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In line with the resolve of the Wife of the state Governor, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, to rid the streets of mentally challenged people, the state Commissioner for Social Welfare,

Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, has embarked on reloation of mentally challenged people from streets to rehabilitation centers across the state.
The relocation team, led by Mr Onyebuchi Aniedozie succeeded in rounding up a number of the mentally challenged people from some major streets in the Awka Capital Territory.
 The Commissioner stated that the mentally challenged people that were picked up and were carefully relocated to Rehabilitation Home at Nteje for treatment , will be handed over to their family members once they are medically certified healthy .


Anambra State Ministry of Environment, Beautification and Ecology has commenced desilting of drainages along the Enugu/Onitsha Express Road,from the Bridge Head Onitsha down to Upper Iweka as part of measures to ensure free flow of flood.
Personnel from the Ministry were seen controlling heavy traffic in the Commercial city to prevent them from bumping into the heaps of sand and debris generated from the drainages.
Reacting to the exercise,Mr Francis Nwadukwe,a trader from Delta State commended the state government for embarking on the exercise to prevent flood from overflowing the Express Road this rainy season and condemned the attitude of some residents who defecate and dump refuse into drainages while Mr Wahabi Afolabi,a park manager called for sanction against those who turned drainages into waste bin thereby fraustrating the efforts of the State government.
Mrs Theresa Nwudo,a teacher in her reaction, advised the Ministry of Environment to form collaborate with leaders of markets located along the Onitsha Expressway to prevent traders and food vendors from dumping wastes into the gutters just as she advised the Ministry to place big receptacle bin at Ogbo Ogwu junction by the Express Road where people presently dump wastes along the road which she pointed out is washed into the gutters whenever it rains.
Commenting on the exercise on telephone, Mr Victor Abuo who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner for Environment, said the exercise was geared towards opening up all drainages in Onitsha Metropolis as part of efforts to safeguard the Environment from adverse effects of flood.
Some traders at the Uga via Ogbo Ogwu Junction were seen dumping refuse into the drainages already cleared .
A staff of the Ministry who spoke anonymously, lamented the act and called for attitudinal change from the people.

The Federal Government says it targets to recruit six-thousand personnel for the Nigeria Prison Service in the ongoing recruitment exercise.

The Minister of Interior, Retired Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau disclosed this when he paid Governor Willie Obiano a courtesy visit at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia.
Lieutenant General Dambazau revealed that the recruitment initiative is part of efforts by the Federal Government to ensure that the Nigerian Prison Service meets the minimum United Nations' standard for the treatment and rehabilitation of prisoners.
Describing the inability of prisoners to appear in court to prove their cases as a major challenge in that light, the Minister revealed that the Ministry has procured vehicles to convey prisoners to court while on the long-run, the Federal Government is working out modalities to have courts established near prisons so as to save cost.
On the issue of congested prisons across the country, the Minister said his Ministry has mapped out strategies to permanently address the anomaly which has been approved by the Federal Executive Council and forwarded to the National Economic Council for further action.
Lieutenant General Dambazau while thanking Governor Obiano for the reception assured that the Federal Government will continue to partner the State in relevant areas to meet the demands of good governance from the people. 
Earlier, while speaking after a close-door meeting with the Minister, Governor Obiano explained that the Minister was in the State to commission two erosion sites done by the Federal Government at Nnobi and Alor and expressed appreciation for the intervention.


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.
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