Obiano Commissions JOSAN Rice Farm And Mills In Anambra State

Obiano Commissions Josan Rice Farm And Mills In Anambra StateThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has commissioned an ultra-modern integrated rice farm and mill, named JOSAN, at Ufuma, Orumba north Local Government Area of the state.

At the commissioning, the governor revealed that rice production in the state is presently 400,000 metric tons, above the 320,000 metric tons of annual consumption capacity of the state.

According to him however, the state has a higher goal of achieving over 513,000 metric tons by the end of 2017.

The highly elated governor believes that his agricultural blueprint is indeed working, as Anambra state journeys to self-sufficiency in rice production.

While the rice farm is already operational, an irrigation project has also been added.

The government had signed a partnership deal with Joseph Agro Nigeria limited in 2014, for the cultivation of rice in Ufuma and the takeover of Omor Rice mill.

Speaking on the project, the Commissioner for Agriculture said the rice revolution plan of the state is one that is already meeting the consumption needs of the people.

Also according to the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), the investment which is in partnership with the state government is the largest in the south-east, sitting on 15,000 hectares of land.

He noted that the development would create over 3,000 direct jobs when completed, with the capacity to do all year round rice farming.

The Managing Director of JOSAN, Mr Augustin Ileka, also stated that the farms and mills are established with highly innovative and customised agro-allied solutions with great prospects for women in out-growers scheme.

With the achievement, the state government hopes to cater for the agricultural needs of the people, create jobs for the teeming youths and generate more revenue for the state.

Anambra 2017: Political Parties Gear Up For Governorship Election

anambra-2017-electionsAhead of the 2017 governorship election in Anambra state, various political parties are gearing up to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

In a youth mobilization meeting at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters in Awka, the State Chairman, Mr Ken Emeakayi, declared the party’s readiness to take over the seat of power in Anambra state.

For over six months the PDP had laid low on opposition activities but the recent victory of the APC in Edo state seemed to have stirred them to action.

They have begun mobilizing the youths of the party to prepare ahead of the polls and to harp on unity, which according to them is the only tool with which they will win the election.

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While reiterating the party’s planned takeover of Anambra state, the state PDP chairman challenged the leadership of the APC over their “boasts” to replicate the alleged electoral malpractices that earned them victory in Edo state.

To that he said “it will never work”.

The Publicity Secretary of the APC in Anambra state, Mr Okelo Mmadukaife, has also responded.

He said that the position of the party is that the victory recorded in Edo election will be the same in Anambra.

“The party has all it takes to take over the government of Anambra state in 2018,” he stated.

WhileAnambra, political parties, Governorship elections the battle of supremacy rages, the members of the ruling APGA, have also
begun community mobilization as they insist “there is no vacancy in the Anambra state government house, Awka until 2022”.

many Anambra residents have said that the desire of the people is simply free, fair and credible polls, void of violence and malpractices.

Obiano Inaugurates Elders’ Council In Anambra

Obiano, Elders Council , AmanbraAnambra State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, has inaugurated the state elders’ council to assist him in the administration of the state.

Chairman of the Council and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has also set a three-point agenda as premise of operation of the council.

This includes security of lives and property, development of the state and concerns about its role in coordinating the growth and development of the wider southeast zone.

Inaugurating the elders at the Governor’s lodge, Amawbia, the Governor reminded them that the advice and encouragement of elders will make for transparent administration as well as ensuring that the state stays on course in good governance.

The elders, who were drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state and have minimum of two sittings per year, are to be led by Chief Anyaoku.

They are expectObiano, Elders Council , Anambraed to join in advising the state government on major matters relating to resolution of conflicts, as well as assisting in running a transparent government.

Mr Obiano also stated that the overall idea also includes the elders taking interest in arming the public with clear information on government’s initiatives.

He assured the council that his administration would not leave them in the dark in its decisions and policies, rather it would ensure a responsive and responsible model of governance.

Chief Anyaoku commended the Governor for reconstituting the council, while pointing out that he had acted as a true African by tapping into the wisdom of the elders as they are indeed repositories of wisdom and experience.