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May 25, 2018

Celebrating the 2018 World Communications Day – The Pope Speaks

  On this Sunday,(May 13), all roads will lead to the popular Maria Assumpta Cathedral where all the media workers from across the State and beyond with their friends and well-wishers will join their counter parts all over the world to celebrate their annual World Communications Day. This annual intellectual harvest which is open to all starts by 9: am with a concelebrated high Mass at the Cathedral, followed by a lecture on this year’s theme by an eminent scholar carefully chosen by His Grace Most Reverend Anthony J.V. Obinna. It is expected that he will do justice to this…

NERC to enforce new metering rule from April

  The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission will on April 3, 2018 commence the enforcement of its recently unveiled Meter Asset Provider Regulations, 2018, a policy that seeks to bridge the widening metering gap in the electricity supply industry. It was gathered that the country’s metering gap had increased to about 4.74 million, as power consumers welcomed the new policy, describing it as a panacea for meter unavailability. In its MAPR 2018, with Regulation No. NERC-R-112, which was released by the regulator and obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday, NERC said, “These regulations shall come into effect on the…

FUTO Celebrates 2018 Int’l Women’s Day

  …Condemns violence against women The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS), Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) in collaboration with Federal University of Technology Owerri Women Association (FUTOWA), celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day with the theme – “Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activits Transforming Women’s Lives.”Activities marking the event took place at the Hall of Excellence, FUTO, March 14, 2018. Declaring the event open, the Chairman of the occasion and Vice-Chancellor of FUTO, Prof Francis Chukwuemeka Eze stated that over the years women in the university community have continued to mount programmes and activities that…

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…

New Year, New Beginning

New year 2018

  Our life is like a book. The New Year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book. What you will write for this next chapter of your life is entirely up to you. So, it is usually and rightly so a time for renewal; a time to brace up for a new beginning, and fresh starts. Stock taking presumably must have taken place in December, loopholes, shortfalls and mistakes identified. January then begins with a new sense of optimism, a sense and a desire to make the New Year better than last year. The New Year provides…

New Year Mayhem: Bloodshed in Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara

New Year 2018 killings in Nigeria

  While 2018 was ushered in with pomp and circumstance all over the world, it was not so in Rivers, Kaduna and Kwara states as assailants attacked residents in the states, leaving behind sorrow, tears and blood. In Rivers, no fewer than 14 persons were gunned down, while a traditional ruler and his pregnant wife were killed in Kaduna. In Kwara, worshippers were attacked by youths who wanted to organize a New Year carnival. The story have it that some gunmen between 12.10am and 1am embarked on a shooting spree in Omoku, in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers…

Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace

2018 new year message by pope francis

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS – JANUARY 1, 2018 1. Heartfelt good wishes for peace Peace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels proclaimed to the shepherds on Christmas night, is a profound aspiration for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence. Among these whom I constantly keep in my thoughts and prayers, I would once again mention the over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees. Pope Benedict XVI, my beloved predecessor, spoke of them as “men and women, children,…