23 December 2018

December Matches: Ifeanyi Ubah fulfills promise, donates footballs, other kits to Anambra South communities

December Matches: Ifeanyi Ubah fulfills promise, donates footballs, other kits to Anambra South communities

Yesterday, the 2019 Anambra South Senatorial Candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) and the Chairman, Anambra State FA, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, in his Umuanuka Otolo-Nnewi residence, dashed out footballs and other kits to some of the communities in Anambra South for their towns 2018 December football matches.

The Senatorial leading candidate, Dr. Ubah who earlier announced through his campaign organization, his intention to support end of the year community matches across his Senatorial District gave the footballs and other kits to 19 communities whose December League matches are scheduled to commence today, 23rd December, 2018. The event was witnessed by Coordinators and Members of "Ifeanyi Ubah Solidarity Movement (IUSM) from each town of the District.

During the event, Dr. Ubah urged every town and persons to identify with the independent grassroot movement, IUSM which is poised in spreading the Ifeanyi Ubah gospel.

Communities that benefited from yesterday's donation include Ekwulumili, Ukpor and Amichi in Nnewi South Local Government, Igboukwu, Oraeri, Umuona and Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government and Owerre-Ezukala, Akpu, Umunze and Ogboji in Orumba South Local Government. Others include Ufuma, Ndị Ikerionwu, Ndiokpaleze and Omoh in Orumba North Local Government, and Uruagu Youths in Nnewi North Local Government.
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13 November 2018

Obiano Commends Anambra Assembly for Overcoming Crisis

Obiano Commends Anambra Assembly for Overcoming Crisis

The Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano has commended the members of the Anambra State House of Assembly for the mature and wise way they handled the minor misunderstanding that arose in the House on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Speaking from Paris where he is on official tour with President Buhari, Governor Obiano commended the Speaker of the House, Hon Mrs Rita Maduagwu, the principal officers and other members of the House for rising to the acid test of true democracy and peacefully resolving the mild misunderstanding that erupted among them saying that the matter would have degenerated to something unpleasant if handled by a less competent crop of leaders.

The Governor expressed confidence in the ability of Anambra lawmakers to always resolve their differences in the truest tradition of representative democracy and forge stronger ties that would accelerate the development of the state.

He also expressed contentment with the assurances by the Speaker and the Principal Officers of the House that whatever grey areas that might be still lingering in the House would be amicably resolved in the next few days.

Speaking further, Governor Obiano assured that Anambra remains Nigeria’s most peaceful and safe state and that his administration would continue to work assiduously to ensure that the state maintains that status.
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11 November 2018

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9 November 2018

MUSIC: King Monada – Malwedhe (with lyrics)

King of Bolobedu House, King Monada returns with a brand new scorcher and he titles this one “Malwedhe”. You just know the festive tune and December banger is already secure.
Listen & Download “King Monada – Malwedhe” below:-


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Intro X 2
Nna rena le malwedhe ( I have a sickness)
Geo okhe Jola lenna, ( if you are dating me)
Okhe raloke kago Nhlala ( Don't play with breaking up with me)

Refrain X 2
Nna rena le malwedhe ( I have a sickness)
Wa nhlala odho tsosa Malwedhe ale khole ( if you break up with me, you will bring up hidden sickness from far)

Chorus X 5
Kena Le Bolwedhe bja go idibala ( I have a sickness of collapsing)
Wa nhlala kea idibala ( If you break up with me, i collapse)

Hook X 2
Malwedhe aka akamo maratong. ( My sickness is rooted in love ralationships or comes from love relationships)

Verse 1
Wa jola Kea idibala. ( if you cheat, I collapse)
Wa njolela Kea idibala. ( if you cheat on me, I collapse)
Lege okha mphe tshelete, kea idibala ( even if you don't give me money, I collapse)
Ge okha dize, kea idibala ( if you don't give me money, I collapse)

Hook X 2
Malwedhe aka akamo maratong. ( My sickness is rooted in love ralationships or comes from love relationships)

Verse 2
Wase boye gae, kea idibala. ( if you don't return back home, I collapse)
Wa tima phono kea idibala. ( if you switch off your phone, I collapse)
Phono ya Tshwara Ke modhabo kea idibala ( If your secret lover answers the phone, i collapse)
Wa njolela Kea idibala. ( if you cheat on me, I collapse)

Hook X 2
Malwedhe aka akamo maratong. ( My sickness is rooted in love ralationships or comes from love relationships)

Chorus X 5
Kena Le Bolwedhe bja go idibala ( I have a sickness of collapsing)
Wa nhlala kea idibala ( If you break up with me, i collapse)

Nna rena le malwedhe ( I have a sickness)
Geo okhe Jola lenna, ( if you are dating me)
Okhe raloke kago Nhlala ( Don't play with breaking up with me)
Nna rena le malwedhe ( I have a sickness)
Wa nhlala odho tsosa Malwedhe ale khole ( if you break up with me, you will bring up hidden sickness from far)
Kena Le Bolwedhe bja go idibala ( I have a sickness of collapsing)
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19 October 2018

Is Nnamdi KANU Alive?

Nnamdi Kanu Alive?

An online report signed by Uche Mefor, Deputy Leader of IPOB says that Kanu will be making a live broadcast from Israel shortly. The statement reads...

“Fellow Biafrans, friends of Biafra,  men and women of goodwill and of good conscience, warm greetings to all. We wish to reliably inform you that The Supreme Leader of the IndigenousPeople of Biafra,  Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would within an hour from now praying in Jerusalem Live on facebook.  All are enjoined to hook on. Chukwu Okike is in charge”

Uche Mefor,
Deputy Leader, Indegenous People of Biafra  (IPOB).
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18 October 2018

Obiano Condoles with Ikpeazu on Osisioma Tragedy. By James Eze

Obiano Condoles with Ikpeazu on Osisioma Tragedy.

The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, commiserates with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and the people of Abia over the heartrending incidence of fire outbreak that caused heavy fatalities at Osisioma.

In a press release issued by Mr. James Eze, Gov. Obiano’s Chief Press Secretary, the Governor lamented the ‘untimely loss of so many lives, mostly youthful lives, in just one neighbourhood at peacetime.’ The Governor regretted that the heavy death toll occurred at a time in history when life should be better nurtured and preserved in our land.

While empathizing with the Government and people of Abia State, Gov. Obiano enjoined the people to ‘always take precautionary measures in preserving life by avoiding occasions or acts capable of undermining the sustenance of life.’ He instructed that ‘the sanctity of life demands conscious human efforts to keep life, especial at moments of need and trial.’

As the Governor wished repose of the souls of the departed, he sent assurances of his heartfelt sympathy in his condolences to the bereaved families, while praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss with equanimity.
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15 October 2018

Obiano Decorated as “Champion of Democracy” in Boston: By James Eze

Obiano Decorated as “Champion of Democracy” in Boston

By James Eze (eziokwubundu@gmail.com)

The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has been honoured as Nigeria’s Champion of Democracy by the Nigerian American Multi-Service Association (NAMSA) in Boston at the weekend.

The Nigerian American Multi-Service Association (NAMSA) is a Boston based umbrella association of Nigerians in Massachusetts that is dedicated to promoting and preserving the culture and heritage of all people of Nigerian/African descent in the United States, working assiduously to provide supportive environment through education, networking opportunities and other services that would help their fellow compatriots adapt and thrive.

The ceremony which brought the Governor’s business tour of Boston to a glorious climax was marked by effusive encomiums from members of the organization who represent the various segments of the Nigerian sub-culture in Boston.

Bestowing the honour on Governor Obiano, the President of the Association, Mr Godwin Nnanna lauded him for proving through his stellar performance, that good governance is possible in Nigeria.

According to him, the recent triumph of five Anambra girls who won the Gold Medal at the World Technovation Challenge in San Francisco did not drop from the skies. “It is a product of sound policy making and implementation,” Mr Nnanna observed, pointing out that all performance indicators have been pointing skywards since Governor Obiano took over the reins of leadership.

He praised the Governor’s stream of excellent performances which he said had kept Anambra steadily in the news and urged him to remain steadfast on the path of purposeful governance as it was the only hope for Nigeria to overcome her myriad of development challenges.

Mr Nnanna expressed the gratitude of NAMSA to Governor Obiano and his wife, Ebelechukwu, for honouring the Association with their presences and assured them of the resolve of the association to lend a helping hand to his efforts to bring rapid development to Anambra State.

Echoing Nnanna’s laudatory, other prominent leaders of the association like Prof Ajibola Osinubi, Dr Joyce Nwosu, Ms Nkoli Onye and Prof NT Izuchi  praised Governor Obiano’s sterling accomplishments in office and urged him not to drop the baton in his second term.
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14 October 2018

Herdsmen and Farmers: Realities, Response and Resolution of a National Dilemma by Gov Willie Obiano.

Herdsmen and Farmers: Realities, Response and Resolution of a National Dilemma

A Lecture Delivered by the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano at Double Tree by Hilton, Boston, Massachusetts, USA to mark Nigeria’s 58th Independent Anniversary.

It is a great honour to stand before you today to deliver a Lecture on Nigeria’s 58th Independent Anniversary. I had looked forward to this moment just as I had looked forward to the month of October in particular. Every October, I celebrate two of the most important women in my life… my wife and my country. Yes, my beloved wife, Ebelechukwu, marked her birthday last Sunday. So, you can see how important October is to me.

Ladies and gentlemen, I sincerely do not know where the idea of looking at a country as a woman came from but there is probably no better way to look at Nigeria than to see her as a beautiful woman…very lovely and glamorous, but full of shakara.  A beautiful woman needs care and tenderness to remain fresh and glamorous. Nigeria needs care and tenderness to reward our hopes and fulfil our dreams. Nigeria needs us now more than we need Nigeria. And we must not let her down!

Engaging Nigeria
Indeed, it is difficult to think of Nigeria without thinking of her enormous gifts and endowments; or her many unfulfilled promises. With an estimated population of almost 200 million people and a land area of 923,768 square kilometres, Nigeria is potentially a big country. But sitting on the 157th position in the global Human Development Index in 2017, it is obvious that Nigeria has not kept the promise of a huge material wealth to her population. It is not for want of effort on her part though but a challenge of sustainability.

To illustrate this point, as at 2015, Nigeria was rated as the 20th largest economy in the world with a nominal GDP in excess of $500 billion. A year earlier, it had overtaken South Africa to become Africa’s largest economy. Consequently, the World Bank rated it an Emerging Market and Nigeria became a Regional Power on the continent, a Middle Power in International Affairs and an Emerging Global Power. Yes, Nigeria has shown tremendous promise.  So, I have no doubt that Nigeria can and shall attain greatness. It is just a matter of time!

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not an empty rhetoric. Nor is it a statement driven by excited optimism. If history is any guide to memory and knowledge, then we may remember that the area known today as Nigeria covers a wide expanse of geography that once brimmed with outstanding human achievements. Long before much of the world knew anything about civilization, the area that covers Kaduna and Plateau States gave the world the Nok Culture which dates from between 1000 BC to 500 BC. It documents a movement in civilization that covers the Neolithic or Stone Age and the beginning of the Iron Age. It drops hints about what might be the oldest organized human society with current research suggesting that the Nok Culture may have predated the founding of Rome by about 500 years. In contemporary history, the ancient Eri Kingdom in my own Anambra State, the glorious Benin Kingdom, the Yoruba Kingdoms, Kanem Bornu Empire and the great Hausa city states are a sparkling confirmation that greatness is neither strange nor new to modern Nigeria. And if our ancestors did it, then we too can do it. The key is in our own hands!

Introducing the Dilemma
Nigeria is a fascinating study in human tribulations and resilience. But that is not an extraordinary story. Every progressive society known to man has its own stories of socio-political turbulence, mutual suspicions, bitter rivalries, armed conflict or full blown war.

Essentially, since the end of the Biafran War, Nigeria has had many dangerous disagreements, violent eruptions, wild protests and other symptoms of a society in transition. But none of these past experiences is as menacing and wide-spread as the recent clashes between farmers and cattle herders. Even at their most violent peak, the exploits of the dreaded terror group, Boko Haram, were restricted mostly to the North East region of Nigeria. But the violent clashes between the herdsmen and farmers present a different test of willpower. What many Nigerians would like to understand is why everyday people who have lived together for ages would suddenly become each other’s dread. Why the farmer who is bound to his ancestral farmland by sweat and blood should run for his dear life when he hears a rustle in the tree. Why the herdsman who had walked the open fields of Nigeria with his dropping straw hat and a harmless stick across his shoulders should suddenly become a source of fear and anxiety. And finally, why after 58 years of living together as a country, we have allowed this mild irritation to develop into a national nightmare?

Ladies and gentlemen, once in every while, I ask myself hard questions and I think you should do same too. I ask myself if all that history had taught us about our ancestors were a heap of lies. Are we the true heirs to the Nok Culture, the great Eri Kingdom, the Kanem Bornu Empire, the Benin Empire, the Ife and Oyo Empires or even the more recent Opobo Kingdom where King Jaja taught the British a few lessons in trade and statecraft? Are we the true inheritors of all those great civilizations that our ancestors wrought with their own hands? Are we the great grandchildren of those great men and women who created those magnificent kingdoms and ran them with unbelievable efficiency? If we are, how can we not manage a mild headache like an argument between a farmer and a cattle herder? Again, I ask HOW?

Why the Stakes are High
Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of petrol in the world, the 8th largest exporter and the 10th largest confirmed reserves of crude oil but what keeps Nigeria going is Agriculture. That is why I made Agriculture the number one pillar of my Economic Blueprint. All statistical and geographical facts point us in the direction of Agriculture and that is why the stakes are sincerely high. It may be important to know at this juncture that in agricultural terms, Nigeria has 91 million hectares of land. 84 million of these hectares are arable. But only 40% of our arable land has been cultivated. Nigeria also has 230 billion cubic meters of water and has abundant rainfall in over two thirds of her territory. These facts make Agriculture the natural route to greatness for Nigeria. Our founding fathers knew this and designed all their economic plans with it in mind. That was what led to the groundnuts pyramids and made Nigeria the largest producer of palm oil and the second largest exporter of cocoa at the dawn of independence in 1960. And this is why the stakes are high!

Indeed, the stakes are high because the National Bureau of Statistics estimates that 25% of Nigeria’s GDP comes from Agriculture while 70% of Nigerians are employed in the Agricultural sector. At the same time, recent studies indicate that Crop Production accounts for 93.45% of overall nominal growth in the agriculture sector.  In the light of this therefore, a disruption of the natural balance that has kept things together is bound to throw large populations out of employment, create avoidable food scarcity and lead to a painful loss of revenue. A clear demonstration of what could happen when a disruption occurs in the food supply chain could be seen from the acute shortage of tomatoes that hit Nigeria in the early part of 2017. The scarcity was so severe that tomatoes became an instant metaphor for Nigeria’s national grief.

On the other hand, Nigeria is home to about 22m cattle. The other day, the Minister of Agriculture was quoted as saying that Nigeria consumes about 90,000 of this figure per day. Lagos alone consumes 6000 cattle per day. At N150,000 per head, the cow business stands at about N3.4 trillion or $16.2 billion today. This is a huge amount of money. The cow business is a big business. And that is also why the stakes are so high!

The Sources of Trouble
One of the most recurrent causes of conflict between the cattle herders and farmers is cattle-rustling. Herders often point fingers at farmers for their missing cattle which they consider a serious loss of revenue. There is also the usually unspoken emotional attachment that the herders have to their cows which outsiders to the cow business do not easily understand. They rightly or wrongly believe that herders exact revenge in blood for missing cows because of this strange attachment. Another point of conflict that is regularly cited is that cattle herders graze their livestock on the crops of farmers, ruining a whole season of work and throwing families into avoidable hunger. In some instances too, herders brazenly graze on large industrial farms thereby destroying huge investments. Not quite long ago, it took all the political will of the government of Anambra State to move cattle herders away from the famous Coscharis Rice Farm in Anambra State which is valued at over $200 million dollars. We can all imagine what would have happened if we had not intervened. There are so many other reasons offered for these bloody conflicts. But what no one has been able to tell us is the reason why they seem to have risen just when the flames of Boko Haram began to die down.

Gauging the National Rhetoric
Anyone who has followed the farmers and herdsmen conflict will recall that when it started, many people did not know what to make of it. It began slowly like a typical quarrel between unfriendly neighbours and quickly grew in dimension and scale into a national tragedy. And when conversations eventually began about it, views were polarized along ethnic and religious lines. While that should be expected, our diversity should be our strength and not our weakness. However, the dominant views that emerged from the deluge of commentaries and opinions are quite fascinating. There have been strong moves for the establishment of Cattle Colonies. There has also been an effort to introduce a National Grazing Reserve Bill. Interestingly, neither the establishment of cattle colonies nor the National Grazing Reserve Bill has gained the acceptance of the Nigerian people.  On the contrary, many Nigerians prefer that rather than roam freely in the wild, cattle should be properly ranched as is the case in most countries in the world. They argue that since cattle-herding is a private business, it should not be allowed to evolve into a public headache!

Introducing Anambra State
For purposes of enlightenment only; not as a prescription of what should be the standard response to this national dilemma, I would like to share the Anambra story here. I avoid prescriptions because prescriptions are usually subjective and easily misunderstood. Now, Anambra presents a very interesting scenario. Anambra is blessed with natural gas, crude oil, bauxite, kaolin, salt, gypsum, lead, lignite, limestone and iron ore among others. We have the largest retail market in West Africa. With an economy of N3.8 trillion, Anambra has the lowest poverty rate in Nigeria with $1,615 per capita. And if Anambra were an independent country, our GDP would be 17th in Africa. We have great tourism potentials with the Ogbaukwu Caves and Waterfalls in Owerre-Ezukala and Ogbunike Cave in Ogbunike. Anambra is the 10th most populous state in Nigeria with a population density of 860 per square kilometer. And in the past four years, we have been Nigeria’s safest state. With only 4,844 square kilometres of land, Anambra is Nigeria’s second smallest state. It is just slightly bigger than Lagos. But while Lagos has expanded into the sea with the Eko Atlantic City Project, Anambra has lost a sizeable chunk of her precious land to over 950 gully erosion sites. Anambra has 100% arable land. Land is not something we have in abundance in Anambra, and with the growing reports of violent clashes between farmers and herdsmen over land, my administration needed to think its way out of the danger that loomed over Anambra.

 Solving a National Dilemma
In Anambra State, we like to look at the big picture. We realize that diversity is life and that if God wanted a homogeneous world, He would have made everyone look the same. Being the birthplace of the Igbo, our worldview is broad. We believe in the ancient Igbo saying that the world is like a dancing masquerade; you cannot appreciate its full splendour if you choose to watch it from the same spot. This philosophy is at the heart of our people’s wanderlust and drive for success. We are almost everywhere on the planet. The large Anambra Community in this great city is enough proof of this.

Now, during our routine scenario-planning in 2015, we foresaw the impending threat by herdsmen in some parts of the country and moved quickly to save Anambra State from the looming attack. That was long before the menace of the herdsmen took over the front-pages of our national newspapers.  Our counter strategy was to include the threat of a possible attack from them into the security architecture of Anambra State. We had prided ourselves as Nigeria’s safest state for a while and we did not want that profile to be shattered. Once we did that, our next step was to set up the Herdsmen/Farmers Cattle Menace Committee. Members of this Committee are leaders of the Hausa-Fulani Community, government officials, the traditional rulers of agrarian communities and the Service Commanders of the various security agencies in the state. Through the mediating influence of this Committee, an agreement was sealed between the agrarian communities and the herdsmen, which specifies that compensation would be paid by either party for breaching the rules of engagement between them. In other words, the herdsmen would pay compensation if they allowed their cattle to destroy people’s farms while the host communities would pay for confirmed cases of cattle rustling or any other breach of the agreement reached with the herdsmen.

To further strengthen our interface with the Hausa-Fulani Community, I appointed one of them known as Garuba Haruna as my Special Assistant on Islamic/Hausa-Fulani Affairs with the mandate of nurturing and sustaining cordial relations between the farming communities and the cattle herders. This agreement was unanimously applauded by all the members of the committee including Mr Sidiq Gidado, the Chairman of the Fulani Herdsmen Association in the South East. Similarly, the leader of the Muslim Community in the state, Alhaji Sule Momodu also commended our decision to give a Hausa-Fulani a position in the government; the first since the creation of the state.

The lesson here is that we must create more room for tolerance and diversity in our communities. That is one of the sustainable ways of forestalling extremist tendencies and maintaining peace in our communities. Many Nigerians may not know that 1% of the population of Anambra State does not speak Igbo Language. They speak Igala Language. But my administration appointed an Igala man, Bonaventure Enemali, as a Commissioner and a member of my Cabinet; another first since the creation of Anambra State. It is a gesture that carries a loud message of tolerance and inclusiveness.

Finally, Nigeria must hasten up to join the 43-nation group of Climate Vulnerable Forum. This Forum is a global partnership of countries that are most vulnerable to global warming and have come together to negotiate for special concessions and considerations from the United Nations. Many analysts have pointed at climate change as one of the remote causes of the violent clashes between farmers and herdsmen. They point at the rapid pace of desert encroachment in the far North as the reason behind herdsmen’s invasion of farmlands in the North Central and some parts of Southern Nigeria. It is believed that membership of the Climate Vulnerable Forum will attract some concessions that will checkmate the spread of this national anxiety. This is an option worth exploring!

The Anambra Success Story
At the risk of sounding immodest, I would like to observe that under my watch, Anambra State has evolved into one of the model states in Nigeria today. And there is really no magic to it. We simply started with clearly defined Vision and Mission Statements which serve as a roadmap to our overall development drive. When we started out, we declared that our Vision was to make Anambra State the 1st Choice Investment Destination and a hub for industrialization and commercial activities. We also declared that our Mission was to make Anambra State a socially stable, business-friendly environment that would attract both indigenes and foreigners to seek wealth-creating opportunities. To ensure the realisation of these two Statements, we crafted a Blueprint known as the Four Pillars of Development which revolves around Agriculture, Industrialization, Trade and Commerce and Oil & Gas. The Vision and Mission Statements come together in a perfect synergy with the Four Pillars of Development to make up my dream for Anambra State. We also have what I call the Enablers. There are fourteen of them. The Enablers are those basic things that must be in place for the Pillars to function. Some of the Key Enablers include Security, Education, Health, Roads and Social Infrastructure, the Environment, Finance, Transportation, Public Utilities and others.

Ladies and gentlemen, after four years on the saddle, I am quite happy with the decision we took on matters pertaining to security. I have come to realize that for most of the developing world, security is the master-key to sustainable development. When we assumed office on March 17, 2014, we knew that no matter how bright our ideas or how eloquent our rhetoric was, if we failed to tackle the persistent challenge of insecurity in Anambra State, we would be dead on arrival as an administration. So, we designed a security architecture that helped us stamp out crime of all shades from Anambra State. And today, because of our decision to make security the number one priority of Anambra State, because we have donated a gunboat to the Naval Outpost in Onitsha to secure our waterways and 25 smart cars to the police to patrol our streets and alleyways, and finally because we occasionally launch surveillance helicopters into Anambra skies to detect threats beyond the range of human eyes, our dear state is a better place and we are within a touching distance of our vision and mission as a government.

Ladies and gentlemen, the results are there to see in all key areas of development. Commercial and socio-cultural activities have been on a steady rise in Anambra State. The impact is so much that in 2016/2017 when Nigeria’s economy went into deficit, the sub-national economy of Anambra State grew by 1% because of the measures we initiated to fight recession.  We established the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA) to anchor our investment drive. The Agency swiftly became a One-Stop investment powerhouse, offering first class solutions to all investment inquiries. It signed 42 MoUs across various sectors in the state valued at $5.4 billion out of which $1.6 billion worth of investments had come from the indigenes of the state alone.

We have also recorded many success stories in our drive for investments into Anambra State but I will mention only three here because of time. We have some interesting case studies especially in the agricultural sector where some indigenous entrepreneurs like Coscharis Farms has invested $200m in a large mechanized rice farm located in Anaku. We also have JOSAN Agro Limited which has invested $180m in an Integrated Farm in Ufuma and Umumbo and finally, Lynden Farms Limited which invested $180m in a modern integrated poultry farm in Igbariam. Similarly, our rice production output currently stands at 345,000 metric tons. When my administration took over four years ago, Anambra was producing only 80,000 metric tons. We have also paid a serious attention to roads and infrastructure. We built three iconic flyovers which have become aesthetic landmarks in Awka and Amawbia as well as the longest bridge in the South East of Nigeria which leads to the oilfields. Lately, we have focused a lot of attention on giving a facelift to our cities. We rolled out the Light-up Anambra Campaign which has turned our cities, towns and communities into dazzling beauties at night. Our quest to enhance the beauty of our cities recently witnessed the remodelling of the famous DMGS Roundabout in Onitsha. We have turned it into a magnificent monument with five long elephant tusks rising from the base to form a canopy of unity at the top over a refurbished sculpture of the Great Nnamdi Azikiwe. The five tusks symbolically represent the five states of the South East held together in unity by a bead at the top. Indeed, the remodelling of the DMGS Roundabout further confirms that leadership must inspire the society to remember what it might so easily forget. It was this impulse that informed the decision of my administration to introduce a remarkable State Anthem which has powerful lines that inspire the citizens as they sing it at every event. By the Grace of God, I will continue to build monuments like the DMGS Roundabout to constantly remind Ndi Anambra of our common heritage and the imperatives of social peace. Indeed, Anambra State is on the rise! We have put our house in order and we are now ready to welcome the world.

We have had a fruitful interactive session with European businesses in June this year during my investment tour of Austria. And we are here today in Boston to open our doors to American investors. We would never contemplate all these if we didn’t consider Anambra safe enough for investors or if live with the dread that any part of Anambra State could suddenly come under the assault of some cattle herdsmen. To you our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora, I say, come home and invest and change the story of our people. Let us be guided by the encouraged by the inspiring stories of the contributions of the Jewish Diaspora to the greatness of the modern state of Israel today. The Nigerian Diaspora can do just the same. Nigeria is a better place today than it used to be!

In conclusion therefore, as we celebrate Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary, we may do well to remember that no human society, no matter how advanced is without conflicts. So, the conflict between herdsmen and farmers is just one more hurdle Nigeria must scale on her way to a stronger union. And we can all lend a hand in the search for a sustainable solution to this dilemma by building more tolerant, more diverse and more inclusive communities.

God bless Nigeria
God bless Anambra State
Thank you

Willie Obiano
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1 October 2018

Anambra State Government Signed Into OGP.

Anambra State Government signs into OGP

The ever-responsive Gov. Willie Obiano's government has signed into the Open Government Partnership. This is a great step in the democratic process.

The OGP is hinged on the premise of running a government with greater transparency so that the average Anambrarians can have access to certain information needed to hold their leaders accountable.

The Willie Obiano-led government wanted to ensure and restore trust in the assurance that ``Government business is Everybody's business’’.

The government has since partnered with stakeholders to ensure optimum performance in the extractive industries in and outside the state.

Previously unremembered communities have been included in the affairs of the state. Through personal intervention, Akpokuodike has attracted the federal government to the state, as witnessed during the heavy flooding in some parts of the state.

This ``Inclusion’’ is one of the major pivots of the success of the OGP.

We applaud the endless giant steps to ensure a better Anambra State by our amiable Governor.

Willie is ``exceptionally’’ working!
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Nigeria @58: Sweet Dreams or Nightmare?

Nigeria @58: Sweet Dream or Nightmare?

By James Eze (eziokwubundu@gmail.com)

You cannot live in Nigeria and not think about who we have become in recent years. You may try to shut it out of your mind but you may not always stop wondering if there is a sufficient reason for hope; to step out at dawn and watch the sun rise on the faces of your loved ones.  And I want to ask you this; at 58, what feelings does Nigeria stir in you?

Well, I don’t know if I am the only one that feels this way, but there are moments I feel like a deer, finally hounded to a corner; a plant in a room with no air. Those are moments when I mull over my relationship with Nigeria; and I gently ask her with the voice of a heartbroken lover, “have you been fair to me?”  At such moments, I am often of two minds, like a victim of an abusive relationship – I feel a strong desire to leave her but an utter lack of will power to get up and go.

 Don’t get me wrong. It is not for want of courage that I am still here.  It is the dilemma of someone who must choose between hope and despair. It is how you feel after years and years of broken promises. Each new promise raises the threshold of hope but each disappointment breeds a season of despair. Years when young and fearless, it seemed as though you could jump up and touch the sky. But also years that time has now turned into a blur in the haze of memory. And there are no mementos, no trophies and no reminders that you ever lived through those years. And who do you blame for this but Nigeria?

Who do you blame when children in your neighbourhood scream “Up NEPA,” after a long power cut and you suddenly remember that your tiny boyish voice once rang out the loudest forty years ago when the power holding company restored electricity to thousands of homes denied nourishing sleep by heat and a swarm of hungry mosquitoes?  Who do you blame when cows assume a value higher than human life and all we can do is shout from the temporary safety of our homes? Who do you blame when over 180 million people consistently bring back former military rulers to run their affairs and our best and brightest actually parted the way for one of them to mount the saddle of leadership? Who do you blame when a country that produced its first professor of medicine 53 years ago has neither the expertise nor the equipment to attend to the medical needs of its citizens?  Who do you blame in a country where injustice to one is never seen as injustice to all? Do you blame the leader or the led? Is the leader an alien or just one of us; a brother or sister, a former classmate, a fellow tribesman/woman, a home-boy/girl? If the leader is one of us, why can’t he touch our wounds and feel our pain? Why is he far removed from the very air we breathe? And are we innocent or complicit in his sudden transmogrification?

At 58, it is insincere to continue to absolve ourselves of blame for what Nigeria has become. And by the way, it is time to stop pointing fingers outwards. We cannot point fingers when we wilfully accept what more serious societies revolt against? We have watched with hands akimbo as farmers turned to manure in their own farmlands. And we shamefully nodded our acceptance when we were advised that it was wiser to let go of our ancestral lands than die holding onto them. We watched genocide sweep through the rainforest and looked away when malnourished children died with distended bellies over a war they had no hand in. We pretended that it didn’t matter when the goose that lay our collective golden egg became a wasteland for decades while fishes died in rivers poisoned by oil exploration. In fact, we laughed at them and called them ‘lazy.’ And when our fellow citizens complained of marginalization and pointed at decrepit federal roads in their domain, we called them cry-babies and mocked them with comments like; “you people are your own worst enemies.” And I just wonder how, by the way.

 And when we mock the wounds of our neighbours, when we deny the humanity of one another and strip our neighbour the right to indignation and justifiable outrage, we trade places with Nigeria and hand her the moral right to ask us; “have you been fair to me?”

Indeed, Nigeria never quite leaves you without questions, without wonder, without discontent. You may never stop wondering if this is all you can be as an individual. Sometimes the bleakness is so perverse that there seems to be nothing at all to give you pride as a Nigerian. No shooting stars to kindle hope with brilliant sparkles across the skies. No exceptions to celebrate; no genius to applaud and no singular act of heroism that could pass for a national banner of excellence. Innoson’s recent ordeal with the EFCC and Guaranty Trust Bank puts a dampener on what had looked like a rare flicker of hope and finally confirms the fear that Nigeria is a place where flowers wilt before sunrise. And you can’t help but hope that Anambra’s Golden Girls who won the World Technovation Challenge in San Francisco will get a chance to  live another day.

Now, should I wish Nigeria a Happy Birthday or just watch her in silence?
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14 September 2018

An Address Delivered by the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano at the Formal Launching of the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme

An Address Delivered by the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano at the Formal Launching of the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme.


I am happy to welcome you all to this event. Ndi Anambra, today marks the beginning of quality, affordable and accessible healthcare delivery in Anambra State. It also marks an end to avoidable suffering, preventable disability and careless death for our people.

After a careful planning, my administration has stepped out to make sure that everyone in Anambra State has a chance to enjoy a quality healthcare service. And when I say “everyone” I actually mean everyone that is living in this great state, including the poor and the rich and the young and the old. The scheme also comes with very special offers for pregnant women and for children under the age of five.

Ndi Anambra, this is a revolutionary scheme. It is probably the most affordable quality healthcare delivery scheme in this part of Africa. With just one thousand naira (N1000) a month per person, we offer a comprehensive scheme that covers preventive care, curative care and rehabilitative and surgical services for a whole year. Ndi Anambra, what this means is that if you register for the scheme with one thousand naira and continue to pay one thousand naira every month, you will get a top quality medical attention for whatever diseases or ailments you might have for a whole year. One thousand naira only!

Indeed, I am very hopeful that our illustrious brothers and sisters shall easily take up the challenge of offering insurance cover to their relatives and to their towns and communities or even local government areas. Since it costs only N12,000 per person per year, I have no doubt that some of our brothers and sister will underwrite this cost for their relatives in the spirit of onye aghana nwanne ya. I also urge employers of labour and members of the organized private sector to organize and buy policies for their staff from this scheme.

 Similarly, I advise members of professional associations, social clubs and age-grades not to miss this great opportunity to buy a rewarding policy for themselves.
Ndi Anambra, at this juncture, I am delighted to announce to you that Anambra State Government has paid for policies covering ten thousand people from across the state. The modalities for equitable distribution of this offer are being worked out to ensure that every community is adequately represented among the beneficiaries. At the same time, my administration shall pay ten percent in counterpart funding for the coverage of all civil servants and their families by this scheme. So, as you can all see, we are already leading from the front.

Ndi Anambra, my administration has always given the health sector the priority attention it deserves because we believe that ‘health is wealth.’ That is the reason why Health is one of the Key Enablers of my Economic Blueprint.
Essentially, we approach Health from three broad categories. Namely; Primary Healthcare, Secondary Healthcare and Tertiary Healthcare. Interestingly, this administration has recorded quite some impressive achievements in Primary Healthcare Delivery in the past five years. In specific terms, we have renovated 83 Primary Healthcare Centers and provided 63 Keke Ambulances. We also provided 17 Speedboats and 6 Water-ambulances for the riverine communities. Two Escort Life-saving Ambulances were also added to this fleet. In addition, we have finally established the Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

Ladies and gentlemen, we achieved even more in Secondary Healthcare Delivery. They include the upgrading of three General Hospitals in the state to a specialist status in each senatorial zone, namely; Onitsha, Ekwulobia and Enugwu-Ukwu General Hospitals. Next is upgrading of Nawfia Psychiatric Hospital and the on-going renovation of 18 General Hospitals in the state for improved services, accreditation and a robust participation in the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme.

In Tertiary Healthcare Delivery, we also recorded some impressive achievements. They include the successful accreditation of the School of Health Technology, Obosi with 6 Departments, the successful accreditation of Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), the successful accreditation of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Nkpor and perhaps more importantly, the accreditation of the final MBBS Programme of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital to ensure the graduation of the first set of Medical Students from the College of Medicine, Amaku. Other achievements include the accreditation of the Residency Training in O & G, Paediatrics and Community Medicine and finally; the donation of over N747m to Mission Hospitals as well as the sum of N250m in medical support to the vulnerable members of the society.

Ndi Anambra, these are some of the achievements of my administration in Healthcare Delivery so far. We still have a lot of headroom for improvement and we shall not relent until we have put Anambra State on the map for exceptional healthcare delivery.
Ladies and gentlemen, what we are launching here today is indeed a visionary healthcare scheme. I have no doubt that when it hits its operational peak, it will inspire a new thinking in medical insurance in Nigeria.

However, no matter how good this initiative is, it will not achieve its objectives if we do not take ownership of it and give it the support it deserves. So, I urge you all to take a policy today. I also charge all healthcare providers in Anambra State to turn over a new leaf and commit to providing quality healthcare services to our people. Ndi Anambra deserve nothing less than the best healthcare services- in the world!

Long live Anambra State
Long live Nigeria
Willie Obiano

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7 September 2018

Online Supermarket/Store in Anambra, Lagos Nigeria - JaraCart

Online Supermarket in Anambra, Lagos | Fashion, Grocery, Beauty Products Delivery Services in Anambra, Lagos | Buy Fashion, Groceries, Beauty & Make-Ups Online in Anambra, Lagos, Nigeria
JaraCart is an online store/supermarket that delivers your products in 8(eight)hours. Here is how we work. You are always busy at work (office) or home. Maybe, you just can’t take the stress of the market and traffic jams. I also think that you want fair prices for your products. Chill, relax, that’s why we are here.

Now, this is what we do. We collaborate with most of the top supermarkets (Roban Stores, ShopRite, Next Cash and Carry, SPAR Nigeria etc.) and local markets in Anambra and Lagos States. We list their products on our website, https://jaracart.com.ng. Now, when you place your order online with us for either fashion, groceries or Beauty and Make-ups products, we visit the various supermarkets and local markets to shop for your items and deliver them to you as fast as possible. Nice right? Wait, it doesn’t end here, there is more Jara to it..

We deliver the best quality and authentic alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to you. Our drinks categories include Beer, Wine, Spirits, Creamy, Juice, Energy Drinks, Soft Drinks, Food Drinks, and Yoghurt etc. On https://jaracart.com.ng, you will find top quality answers to questions like the price of drinks in Nigeria; list of drinks in Nigeria; list of alcoholic drinks in Nigeria; the price of a carton of beer in Nigeria; and best places to buy wine in Lagos and Abuja. Go to drinks and beverages to get started.

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