APGA Elects Victor Ike Oye As New Chairman

apgaDr. Victor Ike Oye has emerged the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), with the former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, clinching the National Secretary position.

Before the event started, there were rumours of a court order stopping the convention but after a directive from the outgoing National Chairman, the party’s legal adviser cleared the air.

The convention, which took place at the Women Development Center, Awka, had a total of 740 delegates from the six geopolitical zones of the country and happened eight years after the last convention was held, laying to rest projections of disintegration of the party.

The new National Chairman promised to take the party to new heights through building a new and cohesive political movement founded on mutual love, peace and fraternity, devoid of bitterness and acrimony.

The outgoing National Chairman, Victor Umeh, made a well-tailored speech on the achievements of the party and urged the new executive to continue in a higher dimension.

Moving further, the convention moved for the dissolution of the existing body of the National Working Committee, after which the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinwe Nwaebili, moved a motion for the approval of the election of the members of the National Working Committee of the party.

The nominees were called upon and with an unanimous voice vote, they were elected and sworn in.

Anambra State First Lady Empowers 200 Physically Challenged

wife of the Anambra state governor, ebele obianoThe wife of the Anambra State Governor, Mrs Ebele Obiano, has distributed prosthetic limbs and empowering items to 200 physically challenged persons in the state.

During the fitting of the limbs at the Women Development Center, Awka, Anambra State capital, Mrs Obiano said the gesture was to enable them earn a better living.

The Governor’s wife sponsored the programme through her pet project, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ).

The first phase of the programme was held in December last year, with 300 physically challenged persons benefiting.

The women in the state appreciated the effort of Mrs Obiano, which they said uplifted the living condition of the physically challenged in the state.

Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, in his remark, commended the state governor for efforts in reviving the hope of the down trodden in the state.

In addition to the artificial limbs, the beneficiaries were also given computers, laptops, and grinding machines among other empowerment items.

Mrs Obiano also asked graduates with disabilities, who finished in the last six years, to submit their personal details to her office through their respective local government chairmen for employment.

According to her, the state government is set to give jobs to 1,000 physically challenged persons.

Anambra Primary Schools Get 5 Billion Naira For Facility Upgrade

The Anambra State Government has released another 5billion Naira for continued rehabilitation of both public and mission schools in the state.

This comes one week after the presentation of 5billion Naira Conditional Grant Scheme for accelerated execution of projects in various Local Government Areas of the state, towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

In a ceremony at the Women Development Center, Awka, the State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who presented the cheque alongside the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Suleman Dikko, announced that his administration though gradually coming to an end, would ensure total transformation of the education sector in the state.

When in 2011, Anambra State Governor handed over schools previously owned by missions back to them; he resolved to provide continued financial resources to assist in the renovation and reconstruction of the dilapidated buildings in those schools.

According to the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Uju Okeke, the Governor further embarked on procurement of school buses, laptops and instructional materials, and presently, over 250,000 laptops and over 400 buses have been distributed to schools. All those the commissioner said were geared towards producing high quality brains and better leaders of tomorrow.

While the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Suleman Dikko, maintained that the educational policy of Anambra State was one to be copied because of its direct impact, the Country Director of United Nations International Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF, Charles Nzuki, urged all to invest in education.

While over 1.6billion Naira went to the Catholic mission primary schools, over 1.1billion Naira went to the Anglican; another 2.3billion Naira went to the public schools, the State Governor, before the disbursement of the cheques, said that he was not yet done with the educational transformation of the state.

UNICEF has selected Anambra State out of the states in the South East of Nigeria for Private Public Partnership, PPP, which will be launched in March 2014.

Obi Donates 2.65 Billion Naira For Microsoft Academy

Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has donated the sum of 2.65 billion Naira (about 16.7 million dollars) for the establishment of an ICT based learning programme.

All public and mission schools in the state will benefit from the programme.

He has also commenced the distribution of laptops, printers and generators to all the public and mission secondary schools in the state valued at one billion Naira (about 6.2 million dollars) .

The distribution was flagged off with the formal launch of Secondary Schools Microsoft Connectivity and Education Programme at the Women Development Centre, Awka with a cheque presentation for 2.65 billion Naira for the project.

“The first batch of 520 power generators would be distributed to schools to ensure steady power supply,”  Obi said while speaking at the event, .

About 25,000 laptops, 1,400 colour printers and other internet connectivity facilities were distributed in a bid to ensure the success of the Microsoft Information Technology Academy in the schools.

The laptops are programmed with the national curriculum in all subjects.

The state commissioner for education, Mrs. Uju Okeke, commended the governor for investing substantial funds and resources to improve the standard of education in schools and reiterated the benefits of the project to students.

Representatives of the communication technology partners, Microsoft Africa (Marc Israel) and HP Nigeria (Ime Umoh), spoke on the impact of the project which would bridge the gap in education, especially in the 21st century. They noted that Anambra was setting the pace for others.

The governor said that the establishment of the Microsoft Academy would help produce better generation of well-informed future leaders.



Obi Donates Materials Worth N10 Million To Disabled Persons

The Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has distributed empowerment materials valued at about N10 million to over 500 physically challenged persons at a ceremony marking the 2013 International Day for Persons with Disabilities at the Women Development Center in Awka.

At the event with the theme, “Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors to Realise an Inclusive Society for All,” items donated to the individuals included wheel chairs, grinding machines, hair dryers, sewing machines, braille machines and papers, hair clippers and others.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, led by Henrietta Agbata, thanked the governor and noted that his administration had shown commitment to the cause of persons with disabilities and had empowered them several times.

However, the Chairman of the Association of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Lawrence Nwanolue, faulted the ministry for not carrying them along in policies, decisions and activities involving them. He however thanked the governor for the donation.

Governor Obi, who noted the complaints, promised to make up for lapses by the ministry in ensuring their welfare and happiness.

He also assured the people that he would ensure the availability of a micro credit scheme as well as the provision of a bus to the disabled before the end of November.

He added that their welfare would remain a top priority of his administration.