Anambra Signs Housing Agreement With Aldove Limited

Community PartnershipAnambra State Government has signed an agreement with Aldove Limited for the construction of 300 Housing Units worth $30 million dollars.

The Governor of the state, Mr Willie Obiano, who signed the agreement on behalf of the State Government, said housing was an enabler in his administrative blue print.

He told reporters on Wednesday that the sector had received quality attention, attracting investments of about one billion dollars within two years of his administration.

Governor Obiano guaranteed the investor that his government was committed to meeting its side of the bargain and urged the company to start off immediately and ensure that the project was realised within the specified period.

The Memorandum of Understand incorporates the design, building and financing of 100 units of four to five bedroom duplexes, another 100 of three bedroom flats on two floors and another one hundred on three floors.

The project, which has its first phase to be completed within 18 months, has the state equity contribution put at $9 million dollars while the investor is to bring the remaining $21 million dollars.

According to the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, His Royal Highness Cyril Enweze, whose office is responsible for arranging state investment business transactions, explained that the project would promote urban development, create employment opportunities and generate activities around the state that would enhance the state’s Internally Generated Revenue capacity.

Meanwhile, the Chairman and Managing Director of Aldove Limited, Mr Maja Umeh, said the decision to bring the investment to Anambra was motivated by the company’s resolve to support the developmental agenda of Obiano administration.

While signatures are appended to the project that will contribute in no small measure in transforming the housing sector, there are high hopes of realising the vision of providing affordable housing to all by the year 2017.

NEMA Visits Obiano On Emergency Management

floodThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria on Tuesday visited the Governor of Anambra State on emergency management over seven local government areas submerged due to flood in 2012 and 2015.

The Anambra State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, has appealed to the Federal Government to show visible commitment towards fulfilling its earlier promise to build Centre for Flood Emergencies at Nzam in Anambra West Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Obiano made the appeal when he received a delegation from NEMA during their courtesy visit to the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.

The leader of the delegation and the Southeast Zonal Director of NEMA, Mr Martin Odenya, assured Governor Obiano that the agency would introduce new initiatives that would engender a paradigm shift from disaster management to disaster risk reduction.

He also commended the Governor for the support he extended to State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) as an implementation arm of the Federal Government which needed to functio well for NEMA to succeed.

The Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr Paul Odenigbo, said the visit would further strengthen the synergy and cordial relationship that had existed between the two bodies in the task of emergency control and management.

Obiano Flags Off 2016 Farming Season

Obiano, Farming SeasonThe Governor of Anambra State, Mr Willie Obiano, has flagged off the 2016 farming season in Anambra.

The flagging off exercise titled “Beyond Self Sufficiency in Food Production: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally,” took place at Umunze in Orumba South local government area of the state.

The Governor said that the two years of result-driven investment in agriculture by his administration has yielded impressive results with the restoration of hope and sense of pride in the people.

He pledged that his administration would remain committed to sustaining agricultural development and scheme-supporting farmers through creativity, innovative technology, farm mechanization, provision of improved seeds.

Governor Obiano assured the farmers that he would encourage agronomic practices that will ensure bumper harvest to promote food sufficiency and export of agricultural products from Anambra State.

The Governor updated the people with some of the agricultural exploits of his administration, ranging from Anambra being the first state to export vegetables to Europe.

He also spoke about the establishment of large industrial farms that have pushed up rice production to 190 metric tons a day, leading to massive job creation and gradual filling up of the gap in rice consumption and production in the state.

He announced the disbursement of loans and improved rice seedlings and cassava cuttings.

Governor Obiano distributed improved cassava cuttings and rice seedlings worth over two million Naira to various farmers’ cooperative societies and with a symbolic driving of the tractor during the flag-off exercise.

He rounded off the exercise with the inspection of the Nawfija farmland where the tractors handed out to farmers in the area for this year’s cropping season were already preparing the land for cultivation.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, Mr Afam Mbanefo, revealed that the state had attracted 1.11 million dollar worth of investment in agriculture with rice and cassava production increasing by the day.

Obiano Swears In Youngest Commissioner To Manage State’s Economy

May DayThe Governor of Anambra State, Mr Willie Obiano, has sworn in the youngest Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners.

The swearing in ceremony of the new commissioner took place during the State Executive Council Meeting at the Government House, Awka.

On the choice of Mr Okoye for the position being the youngest commissioner in Nigeria, Governor Obiano said: “His appointment is consistent with my insistence on quality, merit and his youth-friendly stance”.

He stated that the Commissioner had been a key member of the state’s Economic Team and had played very strategic role in the development of the economic blueprint of the state.

The Governor tasked him on bringing his wealth of academic knowledge and experience in financial management to bear in his new assignment.

The Director of Civil Litigation of the Ministry of Justice, Mr Apata Adebayo, administered the oath of office and allegiance on the new commissioner.

The Commissioner’s appointment was confirmed last week by the Anambra State House of Assembly after serving as the Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Budget to the Governor.

The 30-year-old Commissioner is to continue to show expertise and professionalism in the discharge of his duties in his newly appointed Ministry.

The Commissioner commended the Governor for his appointment which was a bold statement on the abundant potentials that abound in Nigerian Youths and on the need for government at all levels to give them a chance.

He assured that he would ensure that the State remained progressive in its economic policies though his appointment. His appointment brings the number of commissioners to 19 in Anambra State.

Obiano Inspects Second Niger Bridge

ObianoAn Engineer at the Federal Ministry of Works, Mr Edward Bosah, says work on the Second Niger Bridge project has reached its third phase, contrary to speculation that work on the project had stopped.

He made the revelation during the inspection tour of the construction site by the Governor of Anambra State, Mr Willie Obiano, at the main yard and camp site of Julius Berger, the construction firm handling the project.

The Site Engineer, Mr. Stefan Ueseman, also hosted the Governor in the situation room and took him through a presentation of the work being done.

Governor Willie Obiano said that he was pleased with the progress of work at the site but stressed the need for more pace in activities to ensure that the project is delivered at the scheduled period.

The second Niger Bridge is a 1.596 kilometre highway project with six lanes – three lanes each to and from Anambra and Delta states.

It had a 48 months completion period when the project was awarded in 2013.

Three Dead In Kogi Attack On Aguleri Fishermen

Anambra crisisThree people have been shot dead and eight injured in an attack of gunmen from Kogi State on Aguleri fishermen and farmers of Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Visiting the victims at a private hospital in Onitsha where they were receiving treatment, the Anambra State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, appealed to the people of Aguleri to remain calm as the Anambra State and Kogi State governments have initiated measures to bring enduring solution to the incessant attacks of Anambra border communities by Kogi people.

The victims, who were lying in varying critical condition and could barely speak, told the Governor that unknown gunmen invaded the community from Kogi State on Monday afternoon in an aggressive attack on fishermen and farmers who were at work shooting sporadically.

Three people were gunned down while eight of them sustained gunshot wounds.

Addressing a crowd that gathered at the hospital, the Governor enjoined everybody to remain calm as the Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, had apologized to the state over the unfortunate incident and warned the youths of the state to desist from such unwarranted and unprovoked aggression.

Governor Willie Obiano also directed that the victims be transferred to St. Charles Borromeo Hospital for adequate treatment with the Government bearing every cost.

He stressed that the attack had nothing to do with the oil production in the area.

War On Terror: South East Governors Reassure Jonathan Of Support

jonathan_goodluckGovernors of Nigeria’s south eastern states have reassured President Goodluck Jonathan of their support at a time when pressure seems to be mounting on him following the spate of insurgency in the northeast.

The governors gave the assurance during a meeting held with President Goodluck Jonathan in the Presidential Villa.

In attendance were the governor of Abia State, Mr Theodore Orji, Enugu State governor, Sullivan Chime, that of Ebonyi State, Mr Martins Elechi and the governor of Anambra State, Mr Willie Obiano.

The meeting which commenced at about midday lasted for about an hour.

First to come out from the meeting was the Anambra State Governor, Mr Willy Obiano, who told reporters that they were in the state house to reassure the President of their support.

On the recent development in Owerri, the Imo State capital, where a bomb was discovered at a church, Mr Obiano told reporters that the southeast governors were on the alert and would never allow Boko Haram to penetrate the South East.

The terrorist group, Boko Haram, has carried out series of attacks on villages, churches and schools in the the north east. Military operations have been intensified in the area in a bid to rid it of the insurgents that are calling for an Islamic state and an end to western education.


Second Niger Bridge Commencement Ceremony To Hold March 10

Niger bridgeThe Nigerian government will on March 10 perform the ground breaking ceremony for the second Niger Bridge.

President Jonathan told a delegation of Anambra State citizens, who were in the presidential villa on a courtesy visit on Tuesday that the work on the bridge would begin immediately after the ceremony in fulfillment of his campaign promise before he became the president in 2011.

The Anambra citizens came in the company of the outgoing governor, Peter Obi, whose tenure will expire on the March 17.

They thanked the Federal Government for the planned flag-off of the second Niger Bridge project, pledging their support for the government to ensure that the bridge is completed within the stipulated time.

President Jonathan paid glowing tribute to Governor Obi, saying that acrimony between governors and the president does not help in the development of any state.

He commended the governor for demonstrating clearly that he was a good person, citing examples of how he was able to manage a House of Assembly that was predominantly controlled by an opposing political party and his contributions to the economic management team.

The group thanked the president for his support to the outgoing governor and urged the president to extend the same support to the incoming governor Mr Willie Obiano.

The first Niger Bridge was built in 1965 and cost £5 million. The increasing vehicular movement had triggered the need for a second bridge to ease the pressure on the old bridge and at the same time create free movement of vehicles into the commercial city of Onitsha.  

Anambra State Governor Elect Promises To Expand Development

Willie Obiano, Governor Elect, Anambra State.The Anambra State Governor elect, Mr Willie Obiano, has promised to expound the boundaries of development and place the state on the map of rapidly advancing states.

In an acceptance speech in the early hours of Sunday, Mr. Obiano described the victory as a moment collectively worked for and hoped for, saying that the expressed will of the people have been finally enthroned.

“Ndi be anyi, (my people) I stand here tonight in the shadow of history. You made history when on November 16 and today, you cast your votes in favour of APGA. In doing so, you have affirmed the life long struggle of our great father, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. You also upheld his view that our people should preserve our heritage through one united political roof. Ndi Anambra (Anambra people) I want to thank you for honouring the memory of late Ikemba,” the All Progressives Grand Alliance member said.

The governor elect assured the indigenes of the state that his administration would uphold the tradition of excellence seen in the leadership of the incumbent governor, Peter Obi.

“Dr. Nkem Okeke (the deputy governor elect) and I are fully aware that after Governor Obi’s glorious reign, Anambra can only advance to higher glory. As inheritors of this tradition of purposeful leadership, we shall dedicate ourselves to a life of service. Our administration shall be responsible and responsive to your needs,” he promised.

Mr Obiano called for the collective effort of all indigenes of the state, saying that “development comes faster when there is a social contract between the leaders and the people.”

He called on the oppositions to join his administration in the march to make Anambra State a better place, pointing out that “the blood that binds Anambra indigenes is thicker than the politics that separates them.”

The governor elect will take over office in March 2014.

Ngige, Obiano Engage In Unscheduled Popularity Contest

A dramatic scenario played out on Sunday between the governorship flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, senator Chris Ngige and his opponent, Mr Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Both had attended a church service in Onitsha, where cheers from the congregation later turned out to be what could be described as a test of popularity for both candidates.

The Onitsha prison was the first place of call for Senator Ngige, whose arrival was greeted with loud cheers from inmates. On his part, Governor Obi had arrived earlier for the mass to celebrate the 60th birthday anniversary of the Most Reverend Valerian Okeke, the archbishop of Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese.

As the programme proceeded, Senator Ngige stepped out to receive the priest’s blessings, which attracted more cheers from the congregation.

On leaving the prison, Ngige visited Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Nkpor Agu, where he was bestowed with the title, honour of light bearer.

However, the big test of popularity was witnessed at the Pastoral visit of the Archbishop of Onitsha to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish, Fegge.

The APGA governorship flag bearer, his wife, the wife of governor Obi and the national chairman of the party, were seated at one end of the auditorium while APC’s candidate, Ngige and his supporters were at another end.

At a point, the offertory song turned into political chants and Ngige was said to have received more cheers from residents and church members outside the auditorium.

Both Ngige and Obiano are contesting in the Anambra governorship election, which is to hold on November 16.