ANAMBRA 2021: DEFECTION AS SMOKE SCREEN FOR RIGGING BY APC*

Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

10/09/21

ANAMBRA 2021: DEFECTION AS SMOKE SCREEN FOR RIGGING BY APC

We keep wondering why the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State is afraid of competition; keen, fair and transparent competition and contest. Particularly, we have never ceased to ponder why its current flag bearer regales in cutting corners in all the elections he has participated in. This unsavoury reputation in a democracy, follows him like a shadow everywhere he goes. Now, when will Senator Andy Uba remedy himself?

We have it on good authority that Mr. Uba told a group of high networth Ndi Anambra in Ikoyi, Lagos that he rigged the disputed direct primary that hoisted him as flag bearer, as pay back for the previous primaries where he was outrigged. He said that with such bold face that his audience were left in rude shock.

Not done, APC is prancing around the state looking for some fall guys desperate for lucre as defectors to their party to create a smokescreen about their strength and acceptability. They do not stop here.

They are on a hollow ritual of attempting to psychologically agitate the minds of the good people of Anambra State with the impression that they have the election outcome already decided in their favour, not by the people but by federal might. To them and in their warped wisdom, power belongs to Abuja, no more, no less. In this macabre dance of shame, they plod the streets with chips on their backs. Poor souls, for swimming against the tide,they are rapidly burying their political careers.

Ndi Anambra, as smart and discerning as ever, view them as deceitful and hold them in utter dismay. They know that they are renegades who are only out to conquer and plunder. But Anambra is not Imo state!

On the other hand, the remarkable track records of APGA and its flag bearer are beacons of hope that the future is bright. Yes, Cee Cee Soludo is running on these track records with his sight firmly fixed on developing a livable and prosperous homeland where the world can come to invest, live, work, learn and enjoy. Soludo and APGA are busy marketing this alluring destination to Ndi Anambra. The message and messenger are spreading like wildfire. The good news is that nobody can stop an idea whose time has come. Ndi Anambra are set to embark on the journey and will jolt them back to their senses on November 6, 2021.

For now, as the Yorubas who would counsel, Ndi Anambra ronu!

Be of good cheer!!

*Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

NCDC RECORDS CLOSE TO ONE THOUSAND NEW CASES OF COVID-19

DANIELS G O

The Nigeria centre for disease control has confirmed 964 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-456
Ondo-180
Edo-66
Rivers-62
Niger-26
Akwa Ibom-25
Ekiti-22
Kwara-22
Oyo-22
Kaduna-17
Delta-14
Benue-12
Gombe-9
Plateau-9
FCT-8
Jigawa-5
Ogun-4
Bayelsa-2
Nasarawa-2
Bauchi-1

195,052 confirmed

182,463 discharged
2,544 deaths

Today’s report includes:

✅Backlog of 456 cases reported for Lagos State from 3rd (237), and 4th (219) September, 2021

✅ Backlog of 9 cases reported for Plateau State from 3rd (2), and 4th (7), September 2021

✅ Backlog of 17 cases reported for Kaduna State for 3rd September, 2021

✅ Backlog of 18 deaths reported for Lagos State for 30th August, 2021

✅Two States with zero cases reported: Osun, and Sokoto

SOLUDO WILL BE THE CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER FOR MADE IN ANAMBRA GOODS AND SERVICES AS GOVERNOR*

06/09/21

*Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

*SOLUDO WILL BE THE CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER FOR MADE IN ANAMBRA GOODS AND SERVICES AS GOVERNOR*

A warehouse full of unsold goods is the managing director’s and marketing manager’s nightmare. Those of us who read O’Level Lawal in secondary school will recall that the popular economics author posited that production is not complete until the product gets to the final consumer. Marketing, the profession which enables us to be ahead of competitors at all times, is the department in organisations charged with the responsibility of ensuring that goods and services get to the final consumers. The health of any company depends on its ability to produce and ensure that consumers buy its products over and over again. The challenge as always, is entering new markets or expanding market share within an industry or category.

Now, Soludo is telling Ndi Anambra in the real sector that as Governor, he will lead in ensuring that all products made in Anambra find markets not just in Anambra but across the globe. But there is a caveat. The products or services should meet The Made In Anambra for the World criteria

Cognisant of the stark reality that the world has become a global village and that consumer tastes and preferences are converging, Soludo will put in place, measures to ensure that Anambra quality standards meet and exceed the international ISO quality standards. The goal is that through economic diplomacy, Anambra State will seek to create global brands that will partake in the lucrative global market.

In furtherance, he plans to work with the real sector and standards bureaus in Nigeria and beyond to evolve the state’s quality policy and a robust quality infrastructure comprising metrology, testing laboratories, standardisation, certification and technical regulations. In addition, Anambra State will deepen its collaboration with relevant regulatory agencies in the drive to enthrone a quality culture in every sector.

Yes, it should be taken as given, that Soludo will lead by example through using products made in Anambra as he is already doing, and is poised to do more. He will take products made in Anambra to the world and in the process, create more wealth and employment.

The foregoing therefore, is a concrete way of giving practice expression to his vision of a livable, secure, prosperous and happy homeland.

Get your PVC and use its power to support his grand vision.

Be of good cheer!!

*Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

*ANAMBRA 2021: THE OPPOSITION AND THEIR PIPE DREAM*

03/09/21

Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

*ANAMBRA 2021: THE OPPOSITION AND THEIR PIPE DREAM*

They want to conquer Anambra State by hook or crook and then misrule. They are of the opinion that Igboland must be under their control for reasons best known to them, and that forcefully taking over the machinery of governance in Anambra is a major, significant step.

The others are mouthing the benefits of being at the centre as if States that are at the so called centre with huge arrears of staff salaries and emoluments are better than Anambra where workers constantly smile home with their pay package at end of every month. The “me too” or “also ran” are nibbling with incoherent jabs at the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led Anambra state government. They all see the APGA Flag bearer, Cee Cee Soludo as the stumbling block between them and the Government house.

Curiously, none factors the good people of Anambra into their permutation. What counts to them, are federal might, denigration of the remarkable achievements of Governor Willie Obiano, stopping Soludo or changing the narrative about his stellar track record.

It does not matter to them that Obiano’s legacy projects in the face of dwindling revenue are making Ndi Anambra exceptionally proud wherever they are around the globe. The ‘Light Up Anambra’ project and the security infrastructure have boosted the economy in addition to the massive inputs in agriculture which outputs are adding value to industries and the value chain. Ndi Anambra are not less enamoured by Anambra’s leading position in education and the fight against disease and other daunting challenges.

Now, while Soludo, his Apostles and APGA continue to reach out to Ndi Anambra in the 179 towns in the State, marketing his ‘One State, One Megacity’ agenda that will be holistically developed, we are yet to hear a whimper from the desperados who believe that power comes by force or from the courts. They are reaching out to lawyers (lucky professionals) and give no hoot about the people. Unfortunately for them, Ndi Anambra see their plan as a pipe dream, delusional diversionary thoughts and a pie in the sky.

Soludo’s message is simple and fundamental; let us make Anambra livable and secure, then the world will come here to invest, live and relax and we shall prosper and be happy in the process.

Soludo has been knocking on doors with his game changing message and hearts are rapidly opening. He seeks to win with the people and happily, he is the people’s choice for November 6, 2021 poll. For the love of Anambra, we all have a date with history on November 6, but remember to arm yourself with your voter’s card, so we shall keep winning with APGA…and with SOLUDO, CHARLIE NWAMGBAFOR.

Be of good cheer.

*Joe C. Anatune*
Writes from Awa

AMIDST ENTHUSIASTIC ORUMBA STAKEHOLDERS, CHARLIE NWAMGBAFOR CANVASSES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GREEN ORUMBA.*

31/08/21

Joe Anatune*
Writes from Awa.

*AMIDST ENTHUSIASTIC ORUMBA STAKEHOLDERS, CHARLIE NWAMGBAFOR CANVASSES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GREEN ORUMBA.*

August, 29, 2021. Orumba,(Orumba North and South) leaders from the business and corporate sectors, academia, community, traditional and political fields converged in Hon Ben Nwankwo’ s Akpu country home to share ideas on how to develop Green Orumba with Cee Cee Soludo, APGA Governorship flag bearer. Orumba indeed is one of the virgin and hugely untapped areas in the state where the beauty of nature still stares you in the face everywhere you go. If in doubt, take ride along the Ogboji, Ndiokpaleke, Akpu and Ajalli road

They came united in their resolve that Soludo as next governor is the next big thing in Anambra and are committed to make it happen. Of course, Soludo did not disappoint them.

While agreeing with speaker after speaker that Green Orumba needs access roads to fully tap its potentials, he assured the enthusiastic audience that his village upbringing as Charlie Nwamgbafor who struggled through life to become what he is today places him in better position to work with the audience as Governor to leapfrog Orumba to a livable, secure, prosperous and happy society based on its peculiarities and along minimum standards for public and private infrastructural developments . He provoked the thoughts of the emeninent personalities present on how best to drive human traffic across the globe to the area on account of its potentials for tourism, agriculture and industry. This, he canvassed is the way to ensure that children of Orumba and Anambra can live, work and find fulfillment in Orumba without the lure of looking for greener pastures elsewhere.

In furtherance of the foregoing, Soludo made it imperative that as matter of fact, his Government will need Orumba more than Orumba will need it to drive its development agenda which will be unveiled fully soon.

Fiery soapbox speeches and echoes of victory songs came from the host, political leaders, town union presidents and traditional rulers who prayed for God’s guidance for Soludo and the project shortly after the vote of thanks by Chief Mrs Ifeoma Ekwueme. It was agreed that consolidating on the tripod of the Old Aguata will help build from our past and seal electoral victory.

Charlie Nwamgbafor for clarity is the village and childhood name of Prof Charles Soludo coined from his name and that of his mother- Mgbafor. He was born without silver spoon. He overcame the vicissitudes of life to become a global iconic.

His grass to grace story inspires. He wants to be your governor to lift you wherever you are in the station of life to the next stage or more.

You owe him your vote come November 6, 2021. And for sure, he will deliver because he knows where it pinches. He has done it before and will hit the ground running.

Be of good cheer.

*Joe Anatune*
Writes from Awa.

*LAGOS RESUMES ADMINISTRATION OF SECOND DOSE OF ASTRAZENECA COVID VACCINE*

29/08/22

DANIELS G. O

LAGOS RESUMES ADMINISTRATION OF SECOND DOSE OF ASTRAZENECA COVID VACCINE*

1. The administration of second dose of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine will commence in Lagos State on Monday 30th August, 2021.

*Eligibility*
*ONLY* citizens who have taken the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and are due for the second dose

*To Access Second Dose of AstraZeneca Vaccine*
👉🏽Eligible citizens should proceed to vaccination sites where they received their first dose to get their second jab as scheduled on their vaccination card.
👉🏽No need for E-registration for this exercise.
👉🏽Eligible persons are only required to come along with their vaccination card.

*Duration*
20 days – from Monday 30th, August to Friday 24th September, 2021.

*Time*
9.00am to 3.00pm (Weekdays, Monday – Friday Only)

*_Important Notice_*
Mixing one brand of vaccine with another brand in this second dose exercise is not allowed. Those who have received *AstraZeneca* as first dose *MUST* receive *AstraZeneca* as second dose. While those who have received *Moderna* as first dose will only receive *Moderna* as second dose when due.

AstraZeneca, Moderna and other COVID vaccines are highly effective against serious illness and death from COVID variants including DELTA!

Get all recommended vaccine doses to develop maximum protection.

The Vaccines are safe and effective.
Get vaccinated today to protect yourself and your loved ones.

*This message is from Primary Healthcare Board On Behalf Of The Lagos State Governnent*

SIR VICTOR UWAIFO PASSES ON

29/08/21

DANIELS G.O

Edo State born Legendary Highlife Singer Trumpeter Flutist and Writer Sir Victor Uwaifo has died at the age of 80.

The death of the one time Commissioner for Arts Culture and Tourism Edo State was confirmed On Saturday Evening

Sir Victor Uwaifo born March 1st 1941 in Benin City began his music career in the 1960s and he developed the Akwete rhythm sound.

He became popular with his hit song Joromi in 1996 and was recognized as the most educated performing music legend musical instrument inventor artist worldwide.

The late Uwaifo who marked his eigtieth birthday earlier this year in grand style had expressed gratitude to God for sparing his life in 1969 from being electrocuted at a night club in Warri Delta State.

Uwaifo was in his lifetime the first Nigerian professional singer to be awarded with the honour of National Merit Member of the Order of Niger (MON).

He has to his credit songs like Joromi, Suku Suku, Anytime, Mami Water, Change Lover among other songs.

CEE CEE SOLUDO WILL OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE OTHER CHARLIE NWAMGBAFORS*.

28/08/21

Joe C Anatune*
Writes from Awa

DANIELS G. O

*CEE CEE SOLUDO WILL OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE OTHER CHARLIE NWAMGBAFORS*.

For Cee Cee Soludo, the November 6, 2021 Anambra Governorship election is about how he will lift many people trapped in the vicious stranglehold of poverty. He had been there, so he knows how it pinches. He has the best solutions too.

Today his meritorious rise to global recognition is an eloquent story of the village boy who made good against all odds. He is your typical grass to grace story which epitomizes the famous Anambra spirit that makes us to dream big and succeed big. His village name Charlie Nwamgbafor – Charles the child of Mgbafor has become a metaphor of the grim and gritty struggle to pull out from the rat race against vicissitudes of life. He lost his mother at the age of 8 years. He made good and is poised to devote his remaining days on earth to teaching others- the other Charlie Nwamgbafors who are currently where he used to be how to catch their own fish.

Grateful for the grace of God on his life, Cee Cee Soludo’s involvement in the contest is primarily to use the platform to assist the many still trapped in the valley of poverty to move to better stations in life. From my observatory, lifting the many trapped in the vicious grip of poverty and want has always defined his prodigious economic thoughts and policy prescriptions. His training as an economist and development expert prepared him for the roles he has played in this regard and is poised to play in Anambra state as governor.

Now for the sake of clarity, who are the other Charlie Nwamgbafors. They are the many who live below the poverty index. They are the boys and girls in our mist who cannot go to school because their parents cannot afford it. They are our next door neighbours who go through daily grinds but hardly can afford three square meals for their families. They are those market women whose total stock of food items for sale on roadsides may not be up to two thousand naira yet from there they fend for their families. They are the grassroots or critical mass who some politicians claim they know but have not truly helped or cannot figure how to help. Yet many of them prance about the nooks and corners of the state claiming they are grassroot politicians. What an irony!

Perhaps, you might have heard that Soludo plans to produce 1000 youth millionaires every year as governor. The multiplier effect of this plan will be very pronounced. But beyond this, his poverty elevation plan is broad and fundamental to accommodate the other Charlie Nwagbafors who are holding the scrappy end of the stick of social deprivation.

Of course, the how is that he will democratise or open up opportunities for all to strive as he did for Nigerians in his legacy bank consolidation, NEED, SEEDS and other pro people programmes he implemented in his previous public service.

Concluding, we are of the well considered opinion that the well being and welfare of the other Charlie Nwamgbafors should be the main issue on the ballot box. Let the contestation of ideas and values round this critical subject matter begin.

Be of good cheer.

*Joe C Anatune*
Writes from Awa

COVID VACCINATION: LAGOS TO INOCULATE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

28/08/21

DANIELS G.O

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
PRESS RELEASE
COVID VACCINATION: LAGOS TO INOCULATE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
The administration of Moderna vaccine will hold this weekend – Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August, 2021, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi has said.
Abayomi disclosed this today after receiving preliminary report of day three of the vaccination excercise in Lagos State.
He explained that the plan to vaccinate this weekend was necessitated by the need to ensure that citizens who were scheduled for vaccination on Saturday and Sunday get their first dose as scheduled to avoid a backlog which may strain the process.
The Commissioner however noted that, the vaccination exercise in Lagos will hold *ONLY* week days after this weekend excercise except otherwise stated.
Abayomi urged successful enrollees who have been scheduled for vaccination this weekend to present themselves at their assigned vaccination sites between the hours of 9.00am and 4.00pm to get their jab.
He said: “We have scheduled some of our people for vaccination this weekend, precisely, this Saturday and Sunday and we are not planning to deprive them of vaccination as scheduled.
“The vaccination teams will be onground at the various vaccination sites on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th to attend this category of people.
“This weekend exercise is however a one-off exercise in this phase of the campaign subject to further review. After this weekend, vaccination will hold on weekdays – Mondays to Fridays only”.
Abayomi said that the overarching goal of the COVID vaccination campaign in Lagos is to achieve herd immunity against COVID infection for Lagos communities.
Signed
Tunbosun Ogunbanwo
Director, Public Affairs
27th August, 2021

COVID19 VACCINATION: LAGOS COMMENCES ADMINISTRATION OF MODERNA VACCINE

26/08/21

DANIELS G.O

PRESS RELEASE

COVID19 VACCINATION: LAGOS COMMENCES ADMINISTRATION OF MODERNA VACCINE
…. Says Uptake of Vaccine is Impressive
Lagos State Government today commenced the administration of the Moderna COVID vaccine at the designated 183 vaccination sites across the State.
State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who stated this today after receiving a preliminary monitoring report of the vaccination exercise from the Social Mobilization Team expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the exercise at most of the sites visited.
He noted that the turnout of citizens who had enrolled for the vaccine at various vaccination sites is encouraging, adding that it is an indication of impressive vaccination uptake.
While noting that he is aware of pockets of challenges at some sites, the Commissioner assured that all the glitches noticed would be addressed for better service delivery.
He said: “I’m impressed by the report from the field. We had a good start for the first day. It can only get better, and I can assure you that all the challenges encountered today would be resolved to ensure a seamless exercise going forward.
“I would like to appreciate the team of dedicated staff who are driving this exercise as well as Lagosians for their turn out, cooperation and adherence to COVID protocols at our various sites. Efforts of all stakeholders has helped ensure the success of day one of the vaccination campaign”.
Abayomi stated that eligible citizens who are interested in getting the Moderna vaccine can book on the NPHCDA E-registration on portal – https://nphcda.vaccination.gov.ng/ to get vaccinated.
He noted that the E- registration is a mandatory criteria for the vaccination adding that only citizens who registered on the E-registration site would be attended to at the vaccination sites.
Vaccination sites monitored include; Sango PHC in Agege LG; Ogba, Ifako, Agbado and Iju PHCs in Ifako-Ijaiye LG; Oregun, Opebi and Ojodu PHC in Ikeja; Merian PHC in Alimosho LGA; and Ogudu PHC in Kosofe.
Others are, Sura, Oba Adeyinka Oyekan PHCs and Lagos Island Maternity Hospital in Lagos Island LG; Shogunle and Oshodi PHCs in Oshodi-Isolo LG; and Palm Avenue PHC in mushin.
Some of the vaccinees who spoke to the monitoring team expressed satisfaction at conduct of the exercise adding however that the process could get better in the coming days.
A vaccinee, Mr. Banabas Amadi, who got vaccinated at the Ogba PHC testified that the process was seamless right from the E-registration to the actual vaccination at the site.
He encouraged citizens who are yet to receive the vaccine to take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated stressing that the process is easy and fast.
He said: “I just got vaccinated. It was an interesting experience. I registered online and the process was seamless. Getting here, it was initially a bit rowdy but it is calm now. I guess it is because this is the first day, but the process is generally fast and I believe it can get better. I commend the government and everybody in charge of this vaccination process”.
Signed
Tunbosun Ogunbanwo
Director, Public Affairs
25th August, 2021