Herdsmen Attacks: Anambra Tightens Security Around State’s Borders

RiversAnambra State is tightening security around territorial borders, with an aerial police helicopter surveillance to search out enclaves of Fulani herdsmen in forests and bushes.

Governor Willie Obiano said that six camps of the herdsmen had been discovered at the neighbouring borders, though without any threat to the peace of the state.

He told reporters that the leaders of the Hausa-Fulani Community in the state had been instructed to visit those blocks and find out the identities of the various groups and inform them of the existing agreement between cattle herders and host communities.

Part of the agreement is a prohibition of the use of AK47 by herdsmen and the payment of compensation when farmlands are destroyed by herdsmen or cattle killed by any community.

Meanwhile, soldiers and other security agencies have been camped in Umumbo community where threats of attack from suspected herdsmen have been observed.

The aerial surveillance of the Police Helicopter covers major cities in Anambra state and then extends to interior areas and territorial borderlines of the state including thick forests, bushes and farmlands in search of any encampment of herdsmen anywhere for proper identification in order to forestall any possibilities of attack or clashes following the recent attack on a community in Enugu state.

The surveillance is the initiative of Governor Obiano with the assistance of the Inspector General of Police, as a measure to check the activities of herdsmen in and around the borderlines of the state.

According to the Governor, the surveillance has yielded fruits, as six blocks of unknown Fulani herdsmen have been discovered though without any threat to the peace of the state in the meantime.

Proactive actions for proper identification of the herders are being put in place through the Hausa-Fulani leaders in the state.

Aside the aerial surveillance, the Governor also enjoined the police to patrol with the smart cars provided by the state government in the night and ensure that herdsmen moving their cattle in the night do not constitute another menace on the roads either by causing accidents or blocking the road.

The State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, said that the surveillance team was well equipped to track down criminals while also responding to distress calls from threatened communities.

Umumbo is one of the threatened communities in Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state which shares boundaries with Enugu state.

The surveillance team arrived with the Commander of 302 Artillery Regiment of Onitsha Military Cantonment, Colonel I.M. Abdullahi, to ascertain the security situation in the area of which he received assurances that everything was under control according to the President General of the community, Anthony Okafor.

Obiano Promises To Tackle Health Illiteracy In Rural Areas

Obiano Assures To Tackle Health Illiteracy In Rural AreasThe Anambra State Governor has promised to tackle health illiteracy among women in the rural areas of the state.

According to Governor Willie Obiano, the development is to ensure proper infant and maternal healthcare in Anambra State, south-east Nigeria.

He made the declaration on Wednesday during the first round of the 2015 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW), at Ifite-Ogwari in Ayamelum Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The MNCHW is a programme which gives mothers equitable access to a package of high impact survival and developmental drugs in a very cost effective manner.

It also gives children access to receive routine immunisation against diseases as well as malarial drugs and nets.

Governor Obiano captured the whole problem and tagged it to catching the girl child young and giving them the best of education in order to conquer maternal and infant mortality.

According to the Chairman of Ayamelum LGA, Paul Obiora, illiteracy and poverty contributes in major terms to the death of mothers and infants in the agrarian community.

He decried that about 95% of the women are not educated, adding that the issues of health were not been taken seriously on grounds that they are mostly farmers.

Responding to Obiora’s submission, Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, used the opportunity to highlight the essence of antenatal care.

Similarly, the Governor’s wife, Mrs Ebele Obiano, appealed to the women to have their children immunised as they are the future leaders of the world.

In another development, a representative of the World Health Organisation, Dr Willy Onuorah, commended Anambra State Government for the giant strides it had taken in healthcare services which includes the area of maternal and child health, as well as upgrading the selected health care facilities in the state.

He also urged mothers to take advantage of the free immunization and ensure that their children are taken to centres where the vaccines would be administered.

The event came to conclusion with the Governor and his wife administering the polio vaccines to infants, as well as handing treated mosquito nets to mothers.

Obiano Flags Off Multi Million Dollar Omasi Tomato Farm

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has performed the ground breaking ceremony for the multi-million dollar Ekcel Farms Mechanised Agricultural Project sited at Omasi, Ayamelum Local Government Area.

The project will focus on cultivation of Cassava and Tomato, with five per cent shares designated to Omasi community, ten per cent to Anambra State and another five per cent to the development of the community.

The company would bridge the gap between Cassava production and consumption in the State while the Tomato refinery plant, to be established, would be the largest in Africa and first in Nigeria.

While addressing the people, the Governor said that the project would generate over 13,000 direct jobs and over 100 indirect jobs.

The project has an initial investment of 100 million dollars or 16.500 billion Naira.

Under the project, Cassava would be processed into ethanol and starch.

Governor Obiano said 90,000 tones of Cassava would be produced annually.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ekcel Farms, Emeka Okwuosa, and the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion Protection Agency, Cyril Enweze, said the Governor’s genuine commitment to transforming the State through his administrative blueprint was the attraction for investors especially in the area of security.

The Governor flagged-off the project with the assurance that activities would commence immediately in the next 12 or 18 months.

Governor Obiano said “when agricultural activities begin, 150 tones of Tomatoes would be produced annually”.