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The member representing Anambra East Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Chief Obinna Emeneka has presented cheques to fifty secondary school students he awarded scholarship recently.
The ceremony held at the State House of Assembly was witnessed by the parents of the beneficiaries.
The students who benefited from Chief Emeneka's scholarship scheme were drawn from Virgin Mary Convent, Umueri and Madonna Secondary school, Umueri.
Others are PHD students, five MSC students and thirteen undergraduate students drawn from various communities in Anambra East Constituency.
In his remarks, the benefactor, Chief Emeneka explained that the scheme which gulped five million naira was born out of his love for education and the need to assist parents reduce the burden of sponsoring their children's education at this harsh economic condition and will cover their tuition fees for one academic year.
The Lawmaker charged the beneficiaries to take their studies seriously as there cannot be meaningful human capital development in the society without good education.
On his part, the Principal, Madonna Secondary School, Umueri, Mr. Uchenna Nworie described Chief Emeneka as an honest legislator who has impacted positively on the lives of the downtrodden.
His counterpart from Virgin Mary Convent, Umueri, Reverend Chuma Ezechi attested that the people of Anambra East Constituency and his school have enjoyed quality representation from Chief Emeneka.
Expressing their gratitude to the benefactor, some of the beneficiaries including Miracle Kalu and Chidiebere Aghadinuno assured Chief Emeneka that they would not disappoint him.

The Commissioner For Women, Children and Social Welfare, Lady Ndidi Mezuo says Governor Willie Obiano will continue to partner groups,

organizations and individuals that will help to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the state.
 The Commissioner stated this during the training of the Cash Transfer Facilitators (CTF) and Desk Officers of the Conditional Cash Transfer Unit, Anambra State on the dynamics of the new re-enrollment exercise held in Awka.
 Flagging off the exercise, Lady Mezuo said that the state government is passionate and committed to the welfare and well-being of the poor, downtrodden and vulnerable in the state which made him to continually pay the state's counterpart fund to the Federal Government for Ndi Anambra to benefit in the exercise.
 The Commissioner revealed that the increase in the number of beneficiaries of the scheme in the state lies on the strategic steps the Obiano administration has taken so far and appealed to the cash transfer facilitators to always ensure that the money gets to the real people it was meant for and assured them that the present administration is working out modalities to assist them as a way of motivating them to do more for the state.
 According to the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, National Cash Transfer Office, Abuja Mrs. Marbel Onyekachi the re-enrollment exercise among other things will help to correct errors of inclusion for payments to households who are relatively better off than those who are the poorest and most vulnerable in the community and noted that they are now applying Proxy Means Test (PMT) in their enrollment scheme to identify the poorest and most vulnerable households on their social register.
 The Head of the Anambra State Cash Transfer Unit Mr. Ralph Enukorah told the ABS that the training of the cash transfer facilitators was to acquaint them with the new mode of payment to the beneficiaries as the World Bank was not satisfied with the payment of cash directly to the beneficiaries, hence the introduction of the electronic payment and revealed that Anambra West, Ayamelum, Orumba South, Awka North, Ihiala and Dunukofiah local government areas will be their pilot council areas for the exercise.
Three thousand one hundred and twenty two Ndi Anambra have benefited in the previous enrollment of the exercise while another seven thousand, six hundred and fifty six people have been captured in the re-enrollment scheme of the exercise.

Wife of the Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano continues her Community Empowerment tour, with trips to Idemili North and South,

where she reassured the people that she remained unflinching in her drive towards putting lasting smiles on the faces of the needy in Anambra State.
Addressing a large crowd at each of the Councils' Headquarters, Chief Mrs Obiano maintained that her dreams for the state were predicated on equipping the people with the necessary tools for self-development and sustainable future.
She urged them to continue praying for leadership enrichment of the present administration and the success of the state, assuring that the Willie Obiano led government will not relent in taking the state to an enviable position.
Earlier in their opening speeches , the Transition Committee Chairman for Idemili North Council Area, Barrister Ralph Nnabuife, and his Idemili South counterpart, Chief Don Unachukwu, credited the Governor's wife's big-heartedness to her humane attributes and the desire to see people successful.
Also at the event, was an Imo State gubernatorial aspirant in the forthcoming 2019 elections under the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Prince Daniel Kalu, who said the benevolent traits of the APGA government provide a solid platform for him and a credible sign of good governance for the Imo people.
Other APGA stalwarts from the Council including, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Ibezim, Chief Augustine Chukwuka, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters , Barrister Vera-Queen Okonkwo, applauded the landmark achievements of Chief Mrs Obiano, in economic empowerment and human capital development, noting that she will forever be remembered for her unprecedented virtues.
The tour to the local government areas was also graced by APGA National Women Leader, Mrs. Ada Nwanyanwu, Mrs. Nkoli Mmegbuaneze, representing Idemili North at the State House of Assembly, Princess Nikky Ugochukwu, representing Orumba South, Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Welfare, Lady Ndidi Mezue, the wife of the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mrs Sylvia Oseke, amongst others.
Highlights of the tours were the presentation of APGA uniform as symbol of membership and acceptance to Honourable Tony "One Week" Muonagor, who recently joined the party from the All Progressive Congress, APC, as well as presentation of bags of rice, school bags, reading and writing materials, mosquito nets, and cash to widows, children, and the physically impaired, to fifty-three people each from the twenty one towns in each of the council areas, by Chief Mrs Obiano.


Civil Rights Group, “Our Mumu Don Do”, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the ongoing voter registration exercise to December.
INEC recently announced that the registration exercise will be suspened on Aug. 17.
The group during a protest, marched to the INEC office in Awka, carrying different placards which include, "Give INEC money to do their jobs", "my daughter will turn 18 by October", "extend to December", "INEC make vote issuance and collection seamless", “Our mumu don do”, among others.
The Coordinator of the Rights group, Mr Ndubuisi Anaenugwu while addressing newsmen at INEC office, in Awka, said the protest was to create awareness on the need to extend the voter registration exercise to December.
Mr Anaenugwu noted that going by the name, the Continuous Voters Registration exercise , CVR, should be a continuous exercise to allow all and sundry to obtain their PVCs.
He enjoined the federal government to further mobilise INEC to enable it to continue the exercise in a more efficient manner.
Publicity Secretary of the Group, Mr Uzochukwu Okeke and Secretary, Miss Chioma Ifemeludike, pointed out that the suspension of the exercise would disenfranchise many citizens who would turn 18 by December.
While condemning the trading of voter’s card during elections, the duo observed that many Nigerians are politically conscious to exercise their rights.
The INEC Public Relations Officer, Awka, Mr Leo Ikedife, explained that the decision to suspend the registration was to enable INEC to produce voters cards for those earlier registered.
He also disclosed that they have extended the registration time from 9am to 5pm daily, during the weekends and 

A midyear strategic review meeting for Anambra Vehicle Inspection Officers has ended in Awka with calls for the autonomy of the department and resolution of duplication of duties


with sister agencies for effectiveness and improved revenue generation in the State.
The training is part of the reforms going on in the road traffic management sector of the state.
Until the present administration initiated efforts towards promoting safety on Anambra roads, the Vehicle Inspection Office was in near comatose but recently with an ultra modern state of Art Vehicle Inspection Bay, comprising of computerized facilities, it has been a new phase for the office, consequently the need for capacity development of officers.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Transports and General Supervisor for the V.I.O functions in the state, Mr Raphael Okoye said the review meeting was to access the activities of the office so far and restrategise for better results in the state.
Mr Okoye noted that the capacity development of the officers is a fundamental in achieving the target of the office in the state, through boosting their morale and given proper reorientation on what is their actual functions in line with the law establishing the Agency in order to become a reference point in road safety management.
The Resource Persons at the training including Prince Fidelis Nnadi and Mr Olisa Aniunoh decried the duplication of duties of agencies involved in road management both at State and Federal levels , stating that such duplication affects revenues that suppose to go to the State government, and hence advocated the harmonization of those functions.
They also called for a full fledged autonomy of the V.I.O and intensive sensitization of members of the public better understanding of their responsibilities on roads. 
Interactive session by participants at the meeting on the best way forward formed the climax of the training.


ANAMBRA State is participating in the World Bank Assisted Community and Social Development Project Additional Financing.
The World Bank Project which will be implemented under the auspices of the State Community and Social Development Agency is aimed at increasing access of poor people to improved social and natural resources infrastructural services.
The project which is community drive will empower communities by giving them resources and authority to use them judiciously.
According to a press release by the State General Manager of the Agency Hon. Chudi Muojekwu, the communities will plan, counter-finance, implement, monitor and maintain sustainable and socially inclusive multi-sectoral micro projects.
The release also disclosed that the World Bank project will intervene in the education, health, water resources, rural transportation, electricity, environment and other key sectors in addition to making special efforts to mainstream gender and target the venerable members of the hinterlands in the project implementation.
The release concluded that the project is coming to Anambra State in view of the developmental initiatives of the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano as well as his determination to make Anambra the safest State in the country.

Governor Willie Obiano says his government is committed to addressing the erosion challenges ravaging parts of Obosi Community.

The Governor made this known when he attended a Holy Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Iba Pope, Awada in Obosi Community.
The mass was attended by Governor Obiano and his wife, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano to mark their 30th Wedding Anniversary.
It also marked the pastoral visit of the Archbishop and Metropolitan, Onitsha Catholic Province, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke to the Parish.
Governor Obiano who said his government has attracted the World Bank's partnership to tackle some of the erosion challenges in Obosi, reminded the residents that his government is mindful of their plight and is working to address them.
He also said his government has made a case to the Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to assist the State find lasting solution to the environmental problem.
The Governor also noted that his government has awarded some roads in the community, urging the people to be patient as major works will commence on them after the rains.
He commended the parishioners for keeping up the faith and assured that on his personal capacity, he will continue to support the church.
In a homily, the Archbishop, Most Reverend Okeke reminded Christians of the need to put off all appearances of unholiness and worship God in spirit and in truth so as to gain the heavenly reward.
He further urged children of God not to be swayed by material things which are ephemeral but to seek spiritual gifts.
Governor Obiano and his wife later proceeded after the mass, to commission a chapel they built for the parishioners.
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