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May 28, 2018

KSJI Owerri Grand holds memorial Mass for departed members

…also invests 139 Knights, Ladies in higher uniforms It was a solemn occasion of mixed feelings of sorrow and joy recently, when delegates to the 2015 Biennial Convention of the Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) combined this year’s memorial Mass for their dead members with the Investiture of those newly promoted to wear the Full and Marching Uniforms of the Order. The venue was the KSJI Hostel Complex, Owerri. The 139 Investees comprised: 11 brothers  in the Full Dress. 57 in Marching Uniform and 71 into the Ladies Auxiliary Dress. Rev. Fr. Prof. John Obilor,…

THE HOLY FAMILY AND US

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

As we celebrate the Holy Family of Nazareth today, we remember our own families and also pray for the family institution which is undergoing serious challenges in our time. The family as God designed it – man, woman, and children – is being messed with by politicians and lobby groups, with very serious implications for society and civilization. When God made humanity, “male and female he created them…” (Gen.5:2). And when it was time for the Saviour, he chose to come through the family, thereby restoring what was destroyed by sin, and also underscoring the importance of the human family…

Robbers On Rampage In Orlu Snatch 11 Motorcycles

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

For two weeks now, the Orlu town has been terrorized by some unknown hoodlums, who had made snatching of people’s motorcycles and breaking into homes to Steal, their means of livelihood. Information reaching our news desk shows that for the past two weeks, more than 11 persons have lost their motorcycles to robbers, who steal the motorcycles from where they are packed, while others are snatched at gun point. One of the victims, a commercial motorcyclist called Mr. Okechukwu Maduakor told the Leader that his own was snatched at a gun point somewhere in Okporo, Orlu Local Government Area, where…

Kukah to Buhari: Dialogue with Kanu, fellow Pro-Biafra Activists

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, says pro-Biafra activists are entitled to their agitation and should not be crucified for it. He also advised the Federal Government to look at the positive side of Nnamdi Kanu, a leader of the pro-Biafra movement and promoter of Radio Biafra now in detention, and draw him closer rather that prosecuting him. According to Kukah, since every Nigerian has the right to pursue his or her goal in life, the ongoing agitation for Biafra is legitimate. Speaking on the topic: “The Pursuit of Happiness: Some Thoughts On Human Rights, Freedom And Justice…

Imo Govt law officers protest non-payment of 8 months salaries

Law officers in the Imo State Ministry of Justice, last Monday, took to the streets to protest the non-payment of their eight months salary arrears and the suspension of all legal directors in the Ministry for  alleged undisclosed reasons. It would be recalled that as early as 9.45 am, the law officers numbering over 50, stormed Government House Owerri with placards bearing their grievances. Some read: “Pay us our salary arrears, our children are dying,”  Imo State Government Pay us our eight months salary arrears and “Recall our Legal Directors”. According to Barr. P.C. Nwanyanwu (Esq) Chairman Law Officers Association…

CHRISTMAS: Okigwe CWO visits Bishop Amatu

Mothers have been advised to endeavor to plan well to utilize prudently the meager resources available to their family in view of the harsh economic realities in the country, even as they were charged to remain prayerful in the face of threatening security challenges. These were contained in the Christmas message of the Okigwe Diocesan President of the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO), Nneoma Clara Ugha who spoke on the occasion of their Christmas visit to the Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev.  Dr. S.A. Amatu, Thursday 10th December, 2015. She also enjoined mothers to remain resolute in their onerous task of…

Owerri Girls puts smiles on faces of motherless babies

Motherless babies at the Red Cross Motherless Babies Home Owerri and the Ancilliary Motherless Babies Home Emekuku, had cause to smile on Thursday December 10, 2015 following the charity visit of staff and students of the Owerri Girls Secondary School to them. Led by the Principal, Lady (Mrs.) Stella Ogwuegbu, the good Samaritans arrived the Red Cross Motherless Babies Home at exactly 11.30 am with lots of provisions. These include: utility items such as rice, books for the motherless pupils, soaps and clothes. In addition to all these, the visitors presented a gift of N10,000 to the charity home. Speaking…

SEMB wants teachers to sharpen skills …unveils new magazine

    The Executive Secretary, Secondary Education Management Board (SEMB), Mrs. Snow Lata Onyearugbulem has admonished principals and teachers of public secondary schools in Imo State to be proactive and take academic activities seriously so as to reduce the alarming rate of failures by students in both internal and external examinations caused by intrinsic and extrinsic factors. She made the observation during the public presentation of the inaugural edition of “The SEMB Herald” – a bi-monthly journal at the premises of Government College Owerri on Monday December 14, 2015. Mrs. Onyearugbulem admonished both the principals and teachers to update their…

Ochiedike And IMSU: The Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis For Kidney Patients

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

There are primarily two facilities that offer diagnosis and treatment for Kidney related problems owned by the Imo state government. One is the Imo state teaching hospital at Orlu and the other, the Ochie Dike Centre at Owerri. I am not aware of any such similar facility in Okigwe but there should be  one sooner than later  given the extreme fatigue faced by Kidney patients in long distant exertions or mere walking: The state has to build expansive institutions of compassion in the relentless match of progress in the spirit of parity. The Ochie Dike dialysis centre established by the…

CHRISTMAS SUNDAY READING: HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY, MARY AND JOSEPH

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON The shepherds went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manger.   COLLECT O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously  grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Sirach 3;2-6. 12 -14 Theme: “He who fears the Lord honour his parents.” The Lord honoured the…

You See This Child: A 2015 Christmas Message

As it was at the birth of Jesus two thousand and fifteen years ago so in many ways it still is in our own day. At that time Caesar the Roman Emperor was ruling a large part of the then known world of Europe, Palestine and Mediterranean Africa with his governors, sub-governors and soldiers everywhere. Tax-collectors, migrants and slaves were very visible. Wars and fights were continuously raging. When eventually Jesus was born he could only find space and quiet in a manger away from the noisy town and village world. As Jesus is re-born in our hearts, church and…

Mary League St. Mary’s Obibiezena marks Feast Day

Activities marking this year’s feast of Immaculate Conception has been concluded at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Obibiezena Owerri-North, with the resolve to remain steadfast in emulating all the virtues associated with our Mother Mary. The Parish Mary League Association which was carrying out its annual obligation made this feelings known through its President, Sis. Judith Ekwonye, while presenting a welcome address at the reception hall, Sunday December, 13. The event which commenced with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by their Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Sylvanus Onyejiuwa featured varieties of social and religious activity, including consecration of members, and launching…

Full List of Imo Govt Appointees – December 2015

COMMISSIONERS   Law Eberuo –           Orlu Barr. Nlemadim –           Oguta Udo Agoha –           Owerri-North Vitalis Ajumbe –           Ikeduru Innocent Eke –           Owerri-West Ifeanyi Ararume (Jnr.) –           Isiala Mbano Emma Ibediro –           Onuimo Engr. Chidi Ibe –           Ahiazu Gertrude Oduka –           Ideato South Barr. Ngozi Njoku –           Nwangele Barr. Obinna Mbata –           Owerri Municipal Ajaelu Rodney –           Ihitte Uboma Josephine Udoji –           Ideato North   ADVISERS   Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri –           (Political Affairs) Hon Ikenna Eme –           (Special Technical Adviser) Hon. Simeon Iwunze –           (Project Implementation) Barr. Rex Anunobi –           (Medium and Small Scale Industries) Hon. Kelechi Okpalake –           (Public Enlightenment…

KSJI Owerri Grand Executive re-elected for 2nd term

The maxim, that nobody changes a winning team, proved once more the case during the just-concluded 11th and 10th Biennial Convention of the Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) when the entire executive were re-elected to serve for a second term. The election which was supervised by the Grand Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Njoku, took place on the third night of the convention, which was held at the Owerri Grand Hostel Complex, from Thursday December 3 to Sunday December 6. It would be recalled that delegates to the convention came from the 30 local…

Imo Pensioners give Govt 4 months to clear arrears of pensions

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Imo State has given the Imo State Government up to March 2016 to clear the arrears of pensions owed to its members. The ultimatum is part of a four point communiqué issued at the end of their meeting held on Tuesday December 15, 2015. They enjoined the state government to pay those who have been varied in the ongoing Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) biometric exercise. The senior citizens noted that many of their members have not been paid their gratuities and urged government to do so soonest, adding that gratuities were their legitimate…

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AMIDST HARDSHIP AND CONFUSION

Christmas is principally a Christian celebration. It is the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Etymologically the name “Christmas” came from two ancient English words; Cristes and Maesse, which may be literally translated as the mass of Christ meaning Christ’s Mass or the Mass celebrating the feast Christ’s birthday. Historically, there has not been any generally accepted position regarding the exact date of Christmas. While Christians of the Latin rite celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, their counterparts in the East do same on the 6th day of January. According to the latter, this date marks the manifestation…

Rev. Sisters escape death in Owerri …As bullion van smashes car

Two Rev. Sisters narrowly escaped death from armed policemen that were escorting a bullion van on Saturday 5th December, 2015 at Orji in Owerri-North LGA, opposite the 7Up Bottling Company Depot. The Rev. Sisters (names withheld) who belong to the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood Congregation, were traveling to Ngugo in Ikeduru Local Government Area for a meeting with their Superior when the accident occurred. The bullion van which belongs to a first generation bank in Nigeria was said to be on a top speed when it rammed the vehicle in which the Rev. Sisters were traveling…

NOA Launches Campaign on Corruption

Corruption is like a malignant virus which attacks the moral and ethical foundation of society and overwhelms the institution of governance. The Imo State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Vitus O. Ekeocha expressed this view in a keynote address at a one-day public enlightenment programme on “The War Against Corruption: Imperative for National Development” organized by NOA on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at Government Secondary School Owerri.. He noted that corruption has been described by many as the bedrock of Nigeria’s political failure on account of its place in the historical trajectory of this country. He aligned with former…

Acting on our Faith

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

On this last Sunday of Advent, we are invited to learn from the spiritual bond between Mary and Elizabeth. We are called to believe in divine promises, and to act on that faith by becoming channels of the joy flowing from it. In the First Reading, the Lord promises Bethlehem that out of it will come the Messiah. And in the Gospel, as soon as Mary learns that the promise would materialize through her, she hurries off to share the joy with Elizabeth. Authentic faith always leads to action! Mary is “the one who believed that the promise made her…

SUNDAY READING: FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR C

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Is 45:8 Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour. COLLECT Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you…… FIRST READING A reading from the Book of the Prophet Micah 5:2-5a “From you shall come forth…