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May 28, 2018

Town Unions and Community Governing Council In Imo State

A town union is an association formed by members of a particular community for the socio-economic development of that community. Accordingly, town union collaborates with traditional administration, government at all levels and sometimes non-governmental agencies to achieve its aim. Town unions existed in communities in Nigeria even before colonialism. Interestingly, when the colonial masters came to the country, they also associated with town unions and made adequate use of them to foster their mission. With the country’s independence and the constitutional provision on Freedom of Association, town unions became stronger institutions. Also, with the promulgation of the Companies and Allied…

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Irete youths and the display of hostility to non-indigenes

Undoubtedly, we are living in a precarious and hostile society.  A society where brutes and brutality are the order of the day.  This is indeed a society where atrocities are committed with impunity.  A lawless and barbaric society replete with animals in disguise in the name of human beings.  While the youths in civilized societies are busy making great impacts on ground-breakings and wonderful innovations, their Irete counterparts are busy wallowing in unethical behavior, violence and abuse of human rights.    This inference is drawn because of the attitude these young men exhibited at Mrs. Ibenye’s store on Friday at about…

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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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Town Unions and Community Governing Council In Imo State

A town union is an association formed by members of a particular community for the socio-economic development of that community. Accordingly, town union collaborates with traditional administration, government at all levels and sometimes non-governmental agencies to achieve its aim. Town unions existed in communities in Nigeria even before colonialism. Interestingly, when the colonial masters came to the country, they also associated with town unions and made adequate use of them to foster their mission. With the country’s independence and the constitutional provision on Freedom of Association, town unions became stronger institutions. Also, with the promulgation of the Companies and Allied…

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A jewel in his Crown

In his hay days, Pius Ukaga was a simple, easygoing, ever smiling, hardworking and amiable man. Agriculturist by profession, when he became Eze Obibi in 2003, he took those qualities with him, aided by a reliable cabinet, peaceful community, supportive children, especially a resourceful first son. But the jewel in his crown was his Emii-born witty wife, a diligent and resilient woman, the Eze’s one and only spouse and companion of 55 years. It is she, the Ugoeze, who has held his hand in good and bad times. With her by his side, there was no obstacle the crown couldn’t…

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QUEST FOR THE IDEOLOGY OF TERRORISTS

My grandfather Ekhaisomhi, the father of my mother, was a true and good Muslim, the best grandfather every child prays to have. My mother, Awawu Veronica, is simply the best mother any child could have. She gave me the love and peace she inherited from her Muslim parents. My grandfather, Omonokhua, the father of my father, was an African traditional priest who was known for love, peace and generosity. Another grandfather every child would pray to have. My father, Okhifo, gave me the love, peace and generous values he inherited from his parents. My grandparents and parents personified the scriptures…

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Tribute To Monsignor Dr. Georg Huessler Of Caritas Fame

Only a few months into the Nigeria- Biafra war, the imbalance in the disposition of military hardware was already definitive in favour of Nigeria. U.S.S.R and Britain literally flung the gates of their armouries wide open for Nigeria to satisfy her wish-list of weapons on credit, while Biafra struggled to purchase obsolete bolt- action rifles at cut-throat black market prices. It was the peak of the cold war, the ideological conflict between the Communist East bloc (Russia and her allies) and the Capitalist West bloc (U.S and allies). To survive as a country then, you needed to belong to one…

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Let’s look at some words and their wrong use among us

When you hear that someone, especially a top politician, has dropped a “bombshell” you would automatically want to know what the big news is all about. The expression connotes an earth shaking event which is actually what an exploded bomb is. To those who must have experienced the early wars in history, crude bombs, when detonated, left their empty covers, shells or, if you like, lifeless relic or empty cases. A couple of years ago an angry war veteran, possibly from World War 1, complained in the prestigious “Letter  to the editor” column of the Times of London  that  he…

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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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The morality of sharing money to pupils in Imo (1)

Two parents called my line on Monday, April 29 at about 7.30 – 8.00pm to launch a complaint. They said they were calling in from one of the towns in Owerri North LGA. Their complaint was that their children (pupils) in the primary schools were coming back from schools at that time of the day. Reason, they were waiting to receive the 300naira stipend from the governor before going back to their homes. I couldn’t understand that myself but went into some investigations to gather from authoritative sources that the allegations were founded. It was alleged that those who came…

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Nature, Things Fall Apart, Achebe

If Chinua Achebe had just written the book Things Fall Apart and rested his pen, he would still have conceivably achieved immortality. Or, is it? In his own dilemma, Achebe wondered “if I chose the book or the book chose me.” At the yet hazy-dizzy youthful age of 25 years, he penned this seminal masterpiece that should have been the work of a man drawing from mature age and vast cultural experience. Almost every line in Things Fall Apart is a gem that has been quoted and re-quoted many times over by a tribe of writers from every nation. There…

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Re-invigorating NDDC For Developmental Challenges (5)

Without doubt, efficient and effective performance of NDDC operators call for additional provisions. These provisions are in terms of structures, equipments and facilities, including personnel of various categories, and these require bold funding through improved budgetary provisions by the Federal Government. To avoid stressing so far, the bold funding should be basically implemented on a scrupulous and realistic cost estimates, after a prudent appraisal of the requirement of the various NDDC offices including the challenges they are grappling with in terms of availability of these structure, equipments, and other facilities. Management experts have stressed that adequate structures, equipments and personnel…

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Senior Citizens Deserve Better Treatment

The culture of periodic verification of pensioners has reached a vexatious dimension and now deserves to be re-examined by all concerned and stopped. To verify is to ascertain whether something is true or not. In the Civil Service, the Head of Service usually issues retirement notices to civil servants due to retire. When they eventually retire, he issues a pensioner’s identity card to each retiree that carries the photograph of the pensioner. Accordingly, the Head of Service should have an authentic record of retirees and should, at all times, know those who have retired. If the Head of Service does…

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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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PARENTS AS EDUCATORS

In the sixties and seventies, parents took their role of first teachers of their children very seriously because they realized that the inculcation of the right societal values in them was a unique and divine mandate in which they cannot afford to fail.  By extension, practically every adult around took it as their duty to promptly call to order any derailing child.  The inculcation of societal values, creation of awareness of acceptable norms, avoidance of taboos, sowing of the seed of hard work, patriotism, fear of God, respect for elders and civic responsibilities, all started from cradle with parents as…

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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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HIV, cancer: Bee venom to the rescue

Scientists have discovered that apart from pollinating crops, producing honey, beewax, propolis, pollen and royal jelly, bees could also be the solution to the deadly Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and cancer.   Recently, a team of scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine, USA, used nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom to destroy HIV without harming nearby cells. The project was contained in the current issue of Antiviral Therapy.   Explaining the modus operandi, Dr. Samuel A. Wickline, one of the researchers said; “Bee venom contains a potent toxin called melittin that can poke holes in the…

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