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July 20, 2018

Suspected herdsmen or hired killers for real?

cattle colony

  I vehemently disagree with and disapprove of the tagging of suspected hired killers (Terrorists) as herdsmen. In as much as our security has not been able to establish their culpability, shall we still trivialize a calculated attempt to wipe Christians out? It would be recalled that the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in reaction to this barbarism said: “Since the president has refused to call the Nation’s Security Agencies to order, we are left with no choice than to conclude that THEY ARE ACTING A SCRIPT THAT HE APPROVES OF. He (the president) should no longer continue to…

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PRESS RELEASE – NIGERIA UNION OF PENSIONERS, IMO STATE CHAPTER

The Protesting workers and pensioners on Tuesday.

    The attention of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Imo State Chapter has been drawn to the recent announcement of Imo State Government on its decision to remove all allowances that form part of pension, and the Union therefore states as follows:   1. The union went to National Industrial Court to challenge the Imo State Government payment of 40% pensions and forfeiture of 60% and obtained judgment in her favour. The judgment stated that “there is no law permitting the Imo State Government to alter or withhold any part of the pension of pensioners in the Public service…

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OUR MISSION AS PRIESTS TO THE WORLD OF POLITICS

  Editor’s Note: Catholic Priests have a legitimate right to participate and get involved in Politics. Here are some of the reasons why they should take part in the politics of the land. We will elaborate on the different themes in due course.   Introduction We priests cannot afford to allow ourselves be coerced, intimidated or forced to shy or stay away from the “world” of politics; this is so because, by our vocation, mandate and mission, politics is one such “world” to which Christ commissions His Church and ministers to evangelize, to preach to, to spiritually and morally direct….

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St. Patrick’s Parish Nekede Visits Assumpta Minor Seminary Naze

  The Rector, staff and seminarians of Assumpta Minor Seminary Naze heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday, May 2 as St. Patrick’s Parish Nekede paid them a visit with cash and foodstuffs in fulfillment of their duty of annual seminary visit/feeding of seminarians. The visit was described as a timely one as it came at a time when the harsh economy of Nigeria has made the cost of food items to skyrocket in the markets; making it excruciatingly difficult for boarding schools to maintain a good standard of feeding for their students. The visitors who were led by the…

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Plight of meritorious service in Nigeria

  Dear editor, there is something going awry in this country that needs both the urgent attention of our leaders and conscientious appraisal of the general public. The deafening silence of the Nigerian masses over the ‘legalized’ crime committed by the various states of the federation in their efforts in keeping their former political office holders on pension payrolls is turning our country into amusement entity before the watchful eyes of the international community. That this practice is sending signal of disgust and jittery into the spines of many is no longer an issue. What is more baffling is that…

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Humility in Exaltation – the Emeakaroha Example

As family celebrates thanksgiving Mass for several merit Awards Relatives, colleagues, friends and well-wishers of the Emeakaroha Dynasty, from far and near converged on St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Umunohu – Amakohia Ihitte/Uboma LGA Imo State, Sunday 29th October 2017 to chant the chorus ‘… and take me as I am..” in a concelebrated Eucharist sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for many favours. The principal celebrant was the host parish priest and Vicar-General I of Okigwe Diocese Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem, assisted by Rev. Frs. Anthony Onyeihe and Donatus Iwu, among others.     Most recent favours listed at…

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Police arrest leader of Imo bank robbery at father’s funeral

The Police in Imo State have reportedly apprehended the mastermind of a bank robbery which led to the killing of a bank customer in the state. Punch metro had reported that some gunmen trailed the bank customer to a Zenith bank branch on Wetheral Road, Owerri, the state capital. They reportedly carted away the money which the victim wanted to deposit in the bank and shot him dead. The assailants reportedly injured three policemen attached to the bank shooting indiscriminately as they fled the area. However, one of the gunmen was shot dead by a plain-clothes cop in the bank….

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On Trump presidency, Pope says we must ‘wait and see’

In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump does before making any judgments, emphasizing God’s own patience with him and his faults. In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais Jan. 20, the same day as the U.S. presidential inauguration, Pope Francis said he doesn’t like to get ahead of himself “or judge people prematurely.” “We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite…

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Catholic Doctors warn Gov Okorocha on Workers’ wages and pensions

In recent exchanges directed at His Grace AJV Obinna,  Governor Rochas Okorocha has demonstrated total disrespect and ignorance of what the Holy Catholic Church stands for. We will refer him to the Bible passage in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” His Grace AJV Obinna has demonstrated exemplary defence of the weak and defenceless in our society born out of misrule, corruption and poor governance. We the Church militants stand very firmly behind His Grace AJV…

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My father accused me of being Ogbanje

The first time I heard about “Ogbanje was when I was six, my mum had just had a miscarriage, I was frightened and sad. This memory is faint but unforgettable. My father took me outside held me, twirled me around and flung me into a small gutter in front of my house. I cried. He said, ” Ogbanje!, you have been eating your younger ones so that you will remain an only child abi? You will soon die. When my mother recovered, she apologized to me and asked me to ignore him. He formed the habit of giving me the…

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Orlu Educational Secretary’s office locked

The office of the Secretary, Orlu Local Government Education Authority has been under lock and key since November, 2015, during the reign of former Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) now Hon. Commissioner for Education Orlu Education Secretary died in November and was buried on Dec. 23rd 2015. Imo State Universal Basic Education Board had ordered that her office should not be opened until the mourning cloth of the Late Secretary is removed. This is the seventh month from the date of her death and yet the office is still locked Presently, no substansive Secretary has been…

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Another Reminder to the Governor of Imo State

A) To pay the remnant captured-down-trodden old retired Primary School Teachers of 1984/91 cadre, their Federal Pensions Arrears denied them, over 150 months, Arrears for no just cause   1st Reminder via The Guide newspaper December 1st—8th, 2013 Catholic   Secretariat Ahiara 2nd Reminder via The Leader newspaper 22/3/2015, Assumpta Press Owerri 3rd Reminder by personal letter via Governor’s Personal Secretary 28/9/2015 4th Reminder by personal letter via Governor’s Personal Secretary 28/9/2015   B) Deprivation of the labourers of their wages is one of the sins crying to Heaven for vengeance. Save your head and save ours too, before it is…

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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 importance of school libraries

The word ‘Library’ takes its root from the Latin word ‘Liber’ meaning ‘books’. The new Encyclopedia Britannica, defines a library as a collection of written, printed or recorded materials (including films, photographs, tapes, photographic records, video discs, microforms, and computer programmes) organized and maintained for reading, study and consultation”. The American Library Association Glossary of Library and Information science defines it as “a collection of books and other library materials kept for reading, studying and consultation”. In the past, arrangement of library books followed no definite pattern. As time went on, the pattern of arrangement of books based on arbitrary…

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RE- NGURU UMUARO COMMUNITY DEBUNKS ALLEGATION

  The attention of the people of Egbelu Nguru village in Ngor okpala LGA of Imo state has been drawn to a recent publication by Frontline Express Newspaper of July 22, 2015 titled “Nguru Umuaro Debunks Allegation”. Ordinarily, we would not have remained silent, but as a civilized and informed people, we consider it a duty to properly enlighten the Nigeria public on the state of affairs in our village Egbelu Nguru Ngor-Okpala L.G.A. First and foremost, it will be pertinent to inform you that Nguru Umuaro community comprises five villages to wit: Egbelu Nguru, Amaibo Nguru, Eziala Nguru, Umuewere…

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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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A letter to the President

  Dear Mr. President, I write to congratulate you on your unimaginable victory in the Presidential polls on Saturday, 23rd March, 2015, taking stock of the normal veto power of incumbency of your immediate predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.  Albeit, I was not a factor to your victory, I see it as providential according to my holy writ Romans 13:1. It is instructive to note that you and General Olusegun Obsanjo (rtd) have this providential privilege of sitting twice in Aso Rock as number one citizen in the annals of Nigeria history.  In flash back, Chief Obasanjo will ever be…

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Postage stamp kingdoms in Imo State

After reading to communiqué issued at page 14 of Weekend Announcer, Friday, October 10, 2014 by Owerri Zonal Council of Traditional Rulers against a motion said to have been passed by Imo State House of Assembly for creation of new autonomous communities in Imo State, I started to wonder if the subject matter could be true.  If it is true has Imo State become Nigerian brand of Denmark where a rot refuses to go away?  Creation of autonomous communities in Imo State has become too frequent and nauseating pastime.  The fact that our legislators entertained and passed the motion under…

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At last, true friends of Abia speak up

My state of Abia is in the news and this news is very elating. For so very long we have carried on as if there is no conscience in Abia nay Igbo land.  Recently a section of the press has risen to expose the charade that has been going on in the state in the name of governance. The people of Abia have been living in squalor for the past seven going to eight years, their rights are being trampled, and their collective patrimony being so shamelessly pilfered and frittered by a few equally shameless persons masquerading as operators of…

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When will Imo Ezeship nominees get their staff of office?

(An appeal to Governor Rochas Okorocha)  We wish to use this medium to congratulate our Governor, Rochas Anayo Okorocha for his effort in settling the long standing Ezeship tussle between the contestants and beginning another power tussle between the nominees and other COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT COUNCIL MEMBERS.  Months back, precisely in 2013, the Ahiajoku Convention Centre was a home for the king makers of various communities and Imo stakeholders.  This gathering served as an alternative dispute resolution procedure as against the court process that has entertained a lot of endless Ezeship cases. At the Ahiajoku Convention Centre, the citizens of Imo…

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