Obiano Upgrades Fire Service In Anambra

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has procured three special firefighting trucks with 10,000 litres water storage capacity for the State Fire Service.

The Police and the Federal Road Safety Corps also received smart bikes and patrol cars to accompany and support firefighters during emergencies.

The procurement is in line with the Governor’s pledge to take proactive measures against fire disasters across the state, following a fire incident in February where property worth millions of Naira were destroyed in Onitsha.

Governor Obiano formerly handed over the equipment to the Southeast Zonal Officer of the Federal Fire Service at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

He said the fire equipment would be deployed to the commercial cities of the three senatorial zones which include Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi.

The Governor, however, tasked the people of the state to insure their property, saying it is not only the responsibility of the government to ensure their property are protected.

“Our people must have the culture of insuring their goods; that culture is not deep-rooted here in Anambra State and we are trying to educate people on the importance of insurance.

“You won’t say because the Governor has bought three fire trucks, then you feel you are protected. Yes we will try to do so, but you must insure your goods,” he said.

Ebele Obiano Promises Ogbaru Women Better Days

 Ebele Obiano Promises Ogbaru Women Better DaysWife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs Ebele Obiano, has reassured the women in Ogbaru Local Government Area that Governor Willie Obiano’s administration is committed to intervening in some challenges in their various communities.

She was speaking when she toured four critical communities in Ogbaru LGA to have a personal interaction with the women and children in the communities.

According to Mrs Obiano, the present administration would prioritise road infrastructure to utilise their economic endowments, as the area is rich in oil and gas, as well as the lands fertile for agriculture.

The people of Ogwuikpele community lamented the threat of coastal erosion and absence of electricity, urging the State Government for intervention.

“For four years now we have not had supply of electricity, there is total power failure and all efforts to bring EEDC to rectify it have failed,” a resident of the community said.

At Akili-Ogidi, the elders, women and children all trooped out to receive the Governor’s wife.

Commending the women-friendly administration of Governor Obiano, the women leader in the community relayed that access road was a major challenge in the area.

“We are proud of you and we support the programme of the administration of your husband, His Excellency, Dr. Willie Obiano, most especially his 20 million Naira community project which cannot be overemphasised.

“Your care for the less privileged among the people of the state has brought democracy to the door steps of the common man of the society. We will use this opportunity to make this request on the issue confronting our community for long.

“The people of Akili-Ogidi, Obeagwe and Ogwuikpele have remained without road for 40 years. We request Her Excellency to appeal her amiable husband to bring smiles to our faces,” she said.

Obeagwe breaks into excitement as the women receive the Governor’s wife with the traditional riverine dance which she also dances to excitedly.

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As the fanfare ended down, Mrs Obiano revealed to the people that the ongoing road construction of the 62 kilometre Ogabru road embarked on by Governor Obiano would terminate at the oil rich Obeagwe.

She also called on the youths to cue into the empowerment programme of her pet project and be self-reliant.

“APGA as a political party does a lot of developmental projects. APGA made possible for an access road to go through Ogabru for the first time and the present administration is continuing with it and it will get to the oil rich Ogwuikpele community.

“I don’t know if you are aware that oil has been discovered in your community, so you people are rich and that is why the Governor is saying that the road must be constructed to that area to stop accessing it through Imo State.

“So you people are very rich now and our Governor wants you to have access to it. My pet project undertakes skills acquisition and the State Government is doing the same to better the lives of the citizenry.

“We appeal to the youths to cue into the programme and it won’t just stop at learning a skill, I will train you and empower you to start up your own business. That is my position today,” Mrs Obiano said.

The tour was rounded off at Umunankwo where more gift items including school bags, bags of rice and monetary tokens were distributed to the less privileged.

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.

Power Failure To Be Ameliorated Soon, Fashola Assures Anambra Citizens

power_ministerThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has assured citizens of Anambra State that power failure would soon be a thing of the past as the Federal Government is doing all to improve its supply across the country, as well as all other irregularities being experienced.

This is in response to several protests in some areas in Anambra state over the prolonged power failure as well as the outrageous bills being slammed on citizens by the power operating company, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).

Residents of Ngozika Housing Estate, Awka, and the Awka North and South Association of traders dominated the protesting group, claiming that they were adversely affected by the prolonged power failure and outrageous exploitation of citizens through the billing system.

Their grouse with the EEDC, included prolonged power failure in their areas which they claim started since 2013 and the outrageous bills between 7,000 and 8,000 Naira slammed on them monthly by the electricity company despite the blackout.

Furthermore, it was alleged that the management of the EEDC never responded to the complaints and accusations levelled against them.

They appealed to both the State and the Federal Government to intervene in the matter and also enforce the distribution of pre-paid meters as it would help stop the Estimated Bill practice.

Mr Fashola, who was on a working visit to the State Governor, Willie Obiano, however gave a comprehensive detail of the events of the power sector including the three pronged plans of the government and issues of gas sabotage that had dwindled power generation causing a loss of 3000 megawatts.

He stated that activities of the Niger Delta Militants were part of the problems which led to the country losing about 3,000 megawatts on the western axis of the Niger Delta.

“Our strategy is a three pronged approach; short term, medium term and long term.

“In the short term, what we want to achieve is incremental power, the power is not enough.

“Unfortunately as we are gaining power in some places, we are expanding transmission and the transmission grid can now take 7000 megawatts but we are losing the power generation to gas sabotage and vandalism.

“So today, when we can evacuate 7000 MW we don’t have the fuel to fire the turbines because of the conflict in the Niger Delta.

“We are working to resolve those conflicts, you saw the Vice President during his Niger Delta visit, trying to generate peace so that we can resume production.

“More fuel also means more gas, and more gas means more power but if you follow what we have been doing, we are completing transmission lines, awarding new ones over the last seven or eight months, some of the power plants too are going to be finished this year, Gurara will be finished this year, Kaduna will be finished this year, Kashim Bila will be later in the year or early 2019.

“We are working to deliver some solar initiatives also to penetrate communities that have not seen power.

“These are some of our continuing plans for incremental power and also to address the liquidity issues in gas generation and also in distribution.

The former Lagos State Governor, announced an upcoming nationwide power audit to ascertain consumer power consumption rate and crosscheck the corresponding tariff to ensure its suitability so as to ensure that consumers do not pay more or less tariff and as such no one is being cheated.

He gave the assurance that the Federal Government would also address the metering system, having observed the agony people are subjected to with the estimated billing practice.

 

“When the census is being done, stay where you live, don’t move home to the village because that’s where we will know where you need power. If we don’t know how many people that need power, then we will never give enough.

“We are addressing metering issue with the DISCOs too, we know your experience with estimated billing, but it takes time to get to each house, we need to do a power audit and know the kind of consumption you are making, because there are different classes of consumers, there’s the R-one, a very basic consumer, vulnerable people, their own tariff has not changed, it is N4 per kilowatt hour.”

On solar initiatives, the Minister reiterated that in order to penetrate remote communities that had been in darkness all their lives, the idea was in the medium term plan when there would have been an increase in power generation and distribution.

Fashola Inspects Federal Projects In Anambra, Southeast

Fashola Inspects Federal Projects In Anambra, SoutheastAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, had called for a visible Federal Government presence in the Southeast geopolitical zone and Anambra state in particular, as the zone had clearly been distanced in the scheme of developmental projects especially in the area of road infrastructure.

The Governor said this when he received the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

He stressed that any positive action taken by the federal government in the Southeast presently would go a long way in rekindling confidence and sense of belonging in them.

The Minister assured the Governor of the commitment of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to stimulate the economy with infrastructural development and that the Southeast would get its fair share.

Mr Fashola had been in the Southeast for a week inspecting federal projects, especially the Second Niger Bridge project and the roads.

The Minister whose entourage comprised top officials of the Ministry, commended Governor Obiano for his intervention on some failed federal roads and assured him that modalities of reimbursement were being worked out.

He relayed to the Governor the realities on ground with respect to the ongoing projects and maintained that the ministry would support the state in achieving its developmental aims as the federal government was not in competition with any state government, rather it would help them in successfully completing all projects everywhere.

He said: “Our concern essentially is to come and see the state of the federal roads, especially those that connect the states in the Southeast themselves and also to states in other zone.

“I will like to thank you for the interventions that you have made on some of the federal government roads and as I briefed you before, the President is mindful of the contributions to the state and even your intelligence has kicked off the plan by the federal government this year to make a provision for a board to settle all the state obligations and also various debts owed to contractors.

“This is part of the strategy from the federal government and Mr President to use infrastructure to stimulate the economy.”

Three officials from the ministry also gave status updates on the various projects in the state but not without appreciating all the support they had received from the state government.

Governor Obiano, in his response then commended the renewed interest of the federal government in the federal infrastructure in the Southeast and stressed the need for federal presence as that would boost the confidence of the people in the present administration at the center.

“I am delighted more importantly that you addressed some of the key areas that are bothering us. I’m happy to hear from you that the federal government will start work on the Second Niger Bridge this year.

“Finally, what we are saying here is that we want federal government presence in the Southeast as a whole and in Anambra in particular.

“We have lacked this presence for a very long time and their presence here will clearly enkindle a sense of belonging and improve major activities in the area,” he said.

After the meeting, the inspection team from the Governor’s lodge moved to sites of inspection, first through the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway to the Second Niger Bridge.

The construction was in the early phase, although for two years the contracting firm had registered its presence at the site.

According to the Division Manager of the company, Mr. Hadi Bley, they were awaiting funding for the commencement of construction and the early phase was expected to be completed within eight months and then the main construction would begin. This might likely take 36 to 40 months.

The Minister promised that inspection would be constant until the bridge is completed.

Recession Ends With 2016- Obiano Encourages Anambra Indigenes

Recession Ends With 2016 - Obiano Encourages Anambra IndigenesThe Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano, has assured state indigenes that the 2016 recession will never spill into the New Year as various mechanisms have been set in motion to completely reduce its impact on the people.

Obiano made the declaration in his New Year message to people of Anambra state, where he also stated that 2017 will be filled with prosperity in all sectors of the economy especially agriculture as his administration was poised to making the difference economically.

He maintained that as soon as the 2017 budget was passed, the 181 communities in the state would benefit in the second round of the 20 million Naira per community choose your project initiative.

Furthermore, he assured them of more infrastructural development and influx of investors, as the state is ranked number one in security with a strong enabling environment for business and trade to thrive.

The governor concluded that in Agriculture, Anambra state would break new bounds even with the size of its budget multiplying and the Central Bank of Nigeria increasing its support to Anambra farmers from 1.5 billion to three billion Naira.

He then urged all to remain confident and proud of the state as both the government and the people were all doing well.

“The first is to thank God for making us see the end of 2016.

“2016 was a difficult year but we were able to prove that when the going gets tough, the tough will keep going.

“That is exactly what we did in 2016. I want to reassure the people of Anambra state that the recession will disappear in 2017 in Anambra state because of so many things we have done.

Disclosing some of the special packages set to take effect, he said: “We have removed taxes for the less privileged.

“We have energized each of the 181 communities with the sum of twenty million Naira for whatever thing they want to do. Again that is a way of fighting recession, pushing in a lot of resources into the system.

“In 2017 as soon as my budget is approved and during my third year in office anniversary speech, I will also give additional twenty million Naira to each of the communities and again, that will be pumping liquidity into the system and that will energize what we are doing.

“In the budget that the House is about to approve in Anambra state, we multiplied five times what we did in agriculture in budget size that we are going to do in 2017.”

Stressing the resultant effect on the sector, Obiano said: “That means farmers in Anambra in 2017 are in for a bumper period because we are going to mobilize them with improved seedlings like we have done for two years plus now, including improved cassava cuttings.

The governor explained that because Anambra is the smallest state, “What is important to me in Agriculture is the yield per hectare, not what one is growing and we are doing very well in yield per hectare in rice, cassava, maize and what have you.

“I’m happy that many Anambra people are heeding the call to come back home and invest and they are investing in agriculture.

“So I want the people of Anambra state to be rest assured that the word ‘recession’ is a forgone story in Anambra state 2017.

“We are going to grow from strength to strength and we are doing well. 2017 will be one of the best years for the people of Anambra state by the grace of God and we will continue in giant strides in what we are doing in infrastructure, in agriculture, in trade and commerce, and in Oil and Gas.

“We are already doing very well in my enablers, the twelve enablers in education, in health, in environment, in youth’s empowerment and entrepreneurship.

While expressing delighted over being the silver jubilee governor, he urged the citizens to be proud and walk tall because of the state’s achievements.

Obiano Launches Smart Bikes Unit To Improve Anambra Security

Obiano Launches Smart Bikes Unit To Improve Anambra Security The Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano, has launched a Motor Bikes Security Unit with 50 smart bikes to complement the already existing security operations of other special units in the state.

Along with the bikes, a set of fully kitted and well trained Police riders, were presented at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The smart bikes possess communication gadgets to connect with other special security units in the state, such as the Sand bags, Metro, Marine and Smart Cars unit.

Presenting them to the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, Governor Obiano said the idea behind the initiative, is for them to be able to penetrate areas where vehicles may not be able to reach, as well as check snatching of items by criminals especially during this yuletide season.

“The bikes would be able to reach areas that vehicles cannot, and help check bags and phone snatching elements, the governor said.

He then charged the police to be professional in their operations and desist from taking bribe or extorting money from citizens, but rather do things differently.

The keys to the motorbikes were handed over to the Mr Okaula, who alongside the governor test ran them.

The police boss on the other hand assured the governor of the commitment of the command to continue to suppress insecurity and crime in the state.

Furthermore, following Obiano’s consistent appeal for more intervention in the state security, he used the opportunity to launch an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), also donated to Anambra state Police Command by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

Anambra Youths Endorse Obiano For Continuity

Anambra Youths Endorse Obiano For ContinuityAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has charged the youths of Anambra state to take the future of the state seriously as they are the key and major stakeholders in the development of the state.

The Governor was speaking at a mega rally organized by youths under the aegis of United Anambra Youths Assembly, UAYA at Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, to show solidarity with the administration as well as endorse him for continuity.

It was a magnificent sight as thousands of colorfully dressed youths and women including the Ebelechukwu Obiano Ladies Movement and other affiliate organizations from the 21 local government areas of the state converged.

It was an opportunity for them to bare their minds on the activities of the Obiano administration in which they affirmed that the Governor has indeed transformed the state in addition to the laudable youth oriented programmes his administration has been involved in.

They vowed never to go back to the days of rascality wherein the state property was burnt down and destroyed.

The National leader of the youth group, Chinedu Obidigwe, maintained that they are saying no to irresponsibility and never again would they be used as instruments of destruction of the state.

“Never listen to those disgruntled people, they betrayed us in the past and they cannot convince us now. There was a time all the property belonging to Ndi Anambra state was burnt down.

“Your Excellency, that government house was burnt down. The Governor’s lodge was burnt down. The governor’s lodge at Onitsha was burnt down. Ikenga Hotel and ABS were burnt down. ABS people are here; they can attest to this. Bad things were happening in this state.

“Your Excellency you salvaged us from the trouble. A former governor was kidnapped in this state and today that former governor is making noise at the center. He has forgotten how bad things were. Your Excellency, we are saying it loud that anybody who is making noise for you is ranting.

“We are being used for thuggery and you turned our lives back. You changed us with your mantra, mission and vision and today, we are reasoning along with you. Nobody born by a man can truncate it, God is there and Anambra is watching,” Obidigwe roared.

An important programme in the agenda of the youths was the endorsement of Governor Obiano for continuity in office, which the group leader for Ogbaru local government area and his counterpart from Idemili North council area initiated.

A frenzied excitement enveloped the mammoth crowd during the endorsement.

The highly elated National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Oye, proudly declared that Governor Obiano was a performing governor and APGA is the only political party that is healthy enough to contain any other political aggression.

“APGA is the only political party in Nigeria today that has a clean bill of health, all the other political parties are suffering from epilepsy.

“They are suffering from stagnation and all these conditions lead to irreversible coma and when they move into irreversible coma, APGA will be the ultimate undertaker,” he said.

Poised To Do More

In his reaction to the generous out-pour of encouraging assurances of support from the youths, Governor Willie Obiano reminded the youths that the future of Anambra state lay in their hands and assured them of his commitment to ensure they became independent and self-reliant through agriculture and other economic activities.

“The youths of any place especially in Anambra are the future of Anambra. That is why we are not joking with you. All my four pillars, agriculture, trade and commerce, oil and gas and industrialization, all those areas are to create jobs youths.

“In the last two years plus, we have employed, in various categories, over 800,000 youths and we will still employ more in the coming year.

“I am sure you listened carefully to my budget speech a week ago where we multiplied five times what we are doing this year in agriculture to what we are going to do next year.

“What that means is, there will be lot of work opportunities for our youths and that is why we keep saying be a good ambassador wherever you are as a youth. Do not get into trouble, be good, we will get job for you.

“By the way, anybody that wants work in Agriculture area, I can assure you will get one almost immediately,” Obiano declared.

Obiano Signs 5.5bn Naira Bonding Container Terminal MoU

Obiano Signs Multi Billion Naira Bonding Container Terminal Mou Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, has signed a 5.5 billion Naira Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for the construction of a Bonded Container Terminal in the state.

The Terminal which would be located at the industrial zone of Ozubulu in Ekwusigo local government area of the state, would occupy 13 hectares of land and would accommodate various facilities as well as some government agencies such NAFDAC, NDLEA and Nigeria Customs Services.

It is also expected to including a container examination shed, equipment maintenance workshop, lorry and container parks.

This was according to the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Protection and Promotion Agency (ANSIPPA), Cyril Enweze.

The terminal would provide commercial services such as transportation and distribution solutions, customs brokerage and compliance solutions, freight management solution, export documentation, processing, storage and packaging solutions. “The benefits are enormous,” he said.

Obiano says he would compliment the project by establishing a rail line to enhance productivity and avoid damage on roads due to movement of heavy duty truck on them constantly.

Chairman of Bonded Container Limited, Anthony Nwabunike, says the idea of choosing Anambra is due to the think home philosophy of Governor Obiano, targeted at making the state a first choice investment destination.

He noted that the project is strategic, based on the fact that about 47% of Anambra people are into importation business and that the challenges they face in the hands of Nigeria Customs Officers on the road are numerous.

He then assured indigenes of timely construction of the project within the ten months stipulated period.

The governor who expressed excitement over the project, stated that it is in line with the export activities of the state.

He added that he had finalized talks with a Chinese company on the project.

Stating other benefits, he revealed that it would not only enhance business activities in the state, but would also create 250 direct jobs and 750 indirect jobs which would ultimately boost the state’s internally generated revenue.

Hundreds Of Businesses Storm Anambra International Trade Fair

Hundreds Of Businesses Storm Anambra International Trade FairAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, says the state has become Nigeria’s most popular investment destination with over five billion US dollars investment attracted in two years.

The Governor was speaking during the opening ceremony of the Joint Trade Fair of all the Chambers of Commerce in the state tagged, “The Jubilee Fair.”

The trade fair with the theme, “to harness Anambra’s natural resources for non-oil exports as a world class trade hub”, was packaged with awareness of high standard expected of an international trade fair.

“Ndi Anambra, this trade fair could not have come at a better time. Anambra is indeed ready for the world. First, this is our 25th anniversary as a state.

“Second, Anambra is Nigeria’s safest state at the moment and thirdly, our beloved state has become Nigeria’s most popular investment destination with over five billion dollars investment attracted in two years.

“We are indeed in a better place today. Everything seems to be working in our favor. We have shaken off the dark days of violent armed robbery, kidnapping, child trafficking, and bloody shootout between rival gangs.

“We have made bold efforts to bring home our illustrious sons and daughter together on the altar of brotherhood. As a government, we know what our people expect from us and we are not relenting in our efforts to surpass the expectations of Ndi Anambra,” he said.

Hundreds Of Businesses Storm Anambra International Trade Fair

The trade fair has seen over 100 business merchants from Anambra and environs with high expectations of attracting international business brands and investors who will tap into the commercial potentials of the state and step up the export potentials of the state.

Hundreds of business pavilions have been erected at the Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square Awka, the venue for the Trade Fair.

Various products on display ranged from agriculture and forestry, food and beverage and IT and Technology industries and the Governor was again blown away by the standard of the event as organized by the coalition of the three chambers of commerce in Anambra state for the first time.

“Before now, Anambra has three separate chambers of commerce, one each from Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka. Each chamber had made efforts to run its own affairs and hold its own trade fair, but I am told that their separate effort did not make as much impact as what we are witnessing here today”, the governor said.

The governor reminded them of the breakthrough Anambra made in rice production with the production of Anambra Rice and the export of vegetables to the United Kingdom in 2016.

He insisted that the state could still make more positive statement in export business with proper coordination.

He urged all the big businesses, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurs and all interested members of the community to participate in the trade fair and help develop the state.

Obiano Commits To Development Of Physically Challenged

obianoThe Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, has reiterated his commitment towards the overall welfare and development of the physically challenged persons in the state, through education and vocational skills.

The governor gave the assurance during the state’s celebration of students with disabilities, to mark the 2016 United Nations Universal Children’s Day.

The event took place at Basden Memorial Special Education Center, Isulo, Orumba North local government area of Anambra state.

It was hive of activities, as the government and people of Anambra state dedicated this year’s edition to celebrating students with disabilities.

Obiano promised infrastructural development in all three special education centers across the state, a project that is worth about 100 million Naira.

He also called on everybody in the state, including the private sector organizations, to contribute to making the lives of the special children better.

According to the organisers, the event was a way of showing them that they are as important as other children without any physical challenge.

The special children on the other hand, proved that their disability is not a weakness, but only a challenge.

They performed in the various activities such as singing, dancing, recitations, fashion parade, debate among others.

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Before 2014, the Basden Memorial Special Education center was said to have been almost in an abandoned state, with about eighty pupils, until the wife of the governor, Ebelechukwu Obiano, adopted the school.

Through her pet project, the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, (CAFÉ), as well as with the support of the state government, the entire school was rehabilitated.

She equally called on government at all levels to pay attention to the welfare of the physically challenged persons through education and vocational training.

“Physically challenged children should be encouraged by all governments.

“Anambra state government is already towing the step of making sure that these children are engaged in various activities, particularly going to school just like these people are in school, as well as other trades or vocation to encourage them to bring out that good thing in them,” Mrs Obiano said.

The UNESCO representative, Mr Emmanuel Ejiogu, said according to the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, that strong advocacy should always be made for children and their rights too.

“I want to say this that the United Nations Universal Day offers each of us an inspirational entry point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating them into dialogue and action that would build a better world for them.”

Asides pointing out the challenges facing the special education centers in the state, the state Commissioner For Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, commended the governor for incorporating children with special needs in the scheme of things, through the provision of basic amenities for them.

“It is actually a new event but we are doing it in line with His Excellency’s mandate in education, that no child is to be left behind.

“Your Excellency, you gave free tuition to all the physically challenged in the state. That is one thing you did. Now you have increased the subvention of this school, (Umuchu and Onitsha) and you approved that their subvention be increased from 50,000 Naira to 500,000 Naira.”

Obiano while addressing the people, expressed joy at the turn of events at the Special Education center and pledged commitment to the welfare of the children.

He restated his promise to meet all the challenges enumerated by the education commissioner, while urging all and sundry to support the children everywhere and make their lives better.

Furthermore, he expressed gratitude saying :

“I am quite happy to see the progress these children are making. When we came here two years ago, they had all kinds of challenges of which my wife had already enumerated and the commissioner for education.

“The worst was that even the pupils that passed primary six were forced to continuously repeat the same class not because they did not pass but because they could not go to secondary school and we quickly set up a secondary school and I am happy that we have done that.

“I have listened carefully to the demands read out by the commissioner for education that included teachers’ quarters, electricity, and of course the landscape of this place which we have started among other things.

“These things will not consume up to one hundred million, so we are going to do all of them. And it is not only that we are going to do all of them, we will start them immediately,” he assured.

In addition to the plan to improve the lives of Physically challenged, the governor has absorbed 122 physically challenged graduates into the state civil service.

This came along with an additional special salary package for teachers in the three Special Education Centers.

The event however came to an end with the inspection of a sick bay, donated by a private individual.

Obiano Signs MoU For Agricultural Development

Willie Obiano, Boundary Dispute, EnuguThe Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, in a continued effort to ensure food sufficiency and job creating opportunities from agriculture in the state had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chelsea Group Limited.

The deal was for the development of a mechanized large scale commercial agricultural project to the tune of sixty eight billion naira. The project which would see to the cultivation of maize, cassava and soya beans as well as the development of an Ethanol plant would be cited in Omasi community in Ayamelum local government area on ten thousand hectares of land.

Signing the MOU, Governor Willie Obiano, said his administration had a clear vision in the area of agriculture which had led to the aerial mapping and soil sample tests conducted across the state to identify areas of advantage for each kind of crop to be able to guide agro investors when they come to invest.

“Apart from security, which is guaranteed, you have the benefit of what is already set up to be able to do your things and be able to navigate your processes.

“With our aerial mapping, anywhere in the world, you will be able to see your farm with the coordinates. This is a great plus and coming to this project that will in the first segment be on about five hectares of land, where you will do maize, cassava and soya beans and you use cassava to convert to Ethanol in a way that nothing in cassava is wasted because he leftovers will be used for feed and what have you.

Everything about cassava will be utilized and this is money in agriculture and I’m happy that this project when it is fully done will take a thousand direct job and over two thousand or more indirect staff which is critical because our objective in agriculture is not only to be self-sufficient in food production and also to export food but also to create job opportunities.”

The governor urged the chairman of the agro company to hit the ground running to ensure completion on record time.

Pledging dedication and speedy execution of the project, the Chairman of company, Mr. Patrick Chidolue, commended the governor for the security infrastructure which has been investors’ attraction to the state, and remarked that he would not only cultivate and process the itemized crops but he will also take up other agricultural interventions in the area of planting economic trees.

According to Mr. Chidolue, “What we have going for us in Anambra state that made it attractive for us to come down here and strategize our businesses, is that there is security in Anambra state.

We are going to go into cultivation, as we cultivate, we process what we have cultivated and then gradually, so many businesses will spill off. But above everything, our intention is that now it is possible that we can cultivate and participate in the economic development of Anambra, we will not waste any time. We will try our best in very record time to achieve great success and then propose to this state for partnership to continue to plant economic trees in all the available lands that have not been taken.”

Mr., Chidolue also said the state structured agric blue print especially in provision of large scale commercial land for farming was quite commendable.

Buttressing the essence of the project and the readiness of the state to undertake large scale mechanized commercial farming, the Chairman of Anambra state Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, ANSIPPA, Mr. Cyril Enweze, explained and said, “This project is in two phases, There is phase one and phase two with a total of ten thousand hectares and the two phases will be completed in four years. What is important to me as Chairman of ANSIPPA today is that the first phase will commence at most within six months and be completed at most within eighteen months. And we are counting very heavily on the good signs that you have already given us in terms of the decision you have made to bring this to Anambra state. And we are very hopeful that you are going to live by your word of the understanding we have with you in these particular areas, because time is of the essence.”

For the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Agriculture and Export, Mr. Mike Ogbuekwe, the state has ensured that large scale agricultural farm lands will not be a challenge to investors because according to him, “the biggest problem that large scale commercial farmers face is to have access to large parcels of land because of our land tenure system”.

The state government has signed a total of eight agricultural MOUs and the present project which will be sited in Omasi, which will also incorporate green house project will aside creating job opportunities, providing raw materials, boosting the state Internally Generated Revenue, will ensure sufficiency in cassava, maize and Soya beans production in the state.