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August 14, 2018

Political forces behind Odimegwu’s resignation – Afenifere

The apex pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has condemned some political interests that forced Mr. Festus Odimegwu, to resign his appointment as the Chairman of the National Population Commission.   Odimegwu, who had been under pressure to resign, since early August when he discredited past censuses, claiming they were manipulated to give political advantage to a section of the country, sent his resignation letter to President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday.   The federal government had through the Secretary-General of the Federation (SGF), Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, immediately accepted his resignation, which took effect from Thursday, Oct. 17, while Dr. Sam Ahaiwe,…

Disabled shut down Owerri again -Threaten to return after seven days if…

Traffic flow and business activities in Owerri the Imo State Capital virtually grinded to a halt on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, when physically challenged persons took to the streets to protest against alleged government’s insensitivity to their plight.   Operating under the umbrella of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPAD), the lame, blind, crippled etc., numbering more than 1000 used hired long buses, their personal vehicles, wheel chairs and clutches to block traffic flow at the strategic warehouse junction through which all vehicles entering the state capital, pass.  It should be recalled that a similar demonstration by…

Rome Suspends Bishop – As Commission Investigates $42 Million Expenses

Pope Francis has temporarily removed Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, pending an investigation into expenses for his residence. A statement released by the Holy See office says that,  the 53-year-old bishop is under fire over the ostentatious building project in the ancient town of Limburg, which includes a museum, conference halls, a chapel and private apartments. The project was approved by his predecessor and was initially valued at 5.5 million euros but the final bill ballooned to 31 million euros, including a 783,000-euro garden. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, read the statement to…

Owerri Archdiocese celebrates CMO Day – Confers Special Awards

Activities marking the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO) Day, have ended at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, October 19, with the conferment of “Pillars” and “Ugegbe Ezi N’ulo” on deserving men and women.   The ceremony started with a concelebrated Mass presided over by the Vicar-General of Owerri Archdiocese, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, who represented Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri.  Fr. Ibole was assisted at the Mass by the CMO Chaplain, Very Rev. Fr. S.O. Igbokwe, the Administrator of the Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha, the chancellor/Secretary of the Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus…

Making Fitness and Nutrition Goals for Success

Do you make goals? Do you set a time frame in which to achieve your goals? How do you gauge the success of you achieving your goals? What do you do if you do not achieve your goals?   Most people set goals for themselves to achieve in some shape or form. Some would be considered short term goals, like ensuring you stay sufficiently hydrated for the day. Others are long term goals like losing a certain amount of weight.   The key to setting goals for success is ensuring that they are SMART goals, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and…

Archbishop Obinna visits SS. Philip and James – Dedicates Chapel

The joy of the Parish Priest, Fr. Patrick Oparamanuike, the priest in residence, Rev. Fr. Dr. George Nwachukwu and the parishioners of SS. Philip and James Catholic Parish Egbu, knew no bounds as the long awaited dedication of their chapel became a reality, Thursday, October 17, 2013.   The first phase of the occasion featured the blessing of the chapel by His Grace, Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri.   The Archbishop while installing the Body of Christ in the tabernacle, prayed to God to always answer all who will call upon Him from the Sanctuary and urged the…

Why Nigeria gained Int’l Support for UN Security Council Seat – Onwuliri

The acting minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Viola Onwuliri, Sunday, Oct. 20, said that the international community threw its weight behind Nigeria to get the non-permanent seat allocated for the West African region on the United Nations Security Council as a result of the country’s efforts on the United Nations peacekeeping efforts.   Speaking during a media parley at the Nigerian House in New York, Mrs Onwuliri added that the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) as well declared their supports for Nigeria before and during the last Thursday’s election to the United Nations…

South-East Undergraduate Igbo Scholarship Debate ends at Enugu Campus

It was really another cultural festival in Igbo land, Sept. 28, as young men and women converged at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu Campus for the grand finale, 2nd Edition of 2013 South-East Undergraduate Igbo Scholarship Debate.  There were 21 contestants from the five states in the South East geo-political zones namely: Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.  Each state was asked to produce five contestants.   In Imo State, Federal Polytechnic Nekede featured two contestants namely: Ebere Davidson C. (Office Technology Management Department) and Nwazonobi Chidinma (Mass Communication Department), while Imo State University Owerri and Federal University of…

Bishop Okorocha reassures ISOPADEC youths Over N500m youth empowerment fund – As restive youths smash Women Ministry louvers

Youths of Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas have been assured of equitable sharing of the N500 million economic empowerment fund given to youths of oil producing communities (ISOPADEC Youths) by the Imo State Government.   Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, the Bishop of the diocese of Owerri Anglican Communion and Chairman of the five clergymen-committee appointed to handle the fund gave the assurance recently while addressing youths of the areas at St. James Anglican Church Mbaise Road, Owerri.   According to the prelate, the N500 million will be shared into two equal parts of N250 million per local government.  He…

Coming from Congo

Lance Buruka still longs for his native Congo, despite the circumstances of his departure   A quiet, unassuming man, tall and slightly built, the Bangala-born Congolese left his war-torn country with dozens of other refugees to Britain,13 years ago, separated from family, friends and everything he held dear. He was 22.   Now 35 and a father of three, the son of a former politician resides in a foreign country where he tries to rebuild his life. The opportunities are there but things are not as easy as he thought. Even so, he is eternally grateful to those who gave…

The wicked will not go unpunished – Fr. Tony Dieme warns

– As man killed by gunmen was laid to rest   Remains of Kevin Ekezie, younger brother to Air-Vice Marshal Robert Ekezie (rtd), who was recently killed by a gang of dare-devil bandits was interred at his Umualumaku/Umuihim residence on Saturday, September 28, 2013.   A Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church  LGA of Imo State.   In his homily, Fr. Dieme observed that evil acts and other atrocities perpetuated by mankind will not go unpunished by God.  The Bible says that in every situation we must give thanks to…

Stop interfering with LG funds – Governor Chime warns Colleagues

Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has condemned the interference by some states in the affairs of local government councils, saying it was unconstitutional. He said contrary to popular views, the autonomy of local government councils had been provided for in the constitution. Chime, who was speaking during the flag-off of campaign for local government elections by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu said it was unconstitutional for states to appoint caretaker committees for local governments or interfere with their funds. He said the constitution provided for democratically elected local government councils and independent funding, expressing dismay that some…

Fire guts Onitsha market

Traders and small scale industrialists lost goods and properties worth millions of naira in Onitsha following an early morning fire that gutted the polythene dealers market, Nwaizu Estate, Awada.   Three businessmen, who could not withstand the enormity of their losses allegedly, attempted suicide by jumping into the raging fire but they were later rescued by fellow traders.   When reporter visited the market early morning, billows of smoke covered everywhere, while parts of the market were still on fire even as the traders watched helplessly as nothing was recovered from the inferno.   Scores of distraught shop owners in…

Bishop Amatu Berates Nigerian Lawmakers – As CWO Okigwe Diocese Mark’s Feast Day

The Legislature in Nigeria has come under the hammer for dissipating energy, time and national resources in enacting ”crazy and bizarre” Laws, instead of those beneficial to Nigerians. The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. S.A.  Amatu made this feelings known as he delivered a homily during the Eucharistic Celebration that marked the 2013 Okigwe Diocesan Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Day held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Podium Okigwe, 5th October 2013. The Chief Shepherd cited such crazy legislations sponsored by Europe and America as Bills on Same Sex Marriage, Abortion and the like, pointing out that it…

Governor Okorocha appoints Sam Onwuemeodo, Paddy Obinna Advisers

The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has approved the appointment of 21 new advisers.  The new aides include: an Owerri-based journalist and publisher of The White Paper Newspaper, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo and a renowned artist, Mr. Paddy Obinna. While Onwuemeodo was appointed Senior Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Obinna is to serve as Adviser on Culture.   The full list of the new appointees: 1.  Rev. Dr. Bumi Baba          – SSA Govt. House Chapel 2. Sunny Chiadi                      – SSA Special Duties 3. Ethelbert Ibeabuchi – SSA Admin 4. Sam Onwuemeodo – SSA Media 5. Udo Onwubu                      – SA Education,…

BEFORE THE MISSION SCHOOLS DIE (1)

I start this write up with a comment by Uchenna Nzekwe on This day Newspaper  of Friday 27 Sept 2013 titled “Fashola Apologizes for misunderstanding over relocation of Igbo”. According to him “…since the end of the civil war in 1970, all successive Federal governments had made it a state policy to deny the Igbos the opportunity to mount another challenge to the very existence of Nigeria as a state. The most obvious way they have chosen to actualize this had been to remove any enabling environment or infrastructure that would bring to fore the skills, talent, synergy and the…

Imo commissioner nominees: All correct Sir! – Assembly tells Governor

The Imo House of Assembly has confirmed the 12 commissioner-nominees earlier sent to it by Governor Rochas Okorocha, following the recommendation of the screening committee headed by the Deputy Speaker, Donatus Ozoemena.   The Chairman said the commissioner nominees having been carefully scrutinized with special focus o their administrative experience and been found eligible for the appointment.   The Speaker of the House, Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu stated that the nominees would be invited back to the house after six months to evaluate their performances.   The confirmed nominees are Prof. Uba Nnabue, Mrs. Mma Onyechere, Mr. Nick Oparandudu, Mr. Chike…

Improving Nigerian Prisons

Two weeks ago, the British Prisons Minister, Jeremy Wright announced plans to deport more than half of the 534 Nigerian nationals currently in United Kingdom’s jails, under a new Prisoner Transfer Agreement, which is currently being discussed.   According to him, a major stumbling block to the deportation of foreign nationals in the past has been the condition of prisons in their own countries.  For this reason, the British Government has promised £1m (one million pounds) to Nigeria to improve its jails.   We commend the British Government for such a wonderful idea but do not however see any justification…

Two in police net for kidnapping, blackmailing Catholic priest

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested two evil lovers, alleged to have abducted and blackmailed a Catholic priest, reports Daily Sun, Oct. 24.   The suspects, Egu, a chemistry graduate of a reputable university in the South-east and his lover, Loveth, a sales girl, were arrested by the anti-kidnap unit of the state police command.   It was gathered that the suspects believed to be lovers decided to set up the Catholic priest when he was invited to pray for them.   It was gathered that as the priest entered Loveth’s room and was about commencing prayers, Egu appeared…

Owerri celebrates 21st anniversary of Eucharistic Congress

–          Priest warns Catholics  against imitating Pentecostals The Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri marked the 21st anniversary of the Eucharistic Congress at Podium behind Assumpta Cathedral Owerri hosted in 1992.  It was concluded on Friday, October 18, 2013 with a solemn celebration.   The well-attended event started with Rosary procession.  At the concluding Mass, the chief shepherd of the Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna amidst galaxy of priests recalled what he termed  humble and resilient efforts of the early missionaries who planted the good seed of faith in Owerri Archdiocese.  He noted that from Bishop  Joseph Brendan Whelan to Mark Unegbu,…