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June 23, 2018

St. Mark’s Parish, New Owerri celebrates Feast of Patron

The 2013 feast of St. Mark the Evangelist has been celebrated by St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Federal Housing Estate, New Owerri, Imo State on Sunday, April 28.   The celebration started with a Holy Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Mark Njoku, assisted by his Curate, Fr. Paschal Onyeneke, the Priest-in-Residence, Rev. Msgr. Marcel U. Ibe, the Chaplain of Holy Rosary Hospital and past Curate of St. Mark’s Parish, Fr. Chinedu Egejuru and Rev. Fr. Dr. Joe Enyiaka.   Delivering a homily during the Mass, Dr. Joe Enyiaka pointed out that God, who in the Old…

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Imo APGA chieftains besiege Orlu – Applaud Okorocha

The State Chairman of the factionalized All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Prince Marshal Okoroafor Anyanwu has called on the members of the party to work hard towards the progress of the party.   Prince Anyanwu stated this during the APGA rally held at Orlu Township Stadium, April 27, 2013.  He commended the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for his magnanimity and initiative in introducing those policies that can help the state to move forward such as: the Community Government Council, which he said has helped in a big way in fast-tracking development in the rural communities and called for more…

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PG roofs school hall for community

Engineer Austine Abaneme, President General of Umualumaku Umueze Autonomous Community has roofed the Boys Model Secondary School Hall for the community. He told THE LEADER that the roofing of the school hall is a gesture towards providing quality education to students from the community. According to him, it will be unfortunate if the school is stopped from conducting external examinations because the school hall had its roof blown off by the wind. The school was on the verge of being blacklisted by external examination bodies like Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), National Examination Council (NECO) and others because the…

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Priest harps on generous giving to God …As Sacred Heart Parish Egbu raises fund for Church building

Parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church Egbu, in the Owerri North Local Government Area, with friends and relations, last Sunday (April 28, 2013) came out in their numbers to raise money for the completion of their church building project that has reached the roofing stage.   Prominent among dignitaries who graced the occasion, held at the church field were: former Minister of Interior, Capt. Iheanacho, represented by Hon. Emma Ekwonna and Hon. Dan Ikepazu, member for Owerri North in the Imo State House of Assembly.  The Traditional Ruler of Egbu, Eze Felix Egbukole, Ochoronma V of Egbu, who was accompanied…

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Vatican to house two Popes for first time as Benedict returns

The Vatican became home to two Popes on Thursday, May 2 for the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI moved back to the city state in the wake of his resignation. Benedict has been living in Castel Gandolfo, the summer papal residence outside Rome since his shock resignation at the end of February. But it was always a temporary arrangement and on Thursday the German-born former pontiff moved into new retirement home within the Vatican gardens. The 86-year-old ex-Pope was picked up by helicopter from the ground of Castel Gandolfo, which…

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Prepare for death now, Bishop Amatu urges Christians – As Fr. Anyanwu buries dad

The Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Amatu has urged Christians to be prepared for death at all times. Bishop Amatu posited this during the Requiem Mass for the interment of late Ezinna Cyril Iwuanyanwu held at St. Jude’s Catholic Church Umueze II in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State on Friday, April 26, 2013. In his homily, Bishop Solomon Amatu enjoined the congregation not to be caught napping because death will surely come when you least expect it. The Bishop assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Linus Emeka Iwuanyanwu, first son of the deceased at the celebration,…

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Imo Re-absorbs Sacked Indigenes

Respite came for civil servants of Imo State origin who were sacked by the Abia State Government two years ago.   Governor Rochas Okorocha announced that the workers should be re-absorbed into ministries of their choice.   Speaking during the Workers’ Day celebration at the Hero’s Square in Owerri May 1, Okorocha said the workers would be re-employed as casual workers and are entitled to monthly stipends, until modalities for their full employment are concluded.   “All civil servants from Imo State who were sacked by the Abia State Government can now resume with immediate effect in all the ministries;…

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Prof. Osaisai delivers FUTO public lecture: -Speaks on Nuclear Power Development in Nigeria

The 31st lecture of Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, held on April 17, 2013 was delivered by Dr. Franklin Erepamo Osaisai, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC).  He spoke on the theme: “Nuclear Power Development in Nigeria, Partnership Building Amongst National Institutions for Sustainable Programme Implementation”. The lecture coincided with the formal opening of the Centre for Nuclear Energy Studies and Training at FUTO. In the lecture, Prof. Osaisai said that Nigeria currently grapples with the daunting problem of generating sufficient electricity to drive it’s developmental process. He added that quite a number of countries, particularly African…

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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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Umualumaku / Umuihim CGC thanks God for successful installation

The Community Government Council of Umualumaku/Umuihim Autonomous Community in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State on April 12, 2013 gave thanks to God for successful inauguration at St. Joseph Catholic Parish Umualumaku. The Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme.  In his homily the Parish Priest postulates that God loves man more than himself that is why he allowed his only begotten son to die so as to salvage mankind from destruction. According to him, God is the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life, adding that those who believe that God is their shepherd, he will provide for…

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PDP top brass storm Ehime Mbano – For Egbule, Achonu

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ibrahim Mantu, former Deputy Senate President and Senator Hope Uzodinma led the top brass of the ruling party in Nigeria to Ehime-Mbano Stadium on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Other high profile personalities at the event include, Senator Amb. Matthew Nwagwu, Chief Tony Chukwu and delegations from the governments of Ghana, Abia, Rivers and Enugu states.  It was an intimidating political carnival of sorts, drawing support for Chief Richard Egbule, Executive Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and Chief Athan Achonu.  The duo were conferred with chieftaincy titles by…

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6 students bag First Class

Fifty-nine students achieved a historic feat when they became the pioneer graduates of Veritas University Abuja. The school took off in 2008. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Michael Kwanashie, disclosed this at its maiden convocation at the take-off campus in Obehie, Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that six of the graduating students finished in First Class division, 38 had Second Class Upper, while 15 had Second Class Lower. Kwanashie said that the university was working hard to move to the permanent site at Bwari, Abuja before the next academic session. The Chancellor,…

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Mission Africa offers scholarship to 100 indigent students in Imo, Abia

…As Owerri Archdiocese plans to upgrade some schools to boarding house Mission Africa, a Non-Governmental Organization has uplifted 100 indigent students in Imo and Abia States by offering them scholarship to secondary school. Mr. George Ikoro Chuku, Chairman of the Board disclosed this at the inauguration of the NGO in Owerri, April 13, 2013. He highlighted the power of education, saying it can change and influence lives and communities in profound ways. Chuku regretted that often intelligent students don’t have people to train them adding that his NGO is dedicated to ensuring that all children, regardless of their level have…

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THE 2012 SUPREME CONVENTION IN OWERRI

Regarding the Supreme Convention held in Owerri in December 2012, the MGK, Bro.  said that the Supreme Knight Bro. A.C. Onuh scored Owerri Metro 80% while the Supreme Executive Board rated the Metro, “First Class”.  Continuing, the MGK said that part of the merit should be allotted to the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Anthony Anwuka (KSM) and the able Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Barr. Soronnadi Njoku (KSM).  He commended the Governor in a special way for the grand reception he accorded the Supreme Executive Board members in the Government…

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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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2013 JAMB UTME results released, 12,110 results withheld

The 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results has been released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, announced this at a news conference on the release of the results in Bwari, FCT, on Friday adding that the board, however, withheld 12,110 results for possible disciplinary action. The registrar added that the board discovered some forms of malpractice propagated during the conduct of the examination after thorough processing of answer scripts of the candidates who sat for the examination,. “However, the results of 68,309 candidates from various centres are undergoing further screening to ascertain the culpability of 12,110 candidates’…

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Supporting Nigeria Against Biafra was our Greatest Mistake — Asari Dokubo

Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari, late this morning spoke about his anguish over the failure by his people to allow the breakaway Republic of Biafra to succeed. Launched in 1967 by the old East under the command of the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Biafra was crushed three years after by the Nigerian Government and its international allies. In a post on his Facebook wall around noon, Dokubo regretted the role played by the then so called eastern minorities in sabotaging Biafra. He also cast his vote for an Igbo or Middle Belt person…

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