By Ononye VC
The Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim has reaffirmed the determination of the Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration to create a clean and green Anambra State and make it a livable mega city. The deputy governor made the assertion during an Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) live programme, ‘the Expression’, anchored by the Anambra State Commissioner for Culture, Entertainment and Tourism, Mr. Don Onyenji in partnership with Mrs. Ijeoma Uche.The deputy governor who said that the government has cleaned Okpoko maintained that the clean-up team was working on the mandate given to it by the governor to ensure that Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Idemili North and Ogbaru Local Government Areas were neat. While responding to the implications of a dirty environment, Dr. Ibezim said that such breeds bacteria which are harmful to the human health, noting that cleanliness is next to godliness and urged the people of the state to join hands and keep it clean and healthy.When asked how the government intends to sustain the job of keeping Anambra clean, Dr. Ibezim said, “the government will make the cleanliness law, enforce it and make sure that evacuators are committed to their duties’’.He expressed worry at the attitude of those who liter their environment with garbage instead of using waste bins placed at various strategic areas, calling for a change of attitude. “We have cleared and opened the Sakamori in Onitsha for easy flow of water.“Onitsha landlords have asked the government of to pull down houses blocking easy flow of water within Onitsha and its environs.“We are also urging every family in the state to plant about five to ten trees in their compounds to make the state a green city.At the interaction, the former Managing Director of the station Chief Uche Nworah commended the government for its work and urged them to continue.A caller from Cotonou, the Republic of Benin who gave his name simply as Stephen suggested that the wastes be recycled into other items needed for the development of the environment. Government tasks ASWAMA on effective service deliveryBy Ononye VCAnambra State Government has urged workers of Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA) to discharge their duties diligently in order to achieve better results.The Deputy Governor, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim made the plea while addressing the members of staff of the Agency at Awka.Dr. Ibezim explained that the Gov. Chukwuma Soludo-led administration would not tolerate dirty and unhealthy environment across the state.“We went for intervention at Onitsha and now we are doing it here in Awka because this administration wants the citizenry to live in a healthy and clean environment.`Anyone that intends to work with this administration must be hardworking, and also have the interest of the state at heart.’’The deputy governor emphasized the importance of wearing protective materials while working especially on dump sites in order to protect themselves.He acknowledged the fact that the workers have not been paid for some months, adding that they would discuss about that.Dr. Ibezim enjoined them to be more committed to their duties, saying that everyone should put their best in the service in order to achieve a clean and healthy Anambra.The Operations Manager, Mr. Ikem Onyeka said that they divided their workers into groups to work at various zones on daily basis to aid prompt evacuation of wastes.Mr. Onyeka noted that some of their major challenges included lack of funds and adequate operational vehicles. ====== Anambra State Government to promote Igbo cultureBy Ononye VCThe Anambra State Commissioner for Culture, Tourism and Entertainment, Mr. Don Onyenji has promised to partner with the Inter Agency Committee on Culture and Tourism to help promote the cultural heritage of Ndigbo.Mr Onyenji said this while receiving Mbido Igbo Association and Inter Agency Committee on Culture and Tourism in his office in Awka.He notified them that the state would host International Museum Day in Igboukwu, appealing to Ndigbo to bring their various cultural material conservation to the museum.The commissioner added that he has started working toward organizing ‘Iri ji’ Anambra, urging the group to work with Igbo traditional rulers for the success of the national yam festival.He thanked them for promoting the cultural heritage of Ndigbo, informing them of the vision of Gov. Charles Soludo in making Anambra State the hub for culture and entertainment.The National Chairman, Mbido Igbo Association and Chairman, Inter Agency Committee on Culture and Tourism in the Development of South East Nigeria, Chief Ozougochukwu Okafor urged the state government to partner with them in organizing this year’s Igbo National Yam festival holding in Igboukwu.Chief Okafor recognized the fact that every community in Igbo land celebrates their yam festivals, noting that Igboukwu yam festival has been approved by the Federal Government to be a unifying celebration for Ndigbo and Nigerians in general.He added that the building of a Yam house at Igboukwu was a mark of recognition by the Federal Government, urging the commissioner to inaugurate a committee that would help to organize the national yam festival.Chief Okafor noted that with the celebration, Anambra State would be the hub of culture, tourism and entertainment in the South and Nigeria, urging the state to take their rightful position in the festival.He reminded the commissioner that the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism built and commissioned a National Secretariat in Igboukwu in 2009, adding that the event would attract Igbos in The Diaspora and provide them the opportunity to invest in the state.Chief Okafor described the commissioner’s appointment as putting a round peg in a round hole, commending Gov. Soludo for appointing the right people for the job.Others at the visit included the traditional rulers of Ugwuoba, Igwe Sylvanus Ife and Omogho, Orumba North, Igwe Raphael Offor.The traditional rulers urged the commissioner to take lead in order to ensure the success of the yam festival. ====== Anambra Culture commissioner visits ABS film village, calls for more investmentBy Ononye VCAnambra State Commissioner for Culture, Entertainment and Tourism, Mr. Don Onyenji has called on Ndi Anambra in The Diaspora to invest in the state.The commissioner made the call when he visited the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) film village, Awka on May 7.He said that the project was an extensive and amazing one, which falls in line with Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s plan of making the state an industrial hub.“This place also offers a lot of sets and varieties of anything you want in a movie: it depicts a typical village and hints on items used by our forefathers in ancient times and Gov. Soludo intends to make Anambra State the centre for film production because Anambra is the heart of Igbo land.“By the time Anambra assumes the position of a mega smart city, we will be the champions, the heart of tourism, and cultural exhibition in Nigeria, Africa, and globally.’’He called on Ndi Igbo to get back the values that made them great people, noting that people are derailing from the traditions, culture and nature of the Igbos.“Ndi Igbo are known for their hard work and creativity, therefore, we must maintain it and avoid acculturation.’’The commissioner commended the management of the station for providing the space where the film village was built.The Special Adviser to the Governor on Entertainment, Leisure, and Tourism, Mr. Bob Manuel Udokwu, of the Nollywood fame, commended the initiators and management of ABS for coming up with the film village idea.He said: “for us as filmmakers, this traditional African Igbo Village setting is timely, nice, and visionary because it will enhance film production.“We need structures like this to portray how our forbearers lived in a simple mud hut with thatched roofs and as well make our youngsters of today have an idea of the past.’’The Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of ABS, Mr. Gab Okpalaeze hinted that the essence of the film village was to actualize the purpose of the state government toward rediscovering the people.“Government wants to promote our core Igbo values, the typical African culture, the culture of excellence, truthfulness, forthright, courage and every good thing to the outside world.“We want to tell our own stories. Time has passed when others were telling our stories and there is no way they can do it better than we who are the owners of the language and culture,’’ he said.”The initiator of the film village, Mrs. Chinyere Ozo, a film producer, set designer, and director noted that the idea of creating the film village was to do good films.According to her, we partner with ABS to bring out good contents, good filmmakers, good actors, and do good films.