28—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 C M Y K VOL. 2 NO. 20 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 HERDSMEN ATTACKS: Imo communities wait for investigation By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri Imo communities affected as a result of attacks by herds-men said they were worried that the Imo State House of Assembly, has not visited their communities since the issue was brought before it. It is not less than one month, the Imo House of Assembly raised the alarm over the killings by herdsmen in the state, after a protest by a cross section of community leaders from Okigwe Local Government Area. This is coming at a time the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike boosted that there is calm in Imo communities after the investigation by South-East Voice had revealed the level of threats faced by Imo communities arising from the activities by the herders. As a result of this development, South-East Voice called the former Majority leader of the Imo State House of Assembly, Mr. Lugard Osuji, representing Owerri Municipal Council, and he confirmed that the House of Assembly, was still on the issue. Osuji was the lawmaker that raised the alarm through a motion calling for investigation into the matter. His motion was supported by Mr. Kennedy Ibe representing Obowo State Constituency. Lugard said: “I am not part of the committee that is investigating the matter. I want to tell you that Imo State House of Assembly is interested in what is happening in the community. “A committee was formed to meet with the stakeholders and community leaders of the area. May be because of the Easter break, we have not been able to do that. I am sure we will still do that. “It is not only the Imo State House of Assembly, the state government also is interested in the welfare of every community. Yes, I moved the motion and it saw the light of the day.” It will be recalled that during the presentation of the motion in state House of Assembly by Lugard, while on the matter of urgent public importance, he reportedly said: “The destruction of crops in people's farms by cows, is a disturbing development and has already put residents in the affected areas in fear." Osuji called on the state government and all the security agencies operating in the state, to quickly wade into the matter with a view to nipping the problem in the bud. Speaking in support of his motion, Mr Ibe said: “It must be noted that the crisis that pitched herdsmen against their host communities in states like Taraba, Adamawa, Benue and Delta among others, usually started like the incident in Okigwe. •Imo Speaker, Acho Ihim. By Vincent Ujumadu AWKA- TWENTY–EIGHT indigent students in Anambra State, including four in tertiary institutions have been given a lifeline to continue with their studies, thanks to a nongovernmental organisation, the Onyebuchi Chris Ifediorah Foundation, which has offered them scholarship. The award for secondary school was for both Senior Secondary School, SSS- 3, students preparing for the Senior School Certificate Examinations, which covers the registration fees of the winners for both the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSE and the National Examination Council, NECO Examination and the junior award for those in Junior Secondary School, JSS-3, which covers their registration fees for the Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination, JSSCE. At the award presentation at Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area, the promoter of the Foundation, Chief Onyebuchi Ifediorah said the winners were selected on merit through competitive annual processes. Adding his voice, Mr. Ike Amuka representing Ideato South State Constituency said he was not happy over the activities of herdsmen in the state. He was quoted to have said that “places like Akokwa in Ideato North and other communities in Ideato South, have also witnessed the menacing presence and activities of cattle rearers from the North. This has often led to It is not only the Imo State House of Assembly, the state government also is interested in the welfare of every community •Farm destroyed by cattle. confrontation between the herdsmen and the host communities.” South-East Voice gathered that some of the community leaders were of the view that the visit by the Imo State House of Assembly members would help to douse the tension already created by the herdsmen in the area. While others said there seems to be an uneasy calm over the delay as it defines the level of preparedness of the committee set up by the state House of Assembly to intervene in the troubled communities. Many have also attributed the delay to be one of the reasons the untoward display by herders on their host communities have continued unhindered. Some of the community leaders are of the opinion that the key stakeholders from both the endangered communities and Miyetti Allah parent body of the Fulani herdsmen, should be physically present in the said meeting and not by any proxy. They also urged the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, not to treat the matter with kid gloves, adding that if few communities in the state were threatened as a result of the presence of herdsmen, the entire Imo communities one way or the other would be affected; adding that they had been beguiled with a lot of promises that their challenges with the herders would be put to a stop but up to this moment, they have lived under tension in their own land. 28 indigent students get lifeline from NGO in Anambra According to him, the senior award winners were the best performing students among a group of 35 drawn from 10 eligible schools in the area, adding that they all had to undergo a oneoff examination, called the IFOMSSA challenge, which is usually held in January of every year and organised by the Otuocha Zone of the Post-Primary Schools Service Commission, PPSSC. The junior award, he explained, is an exclusive preserve of indigenes of Nsugbe, the home town of the Foundation’s president. Those for the tertiary institutions were also selected through a competitive screening. Speaking during the award ceremony at Aguleri, the Foundation’s president said: “Presently, privately-owned secondary schools in the local government are excluded. This is because we believe that those who can afford the fees for private schools do not really need our scholarships. Ours is a scheme targeted at the financially less privileged. “In the coming years, we intend to widen the scope of our scholarship schemes to benefit the three local governments in the Otuocha Educational Zone namely, Anambra East, Anambra West, and Ayamelum and, hopefully, the rest of Anambra State. “We at the OCI Foundation believe in the powers of an educated and a motivated mind. As my late father, Pa lfedioramma would always say, with the stroke of a pen, an educated individual can unlock the door to riches.” He further explained that OCI Foundation offers an undergraduate scholarship called the Cyfed Scholarships in which the winners receive annual financial awards that would be available to them throughout the approved duration of their chosen courses in any tertiary institution of their choice in Nigeria. Executive chairman of the Anambra State PPSSC, Lady Joy Ulasi commended the president of the Foundation for not limiting the scholarship scheme only to students from Anambra State. She urged the beneficiaries to work hard to sustain the award, adding that they had no reason to disappoint their parents who had been saved the burden of paying school fees.
Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018—29 By Nwabueze Okonkwo IT was a day of glory and encomiums for Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State as residents of Odume Layout, Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, pledged their continued loyalty and allegiance to him for the provisions of some dividends of democracy ranging from road networks, security of lives and property and above all, electricity in the area. The residents comprising the leaders and parishioners of Immanuel Anglican Church; the Landlords Association and the political class gathered at Nanka Street Junction by Winners Foam factory, Odume Layout, Obosi where they held a church service, gave thanks and praises to God for using Obiano to open up the area and prayed fervently for God to give him more wisdom to do more for them. After the church service and prayer session which lasted for about three hours, the Men’s Christian Fellowship group of the Church presented what they termed an appreciation address on behalf of the community, to the Governor to buttress their point. In the address read by Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr, Ubaka Onwuanibe, the community described the Governor as man of the people, adding, “the Men’s Christian Fellowship, MCF, Immanuel Anglican Church Parish Odume, Obosi, felt a deep sense of responsibility to do what we are here for. Your Excellency, this moment is a time for appreciation, prayers and blessings. “We have put together this event chiefly to show THE TEAM SUPERVISING EDITOR: Chioma Gabriel, Lagos (08052201257) EDITOR: Emeka Mamah, Enugu email: email@example.com Anayo Okoli, Umuahia Vincent Ujumadu, Awka Chidi Nkwopara, Owerri Peter Okutu, Abakaliki Chimaobi Nwaiwu, Nnewi Nwabueze Okonkwo, Onitsha Ugochukwu Alaribe, Aba Enyim Enyim, Onitsha Chinoso Alozie, Owerri Chinenye Ozor, Nsukka Eric Ugbor, Aba Day Christians, landlords, residents of Odume Obosi layout rolled out drums for Obiano ger than Fegge and others layouts in Onitsha suburb. “We are grateful to the governor because this is the first time we are seeing government presence in Odume. This is the first time we are experiencing tarred roads in Odume. Now that the Governor has been returned for second term, we expect more roads and street lights in Odume. In the 17 polling stations in Odume, we delivered the whole of them to Governor Obiano during the November 18, 2017 governorship election in the state.” He, however, warned the residents to guard the facilities jealously as any one caught making bonfires on the tarred roads or trying to vandalise or over-load the transformers or throwing refuse dumps into the drainages or harbouring criminals would be dealt with accordingly. In his remarks, Rev. Aniakor noted that the Governor feels for the people and shows appreciation for the votes we gave him by giving us these roads and transformers, assuring that the Governor would do more in terms of giving more roads and creating employment opportuni- JohnBosco Onunkwo Foundation spends N20m on empowerment, scholarship, healthcare in Anambra By Nwabueze Okonkwo THIS year’s edition of the two-year-old empowerment and free medicare programmes being sponsored by JohnBosco Onunkwo Foundation, JOF, kicked off at the weekend with a walk for life campaign conducted by members of the foundation together with their principal, Chief JohnBosco Onunkwo. With a motorcade in a road show which they tagged: Aguata Walk for Life, the foundation members playing musical instruments, embarked on the walk and danced to the rhythm of the music until they arrived at the Civil Centre, Umuchu in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State within two hours from Orie Uga market junction also in gested by the Parish Priest in-charge of Immanuel Anglican Church in the area, Rev. Ifeanyichukwu Aniakor. Nwokediuko noted that the show of appreciation was a polite way of asking for more since according to him, Odume Layout is so large that it is even big- •As police declare Odume Obosi layout crime-free zone the council area. At the Civil Centre, shortly after the Aguata Walk for Life, Chief Onunkwo declared open activities mapped out for the free medical programme which included health education, donation of home kits for blood pressure and blood sugar tests, free out-patient consultations and drugs, free eye tests, free reading glasses and free cataract surgeries. In his opening remarks while declaring the programme open, Onunkwo disclosed that he had spent close to N20 million so far in building a health centre at Umuchu, sponsorship of youth football competitions for four years running, scholarship scheme to many students in various schools and above all, empowerment of less privileged persons, such as aged men and women, widows and widowers. We are grateful to the governor because this is the first time we are seeing government presence in Odume. This is the first time we are experiencing tarred roads in Odume Onunkwo who is an illustrious son of Umuchu, a Port-Harcourt-based oil magnate and a governorship aspirant during the 2017 Anambra governorship election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, further disclosed that as a Rotarian and past president of Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, he is a Paul Harris Fellow, based on his frequent fat donations to the Rotary Club. In his own speech, the medical officer in-charge of the free medical tour 2018, Dr. Ejike Ibeanusi, disclosed that he sold the idea of the free medical programme to Onunkwo in 2016 and he agreed to sponsor it till date. Ibeanusi who is also the President of Clem-Fid Health Foundation, noted that the programme started in 2016 with free medical treatment in Umuchu community alone, adding that in 2017, the programme was expanded to Aguata West and now in 2018, it was further expanded to the entire Aguata Local Government Area covering up to 40 communities. Ejike further disclosed that more than 1,000 patients were targeted to receive the free medical treatment in various specialisations, including ears, eyes and surgeries, with various types of laboratory tests. Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen about the free medical tests and treatments, commended Onunkwo and his JOF members for initiating the idea for the benefit of the less privileged ones in the society and urged them to sustain the tempo as according to them, every good work has its own reward from God. In his own reaction, a social critic and human gratitude for the recent positive developments in Odume Layout, Obosi, having had our unfair share of bad road network and poor infrastructure regardless of its densely populated nature and location of industries. “Your Excellency, we remain very grateful that the APGA-led government in the state has given us Akunwa Okoye Street through Ilo Okoye joining Mike Ajegbo Road-MI- NAJ Drive-Army Gate bye pass. The Adirika-Enugwu Ozala Street-Mike Ajegbo Road, is now a stretch of a beautiful road that before now, was a nightmare left at the mercy of landlords and industrialists. “Your Excellency, the 500kva transformer standing over there is part of why we are happy and grateful. Another 300kva is standing elsewhere in Odume. We further show appreciation to you for working on the erosion site that cut the Mike Ajegbo Road and we urge the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, to improve on power supply in the area.” Earlier in his speech, the President of Odume Central Landlords Association, Chief Chukwudi Nwokediuko had explained that the token of appreciation and thanksgiving was sugties for our youths in the area. Others who spoke at the event were some of the landlords and residents, Chief Edwin Nzekwe, Secretary of Men's Christian Fellowship; Chief Osita Chibueze of Thazmax Pharmaceutical Industries Limited; Peter Olisakwe, Prince Sunday Aniude and the District Officer of Odume Obosi Police Post, Adeyemo Julius who expressed satisfaction that with the provisions of roads and electricity, Obiano has succeeded in making the area no more a hideout for criminals. rights crusader, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme lauded Onunkwo’s virtues for showing empathy to the less privileged and the downtrodden, adding, “his belief in William Jame’s assertion that there is no blessing in getting and having but only in giving, has propelled him to develop good motive in politics and motive of doing good and rendering selfless service to the needy. According to Ezekwueme, “Other public spirited individuals should emulate Onunkwo because through his philanthropic activities, he has succeeded in changing politics from transactional politics to transformational one and at the same time, discomforting himself in order to comfort others.”