Police March Against Corruption In Anambra

Police March Against Corruption In AnambraOfficials of the Anambra State Police Command have taken to the streets of Awka, the capital city to march against corruption of any kind in the force.

Leading the march, the state’s Police Commissioner, Sam Okaula, says that the command is set to change the public perception of the police as being corrupt.

He adds that they are also ready to set a new agenda that would truly portray the force in the proper light.

Mr Okaula disclosed that the directive was from the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, stressing that it was also in line with the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He vowed to sustain the anti-corruption war in the state, noting that all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers have been mandated to preach the message in their areas of operation.

The march, which caused gridlock on the roads, drew the attention of residents who asked pertinent questions, especially with regard to issues of bail and other charges by the police.

The spokesperson for the command, Mrs Nkiru Nwode and another officer from the legal department of the Awka Area Command, Felix Ogbeamanam, enlightened the people on the procession.

They said that corruption would be nipped in the bud if every citizen understands that the giver is as guilty as the receiver and are equally liable to same punishment.

Educationalists Urge F.G To Proffer Solution Facing The Economy

universityThe Academy of Education (NAE) has urged the Federal government to collaborate with academicians, educationists and professionals in the industry to proffer solution to the present economic challenges facing the nation.

This was made known by Professor Ikenna Onyido a former Vice Chancellor of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike and presently the Director Centre for Sustainable Development Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, during the 31st annual congress of the Nigerian Academy of Education held in Owerri the Imo State capital South east Nigeria.

He noted that the Federal Government is committed in getting the desired change that it professes for the nation, educationalists and academicians are the true and inevitable agents that could partner with the government, to provide home-grown solutions to the problems of economic development, environmental degradation and social cohesion facing the country.

While speaking on the theme, “Education for sustainable development in Nigeria”, the Professor stated that for Nigeria to attain maximum level for sustainable development there is need to change the way we think and act which requires quality education and learning for all levels and the change that Nigeria needs is the one that will be diligently pursued, and effected in the classrooms and other learning contexts by academicians and educationalists who are grounded in the knowledge and innovation industry.

Delivering the keynote address, Professor Ikenna Onyido urged the Federal Government to collaborate with scholars and academicians in the innovation industry if the government is serious in achieving the change it desires.

He added that as innovators and professionals in impacting knowledge, they remain the change agents who should be properly equipped, adequately remunerated and sufficiently motivated to really drive home the needed change the federal government proffers.

“What can we learn from this allegory about the development of Nigeria? We learn that the primitive mind cannot deliver good governance, which is responsible for many of the problems that constitute underdevelopment.

This is where education comes in, where you and I are involved, and where the Nigerian Academy of Education has its functional relevance cut out for it, at the very foundation of development.”

He further added “In fact, the overall well-being of a nation is fully dependent on the quality of education on offer and the proportion of the population that has been exposed to it. Nehru, the great Indian statesman who laid the foundation for much of the economic development that India is making today, recognized this fact when he said that: “All is well with a nation if its universities (educational institutions) are in good shape and functional”
Professor Onyido said “the role of education in development, which been the starting point for the translation of countries from backwardness to economic development, from dependence to economic independence, appears to have been totally lost on our leaders, across the decades”

Current Recession

On the present economic recession facing the nation, professor Onyido said ” We reasoned that lack of sustainability feeds into underdevelopment as well and Nigeria’s appalling and woeful record is sustainability.

“We also observed that societies that accorded the highest premium and priority to knowledge also happen to be the societies that fostered economic development.

“We also observed that backward nations that leapfrogged into economic development had the benefit of political leaderships that believed in knowledge as an inalienable resource for development and who led the charge by mobilizing, motivating and challenging their nations’ innovation systems to produce applicable knowledge and innovation that were turned into goods and services.

“We made the additional point that underdeveloped societies had to dig deep into their endogenous resources of knowledge and innovation to find answers to their economic and social challenges” Professor Onyido said.
In his remarks, the President of the NAE, Professor Udogie Ivowi identified lack of implementation, insufficient financing, and lack of political will as one of the major problems facing Nigeria’s educational system.

He also urged teachers to key into the digital age of teaching and learning that gives room for ICT compliance.

“Consequently, implementation has remained a serious problem in educational development in Nigeria.

“This is validated by the insufficient display of political will on the path of educational authorities including government and other proprietors of educational institution.

“The new digital age of learners whose teachers belong to the analog age, for relevance in the digital age and to sustain whatever innovation arises from efforts and curriculum functionality, teachers need to do a lot in terms of ICT knowledge and application” Professor Ivowi said.

While delivering his speech, the Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha who was represented by the State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology Mrs Getrude Oduka called for the support and partnership of all in stakeholders in education to move the sector forward irrespective of the challenges facing the sector at the moment.

“I believe that it’s a challenge to all of us either as individual or as a group, the onus lies on us  to know what to do to make sure that we get it right and there’s no other person to do it for us”.
” For those who believe that they have gathered the knowledge, for those who believe that they are professors, doctors and educationalists, if you continue to run away from assignment God has designed you to do, the essence of gathering the knowledge is for you to impact it into another situation, if we continue to run away, the mediocres will continue to make the policies that we must surely execute” Mrs Oduka said.

The Nigerian Academy of Education  is the highest professional body for practitioners in education facilitates interaction and communication among education stakeholders through its annual congress.

It also serves in advisory capacity to various governments of the federation and the promotion of high standards at all levels of educational system.

Partner With Innovative Industry To End Economic Challenges, Group Tells FG

universityThe apex professional body for education practitioners in Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to collaborate with academicians, educationalists and professionals in the innovative industry to proffer solution to the economic challenges facing the nation.

This charge was given at the 31st annual congress of the Nigerian Academy of Education held in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in south eastern Nigeria.

Addressing the gathering, Professor Ikenna Onyido, a one-time Vice Chancellor of the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike and presently the Director Centre for Sustainable Development, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka said that “if truly the Federal Government is committed in getting the desired change that it professes for the Nation, educationalists and academicians are the true and inevitable agents that could partner with the government.

He is optimistic that the partnership would provide home-grown solutions to the problems of economic development, environmental degradation and social cohesion facing the country.

While speaking on the theme ‘Education for Sustainable Development in Nigeria’, the erudite professor said for Nigeria to attain maximum level for sustainable development “there is need to change the way we think and act which require quality education and learning for all levels.

“The change that Nigeria needs is the one that will be diligently pursued and effected in the classrooms and other learning contexts by academicians and educationalists who are grounded in the knowledge and innovation industry”.

Delivering the keynote address, Professor Ikenna Onyido urged the Federal Government to collaborate with scholars and academicians in the innovation industry if the government was serious in achieving the change it desires.

Present Economic Recession

He added that, as innovators and professionals in impacting knowledge, they remained the change agents who should be properly equipped, adequately remunerated and sufficiently motivated to really drive home the needed change the federal government proffers.

“What can we learn from this allegory about the development of Nigeria? We learn that the primitive mind cannot deliver good governance, which is responsible for many of the problems that constitute underdevelopment. This is where education comes in. Where you and I are involved and where the Nigerian Academy of Education has its functional relevance cut out for it, at the very foundation of development.

“In fact, the overall well-being of a nation is fully dependent on the quality of education on offer and the proportion of the population that has been exposed to it. Nehru, the great Indian statesman who laid the foundation for much of the economic development that India is making today, recognised this fact when he said that: ‘All is well with a nation if its universities (educational institutions) are in good shape and functional’,” he told the gathering.

Professor Onyido also said “the role of education in development, which been the starting point for the translation of countries from backwardness to economic development, from dependence to economic independence, appears to have been totally lost on our leaders, across the decades”.

On the economic recession facing the nation, Professor Onyido said: “We reasoned that lack of sustainability feeds into underdevelopment as well and noted Nigeria’s appalling and woeful record in sustainability.

“We also observed that societies that accorded the highest premium and priority to knowledge also happen to be the societies that fostered economic development.

“We also observed that backward nations that leapfrogged into economic development had the benefit of political leaderships that believed in knowledge as an inalienable resource for development and who led the charge by mobilising, motivating and challenging their nation’s innovation systems to produce applicable knowledge and innovation that were turned into goods and services.

“We made the additional point that underdeveloped societies had to dig deep into their endogenous resources of knowledge and innovation to find answers to their economic and social challenges,” Professor Onyido said.

Lack Of Implementation

In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Academy of Education, Professor Udogie Ivowi, identified lack of implementation, insufficient financing, and lack of political will as some of the major problems facing Nigeria’s educational system.

He also urged teachers to key into the digital age of teaching and learning that gives room for ICT compliancy.

“Consequently, implementation has remained a serious problem in educational development in Nigeria.

“This is validated by the insufficient display of political will on the path of educational authorities including government and other proprietors of educational institution.

“Added to this is the new digital age of learners whose teachers belong to the analogue age, for relevance in the digital age and to sustain whatever innovation arises from efforts and curriculum functionality. Teachers need to do a lot in terms of ICT knowledge and application,” Professor Ivowi pointed out.

While delivering his speech, the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who was represented by the State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Getrude Oduka, called for the support and partnership of all in stakeholders in education to move the sector forward irrespective of the challenges facing the sector at the moment.

“I believe that it’s a challenge to all of us either as individual or as a group, the onus lies on us for us to know what to do to make sure that we get it right and there’s no other person to do it for us.

“There is something I normally say, I say for those who believe that they have gathered the knowledge, for those who believe that they are professors, doctors and educationalists, if you continue to run away from the assignment that God has designed you to do, the essence of gathering the knowledge is for you to impact it into another situation, if we continue to run away, the mediocre will continue to make the policies that we must surely execute,” Mrs Oduka said.

The Nigerian academy of education which is the highest professional body for practitioners in education facilitates interaction and communication among education stakeholders through its annual congress.

It also serves in advisory capacity to various governments of the federation and the promotion of high standards at all levels of educational system.

Hopefully, deliberations and recommendations put forward from the gathering of scholars would be useful for the government in this critical period in the nation’s history.

Human Rights Protection: Anambra Police Charged On Constitutional Duties

Human rights, Anambra, Police, Constitutional Duties Men and Officers of the Anambra State Police Command have been reminded to recognize and protect the fundamental human rights of the people while discharging their constitutional duties.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Inyang, said this during a four-day training workshop held for Divisional Police Officers, State C.I.D Officers, Divisional Crime Officers and Human Rights Desk Officers in the Police command.

Speaking to the officers who were gathered in Awka, the Anambra state capital, he condemned attitudes that appear to infringe on human rights such as torture, brutality, intimidation, illegal detention among others.

These according to him, are contrary to natural justice, fairness, equity and good conscience and should not be practiced by any member of the Nigerian Police force.

He reminded them that though there are various categories of crimes being committed in the country presently, “it should be clear that the Nigerian Police Force today is operating under a democratic set up, where rights of citizens are fundamental.”

Mr Inyang, who represented the Inspector General Of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, describes the Police Officer as an official representative of the government, who is trusted to work within the ambit of the law.

He therefore urged that in serving the community and safe guarding lives and property, the officers should remember that they are operating under a democratic setting and not military rule, hence, “you must not infringe on rights of citizens.”

Also present was the Project Coordinator Of United Nations Office on Drugs And Crime, Dr. Uju Agomoh, who agreed that the training was necessary to reform members of the Nigeria police force and instill in them the spirit of dignity and fairness while carrying out their functions.

She noted that the training would be extended to all levels of the police force in order to maintain efficiency in the Nigerian Police force.

On a final note, the D.I.G warned that there would be sanctions on officers who attempt to dent the image of the police force and maintained that the Federal Government is committed to continue capacity building of men and officers of the Police force.

Obiano Commissions Shopping Mall In Awka

Obiano, private mall,AwkaAnambra state Governor, Willie Obiano, has commissioned Roban Stores, a private Shopping Mall in Awka, the state capital.

This, he said, is part of his administration’s efforts at creating an enabling environment for investment.

According to him, the administration has attracted investments worth $4.7 billion from 27 companies in the state since the last two and half years.

He opined that the new mall would not only provide a new shopping experience for Anambra citizens and residents, but would also minimize shopping tourism to other states and boost both the economic and social life of Anambra.

The launching of the store in Awka attracted hundreds of people including the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Obiageli Okeke, other dignitaries as well as the management of the new stores.

The Managing Director of the stores, Mr Robert Anwuatu, commended Mr Obiano for creating a conducive environment for businesses and every other activity to thrive in the state which according to him, had compelled him to bring his wealth into the state.

He assured citizens that his retail stores are for all classes of people while products are sold at fair and affordable prices.

Mr Obiano revealed that Anambra state is gradually living up to the vision of his administration to be the first choice investment destination for investors due to the creation of an enabling environment.

Some residents have also commended his the Obiano administration’s efforts. They acknowledged that the Governor is indeed recreating Anambra state and his administrative policies are suitable to investors and to small scale businesses.

Traditional Rulers Join Anambra State’s Economic Diversification Drive

Traditional Rulers on Anambra's economy
Obi of Onitsha, HRM Alfred Achebe

The Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers say they are determined to contribute their quota in efforts to break the bounds of mono-economy and shift focus to a broadly creative, self-generating and diversified economy in the state.

The monarchs are optimistic that the step taken by the Council would enable them meet the varied needs of their various communities and that of the entire state population.

It was a decision made at their fifth annual seminar held at their Secretariat Complex within the Government House in Awka, the Anambra State capital in southeast Nigeria.

The theme of the discourse was “Diversification of the Nigerian Economy; a Sine Qua Non for Sustainable Socio-Economic Stability and Growth”.

Mechanised And Commercial Agriculture

Addressing the assembly, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by his deputy, Nkem Okeke, proposed industrialisation and agriculture, as the solution to the challenges of depreciating currency, dwindling national Gross Domestic Product and the sharp rise in the suffering of Nigerians.

Mr Okeke, who commended the organisers for their choice of the theme, highlighted the efforts of the government in agriculture.

He reiterated the commitment of the government to pursuing mechanised and commercial agriculture, saying that huge investment has been made in establishing industrial farms in over five communities in the state.

In their various remarks, the former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife; as well as the Chairman of the Council and Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe, urged the people of the state to develop interest in agriculture and investment.

The Obi of Onitsha further called for conscious effort to be made by all traditional rulers of the 179 communities, to ensure that their subjects key into the vision of the state government in the area of agriculture and industrialisation.

Chinese Company Partners Anambra In Agriculture, Power Others

Anambra, Willie Obiano, China CAMC Engineering Limited A project contracting company, China CAMC Engineering Limited is set to partner Anambra State in four key sectors of development.

A delegation from the company and some finance partners facilitated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) revealed this during a courtesy call on the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.

Leading the delegation, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Yu Tao, expressed their interest to partner the state in the sectors of agriculture, power, health, as well as oil and gas.

He promised that the company would support Anambra State in areas of staple food processing and agricultural mechanisation.

Mr Tao also highlighted the construction of airport and other transport system, where they intend to engage in intercity and inter-state rail projects.

He said they were convinced that they made the right choice by coming to Anambra State with the level of development they saw in the state.

Governor Obiano on his part welcomed the partnership interest of the group, especially in the area of oil and gas, as well as power.

He assured them of security, saying that his administration has made great efforts to ensure that investments and business ventures in the state thrive under a very conducive atmosphere.

The Governor further sought their partnership in the development of water transportation and creation of Export Free Zone in the state.

While he promised that his government would play its part to ensure that the deal was struck soon, there were exchange of souvenirs and group photographs to seal the meeting.

Police Parade Criminal Suspects In Anambra

Edo_House_of_Assembly-police-at-complexSixteen suspected criminals have been paraded at the State CID, Awka, and at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) premises, Awkuzu, for sundry crimes in Anambra State.

Addressing journalists during the parade, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ali Okechukwu, said that some of the suspects were suspected members of the notorious gang presently terrorizing Nanka community and its environs in Orumba North Local Government Area, while the others are involved in murder and cultism cases.

Among those paraded is Boniface Ikechukwu, also known as Idemili, a suspected notorious armed robber who has been on the Police wanted list for years with six other suspects.

The case of Boniface was in connection with the murder of one Adimora Chukwudelue Emmanuel who he allegedly lured to Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state with his gang, where they dispossessed him of his car and thereafter beat him to death.

Mr Okechukwu said that further efforts were still being made to arrest other members of his gang who were still at large while Boniface would be arraigned soon in court.

The Police also paraded the notorious gang of youths at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Awkuzu, for several cases of kidnapping, rape, armed robbery and assassination at Nanka community.

Their continued criminal activities prompted the Anambra State Police Command to re-mobilize and raid the community.

The Police Public Relations Officer appealed to parents to always monitor the activities of their wards and urged the public to continue to volunteer credible information to the Police to ensure that the state continues to be the safest in the country.

The Police rounded off the exercise with the parade of one Ifedilichukwu Nwankwo who with his gang killed two young men at Tarzan junction at Nkpor and several attempts by the Police to arrest them proved futile since 2014.

Mr Okechukwu revealed that on one occasion, a team led by the Divisional Police Officer of Ajalli Police Division was ambushed by the gang. The allegedly stripped the DPO naked and chopped off one of his ears.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University Partners China On Education Development

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, China, UNIZIKThe Government of the People’s Republic of China has revealed plans to partner with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka to develop the institution in the areas of scholarships, culture, training programmes and investments.

The Director of China’s Culture in Nigeria, Mr Yan Xiang Dong, disclosed this on Monday during the inauguration of the Chinese Cultural Research Centre of Nigeria at the university.

Speaking after a brief indoor meeting, Mr Dong expressed optimism on Nigeria’s Bilateral Relations with China in which four agreements were signed by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

He said the development would attract a lot of investments into Nigeria and that the responsibility of his office in the partnership includes awards of scholarships and student-teacher training in culture and technology.

Receiving the Chinese delegation, the Vice Chancellor of UNIZIK, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, also expressed delight on the positive impact of the initiative.

He said the Centre would quench the thirst of many students who desire to learn the Chinese language and culture.

Professor Ahaneku added that the partnership would open up new vistas into the medicinal and culinary art of the Asian country which he said would promote healthy living.

The Confucius Institute, which is a non-profit Public Educational Organisation affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, has been existing in the university since 2008.

The event concluded with the presentation of Certificates of Merit to 400 Confucius students who excelled in the Chinese language proficiency tests.

Anambra Governor Tasks Excos To Improve On Efficiency

Willie Obiano, AnambraAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has urged his executive council members to ensure that decision making and effective execution become the hallmark of the administration.

Governor Obiano made the call on Monday at a two-day retreat held in Awka, the state’s capital in southeast Nigeria.

He enjoined them to adopt the ‘we are in a hurry’ attitude in which every file that comes to any ministry would be treated without delay as he would commence surprise checks which he termed “sweeping” in no distant time.

Governor Obiano acknowledged the present efforts of the state government and assured citizens of better performance progressively.

He urged the Anambra State residents and others in various parts of the country and in the diaspora to come home and join in developing the state with further assurances that he was committed to fulfilling all his campaign promises.

In their reactions, the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Willie Nwokoye, and the Commissioner for Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, assured Governor Obiano of efficiency in the discharge of their duties.

The retreat, tagged ‘The Great Push To The Finish Line’ is the third edition being held by the Obiano administration. The Governor said that it is geared towards strategic improvement on Anambra State development during his second tenure.

It gave participants the opportunity to review and reappraise the performance of the administration in the past two years and re-strategise to fill the gaps in the remaining two years to make the state better.

Police Parade 75-Year-Old Certificate Forgery Suspect

Forgery Suspect, certificate forgeryThe Anambra State Police Command has paraded two elderly suspects who are specialists in certificate forgery.

Mr Onuzulike Ude, a 75-year-old retired teacher and Mrs Evelyn Nwoke, aged 52, were arrested between May 5 and 6, following information on their documents and certificate forgery business in Awka.

Parading the suspects alongside three other suspects arrested for robbery and production of fake currency, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, decried the evil business of the two elderly suspects.

He said that they have forged several certificates and documents including degree certificates of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, National Youth Service Corps discharge certificates among others.

Other suspects paraded were a robbery suspect, a fake currency manufacturing specialist and a kidnapping suspect known as Jerry Gana, who claims to be an ex-soldier as well as a graduate of Biochemistry.

He was involved in kidnapping in Delta State and ran to Anambra State to hide but was caught by the Police in the state.

He had collected ransom running into millions of Naira from the victims he had kidnapped before his arrest.

The Police boss, Mr Karma, warned criminals to steer clear of Anambra State as the state would remain too hot for them.

He warned that the long arm of the law will catch up with them wherever they are hiding to perpetrate their nefarious activities.

Obiano To Sign Anambra Health Insurance Scheme

Willie Obiano-Anambra State-Health Insurance SchemeGovernor Willie Obiano has expressed readiness to sign the Anambra State’s Health Insurance Scheme.

The insurance scheme would ensure adequate health service delivery to the less privileged citizens and ensure that doctors received what was due to them in their life saving duties in the state.

The Governor gave a hint about the new scheme during the inauguration of the newly reconstituted 14-member board of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku Awka held at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.

He maintained that the strategic approach of his administration towards re-positioning and transforming the state’s health sector, especially the primary healthcare services and the general hospitals were yielding positive fruit.

Governor Obiano commended the outgoing board members led by Dr. Dozie Ikedife, whose tenure helped secure the institution’s accreditation that saw to the graduation of its first medical doctors.

To ensure proper service delivery to the people and due remuneration for the doctors, he announced that the state government would soon assent the Health Insurance Scheme.

In his remark, the Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, explained that the inauguration was to assist in charting more progressive cause for the teaching hospital.

The board has as its chairman, a Gynaecologist and traditional ruler of Ifitedunu, Igwe Emeka Ilouno, and as its Secretary, a Professor of Anastaciology with Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Beatrice Umeh.

It has a four-year tenure which could be renewed if they are found to have performed creditably well. They have been charged by the Governor to transform Anambra State to a health tourism center and the number one health destination in Nigeria.

Igwe Ilouno, who assured the government and people of the state of their commitment to effective service, said that they would put in their best to achieve much more than the mandate given to them.