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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has described youths as the backbone of any society and assured that his administration will never joke with youth empowerment
The governor gave the assurance at the weekend in Nnewi, through his Special Assistant on Youths and Entrepreneurship, Eloka Maduekwe, on the occasion of inauguration of the 9th president of Nnewi Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NCCIMA), Ifeanyi Uzodike.
As part of measures to fulfil his campaign promises for his second term, according to the governor, the state has begun massive youth empowerment programme with the execution of a youth entrepreneurship summit in Nnewi North Local Government Area and other parts of the state.
During the last governorship electioneering campaign in Anambra State, which resulted in a landslide victory for the governor, he vowed to appreciate the confidence reposed in him by Anambra people, through execution of all programmes promised.
The governor said the youths needed to be exposed to seminars and other programmes like the one recently done in Nnewi, with quality resource persons, who would impact their wealth of experience on the youths in the area of skill acquisition and how to nurse and manage their enterprises to maturity with financial prudence and other


Governor Willie Obiano has inaugurated the South-East Chapter of the Association of Public Health Practitioners.
The event which took place at the Jerome Udorji Secretariat Complex in Awka, attracted members of the Association from the five States in the South-East geo-political zone, government functionaries as well as relevant stakeholders.
Inaugurating members of the Association, Governor Obiano represented by the Deputy Director in charge of Pharmacy in the State Ministry of Health, Mr Azubuike Nwizu appreciated members of the Association for the critical role they play in providing health services to the people, especially those at the hinterlands and assured that his administration will continue to partner with groups, individuals and associations committed to the welfare of the people.
Governor Obiano further assured that his government would not relent in giving Ndi Anambra a health care system that is comparable with those in developed nations of the world, hence numerous interventions and innovations his administration has put in place in the State's Health sector, even as he charged them to be highly dedicated in their duties at all times for a healthy society.
According to the South East Zonal Co-ordinator of the Association, Mr. Bekee Igbojionu, the associyation is out to help government to bring health care services to the People's door step, adding that they have carried out free medical outreach to help the government and solicited government’s assistance to help them actualize their aims and objectives.
Also speaking, the State Chairman of the Association, Mrs. Benedicta Lotenna noted that they are out to prevent occurrence of diseases through research and requested governments support.
A lecture was also presented on the topic "Repositioning Public Health for Optimal Performance".

A Chinese consortium have arrived the State to seek investment opportunities in Onitsha and other areas.

Receiving the companies at the Government House Awka, Governor Willie Obiano said the State goveenment is poised to welcome more investors with strong capacity to bring meaningful developments into the State.
The delegation comprises Oriental Golden Promise Company Limited which is mainly into financial investments and China Communication Construction Company Limited.
Governor Obiano who spoke through his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke said that the present administration has interest in infrastructural investments, including power development and expressed optimism that State government will partner the Chinese Companies, as long as they are serious.
The Governor expressed hope that State government will upgrade Onitsha Main Market to be in tandem with modern market across the globe, asking the delegation to consider investing to transform the market.
While pointing out that a number of memorandum of understanding signed in the State are yet to be executed, Governor Obiano asked them to work with Anambra State Investiment Promotion and Protection Agency ANSIPPA, whom he said are on ground to make the process seamless.
Introducing the delegation earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Road Maintenance Agency, Engineer Emeka Okoye, said that the delegation already have a tie with the project being undertaken around Onitsha Seaport, adding that they decided to explore other opportunities in the State.
Chief Okey Onyekwere who led the two Companies on the visit said that they came to familiarize with the State and get necessary information and modalities needed before takeoff of prospective projects in the State.
The Deputy Manager of Oriental Golden Promise Company Limited, Sisley Yang revealed that they are more interested in Onitsha because it has one of the biggest markets in West Africa, which he observed will continue to be a huge economic attraction in the coming years.
The Deputy Manager further highlighted the investment and economic benefits of the Onitsha Sea Port when fully functional, adding that they have a shipping line from China to Africa which State government can easily benefit from if they become partners.
Also present at the visit were the General Manager of Oriental Golden Promise Company Limited Mr. Wang Ik and Technical Directors from China Communication Construction Company Limited.
The Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Uche Okafor, the Commissioner for Housing, Engineer Emeka Ezenwanne, their Trade and Commerce counterpart, Mr. Christian Madubuko, as well as the Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. David Nzekwe, were on ground to receive the delegation.


France has won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
To lift the coveted trophy, France beat Croatia by four goals to two in the finals of the tournament played yesterday.
This is the second time France is lifting the trophy, the first being in 1998.
Meanwhile, Belgium defeated England by two goals to nothing in the third place match of the Muldial played on Saturday.

Governor Willie Obiano says his administration will continue to place high premium on the welfare of the citizenry.

Speaking at the Cathedral Church of Saint John Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government area during a thanksgiving service to mark the end of the first session of the fifth Synod of Aguata Diocese, Governor Obiano maintained that his government will continue to map out programmes and policies that will improve the living standards of the people.
The Governor who was represented by the Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA, in Anambra South Senatorial District Chief Titus Anigbogu, called on the Church to sustain its prayer for those in authority and re-assured the commitment of his administration to sustaining its partnership with the Church for enhanced development of the State.
Contributing, the Episcopal Secretary of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion and Bishop of Okigwe South Diocese, Right Reverend David Onuoha who called for more synergy between the government and the Church in development, urged the federal government to sustain efforts in ending the menace of the Fulani herdsmen in the Country.
In a remark the Anglican Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Right Reverend Samuel Ezeofor who is the President of the Synod, while charging Christians to take active part in the Nation’s electoral processes, urged eligible voters to endeavour to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards in order to exercise their franchise during the 2019 general elections and subsequent ones in the country.
Bishop Ezeofor used the forum to announce the abolition of wedding before traditional marriage in Aguata Diocese.
Earlier in a sermon, the guest preacher Venerable Israel Odita of the Diocese on the Niger who described conversion as necessary foundation for Christian life, called on Nigerians to get connected to God in order to reap His abundant blessings.
The President of Aguata Diocesan Women Ministry, Mrs Chinyere Ezeofor read the second lesson of the synod service.
The Synod which has its theme as Jesus Christ the Foundation and the Chief Corner Stone attracted the Acting Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Dr Izuchukwu Onu, traditional rulers, Knights and Ladies Auxiliary, Captains of Industry, among others.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, Mr. Afam Mbanefo has stressed the need to introduce measurement concept across the country for uniformity in value of Agricultural products.
Mr. Mbanefo who made the call in his office in Awka during Policy Dialogue by Major Stakeholders on Standard Weight and Measure in cassava and rice Value Chains, organized by the IFAD VCDP said every trader should sell with a weighing balance.
The Commissioner announced that the state government had put all necessary measures in place to work out how people that produce Anambra rice will ensure that it comes out as regulated as it should.
While announcing that desk officer would be adopted in the Ministry to collaborate with the Ministry of Trade and Commerce in setting up a body that will sensitize people in the hinterland on the benefits of Standard Weight and Measure, Mr. Mbanefo appealed to all stakeholders to work hard and create an enabling environment for it to thrive.
The Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Dr. Christian Mmadubuko who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Daniel Okoh described the Dialogue by Major Stakeholders on Standard Weight and Measure as a welcome development noting that it will restore confidence and trust.
Also speaking, the National Program Coordinator, IFAD VCDP, Dr. Amen Onoja who spoke through Chief Kennedy Esinulo pointed out that Standard Weight and Measure policy is already in existence, adding that IFAD VCDP is only calling for its total implementation and compliance.
The State Coordinator, Standard Organization of Nigerian, SON, Engr Nwaoma Olujie, assured that SON will offer calibration services that must be accurate and meet international standards.
The State Project Coordinator, IFAD VCDP, Mr. Nnamdi Agwuncha said with the disparity in measurement in markets across the country, the sustainability which the project is preaching may be a mirage noting that the dialogue was aimed at encouraging farmers, producers, processors and marketers to use standard weight and measures.


World Population Day was established by the then Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.
Staff Reporter Amaka Chibuzor Okoye who sampled opinion on the significance of the day reports that the day, seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.
This year’s theme is “Family Planning is a human right”.
Speaking on the significance of the day, the State Director, National Population Commission, Mr. Joakin Ulasi said the day was to remind people of the need for quality population rather than quantity population.
He disclosed that this year’s theme is apt as according to him, family planning is a way to curb or fight over crowded population of countries.
Mr. Ulasi appealed to couples to consider the economic situation of the country when deciding their family sizes so as to give them quality education and training in order to be useful citizens, pointing out that when there is quantity population, the society is bound to have criminals and other social ills.


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