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August 14, 2018

Drowning in filth: An environmental calamity in Nigeria (2)

Read the Previous – Part 1 The soft refuse could be recycled into fertilizers and organic manures while the plastic bottles and sachets all over the gutters and places could be converted and recycles into intermediate industrial products. This could offer a lot of employment opportunities and encourage revenue generation if the government has the will. Here a task force is an imperative. Clean up days in the month should be a national affair announced and enforced for Tenants, Landlords, men, women and children reminiscent of the war against indiscipline. Each street must have sanitation and hygiene officers who will…

Drowning in filth: An environmental calamity in Nigeria (1)

Visions and policy statements on the environment have continued to attract a lot of attention in Nigerian politics in recent times. It is common knowledge that Nigerians take everything for granted in a society ruined by interest groups that have continued to rear their ugly head to simply attract executive attention. An attempt to save Nigeria from drowning in filth is aimed at a clean environment. Any attempt to keep Nigeria clean is based on the following premises: Health is wealth Cleanliness is next to Godliness Cleanliness is a precursor to health and longevity Prevention is better than cure In…

Ozubulu Church Killings: Our Hearts are Broken – Catholic Church

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing consolation, because they are no more.” Matt 2:18; Jere. 31:15 Like Rachel, Ozubulu is still crying and mourning the dead, visiting those in hospital. Reactions and condemnations of the killings are pouring in from everywhere. From the Vatican, Pope Francis bared his heart in sorrow, extending “heartfelt condolences” to the faithful of the Diocese of Nnewi, where 11 people were killed on the spot and 18 critically wounded by gunmen who  opened fire on a defenceless congregation at a Sunday mass, in St…

THE IGBO QUIT NOTICE: MATTERS ARISING (2)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

Read the previous – Part 1 IGBO QUIT NOTICE The Igbo quit notice is like a pilot scheme subtly let out to test the mood and evaluate the implication before the implementation of the actual plan. It is worthy of note that the Arewa youth’s action has the support not only  of the Northern Elders Forum(NEF), but of prominent northern leaders like Professor Ango Abdullahi and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. For some of us, the stage had been set quite long ago. Is it not absolutely inconceivable in a democracy in the twenty-first century that President Muhammadu Buhari would take…

THE IGBO QUIT NOTICE: MATTERS ARISING (1)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

POLICE ACTION The independence of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria was proclaimed on May 30, 1967, by Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu after he cited a variety of malevolent acts on Ndi Igbo by the North namely: the pogrom that claimed over thirty thousand lives; the federal government’s failure to ensure the safety of Igbos in the presence of organised genocide; and the direct incrimination of government in the murders of its own citizens. The proclamation had the full backing of the Eastern House Constituent Assembly. Consequently, the war began. The Nigerian government led by Yakubu Gowon said that it would…

FG lifts ban on Post-UTME

… As JAMB pegs Varsity cut off mark at 120, Poly 100 Federal Government has lifted the ban it, hitherto, placed on the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) which used to be conducted by individual universities for admissions. Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, announced the decision in Abuja August 22, while declaring open the 2017 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) policy meeting which heralds the commencement of the 2017/2018 tertiary admission process. He admitted that the 2016 decision to ban the post-UTME was done in error and said he was “ill advised to take that decision:’ He…

NSE Owerri ends Engineering Week – Holds Exhibition

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Owerri branch held its maiden Seminar/Exhibition at Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Aug. 15, 2017. Participants were drawn from, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Imo State Poly Umuagwo, Imo State University amongst other tertiary institutions and engineering firms. In his welcome address, the Owerri branch chairman Engr. Emeka Ugoanyanwu, said the Engineering Week kicked-off with thanksgiving Mass, at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. He expressed delight to see so many enthusiastic engineers and future engineers at the event to celebrate the ingenuity and innovation of the Nigerian engineer, adding that the country is waiting for the…

Why FUTO is not paying full salary – Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Professor Francis Chukwuemeka Eze has given reasons why the university is paying 80% of salary to the staff, instead of 100%. In his address on the occasion of the 26th General Assembly of the University held August 16, 2017, Professor Eze went down memory lane. He recalled that on 3rd March, 2017 at the 24th General Assembly of the University, he informed members of staff on the short fall in the personnel cost allocation releases to the University, stating that Management had over two years received shortfalls in personnel cost allocations…

Maria Assumpta Girls High School Oguta gets ultra-modern ICT Centre

It was jubilation galore as the students of Oguta Girls High School, now Maria Assumpta Girls High School, gathered in high spirit to witness the commissioning of the ultra-modern ICT Centre, donated by the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Thursday August 17 at the School premises which was in line of giving back to the host community as one of the oil producing area in the state. In her remarks, the principal of the School Lady Angela Obua represented by her Vice-Principal, Mr. Charles Ofili, expressed gratitude to the NCDMB for the donation, saying the ultra ICT…

Catholic priest advises IPOB not to disrupt Anambra Elections

As Kanu pays him courtesy call The head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, Monday, led his members to the Parish Priest of Blessed Iwene Tansi, Umudioka, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma (a.k.a Ebube Muonso) to thank him for upholding the truth and for his prayers. Fr. Obimma, who is also the founder and Spiritual Director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke, Idemmili North Local Government Council of the state, received Nnamdi Kanu and his members appealing to them to ensure no breech of peace in whatever they do. The priest…

Mbaise Royal Fathers honour Senator Bright Nwanne as High Chief

Distinguished Senator Bright Nwanne has been conferred with the High Chief title of “Ugwu dikeoha I” by the Council of Mbaise Traditional Rulers. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the palace of HRM Eze Chidume Okoro, Chairman Mbaise Council of Traditional Rulers and Deputy Chairman Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers. It attracted traditional rulers not only from the three local government areas of Ezinihitte, Aboh and Ahiazu Mbaise but their counterparts and the cream of the society from across Imo State. Speaking at the occasion, Eze Okoro explained that the kings of Mbaise nation unanimously…

Ndom Owere end August meeting

The “Ndom Owere nchi ise’ comprising Catholic women in Umuonyenche, Umuoronjo and Amawom communities, joined their counterparts in other Igbo land, to observe this year’s August meeting. The meeting which held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Douglas Road, Owerri, August 18, started with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by an indigenous priest, Rev. Fr. George Njoku Cmf, as has always been the tradition of the women association to have one of their sons say the Mass for them annually. Rev. Fr. Cyril Akalonu, the parish priest in his brief introduction at the Mass welcomed Fr. Njoku and praised the women…

Another genocide looms in Nigeria – Pan Igbo Group alerts UN, USA

…Parleys Nnamdi Kanu over Anambra Election The Alaigbo Development Foundation has sent a distress signal to the United Nations and the congress of the United States of America alerting them of a serious plan to exterminate Ndigbo in the Northern Nigeria and annex their properties by the Northern Youths under the auspices of Arewa Youths. In the communiqué titled, “50 YEARS AFTER BIAFRA, ANOTHER GENOCIDE LOOMS: AN SOS TO THE UN, USA AND THE WORLD”, the pan Igbo group decried the threat of extermination of ndigbo and plot of annexation of their properties by the Arewa Youths who are ostensibly…

Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lecture Series, 22 years after

Odenigbo 2017

Next, Saturday, the 2nd day of September 2017, all Christ faithful in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri will in joyful reunion with their sons, daughters, friends and well-wishers from within and outside Nigeria, gather at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to celebrate this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan day. The Owerri Archdiocesan day is an annual festivity which primarily recalls the 1994 elevation of the Catholic Diocese of Owerri to an Archdiocese and ultimately to the status of metropolitan See within the Owerri Ecclesiastical province. Over time, the renowned Odenigbo lecture – “NkuziOhanaEze,” scripted and delivered in Igbo Language has turned out…

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 27/8/2017

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. PS 86: 1-3 Turn your ear, O LORD, and answer me: save the servant who trusts in you, my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I  cry to you all the day  long.   Collect O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book…

THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

“But who do you say that I am?” This question resonates in the heart of a young person struggling with concupiscence and the glamour of sin. It’s a question that whispers in the minds of a couple striving to keep the right balance in their relationship. The question is pondered by the widow or single mum struggling to provide for her young children, not knowing where the next meal will come from. It is a question contemplated by the public servant faced with the challenge of serving with integrity even as everyone else seems to be stealing with impunity. The…

KSM initiates Barr. Kelechi Emeakaroha into the order

“I was secretly investigated for 3 years by the order as I lived my normal, open life without noticing them” A round peg was certainly put in a round hole when Barr. Kelechi Emeakaroha popularly known as “Bishop” and his lovely wife Queen Ijeoma Emeakaroha were admitted into the noble Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (Nigeria), an Order where men and women vow to serve God through the church with their Time, Talent and Treasure (3 Ts). On Sunday July 30, 2017, at Mater Dolorosa Parish Ihitte, Ihitte/Uboma LGA of Imo State, when the new members initiated into…

Its tributes galore as Sir CJ Nwaukwa is laid to rest

The remains of the late trail blazer of the Mbeke community in Isiala Mbano LGA, a high ranking officer of the Ancient and Noble Order of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) Chief Sir Lt Col Cornelius John Nwaukwa have been buried in his country home, amid tributes. The high profile burial ceremony which took place on August 12, 2017 was attended by eminent personalities from various walks of life, including captains of industry, the academia as well as knights and ladies of the church. The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, His Lordship, Most Rev Solomon Amatu was represented as the…

Umunumo Women reward academic excellence

…Empowers 20 indigent members Female best graduating students of Community Secondary School Umunumo, Ehime-Mbano L.G.A were rewarded with mouth-watering financial incentives and certificates of merit by the Home and Abroad Women of Umunumo Women Association led by Prof. Mrs. Florence Nduka at St Michaels Parish in building, Umuaro on Saturday 12th August 2017. The leadership of the association used the opportunity of the meeting to sort out internal wranglings within some sections of the community. Among the students who received prizes and certificates of merit was Miss Nwaneri Joy Chiamaka who won the prize as over-all best graduating student for…

Okigwe Diocese gets 7 new Monsignori

…Bishops Amatu, Ugorji perform investiture The seven priests of Okigwe Diocese recently named by Pope Francis as “Chaplain of his Holiness” were accordingly invested on Tuesday August 15, 2017 by the Bishop of Okigwe Most Rev. S.A. Amatu, accompanied by his Umuahia counterpart Most Rev. L.I. Ugorji. The seven priests elevated to the rank of Monsignor as contained in a letter to Most Rev. S.A. Amatu by the Apostolic Nunciature Abuja dated 22nd March 2017, are Msgr. Prof. Simon Anyanwu (Diocesan Chancellor), Msgr. Prof. Francis Nwachukwu (PP St. Patrick’s Ndiowerre Umuezegwu), Msgr. Dr. Greg Ohagwu (Dean Ihitte/Ubomma), Msgr. Cyriacus Uzoma…