UPDATED: Two Killed, Six Injured As Fuel Tanker Bursts Into Flames In Anambra

 

Two persons have been killed while six others were left severely injured after a fully loaded fuel tanker skidded off track and fell at Amawbia Junction, near the Governor’s lodge in Anambra State.

Witnesses say the tanker burst into flames almost immediately after it fell.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in the state,  Mr Andrew Kumapayi, confirmed the incident.

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He disclosed that the driver of the ill-fated tanker hit the body of the truck against the rail of some decorative pillars at the Amawbia roundabout, while negotiating a bend.

Kumapayi said few minutes afterwards, the vehicle went up in flames.

He noted that the victims have all been rushed to the state teaching hospital.

He also confirmed that several cars were completely burnt and houses near the scene were gutted by fire.

The security post of the Governor’s lodge was also affected.

Several fire fighting trucks and fire men were still battling the fire at the time of filing this report.

Fashola Inspects Federal Projects In Anambra, Southeast

Fashola Inspects Federal Projects In Anambra, SoutheastAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, had called for a visible Federal Government presence in the Southeast geopolitical zone and Anambra state in particular, as the zone had clearly been distanced in the scheme of developmental projects especially in the area of road infrastructure.

The Governor said this when he received the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

He stressed that any positive action taken by the federal government in the Southeast presently would go a long way in rekindling confidence and sense of belonging in them.

The Minister assured the Governor of the commitment of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to stimulate the economy with infrastructural development and that the Southeast would get its fair share.

Mr Fashola had been in the Southeast for a week inspecting federal projects, especially the Second Niger Bridge project and the roads.

The Minister whose entourage comprised top officials of the Ministry, commended Governor Obiano for his intervention on some failed federal roads and assured him that modalities of reimbursement were being worked out.

He relayed to the Governor the realities on ground with respect to the ongoing projects and maintained that the ministry would support the state in achieving its developmental aims as the federal government was not in competition with any state government, rather it would help them in successfully completing all projects everywhere.

He said: “Our concern essentially is to come and see the state of the federal roads, especially those that connect the states in the Southeast themselves and also to states in other zone.

“I will like to thank you for the interventions that you have made on some of the federal government roads and as I briefed you before, the President is mindful of the contributions to the state and even your intelligence has kicked off the plan by the federal government this year to make a provision for a board to settle all the state obligations and also various debts owed to contractors.

“This is part of the strategy from the federal government and Mr President to use infrastructure to stimulate the economy.”

Three officials from the ministry also gave status updates on the various projects in the state but not without appreciating all the support they had received from the state government.

Governor Obiano, in his response then commended the renewed interest of the federal government in the federal infrastructure in the Southeast and stressed the need for federal presence as that would boost the confidence of the people in the present administration at the center.

“I am delighted more importantly that you addressed some of the key areas that are bothering us. I’m happy to hear from you that the federal government will start work on the Second Niger Bridge this year.

“Finally, what we are saying here is that we want federal government presence in the Southeast as a whole and in Anambra in particular.

“We have lacked this presence for a very long time and their presence here will clearly enkindle a sense of belonging and improve major activities in the area,” he said.

After the meeting, the inspection team from the Governor’s lodge moved to sites of inspection, first through the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway to the Second Niger Bridge.

The construction was in the early phase, although for two years the contracting firm had registered its presence at the site.

According to the Division Manager of the company, Mr. Hadi Bley, they were awaiting funding for the commencement of construction and the early phase was expected to be completed within eight months and then the main construction would begin. This might likely take 36 to 40 months.

The Minister promised that inspection would be constant until the bridge is completed.

Obiano Launches Smart Bikes Unit To Improve Anambra Security

Obiano Launches Smart Bikes Unit To Improve Anambra Security The Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano, has launched a Motor Bikes Security Unit with 50 smart bikes to complement the already existing security operations of other special units in the state.

Along with the bikes, a set of fully kitted and well trained Police riders, were presented at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The smart bikes possess communication gadgets to connect with other special security units in the state, such as the Sand bags, Metro, Marine and Smart Cars unit.

Presenting them to the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula, Governor Obiano said the idea behind the initiative, is for them to be able to penetrate areas where vehicles may not be able to reach, as well as check snatching of items by criminals especially during this yuletide season.

“The bikes would be able to reach areas that vehicles cannot, and help check bags and phone snatching elements, the governor said.

He then charged the police to be professional in their operations and desist from taking bribe or extorting money from citizens, but rather do things differently.

The keys to the motorbikes were handed over to the Mr Okaula, who alongside the governor test ran them.

The police boss on the other hand assured the governor of the commitment of the command to continue to suppress insecurity and crime in the state.

Furthermore, following Obiano’s consistent appeal for more intervention in the state security, he used the opportunity to launch an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), also donated to Anambra state Police Command by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

General Abubakar Commends Obiano For Anambra Security

General Abdusalami Abubakar, Anambra, Willie ObianoFormer Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd), has commended the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, for his commitment to the peace and security of the state.

General Abuabakar made the commendation on Friday during a courtesy visit on the Governor at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia in southeast Nigeria.

He observed that Anambra State, under the present administration had been rapidly transformed in terms of infrastructural development and security.

The former military President lauded the security agencies for their contribution in maintaining peace and order.

He also urged the citizens of the state to support Governor Obiano’s initiatives and rest assured of continued benefits.

The Governor, in his response expressed joy at the visit, describing his guest as a great man.

General Abuabakar was accompanied by former Governor of old Kaduna State, Abba Musa and former Governor of Enugu State, Okwesilieze Nwodo among others.

Anambra Signs MoU On Housing Projects With Two Companies

Housing, Anambra, Willie ObianoThe Anambra State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on housing development with two investment companies, Rockland Development Institute and Lake Petroleum Limited.

Signing the agreement on Friday at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Willie Obiano said that the move was to further make housing affordable to the people of the state.

He explained that the numerous housing projects which his administration is undertaking was to reverse the uncomplimentary trend where Anambra citizens who work or do businesses in the state live in neighboring states due to lack of affordable accommodation.

The Governor expressed hope that the projects would provide a desirable housing development model.

The Managing Director of Anambra State Investment Agency, Mr Joe Billy Ekwunife, remarked that the outstanding benefit of the project was the reclamation of lands threatened by erosion.

The Executive Director of Lake Petroleum Limited, Mr Valentine Mbaji, commended the Governor’s effort in the area of security which he said has continued to attract investors.

He gave the assurance that the project would provide the much needed urban renewal for Onitsha.

The Managing Director of Rockland Development Institute, Mr Obi Eneh, on his part, assured Governor Obiano of his company’s full commitment to delivering a world class housing project to the state.

The Rockland MoU total investment was put at $10.8 million for the development of 450 plots of land in a new town layout, Baron Estate Court in Awka, the state capital.

The Lake Petrol deal was put at $7.2 million for the development of a state-of-the-art estate on 60 standard plots to be called Divine Mercy Estate located in Onitsha, the Abia State commercial capital.

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.

Obiano Moves To Forestall Fulani Herdsmen, Host Communities Clashes

May DayThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has convened a joint meeting with representatives of the Hausa/Fulani community, traditional rulers of communities where major grazing activities take place and members of the Fulani/farmers Cattle Menace Committee.

This is to draw a road-map towards preventing violent clashes erupting in the state and to ensure the enforcement of the resolutions reached earlier between the Fulani/Farmers Cattle Menace Committee, which he set up in 2015.

Addressing the meeting at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Obiano said that the meeting was in response to the increasing clashes between Fulani herdsmen and their host communities in several other states.

The Governor reminded everybody of the resolutions reached earlier with the Fulani/Farmers Cattle Menace Committee which included payment of full compensation by the Fulani community to communities for any crops or property destroyed by their cattle while the communities also would pay full compensation to the Fulani community if they attack and kill any cattle.

In a situation where lives were lost, full compensation for burial and other activities would apply while perpetrators would face the full wrath of the law.

He emphasized to the Hausa/Fulani community that on no account should herdsmen carry guns and sophisticated weapons, assuring them of their safety and protection at all times.

For clarity purposes, the Governor directed the Special Assistant to the Governor on Islamic/Hausa Fulani Affairs, Garuba Haruna, to interpret to the Fulani delegates in their known language.

The Chairman of Anambra State Vigilante Services, Mr. Ikechukwu Afuba also drew attention to the issue of identity cards to be made available to herdsmen.

The leader of the Hausa/Fulani community and the Southeast Chairman of the Fulani Herdsmen Association, Sadiq Gidado, commended the security in Anambra State which had helped them carry on with their businesses successfully.

He appealed to the government to support them in the area of logistics to help monitor activities of their people everywhere towards harmonious and peaceful co-existence.

The meeting also had in attendance the Deputy Governor and some of the state service commanders. The NDLEA Commander also called for peaceful co-existence.

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.

Six Anambra Traditional Rulers Receive Certificate Of Rulership

Traditional RulersSix communities in Anambra State are overwhelmed with joy as the state government has officially handed over to their traditional rulers their Certificates of Rulership.

Some of the communities are those whose leadership crumbled due to crisis, as well as those who are without rulers due to the demise of their traditional rulers.

Handing over the certificates to them at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Willie Obiano, charged them to rule with honesty and compassion having scaled through the conditions enshrined in the law guiding the institution as provided by the Anambra State House of Assembly.

Governor Obiano also emphasized the need to maintain good relationship with community members, government, churches, and any other recognized institutions in their domain but most importantly treat non-indigenes living amongst them with affection.

He tasked them to represent the state well wherever they will find themselves.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Greg Obi, reminded them of the rigorous hurdles they passed through to get to their present status and so urged them to rule well as the government would not hesitate to withdraw the certificate from any of them who foments trouble.

Some of the subjects spoke of their expectations from their traditional rulers, while some of the traditional rulers also shared some of their plans for their communities.

The six communities are Amesi in Aguata Local Government Area, Amaetiti in Orumba North, Umumbo in Ayamelum, Adazi Nnukwu in Anaocha, Eziagulu Otu and Nsugbe both in Anambra East local government areas of the state.

The traditional rulers were accompanied by their families and community members who rolled out their drums in support of and solidarity to their monarchs.

US Partners With Anambra Government On Development

obiano-anambra Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has announced a partnership with the United States in the four key areas of his development plan for the state.

The Governor made the announcement  on Saturday after a closed door meeting with the United States Consular General in Lagos, John Bray, at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The key sectors include: Agriculture, trade and commerce, oil and gas, and industrialisation.

Governor Obiano said that waste management and education would also be taken into perspective.

He noted that another meeting had been scheduled where the two parties would study carefully the proposed details of collaboration that would accelerate the development of the state.

The Consular General commended the Governor for the increased security arrangement in the state which he said would guarantee the safety of residents and visitors.

Mr Bray also commended the impressive road network which he said could not be found in several other states.

He, however, said the visit was a fact finding one in which the information gathered would be taken home for processing.

Anambra: PDP Candidates Withdraw Petition, Supports Obiano

pdp candidates wit h draw petition from Anambra tribunalTwenty-One candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who lost the April 11 House of Assembly election in Anambra State, have withdrawn their petition from the Election Petition Tribunal.

After the PDP candidates withdrew the case, they pledged to support Governor Willie Obiano’s administration.

They had lost to the candidates of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) the same party that the Governor belongs to.

The PDP candidates said their action was in the spirit of moving the state forward,  citing the exemplary approach of President Goodluck Jonathan in conceding defeat to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, as their inspiration.

Receiving the 21 man delegation at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, commended their resolve to sheathe their swords saying, they have done noble in placing the interest of the state above their personal gains.

The Leader of the delegation and former House of Assembly member, Honorable Egwuoyibo Okoye, added that distracting the governor in the tribunal would slow down the pace of development in the state.

 

Obiano Cautions Aspirants Who Parade As Candidates

ObianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has cautioned aspirants in Anambra State whose names are not in the list published by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to desist from parading themselves as candidates of any political party.

Governor Obiano gave this warning in a special broadcast on the upcoming elections at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

He advised them to avoid contravening the law in order not to be made to face its consequences as security agencies have been fully prepared to enforce electoral laws in the state.

The Governor noted that since the publication of the final list by INEC, some aspirants whose names were not in the list had been parading themselves as candidates and campaigning for votes.

He said that this was contrary to the provisions of the law which specifies that no political party should present more than one candidate for any elective position.

Mr. Obiano made clear that the practice was not only a total breach of the law but also a deliberate attempt to mislead the electorate and manipulate the electoral process which had unnecessarily heated up the polity in the past.

While assuring citizens of a peaceful, free and fair atmosphere for the election, he reminded those who have not obtained their permanent voters cards to do so to enable them elect their choice candidates.