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Enterprising Anambra, Land of Conviviality
The spirit of Anambra is “enterprise”. Almost everyone who has spoken or written about Anambra says so.

However, Anambra is also a land of conviviality. The month of December, every year, brings out the best in ndi Anambra’s convivial nature. This year 2018 has been no exception. There was the famous and legendary “Igu Aro” festival, Ofala festivals of various communities, Igbankwu/Ibu Nmanya/Ikwata Ive traditional marriage ceremonies as well as formal church weddings across the various communities, in addition to the yuletide celebrations.

One major implication of this is that Anambra State gets to play host to more than two times its resident population between December and January every year. Everywhere you go there is a sea of humans. Road congestion become the order of the day, despite the State’s enviable road networks – Anambra boasts of one of the best, if not the best, road network in Nigeria.

This year, as in several other years, people travelling from one town to the other, have been reported to have spent hours in traffic gridlocks. This is despite the special efforts of the Federal Road Safety Commission, the Nigeria Police, and the Anambra State Traffic Management Agency (ATMA), to make motoring in Anambra State as enjoyable and free-flowing as possible during the yuletide season.

…Igu Aro Festival
As part of events heralding the 2018 Igu Aro ceremony of the Enugwu-Ukwu community in Njikoka Council Area, the community held its annual Ipia Agba Carnival. The Carnival held at the Obu Umunri Palace, Enugwu-Ukwu featured various cultural and masquerade displays.
The Traditional Ruler of Enugwu-Ukwu, Igwe Ralph Ekpe and members of his cabinet graced the occasion.

Over 70 masquerades featured in the ceremony witnessed by both indigenes and tourists from across Nigeria.
The splendor and industry of Onitsha
Onicha Ado N’Idu has continued to re-discover and re-invent itself since His Royal Majesty, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, CFR, ascended the throne of the Obi of Onitsha. Some weeks back, we brought you photographs and reports on the 2018 Ofala Festival. The offering at this annual cultural festival has been going up at least one notch annually.

This December, Onitsha launched “Golibe”, a festival aimed at re-engineering “Onitsha into a vibrant 21st century city and globally acclaimed destination for commerce and cultural tourism”, according to Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe.

Igwe Achebe disclosed that “the main purpose of Golibe is to create a forum at this time of the year for our children from all over the world to stay together and do things that make everyone happy…so, Golibe is about community self-renewal.”

Ndigbo to vote only candidates with restructuring agenda
The President General of apex Igbo organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has again charged Ndigbo to look out only for candidates with sincere restructuring agenda and cast their votes for them. Speaking as Chairman at the presentation of a book, “Obollo icons” published by a non-political group, Obollo Development Association (ODA), Chief Nwodo reiterated that only restructuring the political system will save the country from the current state of inertia in governance prevalent in the land.

The Ohanaeze President said Ndigbo and the rest of the country should think of having a political system that will help them join the rest of the emerging technology driven world.

Chief Nwodo said that the understanding going on between Ohanaeze and other ethnic nationalities in the country is aimed at creating a better Nigeria where justice will be the basis existence.

Increase “Economic Velocity”, end brinksmanship
One of the shortcomings of politics in Nigeria, after the First and Second Republics, is what political analysts have tagged as “a lack of colour”, particularly, in the use of highly evocative words. That may become a thing of the past as the APGA campaign train continues to gain traction.

In recent times, both the APGA Presidential Candidate, Dr John W.T. Gbor, and his Vice Presidential Candidate, Chief Jerry Chukwueke, have been inundating the airwaves and social media with their prayers and appeal that Nigeria and Nigerians begin to take the future existence of the nation more seriously than mundane political interests.

I had the opportunity of listening to Chief Jerry Chukwueke live in Owerri yesterday.
This master orator is no doubt working his way into the minds of Nigerians (he is not called “The Master Mobiliser” for nothing!).

His message in short: Nigeria has to restructure not in terms of geo-political zones but in terms of geo-economic zones and the time to do it is now, so that we do not become extinct in less than a decade from now; APGA has an excellent phased programme to achieve that.

Nigeria needs to increase “Economic Velocity”, APGA is doing that already in Anambra State, and can replicate same across Nigeria.

I know you want to ask me what “Economic Velocity” means. To my understanding, I believe he was referring to the rate at which money is exchanged from one transaction to another, and an increase in the number of transactions usually done in a particular community. One of the examples Chief Chukwueke gives is the expansion of trading hours in most parts of Anambra State as a result of the street lights introduced by the Willie Obiano administration.

Imo state with the lowest average price of petrol in 2018
The average price paid by consumers for petrol increased by 1.3 per cent year-on-year, the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said.

The bureau, according to a report on its website, also listed States with the highest and lowest average price of petrol in comparison with the approved government price of N145.

States with the highest average price of premium motor spirit (petrol) were Kebbi (N158.24), Kaduna (N156.75) and Taraba (N155.46).

States with the lowest average price of premium motor spirit (petrol) were Jigawa (N144.29), Sokoto (N144.20) and Imo (N142.50).

Ebonyi commissions 40 tonnes per hour fertilizer blending plant
Ebonyi State last week commissioned a new 40 tonnes per hour fertilizer blending plant.
Speaking at the inauguration Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, described the plant as a huge agricultural input factory, and pointed out that it is the only fertilizer plant in both the South East and South South zones.

Enugu sustains tempo of infrastructure
Enugu State has continued to sustain the tempo of infrastructural development both at the urban and rural areas with the award of multiple contracts for infrastructural development across the State, at the sum of over N1 billion.

The road projects, according to the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, include, the completion of Akpakwume-Nze-Aku road, between Udi and Igbo Etiti Local Government Areas (phase one); the construction of culverts/ river crossing along Nike Lake Junction-Harmony Estate- Amorji Nike-Adoration Ministry road - a bypass (phase one), in Enugu East LGA.
Others include: rehabilitation/construction of Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Boulevard in Enugu North LGA; construction of Amalla Orba-Orie Orba-Eke Ovoko road (phase one), Udenu LGA; and the Amaechnenu junction to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Eha Alumona in Nsukka LGA.

The State Executive Council also approved the purchase of five fire trucks for the newly constructed fire service stations across the three senatorial districts of Enugu State.

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