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The State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging the federal government to reimburse the state government the sum of forty three point five billion naira being the total amount expended on rehabilitation, maintenance and reconstruction of federal roads in the state.

The House passed the resolution following a motion sponsored to that effect by the member representing Anambra East Constituency,, Chief Obinna Emeneka and twenty eight others during yesterday’s plenary.
The motion was seconded by the member representing Idemili North Constituency, Mrs Nkloli Nmegbuanaeze.
Moving the motion, Chief Emeneka emphasized that the said contracts have been completely executed and the various contractors fully paid at the expense of Anambra state Government while waiting to be reimbursed by the federal government despite the fact that several requests have already been made for the reimbursement.
On his part, the member representing Njikoka Two Constituency Dr. Pete Ibida appealed to the federal Government to pay back Anambra state Government the money as non reimbursement of the fund has adversely affected the economy of the state.
In his contribution, the Majority Leader, Chief Victor Okoye noted that the continued delay in reimbursing the state government the said sum has stalled the completion of other ongoing road projects.
In their separate contributions, the member representing Orumba South Constituency Princess Nikky Ugochukwu and her Idemili South Constituency counterpart, Mr. Chuka Ezenwanne, the member for Awka South one Constituency, Dr. Nnamdi Okoye and Chief Romanus Obi representing Orumba North Constituency spoke in favour of the motion.
The Deputy Speaker, Sir Hafford Oseke and the member representing Aguta One Constituency, Dr. Ikechukwu Umeh called on legislators from Anambra state to prevail on the federal government to reimburse the said sum as representatives of the state.
Speaker of the House, Barrister Mrs Rita Maduagwu urged the Federal government to reimburse the present administration the said sum to enable it rehabilitate other roads that need urgent attention.
The House adjoined till Thursday next week.

Governor Willie Obiano has reiterated the commitment of his administration to properly fund the construction of the ten point two kilo meter Mmiata-Anam- Nzam road and bridge to ensure its speedy completion.


The Governor was speaking when he inspected work on a bridge along the road.
The one hundred and twenty meter bridge which has 6 spans of 20 meters each was designed in 2008 but had to be redesigned after the 2012 flood due to the high water level observed.
During the inspection visit, it was observed that piling work was ongoing on the bridge with filling having been achieved on eight kilometer stretch on the road.
Speaking after the inspection, Governor Obiano explained that the surprise visit was to see for himself what the contractor has done with the money released to him and expressed satisfaction with what he saw on site.
The Governor who noted that the project marks the first ever road leading to the Agrarian communities of Mmiata Anam and Nzam, said with the assurance of the contractor, a sizeable portion of the road will be completed before August this year.
He noted that the project is in line with the vision of his administration to create access to communities with positive prospects for Agriculture, adding that he will continue to release funds to ensure that it is completed according to plan.
The project manager of the Contracting Firm handling the project, Mr. John Nasir revealed that with the support of the Governor and inputs of Engineers from the Ministry of Road Infrastructure, Furniture and Maintenance, they have completed the redesigning of the bridge and the road to accommodate the flood usually experienced in the area and promised that they will work hard to deliver on time.
On his part, a stakeholder in the area, Chief Onyedika Chinwuba, said the bridge is the most strategic in Anambra West as it connects the Anam-speaking area of Ifite-Anam with all the Igala speaking areas and thanked Governor Obiano for showing genuine commitment towards constructing the road.

Work is moving at an appreciable pace on Nteje-Umunya Road as the rainy season approaches.
This was observed yesterday when Governor Willie Obiano inspected progress of work on the project. 
Governor Obiano also during the visit inspected progress of work on a bridge being constructed on the 6 kilometer Nteje-Umunya road.
It was observed during the visit, that one of the abortments that will carry the beams on the bridge has been completed while work was ongoing on the second one. 
The joining roads on both sides have also been done up-to about 100 meters to the bridge.
Speaking after the exercise, Governor Obiano said the road is being constructed to create alternative route from the very bad Umunya -Awkuzu axis of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
He noted that since work has not commenced on the axis as the Federal Government promised, it has become imperative for the State government to speed up work to ensure that the people do not suffer during the rainy season. 
The Governor observed that there has been significant improvement on the bridge project since his last visit earlier this year and said his government will continue to release funds to ensure that the project is achieved on time. 
A representative of the contracting firm handling the project, Mr Tony Francis promised that they will complete the bridge within two months. 
On his part, the President General of Nteje, Chief Bennett Chineze thanked Governor Obiano for what he is doing for both communities and indeed every commuter that will be plying the road.

The State legislature, says it will pursue vigorously relevant laws that will back the actualization of the Igbo summit declarations and resolutions in the restructuring of the Nigerian-Nation.

Its Speaker, Barrister Rita Maduagwu gave the assurance during yesterday’s plenary in Awka.
The State number one Lawmaker, who described the summit as a positive step in the right direction, commended the Ohaneze Ndigbo and Governor Willie Obiano for the successful Igbo summit that was held at the Dr Alex Ekwueme square in Awka.
Barrister Maduagwu expressed happiness that the State Government has showcased to the international community that Anambra is indeed the light of the Nation, by hosting and providing an enabling environment for Ndigbo to make their positions known to Nigerians for the peaceful co-existence of the proposed regional and central governments in Nigeria as well as other issues raise at the summit.
Also at plenary, the House received a petition from the Member representing Aguata Constituency One, Chief Ikechukwu Umeh, written by Mr Remigius Ayika.
According to Chief Umeh the petitioner prayed the House to compel the contracting firm handling the rehabilitation of Eziamaigbo erosion site at Agulu that pulled down his fence and part of his residential house in the course of executing the project to rehabilitate them as agreed earlier which he said they later reneged.

Activities lined up to mark the forty-fifth year anniversary of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC, commenced yesterday across the country.

In Anambra State, the event will take place between tomorrow and Friday twenty-fifth May, 2018.
A release signed by the State Co-ordinator of the NYSC, Mr Ebenezer Olawale says activities lined up for the anniversary in the State, include, general Sanitation Exercise, health awareness campaign as well as Road Walk by the NYSC Staff and Corps members.
It will be recalled that the NYSC Scheme was established on twenty-second May 1973.

Governor Willie Obiano disclosed this when he inspected the job done by a Special Task Force he set up on Street trading along major streets of Onitsha Main Market.
The Task Force had on the directive of the Governor, vacated street traders, removed illegal structures and shanties along the streets.
Among the places visited by the Governor where he also promised to install streetlights within one month were Ose Okwodu by Ajasa Street, Bright Street, New Market Road and many others.
Addressing the traders, Governor Obiano noted that his government decided to embark on the operation to protect the street traders who he said are exposed to risk of being knocked down by moving vehicles.
He also said the initiative became important to create access to the market to enable customers access shops inside the market as well as for ease of evacuation of goods.
The Governor who reminded the traders that the operation was solely for their own good, urged them to support the initiative by ensuring that street traders do not return there and warned that anyone caught will have their wares seized.
He further urged them to shun indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drainages to ensure that the streets are not flooded during the rainy season.
Also speaking, the Transition Chairman of Onitsha North Local Government Area, Mr Patrick Aghamba commended Governor Obiano for his strong will to enforce the operation and said shop owners along the streets are now better for it while the aesthetics of the area is now in full glare.
The streets which hitherto witnessed severe congestion due to street trading, is now very clear as traders and customers can now move about their businesses freely.


Governor Willie Obiano signed the Contracts on behalf of the State alongside representatives of the various companies at a brief ceremony at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia. 
The contracts totalling 9 billion naira, will see a Chinese firm, CGC-CHWE and CGC-YSE handle erosion sites at Enugwu-Ukwu and Abidi-Umuoji expected to gulp 2 billion naira and that of Nnewi-Ichi and Ojoto put at 5 billion naira. 
Also under the contract, an indigenous construction company, Monier Construction Company, Nigeria Limited will handle the erosion sites at Nkpor Flyover and Ire-Obosi at the cost of 2 billion naira. 
All the projects which have completion period of 24 months, are being executed under a partnership involving the World Bank, the Federal Government and the State Government.
Speaking before signing the contract, Governor Willie Obiano said with about 972 active erosion sites, Anambra State is now the smallest state in Nigeria in terms of landmass, adding that his government had fully paid its counterpart funding for the contracts to ensure that nothing hinders the project on its side. 
He noted that the State government has commenced activities to check practices that give impetus to erosion such as checking improper termination of drainage, encouraging communities to plant trees, discouraging indiscriminate bush burning and dumping of refuse among others.
The Commissioner for Environment and Beautification, Arch Mike Okonkwo said the NEWMAP has done Resettlement Action Map where all residents affected by the erosion have been paid full compensation to relocate, to the tune of 270 million naira, adding that with this measure, the execution of the projects will be easier.
The Deputy Managing Director of the Chinese Firm, Mr Fan Xiao Jing said they will deploy their expertise and that of allied companies to deliver a good job. 
The Chairman /CEO, MCC Nigeria Limited, Senator John Azuta-Mbuta commended the excellent due process and transparency observed in the State's bidding process and promised that having been selected, they will deliver according to budget and specifications. 
In a vote of thanks, the State NEWMAP Coordinator, Mr Mike Ivenso commended Governor Obiano for his constant interface with the World Bank that unlocked the intervention and promised that they will follow through with supervision to ensure that projects are delivered on schedule.


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