Governor Obiano Vows To Sustain Tempo Of Development In Anambra Markets

governor obianoAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has affirmed his commitment towards developing markets across the State by putting in place modern amenities and infrastructure that will enhance hitch free commercial activities in line with global trend.

The facilities would include electricity, toilet facility, firefighting equipment, water and construction of all the roads that lead to the state’s major markets.

Governor Obiano solicited support from the traders in the state for his government especially in the coming elections to ensure All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidates emerge victorious.

This he said would help him continue with the tempo of developmental activities in the State as well as sustain them.

Aside the welfare infrastructure being put in place in the various markets in the state, the Governor announced to the traders, the donation of five million naira for the furnishing of their Secretariat complex, which they received with much cheer.

Governor Obiano, who described the traders as important stakeholders in the Anambra agenda, enjoined them to maintain prompt payment of taxes and levies to scale up the internally generated revenue base of the State.

The revenue according to Governor Obiano would encourage government to continue the good work having streamlined the revenue collection machinery to avoid multiple tax payment.

Governor Obiano urged the traders to vote massively for APGA candidates and President Goodluck Jonathan in the coming elections to enable him have a solid and established base for continued development in the State.

The elated President of the State Amalgamated Traders Association (ATA), Mr Okwudili Ezenwankwo, noted that Governor Obiano is the first State Governor to transform all markets in the State with new innovations and assured the governor that they would deliver all APGA candidates as well as President Goodluck Jonathan during the elections.

Fifty-one per cent of Anambra State economy is hinged on trade and commerce which forms a critical component in the four pillars of the economic blueprint of the present administration.

Anambra Police Caution Politicians Against Violence

policeAnambra State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, has cautioned politicians in the State to stay clear of violence in the forthcoming elections or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

This warning came on the heels of alleged violence that broke out between All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).

Mr. Karma said that politicians should learn to tolerate one another especially when it comes to mounting bill boards and displaying posters as all those cannot win elections for them rather their attitude.

Two days ago, violence broke out between APGA and PDP over space for display of posters which allegedly led to shootings, that left several people injured.

Mr. Karma advised all parents to call their wards to order and to the youths, he urged them to desist from thuggery as the police in the State is ever ready to contain and combat any issue that will bring violence.

Onitsha Residents Decry Inefficiencies In PVC Distribution

onitshaVoters in Onitsha, Anambra State said the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) distribution in the area was becoming worrisome as many were yet to collect their cards.

Others said they could not  get theirs due to the distance of the designated centres  from their places of residence.

A visit to three collection centres in Onitsha by Channels Television revealed the disenchantment of the people as a result of the manner in which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State was handling the distribution.

Expressing worry on the matter, the member representing Onitsha North Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Chugbo Enwezor, urged INEC to assist in resisting the impending voter apathy by embarking on sensitisation of the people on the need for them to collect their cards.

At Ward Five, Anyaegbunam centre in Inland Town Onitsha, many were yet to collect their cards as voters came in trickles to pick up their permanent voter cards, evidenced by piles of cards which were seen on the table.

One of the voters in the State, Chinenye Nnacheta, lamented her inability to collect her card which meant she would not be able to vote for her preferred candidates in the forthcoming election.

At another collection centre in Odoakpu Onitsha, few voters were also seen undergoing the process of collecting their cards but a Councillor in charge of the area complained of the distance of the collection centres to the places of residence, of the people which had led to so many of them not bothering to go and collect their PVCs.

Also expressing worry over the impending voter apathy that would be experienced in the forthcoming election if nothing is done to reverse the situation, the member representing Onitsha North State Constituency, Mr Chugbo Enwezo, urged INEC to not only relocate the collection centres to be near the wards but also start sensitizing the people.

At the last collection centre inside Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, heap of cards which were yet to be collected, was seen on the table, thus creating fear of apathy.

According to the Public Relations Officer of INEC in the State, Mr. Frank Egbo in a telephone conversation, he said that INEC in the State had achieved 79 per cent PVC distribution in the State and would commence with sensitization of voters on the workings of the card reader next week.

Obiano Launches New State Mass Transit Buses

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, had commissioned 40 brand new 59-seater Buses for Anambra State Mass Transit to boost transportation in the state.

Launching the vehicles at the governor’s lodge in Amambra, Mr Obiano said the welfare and well-being of the people of the State was paramount and should not be compromised.

He maintained that the Buses would ply the whole Local Government Areas with the transport fare at half of the current commercial rate.

He also assured the residents of the state that the ‘Operation Fill All Pot Holes’ on Anambra roads would continue for a better living standard for everyone in the State.

Governor Obiano explained that the gesture would complement the services of the 200 city cabs launched in December last year which had impacted on the people’s lives positively.

Governor Obiano assured that the drivers will be well trained to provide efficient services while enhanced technology will follow the next consignment to make sure people are happy in the State.

The State Commissioner for Transport, Mr Chuma Mbonu, while disclosing that the buses will commence operations next week, said that the scheme had given a big boost to the transport sector in the State.

 

Obi Meets Umeh For APGA’s Reconciliation

The forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state may be bringing good tidings for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, as as the warring factions  have reconciled.

The national leadership of the party led by the Victor Umeh on Monday, met with the Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, alongside some members of the state chapter of the party.

The meeting which held at the Government House in Awka is a signal that the Umeh led faction and the Obi faction may have sheathed their swords to work together.

Mr Umeh told journalists after the reconciliation meeting that the crisis in APGA is over and it is a new dawn which portends good for the party.

Umeh regained the mantle of leadership of the party few weeks ago after an Appeal Court upheld the decision of the High Court in his favour against Maxi Okwu’s mandate who is said to have been supported by Governor Obi.

The governorship election in Anambra is slated to hold in November this year.