NEMA Visits Obiano On Emergency Management

floodThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria on Tuesday visited the Governor of Anambra State on emergency management over seven local government areas submerged due to flood in 2012 and 2015.

The Anambra State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, has appealed to the Federal Government to show visible commitment towards fulfilling its earlier promise to build Centre for Flood Emergencies at Nzam in Anambra West Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Obiano made the appeal when he received a delegation from NEMA during their courtesy visit to the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.

The leader of the delegation and the Southeast Zonal Director of NEMA, Mr Martin Odenya, assured Governor Obiano that the agency would introduce new initiatives that would engender a paradigm shift from disaster management to disaster risk reduction.

He also commended the Governor for the support he extended to State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) as an implementation arm of the Federal Government which needed to functio well for NEMA to succeed.

The Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr Paul Odenigbo, said the visit would further strengthen the synergy and cordial relationship that had existed between the two bodies in the task of emergency control and management.

Obiano Assures Igala Community Of Better Welfare

Willie Obiano-IgalaGovernor Wilie Obiano has assured the Igala speaking part of Anambra State in Anambra West Local Government Area of improved welfare.

The Governor said that his administration would treat the indigenes, who are otherwise known as Olumbanasaa, as people from special area, as pronounced on them by the Federal Government in 1976.

He made the declaration on Tuesday when a delegation of the Igala speaking communities of the state paid him a courtesy call at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, where issues and challenges facing them in their communities were tabled before him.

According to the leader of the delegation and the traditional ruler of Olumbanasaa, Igwe Pius Ojemile, the Governor’s giant strides in the state since he assumed office were matchless.

Igwe Ojemile said that Governor Obiano had touched them in the area of health, especially during the outbreak of cholera in their area where he rallied round and stopped the scourge in a matter of days.

The monarch said that they needed the Governor’s intervention in the local government in the areas of transportation, health, agriculture and education.

In his response, Governor Obiano promised to put in place, infrastructural facilities that would aid them in the aforementioned areas.

He also disclosed the 11 kilometres road construction on-going at Mmiata-Anam to Nzam, to solve the unsavory experience of travellers and community members on that road.

The Governor emphasised his agricultural agenda, in which he promised to supply them with improved rice seedling through the Ministry of Agriculture, and to help prepare their lands for cultivation.

The delegation left feeling more satisfied than ever and assured Governor Obiano of their support and loyalty at all times.

The Igala in Anambra State comprises many towns and they are predominantly farmers and fishermen with their local government area having the largest oil deposit in the state in southeast Nigeria.

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.

Anambra Governor Inaugurates State Emergency Management Agency Board

AnambraThe Anambra State Governor has inaugurated a seven-man board to superintend over activities of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in the state.

This development is sequel to the various emergency situation in the state in areas of health, agriculture and commerce.

Flood disaster hit several states of the country but particularly shook Anambra State in 2012, where eight Local Government Areas (LGA) were hugely affected, sweeping away both livestock and farmlands and leaving thousands homeless with poverty index hitting the sky.

On May 1, 2014, an emergency situation erupted in Anambra West LGA where Fulani herdsmen swooped on a community with machete and dealt deadly blows on them, leaving one person dead and several others wounded.

In another health disaster, there was a cholera outbreak in Innoma community also in Anambra West LGA in 2015, which claimed over eight lives due to lack of portable water.

In a bid to contain any further emergency situation, Governor Willie Obiano leads the team and has the former Secretary to Anambra State Government, Mr Paul Odenigbo, as the board Secretary.

He urged the board members to be proactive in the discharge of their duties.

Governor Obiano also charged them to be anticipatory of emergencies and set up preventive plans, instead of being taken unawares and tolerating loss of lives and property.