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 Reiterates Commitment To Infrastructural Development In Anambra

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has reiterated his commitment to infrastructural development in the state, assuring the resident of Orumba North and South Local Government Areas that his administration will continue with road projects in the area.

During a tour of the communities in the Local Government Area, Governor Obiano said the Anambra State government had spent over 47 billion Naira on road construction in the area within the past eight and half years.

Communities in Orumba North and South Local Government Areas are seen as the food baskets of the state, but the needed good roads to move their produce from their farms to the markets in the cities are lacking. The government is looking to provide good roads in the area to aid transportation of goods.

The Governor made a stop over at Mbaukwu in Awka South Local Government Area to sympathise with a domestic fire accident victim, Mr Friday Alagbo.

He said the state government would offset the hospital bills, but warned citizens to be careful in handling flammable materials, even as the state government had commenced with revamping the state’s fire fighting system.

At Ezira, in Orumba North Local Government Area, the reception was heartwarming, giving way for the people to solicit state government assistance to tackle poor road in their local government.

A Local Government Chairman highlighted some of their achievements in line with the vision of the state government as contained it its economic blueprint.

Governor Obiano, addressing the people, assured them that the construction of the 11.3 kilometer Ezira-Umuonyia-Achina road, which connects Orumba South to Aguata, would soon begin.

Obiano urged the people to continue supporting his political party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), as the 22 billion Naira already spent on road infrastructure in the local government would only be a tip of an iceberg.

The Governor also visited Ajalli, in Orumba South. Addressing a gathering of residents, Governor Obiano said that over 25 billion Naira had been spent on road construction in addition to interventions in schools, hospitals and other key sectors.

He also urged the people to give APGA candidates total support in the forthcoming elections, to maintain the tempo of good governance in the Local Government Areas.

 

APC Inaugurates New Exco In Anambra State

apcThe All Progressive Congress (APC) has inaugurated its State and Local executive members in Anambra and Imo States.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Awka the capital of Anambra State, a Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone and leader of the party in the  state, Chris Ngige asked party members to be confident as members of the opposition party who have the mandate of setting the State on the right path, as they go into the election year of 2015.

Senator Ngige took time to prepare the party faithful ahead of the 2015 general elections while also keeping them abreast with national events in the areas of impeachment and terrorism as it concerns the party.

Senator Chris Ngige, who was received by party members in the State House of Assembly and other State executive members, told them that they had converged to ratify the mandate given to their members at Ekwueme Square on May 14 to pilot the affairs of the party at the State level alongside those elected at the local government congresses towards winning elections in the forthcoming 2015 General elections.

Also, in attendance at the ceremony was the  National Auditor of the party, Mr George Muoghalu,who reminded the party members that being in opposition party meant being strong and bold in checking the excesses of the party in power as well as guarding against electoral fraud.

The oath of office was administered to the 35 member State executive body by the Southeast National Vice Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Eneukwu, who outlined his expectations from the newly inaugurated State officers ahead of the 2015 election.

The 20 local government Chairmen of the party were sworn in by the State Chairman, Mr Emeka Ibe, while the remaining local government of Orumba South where there were issues and election not yet concluded would be concluded later.

Other matters raised at the occasion included the issue of terrorism where the party leadership absolved themselves of the accusations supposedly leveled against them by the opposition party.

Senator Ngige,  however,  reacted on the new wave of impeachment affecting more of the APC Governors and said they were uncalled for.