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Thursday

Obiano and the making of new Anambra

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Ejike Anyaduba
When in 1991 the military administration of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida heeded the call to create more states in Nigeria it was probably for two reasons. One was to douse the tension of structural imbalance in the country and, the other, to give viable states the impetus to develop. Anambra was one of the states which creation was thought exigent for both reasons. She was carved out from the old Anambra state, comprising Enugu, Anambra and parts of Ebonyi states 
Creating the new state was a relief to ndi Anambra who had looked forward to a state of their own where justice and equity would hold firm; where dichotomy and bickering would be less emphasized; where people with common outlook on life, entrepreneurial spirit and strong impetuous drive for success would easily aspire to a common goal. 
Unfortunately, the road to realizing the dream became one hell of a winding path. The ship of the state set sail off the wrong water and suffered the buffet of a cruel wind. As states created alongside her developed Anambra tottered on the brink and could only manage an uptick on the development ring. The pioneer administrators, unable to get a handle on the task at hand, stalled for the most part. They could not galvanize the state’s abundant human and material resources into action. Basic infrastructure required for a start-up state was visibly lacking. By the dawn of democratic rule it was obvious the foundation for the new state was not laid. What was in place as the foundation was too weak to ward off sleaze and engender a viable new state.
In time, negative undercurrent of political activities, evident from shabby handling of statecraft, began to tug at the soul of the new State. By 1999, it was certain the ship of the state was going to keel over. The weak foundation could not sustain the equally weak civilian government that just emerged. Expectedly, the system, already distending from years of maladministration, began to spew out an army of highly mobile and well connected political profiteers. The honest-to-goodness administration of Chinwoke Mbadinuju was too harassed to act.  Enervated by the viciousness of the invading horde the government resorted to routine prayers. As Mbadinuju’s government prayed the merchants became more daring. The result was wasted development opportunities in the state and the summary replacement of Mbadinuju with Chris Ngige.    
Ngige’s administration was characterized by frantic moments. The height of which was his abduction by the same forces that ran his predecessor out of office. Ngige showed grit, but his resistance did not last long enough to make any impact. The courts were to vitiate his office after three years. But before that happened, his government had commenced reconstruction of few state roads and did a fair job of them.  
The coming of Peter Obi’s government was no less important as it did its utmost to further effort in road construction and made a few strides in other areas. By the end of eight years the government had expanded development to include, but not limited to, road construction alone.
But in spite of all these, the development horizon of the state remained narrow. The reaches were not expanded to meet the needs of the time. The state groped for comprehensive development. One very important aspect of the growth matrix - the nexus upon which the comprehensive development revolves was regreattably missing. Security of life and property was a nagging challenge. Kidnappers and armed robbers ran riot in the state. With repulsive pertinacity they seized victims and yanked off their possessions. Movement to certain areas of the state, and at certain hours of the day, was forbidden. Abduction became commonplace as lots of wealthy citizens of the state cowered in fear. The situation was so bad that ceremonies (even ones with touch of tradition) were freely conducted in the cities.
Industries were not affected any less. Divestments became rife. The state lost revenue in hundreds of millions. With Onitsha becoming increasingly unsafe, Asaba assumed an alternate choice of residence for the people. Businessmen from the big market and elsewhere in the state relocated to the Delta state capital in droves. More than any group, they were the most vulnerable to the mindless abduction. Consistently, the state lost the attraction as a veritable destination for investors. Expatriate workers nibbled at the thought of picking up jobs in the state. Those who defied the risk moved around in security cordon. Sadly, all security plans (orthodx and otherwise) by the governments at the time held no extenuating impact on the criminal affray. 
However, just within months of being, Governor Obiano xrayed the situation and nipped the lapses in the bud. It is no longer news that Anambra is one of the safest states in Nigeria today. Residents of the state now move about freely and go to bed untroubled. Those who fled her shores during the dark days have since returned as new settlers move in. Opportunities are opening for new businesses as properties gain value. 
Other sectors of the economy are not left out. Virtually every one of them has leaped in growth. The state has moved from divestment to investment. As a matter of fact, investment in the state has quadrupled. The conservative worth is put in the region of 7.2 billion dollars. Most of the investments are in agriculture, estate and the hospitality business. There is also considerable growth in infrastructure. This is another area where the government has posted impressive performance. Awka, until a few years back, had no distinctive imprimatur of a state capital. It was seen as another Local Council Headquarters - more expansive perhaps. But with the construction of three flyovers at Aroma, Kwatta and Amawbia, adorned with flood lights and sprinklers, the place has been distinctly marked. Two other bridges at Iyiora Anam and Aguleri both in the Omambala division, apart from easing off the circuitious route to the oil field, serve as important arteries for evacuation of farm produce.
Efforts in education, health, transportation, environment etc have not come any less. The government has not only sustained progress in eduction, it has furthered it to the extent that Anambra ranks today among the best performing states in education.  In fact, the state has led the pack for three consecutive times in the junior and senior secondary examination results. She has beaten states reputed for their primacy of postion in the education ladder.
No doubt the Willie Obiano government has set a new pitch in the voice of development in the state. It has proved that effective leadership is possible insofar as a leader can set his priority right. It has positioned the state on a highway of comprehensive development which if sustained in the next four years would change her narrative.
Ejike Anyaduba
Writes from Abatete


Monday

Anambra Government Confirms One Lassa Fever Death, While Place 65 others on Surveillance

Anambra state government has confirmed record of one female nursing student  death of Lassa fever, while placed 65 persons who had contact with the deceased on surveillance.
It disclosed that the deceases was a student nurse in one Immaculate private nursing school Onitsha, who resort to self medication before it went out of care and later transferred to the Anambra state teaching hospital Amaku for proper diagnosis.

Sunday

EXCLUSIVE WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY INTERVIEW WITH AISHA EDWARD THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF ASSOCIATION OF PERSONS LIVING WITH SICKLE CELL DISORDER IN NIGERIA.

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ANSWER SECTION A
1.What's your Full Name
Aisha Maureen Edward

2. AGE
38years Old

Some Anambra Stakeholders slam Obiano's adninistration

Key politicians in Anambra state on Saturday carpeted Governor Willie Obiano for making questionable claims at a special synod service in honour of Bishop Owen Nwokolo of the Basilica of St Andrew, Odoakpu, Onitsha who was celebrating his 50th birthday.

UPP Guber Aspirant, Osita Chidoka Appeals To Anambra State Government For Removal of Political Posters Bill



Appeal To Gov Obiano To Remove Extortionate Campaign Billboard Tariff For Anambra Election

My name is Osita Chidoka. I am running for the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra State on the platform of the United Progressives Party (UPP) It​I



Saturday

UNICEF Demands Considerable Employ To Full Domestication of Child Right Acts in Nigeria

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The United Nations Children Education  Fund (UNICEF)  identify major challenges facing the domestication of the child rights act in many states in  Nigeria to inadequate support from government and lack of awareness creation to inform the public about the basic  rights of an African child.
It suggests for a holistic approach that would accommodate equal rights for every child, irrespective of their birth, background and socio-ethnic affiliation.
These were the recommendations reached in this year Day of the African child celebration in Awka, Anambra state capital, in commemoration of the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa. Which had students marched in protest against the poor quality of education they received and demanded to be taught in their own languages? 

Seven Nigerians win seats in UK’s Parliament


SEVEN of the newly elected members of the British Parliament are persons with Nigerian heritage.

United Kingdom-based Nigerian university lecturer, Dr Adebisi Adewole, who is also the Managing Editor of African Pulse Magazine told The Nation that Nigerians across the UK feel elated over the development.

Alleged Gift Of Cars, Cash: Activists Confront Gov. Obiano, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu


Onitsha Nigeria: 5th June 2017)-The leadership of Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) had on 5th June 2017 received and have telephone


conversations with the lead-counsel to Citizen Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB. Similar telephone call was received earlier today from the Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Political & War Veterans Affairs, Mr. Arinze Awogu. We also received a number of calls between yesterday and today from some citizens who identified themselves as concerned members of IPOB.

Wednesday

Governor Obiano Son's Ngozika Estate Mansion Almost At Completion Stage

It's no doubt that the twin quadrup duplex building of Governor Willie Obiano's son is  almost at the completion stage.
Report made available to ASHIWAJU Media revealed that the twin building worth a single connection is christened after the Governor's only son Master Chukwudifo Obiano.
The Obiano's giant house that is located at the prestigious organization Rockland Estate, Ngozika phase 2 Awka.
The house that was reported to be built after the taste of the Governor's four-year-old Son, got the name of the street after the son, with the hope of establishing a legacy for the little Excellency.





Tuesday

FUN; Yakubu Dogara Set To Fight Floyd Mayweather In a Novelty Match

As  Floyd Mayweather Bid To Arrive Anambra 12th June For A Friend Political Rally..........!
Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, will fight Floyd Mayweather, retired American professional boxer, in a charity boxing match.

The pair will face-off on Wednesday, June 14, at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

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