Floods: I Join My Voice To That Of Millions Displaced In Ogbaru – Peter Obi

LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

 

Flagbearer for the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi has lent his voice to the cries of millions of persons in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State, who were recently displaced by flood. 

In a statement via his Facebook page, the former Anambra governor said he is saddened about the plight of those suffering, and crying out over the recent flood disaster in the area.

Reports suggest that latest flood incidents have submerged communities within Ogbaru, leaving many people and businesses in dire agony, tears and hopelessness.


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While noting that Ogbaru has special needs with flood management and control, Mr Obi said as the then governor, he heeded several SOS calls to the communities over flooding.

The presidential hopeful added that he is glad that Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is carrying out development projects and road constructions within the area.

This Obi said he hopes will alleviate the peoples’ suffering.

He appealed to NEMA, SEMA, and other relevant agencies, as well as charity organizations, and government, to come to the rescue of the people of Ogbaru.

Above all, Obi emphasized that at this moment, the people need shelter, clothing and food.

“We must not abandon them now.,” LP candidate appealed.

Ebele Obiano Promises Ogbaru Women Better Days

 Ebele Obiano Promises Ogbaru Women Better DaysWife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs Ebele Obiano, has reassured the women in Ogbaru Local Government Area that Governor Willie Obiano’s administration is committed to intervening in some challenges in their various communities.

She was speaking when she toured four critical communities in Ogbaru LGA to have a personal interaction with the women and children in the communities.

According to Mrs Obiano, the present administration would prioritise road infrastructure to utilise their economic endowments, as the area is rich in oil and gas, as well as the lands fertile for agriculture.

The people of Ogwuikpele community lamented the threat of coastal erosion and absence of electricity, urging the State Government for intervention.

“For four years now we have not had supply of electricity, there is total power failure and all efforts to bring EEDC to rectify it have failed,” a resident of the community said.

At Akili-Ogidi, the elders, women and children all trooped out to receive the Governor’s wife.

Commending the women-friendly administration of Governor Obiano, the women leader in the community relayed that access road was a major challenge in the area.

“We are proud of you and we support the programme of the administration of your husband, His Excellency, Dr. Willie Obiano, most especially his 20 million Naira community project which cannot be overemphasised.

“Your care for the less privileged among the people of the state has brought democracy to the door steps of the common man of the society. We will use this opportunity to make this request on the issue confronting our community for long.

“The people of Akili-Ogidi, Obeagwe and Ogwuikpele have remained without road for 40 years. We request Her Excellency to appeal her amiable husband to bring smiles to our faces,” she said.

Obeagwe breaks into excitement as the women receive the Governor’s wife with the traditional riverine dance which she also dances to excitedly.

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As the fanfare ended down, Mrs Obiano revealed to the people that the ongoing road construction of the 62 kilometre Ogabru road embarked on by Governor Obiano would terminate at the oil rich Obeagwe.

She also called on the youths to cue into the empowerment programme of her pet project and be self-reliant.

“APGA as a political party does a lot of developmental projects. APGA made possible for an access road to go through Ogabru for the first time and the present administration is continuing with it and it will get to the oil rich Ogwuikpele community.

“I don’t know if you are aware that oil has been discovered in your community, so you people are rich and that is why the Governor is saying that the road must be constructed to that area to stop accessing it through Imo State.

“So you people are very rich now and our Governor wants you to have access to it. My pet project undertakes skills acquisition and the State Government is doing the same to better the lives of the citizenry.

“We appeal to the youths to cue into the programme and it won’t just stop at learning a skill, I will train you and empower you to start up your own business. That is my position today,” Mrs Obiano said.

The tour was rounded off at Umunankwo where more gift items including school bags, bags of rice and monetary tokens were distributed to the less privileged.

Obiano Flags Off 2016 Immunization Plus Days In Ogbaru

Willie-ObianoThe Anambra State Governor, Mr Willy Obiano, on Thursday flagged off the 2016 Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) at Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state.

The governor urged parents to continue with the routine immunization of eligible children and report any anomalous development to health officials in case of any.

The Governor also encouraged mothers to be at the vanguard of the immunization exercise so as to prevent the dangerous virus from eating up the limbs of children.

Mr Obiano harped on why the polio vaccine should be administered to children, why commitment should be made to eradicate polio, and the need to ensure the sustainability of remaining polio free.

The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Willy Onuorah, commended the efforts of the government in ensuring proper mobilization for active participation of the required age group in the Polio vaccination exercise, adding that the state has remained polio free for over ten years.

Wife of the Governor, in support of the exercise, also gave mothers treated mosquito nets so that while polio eradication is targeted, malaria is also prevented as all are dangerous and a great challenge to children’s health.

Police Arrest 43 MASSOB Members In Anambra

massobForty-three persons suspected to be members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) have been arrested by the State Joint Security Operations and paraded at the Headquarters of Anambra State Police Command in Awka.

The suspects who have been arrested in Nnewi and Okpoko in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state are said to be on a mission to wreak havoc, but intelligence report filters helped the police.

Twenty-eight of them were arrested at Nnewi where they attacked a Police patrol team while 15 were nabbed at Okpoko, a territory that could be referred to as their stronghold.

Items found on them included MASSOB ID card, tellers used for payment into the group’s account and charms.

Some of the suspects who did not deny their involvement with the group, said they went for thanksgiving to mark the 16th year of existence of MASSOB.

Speaking on the development, the Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor, Chikodi Anara, reiterated the readiness of the state to stamp out any form of criminal activity by any group that would hold the people of the state to ransom.

Though the suspects were arrested, they still maintained that they are a non-violent group that are only committed to the cause of the Igbo nation, maintaining that ‘no matter what happens, Biafra is like a sun that cannot go dim’.

However, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hassan Karma, said the Joint Security Operations will stop at nothing to ensure that the state is safe for its citizenry, while surveillance operations aimed at supporting what the state government wants to achieve for the state, in terms of security, will continue.

Ossomala Farmers Fault Distribution Of Flood Relief Funds

floodFarmers in Ossomala, Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state have said the flood relief fund distributed by the government had little or no effect on their recovery process, as it was not properly and equitably distributed.

The 2012 flood ravaged over seven local government areas in the state but Ogbaru and Anambra West local government areas, which are water logged areas, were the worst hit.

At St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Reverend Father in-charge Chris Ossomala recalled the untold devastation of the flood which caused the destruction of properties and complained of the process of government intervention.

Also, Mrs. Omelogo Eke, a commercial cassava farmer, who produced over eight basins of cassava for sale in the local market, complained of the poor intervention from government. She said she was forced to lend money to ensure that her business did not collapse, as it was her family’s only source of livelihood. On his part, Mr. Obiorah Oranyelu, a physically challenged cassava and yam farmer commended the government for intervening at all but expressed bitterness over the way the flood relief fund was distributed, maintaining that it did not really serve the purpose it was meant for.

Although the government had said it would assist the affected communities, the farmers said their hopes were dashed and called on the government to device a better means of distribution, so the donations can get to the targeted people.

The farmers say cultivation of a hectare of land costs between fifty to sixty thousand naira. While the dissatisfaction goes on, the farmers suggested that government should distribute any relief to targeted farmers to achieve result and in his suggestion; Rev. Fr. Odimegwu said government should extend the relief to school fees to support the struggling parents.

In his reaction, the Secretary to the State Government and Chairman of Flood Intervention Committee, Oseloka Obaze explained that all the money the federal government released to Anambra for the flood intervention was properly channeled.