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Anambra State Government has advocated Education as the best
Empowerment for the Girl Child.
State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke stated this at a Sensitization
program organized to mark this year’s International Girl Child Day in the State at the Government House, Awka.
The Deputy Governor Okeke called for collaborative efforts by stakeholders
including Traditional Rulers, Religious leaders, especially fathers in the Society, to end Early Child Marriage and protect the Girl Child.
Dr Okeke who emphasized that the best legacy parents can bequeath to
their wards remains education to enable them compete globally, adding that the State government is doing everything within its powers to end early Child Marriage in the State.
While commending the Golden Girls for making the Nation, State and the girl child proud at the 2018 Tech-Novation world challenge, the Deputy
Governor noted that the girl child is important to the Society.
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor
stressed the importance of celebrating the success of the Golden Girls
appropriately, saying that time has gone when the concept of house
wives dominated the society, as women now make meaningful
contributions for the up keep of the family.
Bishop Ezeokafor while urging other girls to imitate the Tech-Novation
girls, advocated the abolition of hair plaiting and other frivolities in schools, noting that it is time consuming.
The Convener of the event, Mrs. Mary-Ann Izuchukwu while stressing
that they will take the message to the twenty one local government areas of the State, said that the sensitization is important because of the increasing spate of early Child Marriage, child trafficking, abuse and denial of human Rights in the Society, emphasizing that a girl needs to be mature before marriage, and called for self development on the part of the Girl Child.
One of the Tech-Novation girls in her speech , called on the youths to think of becoming problem solvers, adding that they hope to mentor fellow girls to be like them.
The event which attracted the Girls Guild, security operatives and Youth Council of Nigeria, featured presentation of the Anambra girls
who won gold at the 2018 Tech-Novation World Challenge in USA.
Prince CHibuike Echem Vice President South East National Youth Council was also present.

Wife of the Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has called for adequate welfare of pregnant women and nursing mothers at the various holding centers across the state.

Mrs. Obiano made the call when she visited some Holding Centers where flood affected persons are currently taking shelter.
The Governor's Wife who visited both the Ogbaru Holding Centre at the Council's Headquarters in Atani, and also the Anambra East Holding centres of Igbakwu and Aguleri was, on arrival, conducted round the various units of the centre, by the Transition Committee Chairmen of the Council Areas to ascertain the general living condition of the people.
Mrs. Obiano implored the managers of the Centres to give special attention to the food and medical needs of the affected persons, especially pregnant and nursing mothers.
Presenting relief materials to the Transition Committee Chairmen, the Governor's wife said it was morally obligatory to lend a hand of solidarity to people hit by natural disaster of nature, and urged the affected persons to find fortitude in the temporariness of the siege.
Mrs. Obiano had earlier in the Ogbaru Holding Centre called for a minute of silence for the repose of the soul of master Benedict Uzoh, a nine-year-old boy who was drowned around the area.
Among the relief materials presented to the affected persons in the holding centres by Mrs. Obiano were mattresses, mosquito nets, packs of toilet tissues and baby diapers, cartons of tin tomatoes,
detergents, soaps and beverages.
Others are bags of rice, beans, garri and cooking salt, gallons of red and groundnut oil, towels, fruits, snacks, and bags of sachet water.

South East governments have been urged to work out stronger economic collaboration to strengthen the economic base of the region.

Speaking in Awka while reacting to the recent report from the Debt Management Office Abuja which listed Anambra state as the least indebted state in the country, the state President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene said such cooperation would enhance exchange
of ideas and encourage the Governors to emulate productive and viable initiatives of each other.
Chief Okeke Ogene noted that the DEMO’S report was a testimony of Governor Willie Obiano’s prudent and efficient management of available resources and commitment to good governance.
He said the Governors of the zone should also look inwards to effectively harness the untapped potential in their various states to open more windows of economic opportunities and create employment opportunities for youths to discourage illegal migration while level of infrastructural development should be scaled up to meet the demands of the day.
Also speaking a community leader, Dr Mike Omenugha said Governor Obiano deserved commendation for upholding probity, accountability and transparency in governance.
Dr Omenugha noted that despite the fact that the state is low in federal allocation and not an oil producing state, the Governor has continued to meet government’s responsibilities to the people with scarce resources including regular payment of workers’ salaries and pension.
He called on residents of the state to carry out their civic responsibilities through regular payment of taxes and levies urging investors to explore the emerging business opportunities in the state to expand their investment under the present conducive atmosphere and strong security network.
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Anambra State has emerged the best performing in the implementation of World Bank-assisted projects for 2017, in the Southeast and Southsouth.
This was revealed by the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Mr Rachid Benmessoud during the opening ceremony of Southeast/SouthSouth Program Portfolio Review exercise holding in Awka.
Anambra won the position having disbursed about thirteen million US Dollars in counterpart funding for World Bank assisted projects and having a viable coordination mechanism for smooth implementation of the projects.
The two-day program portfolio review had as its participants, coordinators of World Bank-Assisted projects in all the states of the SouthEast and SouthSouth.
Declaring the event open, Governor Willie Obiano said the World Bank through its robust interventions, has helped the State address the numerous challenges the State faces in the area of education, health, Agriculture, Community and Social Development, Environment among others.
He said now more than ever, Anambra is in great need of support to enable it tackle the massive erosion challenges it faces, commending the World Bank for its support already in this light. 
The Governor reiterated his administration's commitment towards meeting its counterpart obligations for the full realization of World Bank-Assisted projects in the State. 
The Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed represented by Mrs Uzo Okoye said in partnership with the Bank, the Ministry has worked out key parameters with which to evaluate the impact of the World Bank assisted projects so as to engender a change in the way things were done before. 
The World Bank Country Director, Nigeria, Mr Benmessoud revealed that the out of the one point two billion US dollars earmarked for disbursement across various programs, about four hundred and forty million dollars remain undisbursed, hence the need for the portfolio review activity. 
He said among the issues identified to be driving poor implementation of World Bank programmes are lack of ownership and awareness on the projects, non-payment of counterpart funding by some states and absence of peer learning mechanism for information sharing, adding that the review exercise will focus on addressing these issues. 
In an overview, a Senior Operations Specialist with the World Bank, Mrs Ngozi Udolisa noted that so much funds remain unaccessed due to the poor coordination mechanism of some states and harped on the need for the states to focus more on results to achieve accelerated implementation.

Governor Willie Obiano says his administration in collaboration with the state Judiciary, is developing an effective witness protection program to facilitate prosecution of cases under the state's criminal justice system.

Governor Obiano disclosed this during a Eucharistic mass held at St Patrick's Cathedral to mark the commencement of the 2018/2019 Legal Year in Anambra State. 
Governor Obiano who identified the reluctance of witnesses to testify as the bane of the criminal justice system, said the measures which his government is working out in partnership with the Judiciary, will not only speed up processes in the system but also ensure that those held in prisons for no just cause are granted freedom. 
Thanking the State Judiciary for their immense support that has enabled his government to succeed, Governor Obiano noted that he has resolved all pending issues bordering on their welfare such as cars for judges, payment of workers' leave and training allowances as well as emoluments of retired judges among others. 
He also commended the State House of Assembly and the Judiciary for expressly consenting to the establishment of revenue courts across the state. 
Wishing the State Judiciary a successful legal year ahead, Governor Obiano assured them that as an integral arm of the State government, he is committed to supporting them be at their best in the discharge of their duty. 
The State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi said Anambra State Judiciary under his leadership will continue to do its best to avail Ndi Anambra prompt dispensation of Justice and thanked Governor Obiano for identifying with them on the celebration. 
Earlier in a homily, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor reminded judicial officers of the need to use their hallowed profession to give direction to the nation's leaders especially as it has to do with giving justice to the oppressed and challenging the unwarranted attack on freedom of religion and herdsmen killings across the country. 
He urged legal practitioners to always shine the light by embracing godliness and shunning all forms of ungodliness in their practice. 
The event which was well attended by members of the Bar and Bench from within and outside the state, aims to bring practitioners together to pray and seek the face of God for a successful new legal year.

From the office of the National Chairman of ALL PROGRESSIVES GRAND ALLIANCE (APGA)

Due to the extension of the sale of Ad-Hoc Delegates Forms to aspiring Delegates to Saturday, September 22, 2018; Ward Congresses will no longer hold on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

Consequently, Ward Congresses for election of Ad-Hoc Delegates will hold on Monday, September 24, 2018.

The dates for other primary election activities remain as published in THE REVISED APGA TIMETABLE AND SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, unless otherwise communicated.

All Aspirants and persons concerned should take note and comply accordingly.

Ozonkpu Dr Victor Ike Oye,
National Chairman, APGA

The wife of the Governor of Anambra State, and founder of the NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Chief (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) has cautioned

members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and other individuals who have been going around promising aspirants of APGA tickets in her name, in the forthcoming party primaries to desist from such.
Mrs Obiano said that she has neither mandated anybody to enter into such discussions or negotiations with APGA aspirants, warning that those using her name to make such promises if caught will be handed over to the security agencies.
Continuing, the wife of the Governor said that she stands by the promise of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of APGA, Governor Willie Obiano guaranteeing that APGA primaries will be free and fair, and urged the aspirants not to believe any such fake news about her endorsement of particular candidates, or pact with others.
“Go out there with confidence and sell your programmes and plans for the people to the delegates. Trust in the Lord and do not give in to such fraudulent intimidating tales of my having endorsed anybody. I have not promised anybody APGA primary ticket. I have also not mandated anybody to do so on my behalf. Do not give anybody money on my behalf. What we will remember however, at the end of it all is that there will only be one winner for every position. I wish all APGA aspirants the very best of luck”, Mrs Obiano concluded.

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