The Acting Programme Manager of Agricultural Development Programme, Anambra, Mr Jude Nwankwo says plans are underway to commence export of rice from the state in 2018.
Nwankwo disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Awka.
“By the grace of God, Anambra will commence rice export after our harvest this year’’, he said. He said that the figure would be 300, 000 higher than what was recorded in 2016.
“In 2016, we projected 180, 000 metric tonnes of rice, but we surpassed it by 20, 000. In 2017 our target is to produce 500, 000 metric tonnes of rice, but the information from the field indicates that the figure will even go higher again’’, he said.
Mr Joseph Aremu, the new Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps in Imo, has called for robust partnership and collaboration with the state Police Command to check road accidents.
Aremu made the call on Thursday in Owerri when he visited the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike.
He described police as a critical stakeholder in highway management.
Aremu said that the visit was to seek improved collaboration with the police to effectively and efficiently coordinate activities on the highways.
“FRSC is doing its best to reduce road crashes in the state. We are working tirelessly to ensure that road crashes are completely reduced.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has dissolved the state executive council. The dissolution was contained in a statement signed and posted on the state government’s official website by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr Onyii Wamah on Friday night. According to the permanent secretary, the governor retained his Chief of Staff, Mr Sunny Nwakodo, and the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Obinna Oriaku. Also retained is the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Chief Umeh Kalu (SAN).
No reason was given for the sack of the commissioners, special advisers as well as senior special assistants and the SSG.
Ede-Aroh festival is an annual festival held at the Afor market square every last Afor market day of the year in which cocoyam is celebrated. To every Abagana person, if sowing and harvesting of yam is the reserve of men, then sowing and harvesting of coco-yam is exclusive to women; balancing the activities of sowing and reaping between the sexes.
During Ede-Aroh festival, women bring portions of their cocoyam yield to Aroh deity in gratitude of Aroh’s protection and guide. The cocoyams are prepared and eaten as bond of brotherhood among the people
The Bank of Industry (BoI) has agreed a N2 billion deal with the Ebonyi State Government, for which each of the parties will provide N1 billion each as matching funds geared towards empowering small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the state.
Bank of Industry
Managing Director of BoI, Olukayode Pitan, said at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the bank would work with the state to ensure that it provides training for owners and operators of SMEs in the state.
Eni Njoku was born on November 6, 1917 in Ebem, Ohafia, Abia State. He was educated at Ebem Primary School and attended the Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar from 1933 to 1936. He attended the Yaba Higher School (now Yaba College of Technology) Lagos from 1937 to 1939.
Eni Njoku studied botany at the University of Manchester in England. He graduated with a first class honors degree in 1947 and obtained his M.A. degree the following year. In 1954, he obtained his doctorate from the University of London.
The Ofala Festival, is an annual ceremony practiced by the indigenes of Onitsha, and of recent years by other neighboring Igbo communities such as Nnewi in Anambra State, SouthEastern Nigeria and Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area. It serves as a rites of renewal of the king or Obi and it is similar to the Igue festival in Benin and the Ine , Osi or Ogbanigbe Festival in many mid-West Igbo communities of Nigeria. The term ofala, is derived from two Igbo words - ofo and ala. The festival is celebrated within two days mostly in October by the Obi
EBONYI State Government, weekend, accused its Cross River State counterpart of frustrating the peace move initiated by it to quell the boundary dispute between boundary communities in the states. Last Saturday, nine persons, including a pregnant woman from Ofioji, Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, were allegedly killed by their counterparts in Cross River State, following the outbreak of fresh hostilities in the affected communities.
But in a quick reaction, Chief Press Secretary to Cross River State Government, Mr. Christian Ita, denied the allegation that the state government was frustrating the peace move geared towards resolving the boundary dispute, describing it as untrue and unfounded.
The Federal High Court, Awka, and the ongoing multi-million naira Federal Secretariat complex both in Anambra are currently under threat of gully erosion.
The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who visited the erosion site, reports that the tarred road to the state secretariat, through Ekwueme Square, is also endangered.
Furthermore, the gully is already eating off the perimeter fence of the moribund Anambra Secretariat building commenced under the Chinwoke Mbadinuju administration, thereby endangering the structure.
The President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo has explained the reason why the top Igbo organisation prefers restructuring of the country to total break up despite the relentless agitation of its youth.
According to a statement from his office on Friday, Mr. Nwodo told a cross section of Ndigbo leaders in Abuja on Thursday that no ethnic group has more stake in the Nigeria project than the Igbo and as such Igbos cannot consider a break up as a viable option.
The Ohanaeze boss said that there is no part of this country where Igbos have not invested their resources even without any corresponding investment from others in Igboland.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has banned traditional rulers in the State from speaking in English at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces.
Mr. Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs of office to 19 newly recognised traditional rulers in the State in Owerri on Tuesday
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been commended for his commitment to improving healthcare standard in Enugu State and making it accessible to all.
The governor got the commendation when a delegation from Roche Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostic Services visited him at the Government House, Enugu. The company’s director of special projects, Henry Onwuka, said they were impressed with the “positive steps” Governor Ugwuanyi has taken to give healthcare delivery in the state uplift, noting that it was what inspired their decision to collaborate with his administration.
The Ebonyi State Government has urged security agencies to ensure that the killers of an indigene, Linus Ogbee, suspected to have been killed by herdsmen in a farm settlement in Ondo State, are apprehended and prosecuted.
Mr Ogbee, a 67-year-old father of seven, was killed at the weekend in his farm at Ilion Camp, Igbatoro, a farm settlement community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The Police in Anambra have arrested two suspected bank robbers following their failed attempt to rob Union Bank Nkpor branch near Onitsha.
Mark Ijarafu, the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Ogidi division, made the disclosure in an interview with journalists in Ogidi on Sunday.
Mr. Ijarafu said: “a three-man robbery gang at about 1.00 a.m. on June 24, stormed one of the Union bank branches located at Nkpor
Igbo Leaders of Thought, including governors, members of the National Assembly, leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional rulers and church leaders, met at Enugu, yesterday night, and pledged their support for a restructured but united Nigeria where there would be justice, equity and fairness.
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has however, rejected the opposition of the Igbo leaders to the splitting of the country, saying the leaders were helping the Nigerian government to delay the imminent disintegration of the country.
Those of us who believe in the Igbo project within a wider concept know that there cannot be any headway without consultations. Politics is not for Monks. Saints who understand the game work assiduously to win as many souls as possible. There is more to power than youthful exuberance.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo as presently constituted and ably headed by Dr. Nnia Nwoko should be the voice of the Igbo henceforth. There is enough room in Nigeria for everyone. What should occupy the minds of those who understand politics is how to work with the other ethnic nationalities to restructure the country.
In an effort to ensure good motorable roads for Ndi Anambra, Governor Obiano has embarked on massive repair and filling of potholes in major cities of Anambra state.
The Engr. Supervising Potholes repair in Anambra Central Engr. Chibuzor Adimorah said, while monitoring the repair of Alex Ekwueme roads in Awka that Governor Obiano through the Anambra Road Maintenance Agency (ARMA) has impacted positively for Ndi Anambra in plying safely on Anambra roads.
Engr .Adimorah urged Ndi Anambra to continue to support Governor Willie Obiano for the progress of the state.
The Enugu State Police Command has arrested two notorious cult kingpins engaged in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state.
The Police recovered one cut-to-size single-barrelled locally-made gun, two axes and one machete concealed in the suspects’ bags.
The command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu, yesterday, that the suspects were “strong members of Egede Ayes Confraternity.’’
Amadioha is the Alusi (god) of thunder and lightning of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. He is amongst the most popular of Igbo deities and in some parts of Igboland, he is referred to as Amadiora, Kamalu (which is short for Kalu Akanu), Kamanu, or Ofufe. Astrologically, his governing planet is the Sun. His color is red, and his symbol is a white ram. Metaphysically, Amadioha represents the collective will of the people.He is often associated with Anyanwu, who is the Igbo god of the Sun. While Anyanwu is more prominent in northern Igboland, Amadioha is more prominent in the southern part. His day is Afo, which is the third market day of the Igbo four-day week.
Prof. Osita Ogbu -is highly commended for his intellectual accomplishments and con¬ceptualization of development templates that have impacted the growth trajectory of several African countries; for his commitment and quality service to Nigeria, especially on the economic turf.
He was Economic Adviser to the President and also Chief Executive Officer of the National Planning Commission. He has been Executive Director of The African Tech¬nology Policy Studies Network, Nairobi. He is a notable teacher, development economist, policy studies expert, youth mentor, public speaker, public affairs commentator, international con¬sultant and author. He has travelled to over 40 countries mostly for professional engagements - and considerably impacted humanity
The Anambra Police Command has described as ‘untrue’ media reports stating the discovery of arms and ammunition in an articulated vehicle that conveyed yam tubers into Nnewi on June 12.
The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Sam Okaula, told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Sunday in Awka that nothing of the sort occurred.
“What actually happened was that on June 12, a member of vigilance operative went to a pit somewhere in Uruagu, Nnewi, and dug out two rusted old magazines and few ammunition.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has dissolved the state executive council. The dissolution was contained in a statement signed and posted on the state government’s official website by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Onyii Wamah, on Friday night. According to the permanent secretary, the governor retained his Chief of Staff, Sunny Nwakodo, and the Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku.
The Kaduna state government has debunked the news setting the social media abuzz that some Igbos fleeing the north, following the eviction order given to them by some northern groups, were ambushed and killed in Kaduna. A statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, SSA to Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Media and Publicity) said the state government had met with the Igbo community in the state and that the Igbo community have said that there were neither any Igbo person relocating in panic nor were there any such thing as ambush and massacre.
As the coalition of 16 Northern youth groups begin the count-down of the quit notice handed down to the Igbos in the 19 Northern States to vacate the region before 1st October, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is currently meeting with the Traditional Rulers at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa Abuja. The South East Traditional Rulers is led by its Chairman, His Eminence, Eze Dick Eberechi and some of the selected monarchs that include His Royal Highness, Eze Cosmas Agwu and Eze Lawrence Agubuzu.
The Commissioner for Education in Ebonyi, Prof. John Eke, has warned that the government would clamp down on schools in the state being operated without the approval of the government. He gave the warning on Wednesday in Abakaliki in an interview with newsmen.
He said that it was illegal to operate school without obtaining necessary approval from the government. He said that the Ministry of Education had well-defined procedure which prospective school proprietors must comply with to obtain approval.
He maintained that it was illegal and against the laws of the state to establish and operate any school including nursery, primary or secondary without an enabling licence issued by the Ministry.
In line with Governor Willie Obiano’s determination to arrest Youths restiveness in the state through empowerment in agriculture, IFAD Assisted Value Chain Development Project (VCDP) in collaboration with Hello tractors, Nig. Ltd has embarked on a week training for Youths, drawn from 5 participating Local Government Area under Value Chain Development Project.
The one week training going on at ADP Awka premises is targeted at empowering the youths on tractors operations and maintenance in their designated Local Government Areas.
Speaking on the occasion, the State Project Coordinator, (SPC), on Value Chain Development Project, Mr.Agwuncha stated that the youths numbering 15 were selected from registered cooperatives from Anyamelum, Anambra East and West, Awka North and Orumba North, the five participating Local Government Areas under,
I come from Mbriri, a town in Imo State. I was born in Owerri to the family of late Reginald Iwuagwu. I am the last of eight surviving children. I was born by parents who were not rich. I had a very humble and challenging childhood. I grew up in a part of Owerri called Royce Road. It was not a rich settlement. I went to one of the poorest schools then in Owerri, Water Side Primary School. It was a school that produced highly successful people. From there I moved to Emmanuel College, Owerri, where I finished my secondary school. I trekked to school in both primary and secondary school. While I was in SS1, my father had stroke that got him nearly bedridden and he died after five years. It is a family where we had to sell almost everything that we owned just to keep my father alive.
Highly accomplished men and women are admitted into orders for people of title such as Ndi Ozo or Ndi Nze. These people receive insignia to show their stature. Membership is highly exclusive, and to qualify an individual need to be highly regarded and well-spoken of in the community.
A bill for the establishment of the South East Development Commission, on Wednesday, scaled second reading in the Senate; one week after a similar bill was thrown out in House of Representatives.
The bill co-sponsored by two South-eastern senators, Stella Oduah, PDP-Anambra, and Samuel Anyanwu, PDP-Imo, was subsequently referred to the committee on establishment and public service matters, which, Senate President Bukola Saraki ruled, should report back in four weeks.
The governors of the five south-east states have urged Igbos leaving in Northern Nigeria to remain where they are and go about their activities without fear of being attacked. They assured them of their security despite the three months ultimatum given to them to leave the region by a Northern coalition.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, gave the assurance on Thursday at a press briefing in Abakaliki.
Pope Francis has intervened in an ethnic crisis involving the Nigerian town of Ahiara, Imo state , whose bishop, Peter Okpaleke, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012, is unwanted by lay people and priests of the diocese.
Though Mr. Okpaleke is an Igbo from Anambra State, the Catholic leaders in Ahiara rejected him because he is not an Igbo man from Mbaise.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex socio-political organisation of the Igbo, has said that the northern youths asking the Igbo to leave the north should be treated like Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) he also said that the ‘Ohanaeze has called on the Igbo in the North to go about their normal activities and to be law-abiding’
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has sent a 7-man investigative team to Delta State to investigate the criminal activities of armed Fulani herdsmen in parts of the State.
Delta Women protest rape by herdsmen
The visit of the team to Delta is sequel to a petition by the member representing Ethiope East in the Delta State House of Assembly, DTHA, Mr. Evance Ivwurie to President Muhammad Buhari and his counterpart in the United States, Donald Trump calling for urgent action to stop the attacks by armed herdsmen in the area before it snowballs into a major catastrophe
Acting state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, in Ebonyi State, Mr Leonard Nkah yesterday applauded Governor David Umahi over the refund of the pension funds deducted from the salaries of workers in the state’s civil service. Nkah, who gave the commendation in Abakaliki noted that the development had gone a long way to boost workers confidence in the policies and programmes of the present administration in the state.
Dike Chukwumerije is a Nigerian Spoken Word and Performance Poetry artist and an award winning author. He has eight published books to his name including the novel, Urichindere, which won the 2013 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize for Prose Fiction and a poetry theatre production - Made In Nigeria - currently touring the country.
He was born in Lagos, and had his primary and secondary education in that city, before moving north to Abuja where he studied Law at the University there. His interest in writing and Poetry came as a child from his elder brother,