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March 18, 2018

Prof Protus Uzorma rallies support for Imo Pensioners

  All roads led to the Nigeria Union of Pensioners Office in Owerri Imo State March 5, 2018, as Prof Protus Nathan Uzoma celebrated his birthday with Imo senior citizens. It was a gathering of who is who in the society including governorship aspirants, priests, academics, traditional rulers, nollywood stars and the pensioners. Rev Fr. Prof John Obilor of the Imo State University Owerri, who stood in for the chairman of the occasion Prof Aloysius U. Awuzie thanked God for the lives of all present especially that of the celebrant Prof Uzorma. He prayed God to grant him many more…

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Imozurukwuo pays sodality visit to Archbishop Obinna

  – Talks tough about 2019 Imozurukwuo, a socio-cultural pressure group comprising seasoned technocrats, academics, professionals and politicians, visited His Grace Most Rev. Anthony A.J.V. Obinna Catholic Archbishop of Owerri penultimate Saturday to appreciate him for being vocal and courageously standing firm on the side of truth and the oppressed masses at a time many of those expected to speak out against bad governance in the state have suspiciously kept quiet. Speaking at the occasion, the President General of the group, Barrister George Eke expressed satisfaction that the bishop has consistently refused to be cowed or compromised. “We, as a…

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Archbishop Obinna Inaugurates Assumpta Parish Council

  The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and Parish Priest Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Sunday, Feb. 24, inaugurated the Parish Pastoral Council. Speaking during the inauguration, Archbishop Obinna said because of the four-year tenure regime the new Parish Council will be the last he will appoint before his retirement. Catholic Bishops are expected to retire at the age of 75. Archbishop Obinna will be 72 this year. He therefore charged the councilors to show commitment in their various posts and co-operate with the Administrator who represents him in the Pastoral administration of the parish. Turning to…

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Fr. Ethelbert Iwu laid to rest

Cross section of Late Fr. Iwu family at the funeral

…As Bishop Amatu, Ochiagha, commiserate with family Tears flowed uncontrollably as the mortal body of Very Rev. Fr. Ethelbert Ifeanyi Iwu who died in the USA, at the age of 53 was committed to mother earth at the Diocesan priests cemetery Okigwe. The interment was preceded by a requiem Mass at which Bishop S.A. Amatu of Okigwe Diocese and Bishop G.O. Ochiagha (Emeritus Orlu) officiated, assisted by no fewer than 500 other priests from Nigeria and the diaspora. Preaching the homily, Rev. Fr. Ignatius Nwoha recalled the life and times of Late Fr. Ethelbert Iwu as a priest. He described…

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Christians must be ready to sacrifice treasure to God – Fr Nwoha

Standing: 3rd from left: Rev. Fr. Joe Nwoha flanked by the celebrants with home members of the organizing committee.

  …As St. Patrick’s Umuezeala Owerre confers Ezinna Awards to parishioners Very Rev. Fr. Joe Nwoha, Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Umuezeala -Owerre, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State, celebrated the Eucharist on Sunday 25th February 2018, heralding the elevation of distinguished parishioners to Ezinna status (Good Fathers). He concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Finbarr Chukwu Tochukwu, Rev. Fr. Ignatius A. Eneche, Rev. Fr. Paul C. Nwagwu and Rev. Fr. Okwy Jude Ugwu. In his homily, Fr. Nwoha observed that the greatest gift to man from God is the gift of life. He posited that the selection and elevation of Ezinna…

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Don’t take devil for granted – Bishop Amatu warns

Don't take devil for granted – Bishop Amatu warns

  …As KSM Okigwe Diocese fetes Papal Awardees Knights and Ladies of the Order of St Mulumba Okigwe Diocesan Council recently converged on the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception podium Okigwe for thanksgiving Mass and reception in honour of their members recently elevated by Pope Francis to the prestigious Orders of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great, KSG, Knights of St Sylvester (KSS); Ladies (Dames) of KSS, Benemerenti Medalists and also KSM Chaplains raised to Papal Chamberlain. Most Rev S.A. Amatu presided at the Mass. Admonishing the knights and ladies, the prelate enjoined them to persevere in faith and holiness,…

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Include Security Education in school curriculum – Adekunle�

Rev Fr. Major Cletus Obidike (Chaplaincy Chaplain 2nd line, Fr. Samuel Agu and Fr. Oliver Amaechi pose with the awardees.

…As Page Group Ends Convention Rev. Fr. (Major) Clestus Obidike, Chaplain of St. Jude’s Chaplaincy, Army Barracks Obinze, celebrated the Eucharist at the opening Mass at the National Convention of Members of the Page Group Organization held at the 32 field Artillery Brigade, Obinze on Friday 9th February 2018. In his homily, Fr Obidike admonished the members of the Page Group Organization drawn from Elele, Onitsha and Obinze Barracks and others from 30 Parishes in Okigwe Diocese to be of good conduct during their stay to avoid unpleasant consequences as their rule of engagement does not tolerate indiscipline and unguided…

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Maco Feeds provides free poultry management training for Okigwe Zone

A cross section of the organizers and participants during the training

  The Ihitte/Uboma Local Govt Council Headquarters Isinweke turned a beehive of activities, 19th and 20th February. 2018 as it received its fair share of the free poultry Management Training (PMT) Programme for Okigwe zone organized by Maco Feeds Company with the view to alleviating rural poverty, enhancing the income scope of the working class, providing meaningful means of livelihood for the unemployed, and providing soft-landing for the retirees. The free programme drew a large crowd of enthusiastic trainees from among the council work force, indigenes of the Local Government Area, contiguous communities, private sector operatives etc. Declaring the workshop…

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Life is man’s greatest gift from God – Fr. Nwoha

Ezinna Award

  As Chief Nickolas Nkume bags Ezinna Award Very Rev. -Fr. Joe Nwaoha, Parish Priest, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Umuezeala Owerre, Ehime Mbano L.G.A, Imo State, has observed that the greatest gift of God to man is the unique gift of life. Fr. Nwoha spoke during the celebration of the Eucharist heralding the conferment of Ezinna Award to some parishioners recently. Ezinna, Chief Nocholas Ezeigbo Nkume, the Chief Medical Director of “Nkume Bone Healing Clinic” Umuopara Umuezeala, Ehime Mbano LGA, a professional traditional Orthopedic specialist, was the former State Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) from 2009…

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Claret Academy wins Sir James Foundation prize for Chemistry�

  Master Okoko Chimere Princewill of Claret Secondary School New Owerri has won this year’s Sir James Foundation award for excellence in Chemistry. The award is for the best SS3 Chemistry student in Catholic schools in Owerri Archdiocese. The test was part of the activities marking this year’s Catholic Education Week of Owerri Archdiocese. The runners up that received consolation prizes were, Ifeanyi Wisdom of Holy Ghost College Owerri and Igbokwe Chiedozie of Father Cloonan Memorial Secondary School Emekuku. The only girl Ibegbulam Emmanuella from Claret Academy Nekede that passed the exam was given a special token. Lady Pep. M….

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Hon Igbokwe flags off construction of Obodo Ahiara Civic Centre

Hon Nnanna Igbokwe flanked by HRH Eze GeofferyAnyanwo

Promises quick completion of Project Joy was on the faces of natives and leaders of Obodo Ahiara, Ahiazu Mbaise LGA as Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe, Federal House of Representatives member laid the foundation of an Ultra Modern Civic Centre at Orie Ahiara Ofo Iri recently. The event began with a courtesy visit by Hon. Igbokwe and his entourage to the palace of His Royal Highness, Eze Geoffrey Anyanwu, Onugotu I, Obodo Ahiara Autonomous Community. Among the personalities present at the event included: Sir L.N. Okorie, Nze Peter Akonye, Chief Emmanuel Njoku, Chief Henry Ohajianya, Dr Shia Azu Okorie (former chairman Ahiazu…

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Reformist Pope Paul VI, murdered Archbishop to be made Saints�

Reformist Pope Paul VI and murdered Archbishop to be made Saints

  Pope Paul VI, who oversaw sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church in the l960s, will be made a saint along with a Salvadoran archbishop who was shot dead while celebrating Mass, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Pope Francis signed decrees giving the go-ahead for the honours on the basis of miracles attributed to each candidate, the Holy See said in a statement. The pope put Paul VI on the path to sainthood by beatifying him in October 2014, while Oscar Romero was likewise elevated to the status of “blessed” in May 2015. Paul VI completed the reforms of the…

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KSM: Bishop Unegbu Sub-Council Owerri comes on board

Bro JohnBosco Uhie the Worthy GK presenting the address before the Archbishop

  …Members pay maiden visit to Archbishop Obinna Executive members of Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) Owerri were on a courtesy call at the Maria Assumpta Villa Owerri where they presented their newly carved out Sub-Council to the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Wednesday March 7. The Exco members who were also in the company of their newly assigned Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Charles Ikwuegbu said they were on the visit to show their allegiance and solidarity to the Archbishop. Their address which was presented by their Worthy Grand Knight, Bro….

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Thousands throng St. Paul’s Owerri as Ejike Uche buries mother in-law

  St. Paul’s Catholic Church Owerri was filled to as the remains of Ezinne Francisca Onyemuwa Njoku, mother in-law of the National Deputy Chairman (South) of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Chief Chris Ejike Uche, were laid to rest, March 2. In a sermon during the funeral Mass, the assistant parish priest, Rev. Fr. Henry, reminded people that they will all die some day and urged them to love God and worship Him in truth and in spirit. The priest noted that there are testimonies that Ezinne Njoku lived a good life while alive and urged people not to take…

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Barr. Nwoga joins Imo Guber Race

Barr Nwoga joins the guber race

  The number of candidates wishing to occupy Douglas House Owerri is swelling day by day. The latest entrant is Barr. Stephen Nwoga who said he is very much interested to restore hope to Imo State. Barr Nwoga, who will be contesting under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) made his intention public at Kanu Nwankwo Events Centre, Owerri Feb. 24. He revealed that one of the major reasons he is running for the highest political office in the state is to repair the damages that have been inflicted on the good people of Imo State. Speaking…

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No need for data capturing to renew driving licence – FRSC

  The Federal Road Safety Corps has said that there is no need for data capturing while applying for renewal of driver’s licence. Mr Hyginus Omeje, the FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, adding that the agency departed from the old system long time ago. “I want to use this opportunity to tell motorists that they can renew their licence without going through capture.   “The choice of coming to capture is yours, as long as we have your data base at the initial stage and its already…

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AWARD RECIPIENTS / CATEGORIES The list of award recipients for the 2018 Prestigious Education Week Awards is by no means exhaustive. These people are those who in one form or another have contributed or impacted in some special ways to our society, our mission schools and education in general. This is only a token of our appreciation for all the support we have received from many of our benefactors and benefactresses. The presentation of the awards is not ranked, all are outstanding and distinct in their own unique support and contribution to education. MTN FOUNDATION 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to…

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Education Week: Archbishop Obinna proffers solutions to corruption in education

  Anything, behaviour or intervention that degrades education by compromising laid down principles and standards, by misleading or exploiting learners or abusing one’s teacher-master position belongs to the sphere of corruption. Such acts constitute unhealthy and unworthy criminal and sinful associate . This view was contained in the Presidential Address delivered by His Grace, the Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri,  Tuesday February 13, during the Open Forum of the 2018 Owerri Archdiocesan Education Week, held at the Obiri Odenigbo Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. The theme for this year is: Promoting Excellence in Education and fighting corruption…

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Hon. Igbokwe builds, equips Health Centre at Mbaise

Raphael Nnanna Igbokwe Project

  Hon. Chief Nnanna Igbokwe, member representing Ahiazu-Ezinihitte Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has put smiles on the faces of natives and residents of Ezeagbogu Ezinihitte Mbaise by facilitating the construction of an ultra-modern Health Centre and equipping it with modern equipment. Handing over the facility through the Head Matron/Sister in-charge of Ezeagbogu Health Centre, Mrs. Uwazie Caroline and the Traditional Ruler of the community, HRH Eze Dr. S.O. Uwaegbu, Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe canvassed for judicious use of the facilities and adequate security for the centre. Hon Igbokwe cautioned against abuse of the N14m project which constitutes part…

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Shun touting, acquire skills, Oweaya advises Owerri youths

Hon Francis Onyewuchi flanked by Chief Christian Oweaya Anukam

  … Inaugurates Umuororonjo Youth Exco Chief Sir Christian Oweaya Anukam has advised youths in Owerri zone to refrain from touting and collecting tolls from motorists and shop owners. They should rather acquire skills and engage themselves in meaningful activities that will help change their lives for good. Addressing the youths prior to the inauguration of the Umuororonjo Youth Executive on Sunday February 18 2018, the community leader enjoined them to seek alternative means of generating income for the youth organization. The event was attended by top politicians including Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi of the Federal House of Representatives, Ugwumba Uche…

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