that his choice of agriculture as one of his administrative blue print was not in vain, as the state is gearing towards food sufficiency especially in rice production.

The Governor, however, urged farmers, who desire support from the government, to either join any of the existing registered 720 cooperatives or form a new one of about 20 persons.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Afam Mbanefo, stated that the present administration in Anambra State had made a lot of effort towards boosting agriculture, which had attracted up to $650 million investment in the sector.

The Governor, nonetheless, distributed high yielding and pest resistant cassava stem cuts and other seedlings to farmers and urged everybody to take agriculture seriously as it was the only preoccupation that could provide both food and finance.