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May 28, 2018

Open Letter to Gov. Rochas Okorocha

In a meeting of Retired Permanent Secretaries held on December, 2015, it was decided that the payment of only three months of pension to some pensioners by the Imo State Government be acknowledged. However, the arrears left to be paid vary from individual to individual as the minimum arrears yet to be paid is nine months. The government is therefore urged to pay the outstanding arrears immediately.   It is important to note that section 210 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended does not permit withholding of pensions for even one day unless in…

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The Need To Establish Fire-fighting Volunteers Corps In Nigeria

  Fire out-break is a world-wide phenomenon. No nation, no State, no community is exempted. The resultant loss of life and property cannot therefore be totally eliminated. But the important thing is that they can be reduced. The purpose of this piece Is to invite attention to an aspect of combating fire out-breaks which is yet to be meaningfully undertaken in this country. We must start by accepting that fire-fighting is too enormous and prevalent a societal challenge to be left only to Government fire services departments. That is why some forward looking countries have considered it a matter of…

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Revisiting Electricity Privatization

  Privatization! Privatization! Privatization! That was what Nigerians were told will solve the problems of power generation and electricity. Nigerians received this news of electricity privatization with much hope. They breathed a sigh of relief in hopes that “selling NEPA” and putting it into private hands would mean better electricity supply and better life for all Nigerians. Unfortunately, that has not happened and the country is still in darkness. Electricity is not called power for nothing; it is, indeed, power and it is power that drives much of what we know, today, as development.  It is the discovery of electricity…

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Rejoinder| Re: “Where Radio Biafra got it wrong”

  Our attention has been drawn to the above caption credited to our revered Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna published back page in the 19th edition of The Leader, May 10, 2015 and wish to associate ourselves hook, line and sinker by endorsing our seal of blessing with the views expressed by the revered cleric. In the said publication, Nnamdi Kanu was quoted by implication as questioning the Deity of Jesus Christ and claiming the cornerstone on which the indigenous people of Biafra was founded. As provocative or vexatious as his hypothesis are, we would not have…

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Emulating President Jonathan

  Before March 28, 2015, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was just an ordinary president to the world and the rest of us. Although he has been in government for 16 years, from Deputy Governor to President, at no time has he enjoyed or commanded so much popularity and respect as in the last two weeks when he proved himself extraordinary by conceding defeat in a visibly flawed presidential election. Jonathan graciously threw in the towel and stopped the nation from going up in flames as many analysts and some international communities predicted. Jonathan’s dramatic rise to fame demonstrates that popularity…

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Archbishop Obinna Vs Col. Tanko Zubairu (1)

Following the deliberate disruption of the 2015 debate for Imo State gubernatorial candidates and the desecration of the venue – Obiri Odenigbo, Assumpta Cathedral, by corporate political thugs, some people, especially supporters of the desecraters have been asking the Church and indeed Archbishop Anthony Obinna to hands-off politics and face the spiritual needs of the people. It is unfortunate that many, who hold this opinion are among the beneficiaries of Archbishop Obinna’s vocal and visible presence in the socio-political affairs of Imo State as stipulated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 2032).  Since the aborted debate, some self-acclaimed…

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Why Is Onwuemeodo Pitching Gov. Okorocha Against Catholic Archdiocese Of Owerri?

  I am a regular reader of The Leader newspaper and one of the supporters of Owelle Rochas Okorocha.  For sometime now, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Okorocha on Media, has been using his newspaper “The White-Paper” and the Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) to attack Archbishop Obinna, the Archdiocese of Owerri and The Leader Newspaper.  I used to believe what Mr. Onwuemeodo was publishing until I read The White-Paper of Wednesday, March 18 – Thursday, March 19, 2015 titled: “Re – The Unprovoked Media War Launched Against The Governor and Government of the State by The Leader…

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Is Government at a Standstill?

For the past six months, precisely since the general elections drums began to beat, Imo State as the rest of Nigeria has had little or no Government activity going on. Everything is at a standstill as if Government is on leave or just absent minded. Nothing is happening anywhere, except in the media, as radio jingles, TV commercials and newspaper advertisements and streets busy with bill boards. People are waiting for Government to complete this and that project and commission new ones in fulfilment of initial campaign promises. But no, what Government is doing now is asking for more time…

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Battle for Imo Government House Begins

At last the battle line for Imo State Government House has been drawn, as far as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is concerned. The Electoral umpire has accepted Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, incumbent Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and former Internal Affairs Minister, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho as the authentic candidates who will vie for the highest office in Imo State, under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) respectively. Dr Osmond Ukanacho is the governorship candidate for United Progressives Party (UPP). The deputies, in that…

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A Thought for the O.G.S.S 5 As Owerri Catholic Archdiocese Launches N5Bn Education Trust Fund

This viewpoint is  written to coincide with the  launching  of  the “ 5BN Education  Trust  Fund  of  the  Owerri  Girls’  Secondary  School”  by  the  Owerri  Catholic  Archdiocese. It is   written to remember the five students of Owerri Girls secondary School (OGSS 5) who were crushed to death on Friday, March 4, 2005. This is about the third full viewpoint I am writing on this issue. On each occasion, appeals were made to the Governor –in –council to intervene in order to ensure that justice was not only done but seen to be done.  But these  appeals were never given the…

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Letters to the Editor | Catholic Church: Matters arising

I wish to say few things that I have observed in our Catholic church in Imo State. I felt sorry for the woman whose son was stolen in a Catholic Church in Okigwe.  The woman explained that the church was hot and that made the child to cry.  She asked the elder sister to take him out which means that if there was no heat in the church the boy would not have been stolen.  Now in the real sense, who would we blame, the priest of course.  Elsewhere, priests check the fans on Saturdays and anyone that is found…

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UNITED IN GOD FOR LIFE

A Declaration issued at the end of the Pro-life Conference/ Rally at the Obiri Odenigbo, Villa Assumpta, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, June 3rd – 4th, 2013. As our society is experiencing the dangerous encroachment of the culture of death from without and within, the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri continues its Pro-life Mission by organizing a two-day Pro-life Conference with the theme: “Protecting Human Life from Conception to Natural Death.” Pro-lifers from Nigeria, Europe and America participated in the Conference and Rally. The predominant evils of same-sex union, pornography, abortion, contraception, euthanasia, baby factory, anti-life bills and laws and the negative…

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Letters to the Editor: The plight of Primary School Pensioners in Imo State

The pensioners in Imo State especially the retired Primary School ‘teachers’ and their State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) counterparts are crying to the good Government of Imo State to come to “Macedonia and help them” to alleviate their sufferings, to save them from dying of hunger and sickness.  They are asking government to show appreciation for their long service honestly rendered to the State Government for 35 years by paying them their due gratuity and pensions, which are their hope of living and sustaining themselves and families.  Some of them who retired since 2010 have not received anything called…

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ACHEBE AND THE INVENTION OF AFRICAN LITERATURE (1)

came strong on the world stage with the publication of his first novel, Things Fall Apart. It is a work widely considered to have defined African literature and brought balance to world literature. This is despite the fact that there were other pioneering efforts regarding African prose by African indigenous writers. By 1933 Omenụkọ by Pita Nwana had been published, followed by the Onitsha Market Literature through which Cyprian Ekwensi published pamphlet stories like Ikolo the Wrestler and Other Ibo Tales (1947) and When Love Whispers (1948). These were before Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952), which many regard as…

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Softly, softly on urbanization: more homes, less houses

Long before Abraham Maslow published his hierarchy of needs in 1943, there has always been some controversy on what truly constitutes basic human needs. The unending, amorphous list of needs (sometimes confused with ‘wants’) range from breathing (air) to self-actualization. In-between these two extremes fall in such other needs as food, safety, belongings and self-esteem. The desire to satisfy this galaxy of needs is the driving passion behind human enterprise and hard-work. It is this passion that has produced our great industrialists- the Aliko Dangotes, the Mike Adenugas, the Tim Ovias, the Paschal Dozies etc. Ironically, it is also this…

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Dr Joe Obi-Njoku : Rising from the Grassroots

Imagine him chopping wood with an axe.  Imagine him also shirtless, barefoot, a climbing robe “akpi” on his left shoulder and a machete in his right hand, dividing the bush and heading for the nearest palm tree to cut down the ripe fruits for sale, so he and his family could eat.   Imagine him again taking bamboos from the raffia palm and carefully weaving the traditional bamboo bed – “okpukpo,” (agada in some dialet)  also to make a living. Finally, see him riding an old bicycle from his home at Umueme, Uzagba, in Ikeduru local government, to Mbaise to…

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Auto crash: Why Okorocha was not treated in Government hospital

Insecurity and protracted labour dispute between the State Government and staff of the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH), were reasons why Governor Rochas Okorocha was not taken to the hospital for treatments when he was involved in an auto crash recently. Okorocha’s vehicle had head-on collision with another vehicle belonging to one Osita Nnawuihe on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Umuoma, Orlu, while driving himself without the usual outriders and government house ambulance. Daily Sun learnt that the governor was rushed to St. Mary’s Children and Community Hospital, Umuowa where he received first aid, while Nnawuihe was taken to…

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HOME OF A KNIGHT SHOULD BE A MODEL FOR OTHERS – Emeakaraoha, MGK Knights of St. Mulumba

The newly elected Owerri Metropolitan Grand Knight, MGK, Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria, Prince Eugene O.N. Emekaraoha has said that the home of a Catholic Knight must be a model in good character and conduct to others within his environment. In his maiden address to the plenary session of Owerri Metropolitan Council of the Order of St. Mulumba Nigeria, Prince Emekaraoha warned members that anything to the contrary will not be tolerated. He also charged knights and indeed Catholic parents to teach their children Catholic Catechism from nursery stage at home and direct them towards church activities from their primary…

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