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Wife of the State Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has called for the inclusiveness of every child in the scheme of human development.

Mrs Obiano stated this in her message on the occasion of the 2018 International Day for African Child held at Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.
The International Day of the African Child is celebrated on the sixteenth of June every year to commemorate the 1976 gruesome killings of some school children in Soweto.
Speaking on the theme of this year's celebration : “Leave no Child Behind for African Development”, the Governor's wife noted that a lot of prevailing challenges are facing the African child, which she said is militating against child’s welfare, growth and development in life.
Recapturing a stanza from the American singer Whitney Houston's famous song, “Greatest Love of All”, Chief Mrs Obiano reassured the children that she will continue to work for their well being with NGOs through her pet progamme, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, CAFÉ, to support and encourage their hopes, dreams and aspirations.
Earlier in her keynote address, the Commissioner for Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Umezue, said the Ministry's achievements in the areas of sensitization and education of children in the state is predicated on the responsiveness of the Willie Obiano government to issues relating to child rights and welfare.
In a message on fight against child and human trafficking, the Zonal Coordinator, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Enugu Zonal Command, Mrs. Comfort Agboko, urged the children to avoid falling prey to traffickers by submitting to deceitful promises of dubious persons who come with the promises of better lives for them elsewhere.
Also speaking, the Speaker, Children’s Parliament, Right Honourable Mary-Faustina Okoye, who said the event provided children with rare privilege of acknowledging the importance placed on them by the society, called on government at all levels to avail the children conducive environment to achieve their life's aspirations .
Highlights of the occasion were presentation of reading materials, cultural dance, competitions, drama and presentation of awards to the children that emerged victorious in the various competitions.


State government says it is committed to attracting more ecological funds for the control of erosion menace in the state.
The Commissioner for Environment, Architect Michael Okonkwo disclosed this during an interview with news men in his office at Jerome Udorji Secretariat, Awka.
Architect Okonkwo said that Governor Willie Obiano is still soliciting for more ecological interventions from the federal government and other donor agencies like the World Bank, by sending a save our soul message to them, on the hazards caused by erosion in parts of the state.
The Commissioner who said that intervention work are currently going on in four active erosion sites in the state, commended the state government, the federal government and the World Bank for their collaboratative efforts to achieve such feat.
He noted that despite the achievements of the state government in tackling erosion, Anambra State is still listed as the least in land mass in the whole federation because of erosion, adding that it was the reason for the Governor’s dogged quest for more assistance from donor agencies and the federal government.
Assuring government ' s determination to stop erosion menace in the state, the Commissioner stressed that the state government is determined to sustain practices that would curb erosion which include adequate waste management, provision of properly terminated drainages and tree planting among others.
The Commissioner said that all the displaced persons were being compensated under the Resettlement of Affected Persons Programme (RAPP) and enjoined Nigerians, particularly Ndi Anambra to partner with the state government in its efforts to combat erosion in the state.

The traditional ruler of Enugwu-Ukwu, Igwe Ralph Ekpeh has expressed the willingness of his community to partner the state government and other neighbouring communities to empower their youths as a way of curbing youth restiveness.

The Monarch made the call at the graduation ceremony of one hundred and fifty youths from the community, trained in different skill areas as a way of empowering them to become self reliant.
It was a moment of joy for the one hundred and fifty young men and women as they ended their ten day training under the Capacity Development and Skills Empowerment Initiative, CDSEI, a Lagos based skill acquisition centre, sponsored by a young philanthropist and Enugwu-Ukwu indigene, Mr. Nonso Okoye
The youths were trained in different skill areas including catering, cosmetology, Beads and Wire Works, Baking, hair styling, fashion designing, production of household confectioneries, phone and laptop repairs as well as how to run and manage a business.
They were also empowered with a start up kit, all at no cost. 
Igwe Ekpeh who could not hide his joy for the initiative said with the empowerment, the community has done a major blow to youth restiveness and challenges of cultism in communities as this will help create more direct and indirect job opportunities , noting that the gesture is in line with the State government's efforts of creating jobs for young people.
He called on the graduands to form a cooperative society to access credit facilities being provided, grow their businesses reach out to more young people within and outside the community.

For the President General of the Community, Comrade Bonny Ozo-Nkwoaku, the initiative is a laudable way of creating wealth as the over hundred people trained have been taken out of the job market and thus will begin to make their own contributions to the well being of the society and especially Enugwu-Ukwu Community, calling on other affluent individuals to use their wealth and influence to create more job opportunities for the young people.
The Sponsor of the Project, Mr. Okoye who stated that he was motivated to attract the initiative to his community as a way to help his people out of poverty, urged the beneficiaries not to take the opportunity for granted as he announced that their progress will be monitored bimonthly and more incentives given to help them sustain their growth.
The Principal of CDSEI, Mr. Olatunji Odewunmi and some of the benefiting youths, including Miss Chioma Nkwoezue and Mr. Chukwujekwu Nwobu praised the efforts of the community and the sponsor of the project for giving the youths an opportunity to become financially independent and through this way engage them in a meaningful venture.
Exhibition of products by the students was the climax of the graduation ceremony.


The Anambra state government will spend N4.1 billion on strategic agricultural development initiative in the 2018 planting season, according to Afam Mbanefo, the state’s commissioner for agriculture, mechanisation, processing and export.
The state, he said, will evolve and apply sustainable cluster-based farming initiative to boost agricultural activities during the period, noting that the cluster-base, a major method in driving modern agriculture, will be adopted in addition to the provision of farm inputs and motorcycles.
He added that plans were underway to introduce a mobile application for agricultural extension and farmer information management system to further develop the sector.
“A comprehensive four-year development plan has been prepared for different agricultural produce and farm types to increase productivity and effective land utilisation,” he said.
The commissioner said the government aimed to achieve in the coming years, an agricultural system that would feed the people, protect the environment and return investments.

Mrs Ebere Obiano,Dr. Gechi and Brother 
Wife of the Anambra State Governor and Founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has advocated greater care and attention to indigent children especially those with special needs.

Chief Mrs. Obiano made the plea in her message on the commemoration of International Day of the African Child, celebrated internationally today.
A statement signed on her behalf by her Chief Media Officer, Mr. Emeka Ozumba, Chief Mrs. Obiano observed that the day’s theme: "Leave no child behind in African Development," reminds everyone that every child needs support, proper nurturing and education to grow through life.
According to the Governor’s wife, children are God’s precious gift of love to mankind.
Chief Mrs Obiano called for inclusiveness that will ensure that no child is left behind, stressing that in this era of pervasive hunger and privation there is the tendency to ignore the plight of others especially indigent children with special needs.
The Governor’s wife expressed appreciation to the state government for its commitment to the protection and welfare of children which she noted is apparent in steadfast implementation of child-friendly programmes by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs.
The CAFÉ founder also assured that her NGO, CAFÉ will sustain collaboration with the Ministry especially in the area of child welfare by supporting maternal and child healthcare, immunization and social education for the development of sound mind and body that would lead to the realization of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of every Anambra child.

Muslims in the state have joined their counterparts the world over to celebrate Eid-El-Filtri.

Eid-El- Filtr is an Islamic day of obligation which Marks the end of Ramadan fast.
At the Amawbia prayer ground, Muslim faithful including men and women, youths as well as children were gorgeously adorned with different attires, while petty traders who deal in Islamic items such as books, music, prayer mats & clothes engaged in serious businesses.
Speaking to the ABS, the leader of the Hausa Community in Awka Alhaji Garuba Haruna urged Muslim faithful to use the celebration to pray for the peace and unity of the country as well as imbibe all the teachings of Allah in their lives.
Alhaji Haruna commended Governor Willie Obiano for his humane disposition and welfare towards Muslim faithful in Anambra State and prayed that the almighty Allah will continue to bless him and the people of Anambra state.
For the Special Assistant to the Governor on Muslim Affairs, Alhaji Musa Bello, the feast is a unique one for them, even as he prayed for religious tolerance among Nigerians for a greater and peaceful society.
On his part, the Secretary General, Anambra State Muslim Council, Alhaji Sanni Ejoh who implored Muslim faithful not to allow the allures of the world to distance them from the path of righteousness, self sacrifice and love for humanity.
Alhaji Ejoh praised Governor Obiano for his developmental strides in the state as well as his all inclusive governance and prayed Allah to grant him more wisdom to continue to pilot the affairs of the state.

The Anambra State Small Business Agency, ASBA has assured of its readiness to assist commercial motorcycle operators in Awka and Onitsha to obtain soft


loans to diversify into tricycle and mini-bus businesses to cushion the effects of the ban on Okada in the two cities from the First of next Month.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASBA, Chief Clement Chukwuka gave this assurance while featuring in this week's edition of ABS news and Current Affairs Television program, FACE THE PRESS.
Chief Chukwuka however explained that beneficiaries of the credit facilities of ASBA, would be required to meet certain conditions which would not be stringent.
He disclosed that his agency successfully disbursed about two billion naira to Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in the state last year, adding that ASBA, on the directive of Governor Willie Obiano is poised to disburse about four billion naira this year to interested investors.
The ASBA boss also emphasized that the ongoing urban renewal program of the state government was in the overall interests of Ndi Anambra, pointing out that Governor Obiano is a humane and responsive leader who wants the best for the people.
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