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Anambra Airport to be “Best Airport in entire Africa” - Onyema

By Robinson Esighasim

Chairman and Founder of Airpeace Airlines, Chief Allen Onyema (left) in an interview at ABS, Awka with  MD/CEO of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS Radio-TV), Chief Uche Nworah (right).


    Chief Allen Onyema, Chairman and Founder of Airpeace Airlines, said last weekend, while speaking in an interview with Chief Uche Nworah, MD/CEO of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS Radio-TV) after touring the airport territory with Governor Willie Obiano the previous day that when completed, the Anambra International Cargo Airport at Umueri, would be the “best airport in the entire Africa.”

    Chief Onyema stated that he was “marveled” by what he saw, adding that the runway is one of the longest in Africa and further stated that he is confident that President Muhammadu Buhari would give his approval for the Anambra International Cargo Airport “to be a full blown international airport” when completed.

    In apparent reply to those who had expressed doubts as to whether any new airport in the South East would be viable, Chief Onyema pointed out that “aviation is a catalyst for economic development,” thereby disclosing that the airport was already generating employment as over 1,000 personnel were presently in employment at the site and further disclosing that tens of thousands of people would be employed when the airport is fully completed, adding that the airport would “help the entire country, not just the South East.”

    Chief Onyema disclosed that he planned to build a hanger at the Anambra International Cargo Airport which will maintain airports from around the world starting from next year, adding that his company was ready to be on site next month as soon as arrangements are finalized with the Anambra State Government. 

    He further disclosed his plans to mount a special airshow on the formal opening day of the airport.  The airshow he stated would involve five of his planes starting with his private jet and “ending with the King of the Sky, the triple seven (777).”


The Airpeace Chairman commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government for awarding to his airline about 20 major landing destinations across the world including Europe, US, India, and Saudi Arabia.


 Ndi Abia in Diaspora get land for Investment in their home State

By Robinson Esighasim    

   Abia State Government has set up a committee for the actualisation of Abia State Diaspora Land Development. This followed the state government’s approval of a parcel of land to be set aside for investment and development by ndi Abia in Diaspora.

    The community will have the responsibility to find the resources, design and develop the infrastructure which will include residential areas, social, health, educational and commercial facilities such as hospital/clinics, schools, departmental stores, and recreational centres.  

    The state government, in a statement signed by its Secretary, Barr. Chris Ezem, charged the committee to work with the Ministry of Lands to complete the acquisition process, determine the criteria for participation, nature of investment, designs for infrastructure and facilitate the execution of the Diaspora land development.

Abia set for jobs, as Enyimba Shoe Factory receives final touches 

By Robinson Esighasim

    Besides making Abia State a global hub for shoes and leather products, marvelous opportunities have been opened for direct and indirect employment of over 10,000 persons in the state. This follows the completion of the Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory, Aba, with capacity for daily and annual production of 5,000 and two million pairs of assorted shoes respectively, plus other leather and allied products, even as there is built-in- provision for expansion.

    Already, thousands of hitherto unemployed youths, including university graduates, who were trained in various skills under the State Education for Employment, have either found direct employment or engaged themselves in productive ventures with support from the government.

    The state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu had, while inaugurating the seven-member Board for the factory, headed by Mac Atasie (a Management Consultant) as the Chairman, tasked them to run the factory strictly as a commercial profit-oriented enterprise, and not as a government parastatal.

Health Ministry pledges Support for Primary Health Care Development

By Robinson Esighasim

  Anambra Government will support the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), in the forthcoming Community Health Influencers and Promoters Services Programme (CHIPS) in the state. 

    The Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, made the pledge in Awka, while giving an assurance during an advocacy visit by the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu.

    The commissioner noted that the Agency had played important roles at the grassroots under the leadership of Dr Ezenyimulu. He also extended his gratitude to the partner `The Challenge Initiative (TCI)”, for their support in the health sector of the State.

    Dr Ezenyimulu said that the visit was to inform the Commissioner about the flag-off of the CHIPS programme in the state and thereby explained that the programme was initiated by the National Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) to address the identified gaps and inefficiencies observed in primary healthcare services at community level.

Ebonyi Govt. gives ultimatum for removal of illegal structures  

By Robinson Esighasim

    The Government of Ebonyi State has vowed to remove all illegal structures and projections attached to buildings within the Abakaliki Capital City.  A release signed by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Capital City, Mrs Chinyelu Udoku, gave the Landlords/Developers 48 hours to remove the illegal structures and projections added to their buildings or face sanctions.

    Mr Udoku noted that after the 48 hours deadline given to the Landlords and Developers to comply with this directive, the government would be compelled to demolish all the illegal structures and the building projections at the expense of the owners.

    The Special Assistant said all building construction in the city must be approved by the Abakaliki Capital Development Board and must have a registered civil/structural engineer on site handling the building construction. All building construction within capital city must conform to the new Ebonyi State Standard requirements.



Imo records highest unemployment rate in Nigeria

By Robinson Esighasim

    The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stated last week that Nigeria’s unemployment rate has increased to 27.1 percent in the second quarter of 2020 from 23.1 per cent recorded in 2018. In a statement last week, the agency stated that the number of persons in the economically active or working-age population (15 – 64 years of age) increased to 116,871,186 from 115,492,969 in 2018.

    It was reported that Imo State has the highest rate of unemployment with 48.7 per cent, followed by Akwa-Ibom State and Rivers State with 45.2 per cent and 43.7 percent respectively, whereas Anambra recorded the lowest rate of unemployment at 13.1 percent.

    For underemployment, Zamfara State recorded the highest rate with 43.7 percent, while Anambra State recorded the lowest underemployment rate, with 17 percent in Q2 2020.


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