Obiano Presents Scorecard To Anambra People In Rivers

Willie Obiano, Peter ObiThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has taken the “Think Home Investment Campaign” to Anambra citizens living in Port Harcourt, Rivers State as well as presentation his scorecard.

The governor explained that his administrative blueprint that has placed the state in the map of prosperity and progress while persuading them to come home and help in the development of Anambra State.

The governor made this known at the Actech Arcum Event Center, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He added that the event is part of the celebration of the state’s 25th anniversary which he decided to meet with them and present his scorecard of the past two years and seven months.

He revealed that his administration has attracted investments worth over 4.7b Naira in investment, “it is the vision hinged on four key development pillars and the twelve enablers that has charted a progressive cause for the state’s development and created activities that have diversified the State economy”.

The governor, who emphasized that the state is blessed with abundant human and material resources, said his government is focused on providing the right leadership that will galvanize the potentials for the benefit of the state.

The First Vice President of the Association of Anambra State Development Union, Rivers state Branch, Mr. Chibueze Okafor, commended the governor and his administration towards the development of the state.

While the Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, urged the people to heed the governor’s clarion call and come home and help develop the state.


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.

Obiano Launches POS Terminal For Revenue Collection

Willie-ObianoAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has launched banks’ Point of Sale Terminal, POS, for revenue collection in the state.

The action, according to the Governor, would eliminate cash payment system, put to rest issues of multiple payments and fraudulent and illegal collection of revenue while improving data collection of citizens in the state.

Governor Obiano spoke at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, the capital of Anambra State on Monday during the launch of the new payment system.

The Governor said that POS system of revenue collection would help to achieve the 2.2 billion Naira monthly Internally Generated Revenue target as against the present 1.3 billion Naira the state is generating.

Governor Obiano also test-ran the POS process and flagged it off for the eight banks.

The Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, also said that the POS process, aside taking care of the listed points, would also help enhance proper data collection of citizens in the state.

The event had government functionaries, traditional rulers, market associations and traders in attendance.

Citizens were advised to always obtain an electronic receipt immediately after payment and never accept a manual receipt.

Obiano Swears In Commissioners, Signs 2014 Appropriation Bill

Willie Obiano1The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has demanded absolute loyalty from the 19 new commissioners and 10 special advisers appointed to serve in his administration.

He gave the charge after they were sworn in at the conference hall of the Government House, Awka.

The Governor reminded them of the numerous task of governance, as well as the hope and expectations of the people that must be satisfied and the need to be totally committed to delivering good governance and democracy dividends to the people.

He assured them of his readiness to relieve any of them who fails to live up to expectation of his or her duty.

Responding on behalf of the new executive members, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Anali Chude, assured the Governor of their commitment to ensure a smooth and fruitful administration.

Shortly after the swearing in ceremony, the Governor also signed the 2014 Appropriation Bill tagged, ‘Budget for Family and Wealth Creation’ with a total budget size of 145.4billion Naira, which represented a 24% increase over the 2013 budget.

He was assisted by the State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi, the Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke and the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chukwudi Orizu.

Obi Swears-In Hand Over Committee

With forty one days to the end of the tenure of administration of Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, a composition of a thirteen man handover committee has been set up by the governor to ensure a smooth transfer of power from his administration to another.

Announcing the new development in a post executive council meeting briefing to journalists, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Joe Martins Uzodike, said the committee has a ten-point term of reference and has the Secretary to the state government, Oseloka Obaze, as the chairman.

The Chief of Staff and Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Professor Stella Okunna, is to serve as Secretary, while other members are Dr. Nkem Okeke, the deputy governor-elect and the former Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili.

The committee has a 30-day mandate to complete its assignment.

Obiano Takes Campaign To Onitsha Markets

The All Progressives Grand Alliance governorship candidate, Willie Obiano advanced his campaign by visiting 5 major markets in Onitsha, Anambra state, beginning with the Ajasa market.

Obiano, who was accompanied by his running mate, Nkem Okeke, the National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh and the state governor, Peter Obi, reminded the people that the forthcoming election is critical as it will determine as well as redefine the political base of the Igbos.

His visit to his childhood home at Ajasa community was greeted by traders to whom he pledged total commitment and promised to deliver the dividends of democracy if voted into power.

At the Ose Okwodu market, traders received the campaign train with a rousing welcome after-which Umeh, and the state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, charged up the arena with speeches urging the people to identify with APGA and be assured of continued development.

Obiano and his entourage moved to Bright Street where the leadership of the market endorsed him on the basis that Governor Obi supported street trading in the Main Market and ensured it was not scraped.

A crowd also gathered at the White House, the administrative block of the Onitsha Main Market, to catch a glimpse of the APGA campaign train.

At the Marine market, the traders were promised a security patrol vehicle which will be delivered to them immediately.

The APGA candidate danced his way into Bida/Okwey Street where a five-kilometer road which cost one billion Niara (about 6.3 million dollars) was flagged off.

The Timber market as well as the Bridge market were also visited. Traders received the campaign train with joy and promises of better days ahead were made to them.

Onitsha South stadium was the terminal point of the day’s campaign and the governorship candidate made promises of free education, free adult medical treatment and free prenatal treatment.

“I will establish an enabling environment for business to thrive if you support and vote for me,” Obiano promised.