Obiano Upgrades Fire Service In Anambra

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has procured three special firefighting trucks with 10,000 litres water storage capacity for the State Fire Service.

The Police and the Federal Road Safety Corps also received smart bikes and patrol cars to accompany and support firefighters during emergencies.

The procurement is in line with the Governor’s pledge to take proactive measures against fire disasters across the state, following a fire incident in February where property worth millions of Naira were destroyed in Onitsha.

Governor Obiano formerly handed over the equipment to the Southeast Zonal Officer of the Federal Fire Service at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

He said the fire equipment would be deployed to the commercial cities of the three senatorial zones which include Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi.

The Governor, however, tasked the people of the state to insure their property, saying it is not only the responsibility of the government to ensure their property are protected.

“Our people must have the culture of insuring their goods; that culture is not deep-rooted here in Anambra State and we are trying to educate people on the importance of insurance.

“You won’t say because the Governor has bought three fire trucks, then you feel you are protected. Yes we will try to do so, but you must insure your goods,” he said.

Sunshine Stars Defeat Rivers United In NPFL Clash

Sunshine Stars Defeat Rivers United In NPFL ClashTroubled Sunshine Stars put aside their financial crisis to beat high-flying Rivers United 1-0 on Sunday.

The Ondo-based club clinched the victory in a match day 10 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Akure Township Stadium.

Former Enyimba Midfielder, Ayo Saka, pulled a belter from 14 yards to hand the Owena Waves their win of the season.

The result moved Sunshine Stars six places to the 11th position with 12 points on the table.

NPFL Match Day 10 Results

Meanwhile, Prince Aggreh scored from the penalty spot as FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated league leaders, Plateau United 1-0 in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Chinedu Udoji’s first-half header also earned Kano Pillars a lone victory over neighbours, Katsina United.

In a similar development, Lobi Stars came from behind to beat seven-time champions, Enyimba with goals from Anthony Okpotu and former Enyimba Midfielder, David Tyavkase.

Niger Tornadoes maintained a perfect home record after a 1-0 win over struggling Gombe United in Lokoja.

El-Kanemi warriors also stunned Nasarawa United 2-0  with two second half goals while ABS FC edged past Wikki Tourists 1-0.

Hundreds Of Businesses Storm Anambra International Trade Fair

Hundreds Of Businesses Storm Anambra International Trade FairAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, says the state has become Nigeria’s most popular investment destination with over five billion US dollars investment attracted in two years.

The Governor was speaking during the opening ceremony of the Joint Trade Fair of all the Chambers of Commerce in the state tagged, “The Jubilee Fair.”

The trade fair with the theme, “to harness Anambra’s natural resources for non-oil exports as a world class trade hub”, was packaged with awareness of high standard expected of an international trade fair.

“Ndi Anambra, this trade fair could not have come at a better time. Anambra is indeed ready for the world. First, this is our 25th anniversary as a state.

“Second, Anambra is Nigeria’s safest state at the moment and thirdly, our beloved state has become Nigeria’s most popular investment destination with over five billion dollars investment attracted in two years.

“We are indeed in a better place today. Everything seems to be working in our favor. We have shaken off the dark days of violent armed robbery, kidnapping, child trafficking, and bloody shootout between rival gangs.

“We have made bold efforts to bring home our illustrious sons and daughter together on the altar of brotherhood. As a government, we know what our people expect from us and we are not relenting in our efforts to surpass the expectations of Ndi Anambra,” he said.

Hundreds Of Businesses Storm Anambra International Trade Fair

The trade fair has seen over 100 business merchants from Anambra and environs with high expectations of attracting international business brands and investors who will tap into the commercial potentials of the state and step up the export potentials of the state.

Hundreds of business pavilions have been erected at the Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square Awka, the venue for the Trade Fair.

Various products on display ranged from agriculture and forestry, food and beverage and IT and Technology industries and the Governor was again blown away by the standard of the event as organized by the coalition of the three chambers of commerce in Anambra state for the first time.

“Before now, Anambra has three separate chambers of commerce, one each from Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka. Each chamber had made efforts to run its own affairs and hold its own trade fair, but I am told that their separate effort did not make as much impact as what we are witnessing here today”, the governor said.

The governor reminded them of the breakthrough Anambra made in rice production with the production of Anambra Rice and the export of vegetables to the United Kingdom in 2016.

He insisted that the state could still make more positive statement in export business with proper coordination.

He urged all the big businesses, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurs and all interested members of the community to participate in the trade fair and help develop the state.

Senate Committee Sees To Procurement Of Locally Made Vehicles

Senate Committee, Locally MadeThe Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industry, Senator Sam Egwu, has promised that the legislature will come up with relevant laws to ease the effect of foreign exchange on local manufacturers and ensure patronage for them.

Speaking during an oversight inspection of Innoson Automobile Manufacturing Plant, Nnewi, Anambra state, alongside his committee members, he said that the situation is detrimental to the nation’s economy.

Senator Egwu said that he was hopeful that the Procurement Bill which has passed the second reading and only awaiting the President’s assent would bring hope for indigenous manufacturers.

He explained that the bill is expected to strengthen local patronage by the government which is the major advocacy of the bill.

Innoson Automobile is expected to be one of the major beneficiaries of the bill as this means that government agencies would begin to use Innoson vehicles.

Innoson is the only vehicle manufacturing company in the country as others are only into assemblage and the Senator maintained that government should encourage such development in every possible means for the good of the country.

The Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Automobile Group, Mr Innocent Chukwuma, confirmed the view that the economic challenges were taking its toll on local manufacturers,

He revealed that production has dropped due to discrepancies in planning and outcome but remained hopeful that intervention from government would indeed ease the effects.

Abdulsalami Abubakar Rallies Support For Anambra Industrialists

Abdulsalami Abubakar, InsecurityThe former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has commended the entrepreneurs and industrialists in Nnewi, Anambra state, for their ingenuity and resourcefulness saying the quest for Nigeria’s improved economy is within the place.

General Abubakar speaking during a tour of several industries in the area to find in what ways the Federal Government can rally support for them, as over dependence on goods importation is not favorable to the country.

He assures of advancing their cause to the appropriate quarters as over dependence on importation will ruin the nation’s economy.

General Abubakar went to different locations for inspections, thereby commending the initiative and called for dialogue in all the agitations from various quarters rocking the nation.

He urged the industrialists not to relent as their entrepreneurial spirit is capable of growing the country’s economy.

Nigerian Air Force, Innoson, Sign Agreement On Parts Procurement

Nigerian Air Force
A helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company in Nnewi, Anambra state, to address difficulties encountered in procuring spare parts.

The agreement is aimed at ensuring adequate maintenance of the Air Force’s air fleet.

It was announced by Air Vice Marshal James Gbum, who led a delegation of top senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force on a visit to Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.

Air Vice Marshal Gbum said the present administration had heightened efforts to improve research and development and that an order by the Chief of Air Staff had brought about the discovery of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company.

With the agreement, the Nigerian Air Force hopes to surmount the challenge of searching for spare parts in several countries around the world which had led to the grounding of many of its aircraft.

The leader of the team said the automobile manufacturer passed the test of assisting in manufacturing brake assemblage haulage for activation of grounded aircraft which would in turn step up operation in the northeast against Boko Haram.

According to him, the collaboration will also encourage indigenous manufacturing.

At the Big Chamber of the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, was an array of senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force led by the Air Vice Marshal who represented the Chief of Air Staff on a courtesy call on Governor Obiano.

At a meeting with the Governor, the Air Force official told Governor Obiano that Innoson would commence the manufacturing of spare parts for the numerous fleet of the Nigerian Air Force.

The Governor expressed pride that Anambra State had offered a solution to one of the problems of the country and assured the delegation that he would be ready to assist in any way to ensure that they got the best in their mission.

He also congratulated the management of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company for its competence and standard and urged the Nigerian Air Force to continue with the effort in containing insurgency, as the nation would always appreciate their contribution.

The Nigerian Air Force delegation presented a souvenir to the Governor and afterwards a group photograph was taken as a memoir of the unprecedented visit.

DPR Inquest Verifies Nnewi Gas Plant Management Claims

NnewiMembers of the Inquisition Team from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), have stormed Nnewi in Anambra State to begin the inquest into the 2015 Christmas Eve gas plant explosion.

The session of the inquest involves meeting with relations of the deceased, eye witnesses to the incident and the management of the company that was razed.

On Saturday, the leader of the delegation and the DPR Head of Safety Control, Mr Umar Moriki, said that the visit was important so as to confirm that the claims of the management of Chicason Group, about taking care of the welfare of the affected victims and survivors as well as find out the full details of what happened and make necessary recommendations.

The Managing Director of the company, Mr Linus Ilozue, fielded questions on how the incident happened and what led to the loss of lives.

The leader of the delegation demanded to know about the welfare of those in the hospital and a staff member explained that one had been discharged while others were still recuperating gradually.

The relations of the family also confirmed to the team that the management of the company was living up to expectations as some of their houses affected by the explosion, were undergoing reconstruction.

The inquest, according to the team, would move to the next level of obtaining death certificates and other documents from the company after which there would be a debrief which would likely carry some sanctions against the company.

Eight people were killed and several others injured following a gas explosion at a plant belonging to the Intercorp Oil Limited, a subsidiary of Chicason Group located along Onitsha-Owerri expressway.

The bodies were burnt beyond recognition and according to eyewitnesses, the disaster occurred about midday when a consignment of gas was about being transferred to the company’s dump, due to leakage, there was a massive explosion which quickly spread to nearby houses wreaking havoc.

Interior Minister Visits Anambra Over Gas Plant Explosion

police-interior ministerThe Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has sympathized with the government and citizens of Anambra State over the gas plant explosion that claimed several lives and injured many in Nnewi.

The Interior Minister who visited the state assured Governor Willie Obiano that more proactive measures will be adopted to prevent future re -occurrence.

Dambazau was accompanied by the Comptroller General of Fire Service and the Comptroller General of the Civil Defense.

The explosion at a gas plant belonging to the Intercorp Oil Limited, a subsidiary of Chicason Group, claimed eight lives and destroyed nearby houses.

Complaints, blames and confusion by some residents also trailed the incident.

While some of the residents in the area complained that the site of the gas plant was abnormal, others blamed the company’s activities for the ugly incident.

Gas Explosion Kills One, Injures Two In Minna

Gas ExplosionAnother gas explosion has occurred but this time in Minna, the capital of Niger State in Nigeria.

The incident occurred around 11:30am and killed an attendant identified as Sani Adewale who was refilling a gas cylinder.

The gas shop, located near a second generation bank, had just opened for the day’s business when neighbours heard a loud explosion.

It was gathered that many residents along Bosso road in Minna took to their heels, while those who were courageous enough approached the shop to find out what was happening.

The body, suspected to be the owner of the shop, was found mutilated on the floor of the shop with two other people also injured.

The resulting fire was brought under control by the combined efforts of the Police and Fire Service, including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Niger State Emergency Management Authority (NSEMA).

A combined security team also arrived the scene and condoned off the part of the dual carriage Bosso road under Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The Chairman of the local government, Mohammed Ndanusa, commended the efforts of security agencies, NSEMA and the State Zonal Coordinator of NEMA for the prompt responses.

He condoled with the family of late Mr Sani Adewale and prayed that God would grant him eternal rest.

The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA in the state said that effort were being put in place to relocate all those selling gas within residential areas to less populated areas to avoid further occurrence.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Bala Elkana, also confirmed the incident and the death of Mr Sani Adewale.

Less than a week before this, eight people had been killed and several others injured following a gas explosion at a gas plant in Nnewi, Anambra State.

The incident occurred around midday on Thursday, December 24 when a consignment of gas was about being transferred to the company’s dump, due to leakage, there was a massive explosion which quickly spread to nearby houses wreaking havoc.

The fire left bodies of victims burnt beyond recognition.

Dogara Calls For Probe Of Anambra Gas Explosion

Gas ExplosionThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, has expressed sadness over the death of several Nigerians in a gas explosion in Nnewi, Anambra State.

While calling for a thorough investigation into the incident which occurred on Christmas Eve, leaving several others injured, the Speaker said this was one incident too many that have claimed lives of innocent Nigerians.

‎He, therefore, called for a thorough investigation to ascertain the root and immediate cause of the explosion in order to avert a reoccurrence.

“It saddens me that at a time when we should be celebrating, some people have been thrown into needless mourning. This incident must be investigated to find out what exactly happened and how to stop it from happening again,” the Speaker said.

Dogara commiserated with the government of Anambra State and the families of the deceased and prayed for a speedy recovery for the injured.

Criticisms Trail Anambra Gas Explosion

AnambraComplaints, blames and confusion by some residents have trailed the gas plant explosion in the industrial town of Nnewi, Anambra State.

While some of the residents in the area complained that the site of the gas plant was abnormal, others blamed the company’s activities for the ugly incident.

They accused the company of engaging in supply and delivery of cooking gas at the same time to a very large crowd of customers which aggravated the leakage that led to the explosion.

The explosion, which occurred on Friday in Nigeria’s southeast region, was so intense that nearby buildings were destroyed, while a block industry, construction garage and farmlands were not spared.

Some occupants of one of the affected buildings, Obinna Okeke and Emmanuel Ezeani, said that their matriarch was burnt to death while the building was badly damaged.

They condemned the location of the gas plant, asking for it to be removed from the residential area.

As the blames and the accusations went on, the incident was also accompanied by conflicting reports of the number of deaths recorded.

While the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, said that the death toll stood at eight and the injured was six, one of the residents, Benedict Nwachukwu, claimed otherwise, saying he counted up to 62 corpses, but could not say when the bodies were moved and where they were kept.

Also reacting to the differing death figure was the former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Virgy Etiaba, who made a fact finding visit to Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital Nnewi, where the bodies of the victims were said to have been kept.

Information gathered at the hospital, in the absence of the Chief Medical Director was in consonance with the account of the state’s Police Commissioner confirming eight dead and six injured with only five bodies in the morgue.

The mortician at Nnewi Diocesan Hospital also said that no corpse from the accident was deposited in the hospital morgue.

Stricken with grief over the calamity that befell his subject and owner of the gas plant, the traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu,  sympathised with him and the entire Nnewi community.

Buhari Sympathises With Anambra Gas Explosion Victims

Gas explosionPresident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed regrets over the death of the victims of the industrial gas explosion in Anambra which occurred few hours before the Christmas celebration.

In a press statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that he was greatly shaken and shocked by such large-scale loss of human lives in a single industrial accident, which casts a gloom on the families of the victims “who were looking forward to a joyous Christmas celebration”.

The President extended his condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the government of Anambra State over what he described as an “unfortunate tragedy on Christmas eve”.

“My heart and prayers go out to these grieving families at this difficult and painful moment,” he added.

President Buhari has also condoled with the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Mustapha, over the death of his mother, Hajiya Adda Gombeji who passed away at the age of 87.

He has also placed a call to condole with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele who has equally lost his mother.

According to Mallam Garba Shehu, the President personally made the phone calls to the Lamido of Adamawa and Mr Emefiele to express his sympathy to the Monarch and the CBN Governor over the death of their mothers.

President Buhari described a mother as “an invaluable component of family life, and the pillar and comforter of the children”.

He prayed to Allah to bless the souls of the deceased, and grant the Lamido, Godwin Emefiele and other members of their families the fortitude to overcome the losses.