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.

Nigerian Unions Meet Consul-General On Xenophobic Attacks

Xenophobic AttacksNigerian Unions from different provinces in South Africa have met with the Consul-General of Nigeria in South Africa, Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke, to get a feel of the situation on the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in the country.

The meeting was held in Johannesburg, subsequent to different reactions from individuals and groups in Nigeria, condemning the nationalistic attacks on Nigerians in Durban, the largest city in South Africa.

A surprise visitor at the meeting was the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, who said that he came to South Africa to see things for himself.

Present at the meeting were victims of xenophobic attacks with bodily wounds as well as some of those who suffered losses as a result of attacks on their businesses.

Some of the victims shared details of their experiences with Channels Television.

Meanwhile, the South African government has deployed soldiers to volatile areas in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal in a bid to quell the anti-immigrant violence.

The deployment was made on Tuesday, as xenophobic attacks that have left at least 7 dead begin to reduce.

On Monday, South Africa’s influential Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, had called for calm, describing the anti-immigrant attacks as “vile”, although critics said the Zulu King’s statement was an attempt to defend himself against claims that previous comments he made about foreigners had fuelled the unrest.

King’s College Old Boys Seek Re-engineering Of Education Sector

Kings CollegeThe need to re-engineer the education sector in the country in order to place the nation on a sound footing formed the core of the 2014 Founder’s Day lecture of King’s College Old Boys Association to mark the 105th anniversary of the school.

The occasion, which gave political parties the platform to share their vision for education, attracted guests from all walks of life, including former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, as well as his Ekiti State counterpart, Segun Oni, who represented the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun.

Shell Hall of the Muson Centre, venue of the occasion, was filled with the King’s College old boys who have come to express their concern on the state of education in the country which they feel has only been paid lip service by successive administration.

This, the Chairman Board of Trustees of the school, Philip Asiodu, gave as a background into the day’s discourse.

Of the two major political parties expected to deliver notes of address at the occasion, only the All Progressives Congress, APC, sent a representative.

However, the moment of truth came when former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, took to the stage sharing his experience while in office.

The annual lecture which has developed into a major platform for discussing matters of national interest has in the past hosted governors of Lagos and Cross River states as guest speakers and the old boys see this initiative as laudable.

Middle Belt Articulate Position For National Conference

Chairman, Middle Belt Forum, Professor Jerry Gana

Leaders from the middle belt region including minority group representatives from the North East have gathered to articulate the region’s position in the forthcoming National Conference.

Opinion leaders from the middle belt states of Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Benue, and Nassarawa as well as representatives from minority groups of North East states of Gombe, Taraba, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa gathered in Jos, North Central Nigeria to discuss the region’s position and presentation with the theme, ‘Strategic Partnerships for the National Conference’.

Chairman of the Middle Belt Forum, Professor Jerry Gana, stressed the importance of the national dialogue and challenged the delegates to be critical in the deliberations on issues ranging from insecurity, economic downturn, poor leadership and poor governance among others.

Setting the tone for deliberations, he urged the delegates to consider the various topics for discussions with all seriousness for onward presentation to the conference.

Former Secretary to The Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae and former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, in their contributions at the meeting noted that the proposed National Conference should be taken seriously for a better country.

Addressing the gathering, the Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang also reinstated the non-negotiable unity of the country at the proposed national dialogue.

The delegates were in different syndicate groups with topical issues on fiscal federalism, creation of states and local governments, systems of government, legislative powers, citizenship, citizenship rights and social safety nets for minorities, electoral systems and political party systems among others.

The conference was attended by prominent sons and daughters of the region including retired military officers, technocrats, as well as politicians and the academia.

Anambra Election: Outright Cancellation Would Be A Waste – Ezeife

Former Governor of Anambra State, Doctor Chukwuemeka Ezeife was one of those disturbed about suggestions that the entire Anambra election process should be cancelled.

He shared his concerns with Channels Television just before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a new date for the supplementary elections in Anambra State.

According to Doctor Ezeife, it would amount to a colossal waste of time and resources to cancel an election that was properly conducted, despite a few hitches.

He said that it would be unfair to the voters to throw the entire exercise away simply because some politicians who lost out were calling for cancellation.

INEC however announced on Friday that it would go ahead with its proposed supplementary election rather than the outright cancellation being clamored for by some of the political parties involved in the November 16 Anambra election.

Saturday, November 30 has been fixed for the supplementary election.