Obiano Flags Off 20mln Naira Government Sponsored Community Projects

Obiano, Farming SeasonAnambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has flagged off projects worth 20 million Naira in two communities in the State.

Nnobi in Idemili South Local Government Area and Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area are pilot towns for the projects targeted at ensuring that people at the grassroots felt the impact of governance.

Earlier in a broadcast on the state’s plans to cushion the pain of the economic recession on the people, the Governor announced four stimulus packages of which the community gesture falls on infrastructure packages meant to address the collective need of communities.

The residents of the communities will choose the project, supervise and take ownership of it afterwards while the state government sponsors.

Nnobi community chose a 500 seating capacity Town Hall while Ukwulu community went for a 400 seating capacity Civic Centre which the Governor assured them would all be completed in four months, having fully mobilised the contractors.

Work has already commenced on site at Nnobi community in Idemili Local Government area under the 20 million Naira Choose-Your-Project Development Initiative of the state government.

According to the Governor, all the 179 communities in the state will benefit in the project.

He assured the residents of the communities that the contractor for Nnobi project had been mobilised.

On his part, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters, Mr Greg Obi, said the project was a well thought out plan both in choice and implementation, as it was grassroots oriented.

The President General of Nnobi community, Mr Samuel Ofodile, also expressed gratitude to the Governor for immortalising his name with the signature project.

In Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area, excitement filled the air, as men and women sing the exploits of Governor Obiano in Anambra state within a short time.

The Governor assured them of speedy completion of the Civic Centre while they complement by taking ownership of it too.

The joy of women in the community knew no bound, as the project when completed would serve as a rallying point for the community as well as stimulate local economy for the community as revenue would be raised from activities like weddings and other social celebrations.

Police Post Attack: 23 Arrested Over Death Of Security Guard In Anambra

FILE: Suspects arrested in Imo State

23 suspects have been arrested over the violent attack on a police by hoodlums from Abagana, a community in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.

A security guard was shot dead and four police officers were wounded during the attack.

Briefing journalists at the Police Headquarters, Awka, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okaula, said over 200 hoodlums from Abagana, invaded neighbouring Ukpo Community in the same local government area and swooped down on a Police post, shooting and destroying properties belonging to the police.

Mr. Okaula said the hoodlums were armed with explosives and dangerous weapons and carried out “an act of terrorism following the magnitude of the attack”.

He said a team of Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) identified and defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), while still recovering another one at the scene.

The police boss also disclosed that one of the kingpins, one Mr. Amobi Ezekwe Ugbo, has been arrested.

It was gathered that the attack was as a result of a land dispute between Abagana community and Ukpo Community in which the land in contention had been sold to the Police by Ukpo community.

He, however, maintained that nobody should take the laws in his or her hands.

Recovered from the suspects where four pump action rifles with two live cartridges, three AK-47, three locally made pistols, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.


Community Decries Farmland Invasion In Anambra

farmlandThe people of Ukwulu community in Dunukofia Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State have decried the invasion of their farmlands allegedly by Fulani herdsmen.

The predominantly farming community, whose major farm produce is cassava, alleged that the invasion of the Fulani herdsmen in their territory over the years has dwindled their productivity.

According to the community members, all hell was let loose and life never became the same again as their farmlands came under intense attack by the animals being reared.

While staging a protest against the act, some residents, Roseline Chinwude and Keziah Okafor, they said that they have endured for the past 10 years and their voices must be heard.

The women alleged that the cows pulled down the hedges and makeshift fence as well as trampled on the mounds and fed on the blossoming cassava plant.

In his reaction, the Chairman of the Fulani herdsmen, Haruna Mohammed, said that while some of the damages were indeed done by cows, others were just claims by the community members.

He noted that he had warned his colleagues in the cattle rearing business never to invade any farmland, stressing that if it was found that his men were responsible for all the damage after investigation, payment of compensation would begin.

The Regent of Ukwulu community, Peter Uyanwa, assured the farmers that their problem would be taken to the appropriate quarters for solution with a view to the permanent relocation of the herdsmen.

The Secretary of Dunukofia LGA, Chinedu Ifeacho, who spoke on behalf of the Chairman, recalled the several representations made and called on the Anambra State government and the state legislature to enact a law that would address animal rearing in the state.