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August 26, 2016

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    Bishops condemn Health Minister over alleged plan to legalise abortion

    The Catholic Bishops Conference of Ibadan Ecclesiastical province has condemned the alleged subtle plan by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in collaboration with foreign organisations to increase the culture of contraception among Nigerian women, describing this as an anti-life policy. The bishops also warned the political parties participating in the Edo and Ondo State governorship polls to desist from violence and align with the guidelines stipulated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to avert chaos in the system. They praised President Muhammadu Buhari for exposing corrupt Nigerians in his anti-graft war, advising that the president must institutionalise…

  • Nigerians to pay 9% tax on calls, SMS, MMS, Data, others

    Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, on CST bill which seeks to levy nine per cent on subscribers for the use of the various communication services, Shittu said the outcome of deliberations on the bill would form the basis of his advice to the President. The services include voice call, SMS, MMS, Data usage from telecommunication service providers, internet service providers and Pay TV Stations. He noted that introduction of new taxes without harmonising existing ones would put pressure on the country’s tax system thereby making it unattractive to investors. According…

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    Trader arrested for naming pet dog ‘Buhari’

    A 30-year-old trader has been arrested by the police in Ogun state for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari.’ The trader, Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, of No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, was reportedly arrested last weekend, after one of his neighbours of Northern extraction complained bitterly that he named his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari. Vanguard learned that the complainant reported the case at Sango Police Station, last Saturday, after which the trader was arrested and detained. However, it was gathered that efforts by the police to recover the dog, which they intended using as evidence failed following a…

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    Assumption Day: Owerri Archdiocese gets six new Monsignori

    Archbishop Obinna with the new Monsignor shortly after their investiture The solemnity of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven received a very colourful boost this year in the Archdiocese of Owerri. It was a ceremony in which six priests of the Archdiocese received the title of monsignori which was conferred upon them by Pope Francis last month. They are: Very Rev. Msgr. Sylvester Nwaogu, Very Rev. Msgr. Anthony Eke, Very Rev. Msgr. Prof. Innocent Onyewuenyi, Very Rev. Msgr. Anthony Uwakwe, Very Rev. Msgr. John Azu and Very Rev. Msgr. Anthony Njoku. The Mass was celebrated at Assumpta Cathedral…

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    “Christians commit more crimes than terrorists” – Sultan alleges

    The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III has said that though Christians were not believed to be terrorists but they commit wicked crimes against humanity. Sa’ad Abubakar III spoke in Benin City at the General Assembly and Executive National Council Meeting of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). Abubakar, however, hailed the Pope for making a very strong statement defending Islam as a religion of peace. On the hijab controversy, he stated that putting on hijab is a right and not a privilege for Muslims across the nation. The Sultan said: “Hijab is our right not a privilege….

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Stakeholders condemn reduction of work days in Imo, Benue

Aug 22, 2016

Labour leaders, lawyers, academics and other stakeholders have condemned the move by Imo, Benue and Sokoto to reduce the working hours and days in their states. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that the development was illegal, unconstitutional and a fundamental breach of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention. NAN reports that Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue had directed civil servants to use Fridays for farming, while Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo pushed for a law that provides for three days for work and two days for farming. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba…

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War against indiscipline: Substance or just slogan?

Aug 22, 2016

Federal Government’s plan to re-launch a national re-orientation campaign, War Against Indiscipline, WAI, which the military regime inaugurated 32 years ago, has expectedly elicited mixed feelings within the polity. In the first instance, it is an admission that Nigeria has not made remarkable progress in the area of social mobilisation and development of a national culture of discipline in the last three decades. However, a recourse to the military tactic of whipping people into line in a democratic dispensation may lead to some conclusions that leadership creativity is in short supply at the moment. It is, of course, unfortunate that…

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Nigerians becoming impatient with APC-led govt – APC BOT member

Aug 22, 2016

A member of the Board of Trustees, BOT, of All Progressives Congress, APC, Olisaemeka Akamukale, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intensify efforts to reduce the economic hardship in the country, lamenting that Nigerians were fast losing patience with the administration. This was even as he alleged that about three serving ministers in President Buhari’s cabinet were saboteurs, who had opposed his presidential bid, before the last general elections. Speaking with journalists at the national secretariat of APC in Abuja, yesterday, Akamukale, who is the only APC caucus member from Delta State, said: “If by 2019 the APC dream is…

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‘World waiting to hear Nigeria’s stories’

Aug 22, 2016

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the world is eager to hear the nation’s stories through the creative industry and ready to pay a lot of money for it. The minister said this in Lagos at the inauguration of “My Africa Reality TV Show,” that seeks to promote the African culture, tradition and values. Mohammed said that his assertion was evident by the runway success of the dance drama ‘Wakaa The Musical’ which was performed to global acclaim in London recently. He said what was needed was to make creative products of the right quality and accessible…

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Imo Govt embarks on operation “zero pot-holes”

Aug 22, 2016

The Ministry of Works and Transport, Imo State, has intensified action to rescue some of the deplorable federal roads in the state, in order to reduce the sufferings of motorists in the state. The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Chief (Mrs.) Josephine Udoji disclosed this, while inspecting the rehabilitation work at Ekemelem in Akabor Ikeduru LGA along Owerri-Okigwe road, the Owerri-Umuahia road by Awaka, Orlu-Akokwa road by Obohia Umuchima. Others are Owerri-Port-Harcourt road by Owerri Girls’ Secondary School and Owerri-Onitsha road by Alvana Model Secondary School. Commissioner Udoji who further said that inspite of the heavy rain this year, that…

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Nigeria and the Olympic Games – a show of shame!!

Aug 22, 2016

Nigeria’s shoddy and wobbly outing on the opening day of the Olympic Games in Brazil is disturbing. That our boys managed to snatch victory from shame and lateness by defeating Japan does not diminish the embarrassment. Nigeria was caught napping before the world for a game that takes four years to plan and for which every nation worth its name is usually ready. Nigeria’s Dream Team arrived in Brazil six hours before their opening match. That the team even went to Rio was because the American Airlines intervened, literally offering them a ‘lift’. Their own flight arrangements were shoddy and…

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Priests enjoined to be available to God’s people – As 2013 Owerri Archdiocesan Priests celebrate anniversary

Priests have been advised to organize their lives in a way that will make them always available to the people of God, for whom they were ordained. Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu, Assistant Parish Priest of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Emekuku in Owerri-North LGA, gave the charge Wednesday, August 17, 2016 while delivering a homily at the Assumpta Press Chapel Owerri during a Eucharistic celebration to mark  the third  year  priestly anniversary of Owerri Archdiocesan priests, 2013 set. He described availability as an important quality of a good priest, pointing out that a priest who is always available to hear confessions,…

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Lolo Alice Unaeze laid to rest

The duo of Rev. Fr. Kieran Okoro (Parish Priest) and Rev. Fr. Francis Metu celebrated the funeral Mass of Late Lolo Alice Amamonyedinma Unaeze at St. Joseph Catholic Church Ulakwo, Owerri North L.G.A, Imo State on Friday 5th August, 2016. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Francis Metu gave thanks to God for the gift of the deceased who lived a good Christian life worthy of emulation. He harped on the good works of Late Lolo Alice Unaeze who he described as a role model. Fr. Metu admonished the congregation to emulate her ideals of constant devotion, good spiritedness, charity and…

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Blessed Tansi Parish Home and Abroad CWO ends August Meeting

Honours five parishioners   The Home and Abroad Union of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwu Orji, Owerri North LGA, has reaffirmed its determination to render whatever assistance needed for the completion of their church building. This assurance was contained in the Address of Welcome delivered by the Chairperson of the organization, Mrs. Joy Ihejieto at their 2016 August Meeting held at the Parish Centre, Sunday August 14, 2016. She recalled that it was the money realized by the women at their 2008 home and abroad meeting that facilitated the laying of the Foundation of the church…

Archbishop Obinna laying the foundation stone of CMO building during his pastoral visit

Archbishop Obinna visits Assumpta Parish – Lays foundation for CMO building

Archbishop Obinna laying the foundation stone of CMO building during his pastoral visit The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri rounded off his pastoral visit to Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri with the confirmation of 162 candidates on Sunday August 14. Other activities that featured during the two-day visit included: foundation laying ceremony of CMO Hall, visit to the four stations of the parish, interactive session with parishioners and civic reception. Speaking while laying the foundation stone of the CMO Hall, Archbishop Obinna commended the group led by Professor Dan Dan Ekezie and called on CMO members and…

Archbishop Obinna with the new Monsignor shortly after their investiture

Assumption Day: Owerri Archdiocese gets six new Monsignori

Archbishop Obinna with the new Monsignor shortly after their investiture The solemnity of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven received a very colourful boost this year in the Archdiocese of Owerri. It was a ceremony in which six priests of the Archdiocese received the title of monsignori which was conferred upon them by Pope Francis last month. They are: Very Rev. Msgr. Sylvester Nwaogu, Very Rev. Msgr. Anthony Eke, Very Rev. Msgr. Prof. Innocent Onyewuenyi, Very Rev. Msgr. Anthony Uwakwe, Very Rev. Msgr. John Azu and Very Rev. Msgr. Anthony Njoku. The Mass was celebrated at Assumpta Cathedral…

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Archbishop condemns Akokwa killings

– Says Jesus wants us to love one another, not to kill one another The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has condemned the ethnic crisis in Akokwa Community, Ideato-North LGA, Imo State, during which about three people were allegedly killed. Speaking during his pastoral visit to Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri, Saturday, August 13, Archbishop Obinna said “we don’t want killings; we want peace and love”, adding that “our faith teaches us to love one another and not to kill one another.” Initial reports had said over seven people were killed during the clashes before the police…

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CYON honours Comrade Opara

Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) St. Michael’s Catholic Parish, Amakohia Uratta, Owerri-North LGA of Imo State on Sunday 14th August, 2016 honoured one of their most illustrious benefactors, Comrade Christopher Opara. The event which took place at St. Michael’s Church Amakohia Uratta, was part of the activities marking the church’s Youth Week. Comrade Opara, the current President-General/Secretary of Community Government Council, CGC of Amakohia Uratta Autonomous Community, a teacher, statistician and community leader/youth mobilizer was honoured according to the organizers, for his wonderful and numerous support to the growth of CYON and the mother church at large. A letter…

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110 year Mama Grace Okoro laid to rest

The remains of late Mama Grace Nwanyiegbuama Okoro, who passed on to the great beyond at the age of 110 years, have been laid to rest in her husband’s compound, Umuikoro-Opehi in Ngor-Okpala LGA of Imo State. The burial Mass which took place at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Umuikoro-Opehi, was concelebrated by over 10 priests. They included: Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro (step son of the deceased) who was the principal celebrant, Rev. Fr. Dr. George Nwachukwu who preached the homily while Rev. Fr. Cyprian Okere conducted the final commendation prayer. Others were Rev. Fr. Francis Xavier Ekwugha, Rev. Fr….

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12 couples unite in Holy Matrimony at St. Michael’s Umuohiagu

Twelve couples were on Saturday 13th August, 2016 united in holy matrimony at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Umuohiagu in Ngor-Okpala LGA. The mass wedding attracted many family members, friends and well-wishers of the couples. In a homily, he delivered during the Holy Mass, the Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Umuohiagu, Rev. Fr. Oscar Unakalamba pointed out to the couples that a happy marriage depends on how they performed their duties in the family. The duties according to the Biblical injunction that charged wives to respect their husband, emulate the footsteps of our Mother Mary by being prayerful, respectful, humble and…

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FUTO: Experts brainstorm on role of Tech. in healthcare delivery

Health scientists from various universities in the country and beyond, recently converged at the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) for a four-day international congress on Health Sciences and Technology. The meeting, the first of its kind in Nigeria, which lasted from Monday August 1 to Thursday August 4, 2016, held at the university’s Hall of Excellence, had as its theme: “The Role of Technology in healthcare Delivery”. Dignitaries present included: the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic of FUTO, Prof. Okoro Ogbobe, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Eze and Prof. Chukwuemeka Nwajuba, VC Federal University Ndifu Ikwo Ebonyi…

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Chief Dr. Ferdinand Ukoha laid to rest …amid ecomiums

It was tributes galore, Friday July 29, 2016 at Ezuido in the Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA, as the remains of late Chief Dr. Ferdinand Ugwuezuonu Ukoha, (1936-2016) a renowned medical doctor and frontline politician were laid to rest in his country home. The distinguished personalities who attended the burial included: The Secretary to the Government of Imo State, Sir George Eche, who represented Governor Rochas Okorocha and the State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Paschal Nnadi, who was there with scores of other members of the Bar and Bench. The Deputy Speaker in the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo…

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Madam Beatrice Echechi-Ajoku goes home

The remains of Madam Beatrice Echechi Ajoku, mother of Rev. Fr. Anthony Echechi were laid to rest on Thursday August 4, 2016 after a funeral Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Ebom Mbieri, an outstation of Christ the King Catholic Church Mbieri, Mbaitoli L.G.A. The Mass was presided over by the Vicar-General Owerri Archdiocese, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, assisted by the Chancellor of the Archdiocese Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Columba Ibe, Rev. Fr. Anthony Echechi (son of the deceased) and over 12 priests drawn from the archdiocese. In a homily he delivered at the funeral,…