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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.

  


Governor Willie Obiano has called on residents of riverine areas of the State to immediately move to designated high grounds to avoid being caught up with the coming flood.
Governor Obiano made the call after he was navigated through the River Niger to the Ogbaru Coastal Communities for an on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation in the area.
At Marine Waterside, Onitsha from where the Governor took off, it was observed that the water level had risen significantly, giving cause for worry following speculations about Cameroun opening their dams.
The heavy presence of water hyacinth flowing on the surface of the Niger depicts the unsavory development in the flood situation. 
On board a naval gunboat, Governor Obiano ferried through the River Niger to assess the real situation. 
Speaking after the movement, Governor Obiano regretted that many people are still in the flooded area, warning that forecast shows very dangerous signals ahead.
He appealed to the Federal Government and good spirited individuals to assist the State with funding and relief materials to cater for the displaced persons.
Governor Obiano later visited a Holding Center at Ogbaru Council Headquarters, Atani where over a hundred displaced persons were being quartered.
Addressing the inmates of the center,, Governor Obiano said the visit was to see how they are faring and what government can do to better their condition, assuring them that his government is committed to their welfare.
He said government will take record of the displaced persons so that it can provide them succour to enable them resettle after the deluge.
Some of the displaced persons including Mr. Osita Obinyelugo and Mrs. Uzoamaka Ibina regretted that they have lost all their means of livelihood as a result of the flooding and appealed to government and good spirited individuals to come to their aid.
Governor Obiano also visited the Holding Center at St Patrick's Parish, Odekpe where over three hundred internally-displaced persons were housed where he promised to provide water and power facilities to ease their sufferings.


The Senator Representing Anambra Central at the National Assembly, Senator Victor Umeh yesterday presented the sum of ten million Naira to continue the educational funding of over one hundred and eighteen students under his scholarship scheme.

The event which commenced with a holy mass, provided a unique platform for the benefiting students to rub minds with their sponsor on their academic mileage so far.
Beneficiaries numbering over one hundred and eighteen were drawn from post-primary, tertiary and post-graduate educational divides.
Giving a personal view of the scholarship program, a Catholic Priest and Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Reverend Father Eugene Anowai, noted that Senator Umeh's desire for human success has been the backbone of his milestone policies over the years.
Reverend father Anowai pointed out that the benefactor has obtained a lifetime blessing for adding to the growth of humanity, praying for God’s guidance and blessings as he steers the course of human development.
For Senator Umeh, the desire to fund the education of the students is inspired by childhood educational rigours given his modest family background.
The Lawmaker noted that it was most imperative to develop the academic potential of the students, who will in turn give back to their parents and society at large.
In their various remarks, the Traditional Ruler of Owelle Ancient Kingdom, Igwe Anthony Onyekwelu, and an APGA chieftain from Aguata Council Area, Honourable Godwin Ezeno, said the program was worthy of emulation, especially for those who have the capacity to impart humanity.
Miss Nneka Ilochi, a beneficiary of the scholarship at an advanced stage of her PhD program, and Master Osae Cleopas, a Nigeria-born Ghanaian secondary school student also under the scheme, thanked the benefactor, Senator Umeh, and pledged to accomplish the vision of the scholarship program.
The scholarship program, an annual project that has run for over a decade, aims at sustaining the academic quest of students who have demonstrated excellence in educational and social excellence.
There was also presentation of gifts to Senator Umeh by the students and other groups.

Anambra State Government has made good it’s promise to begin work on failed portions of Nibo/Umuawulu road.

It will be recalled that the road had been cut into two by torrential rains, but during an SOS visit by Mr Marcel Ifejiofor, Commissioner for Works, Engnr. Emeka Okoye, MD of Anambra Road Maintenance Agency (ARMA) earlier in the week, the state government had promised intervention within 24 hours.

The State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging Governor Willie Obiano to direct the Ministry of Works and Anambra Road Maintenance Agency to

commence immediate rehabilitation of Odor-Awgbu road in Orumba North Local Government Area.
The House passed the resolution during plenary.
The motion which was sponsored as a matter of urgent public importance by the member representing Orumba North Constituency, Chief Romanus Obi, explained that the road has cut in two, thereby making it difficult for the people to access Awka.
He, however, commended the Ministry of Works for the ongoing rehabilitation of Aguluezechukwu-Ogboji- Ndiopkalaeze-Ajali road to ease the sufferings of the people.
Supporting motion for adjournment, the member representing Ogbaru One Constituency, Sir Benson Nwawulu, appealed to Governor Obiano to direct the contractor handling the construction of GMO-Ogbuagu-Amaizu road to expedite action on the project.
He lamented that three persons lost their lives there recently as a result of the deplorable condition of the road.
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