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August 14, 2018

How we saved Alvan, Umuagwo Poly from being fused with IMSU – Archbishop Obinna

  After delivering his 2018 Easter Message at Assumpta Secretariat Owerri, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna Catholic Archbishop of Owerri interacted with journalists, answering questions outside the Easter message.   Has the Church any role in politics? Yes, the church has a role in politics. In fact, the Catholic Church has played key role in the politics of Nigeria and Imo State. After the cancellation of the June 12 elections, which were considered free & fair, the Catholic bishops of Nigeria issued a Prayer for Nigeria in distress and when Pope John Paul II visited the country in 1998, he…

Brightening up ALVAN with a Blessing

Getting the top job was a surprise to Dr (Mrs) Blessing Ijioma, despite a revelation she had earlier. “It never crossed my wildest imagination that I’d ever be the provost. I am not from Imo State, and Alvan was still an Imo-State institution. I thought it was one of those revelations. But as years went bye, things started unfolding, with the Federal government taking over Alvan,” said the Abia-born, mother of five, beautifully attired in a traditional outfit and pouring over files. It was a surprise to the Methodist preacher, a doctor of food science and technology because she was…

Okigwe Catholic Youth President ties nuptial knot

Engr. Dr. Henry Chinedu Obasi (Haco), Diocesan President of Okigwe Catholic Youth Organization, took his beautiful heartthrob, Miss Chioma Egeonu to the altar where the duo signed the dotted lines of “I Do”. The unique event took place at St. Mathew’s Catholic Church MCC/Uratta Road Owerri penultimate Saturday. The Mass was celebrated by Rev. Frs. Innocent Emeam, Greg Uzoegbu, Blaise Igwegbe, Barth Okorie, Charles Osunwa, Louis Agim, Cyprian Ogu, Moses Ezeji, Marcel Mbata and Samuel Offurum. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Greg Uzoegbu enjoined the newly wedded to live with the fear of God ad with respect for each other. …

How Professional Associations can stop Corruption in Nigeria

Professional associations are umbrella organizations that bring people of same profession or career together mainly to protect and advance their career interests. There are ‘a million’ of them across the globe! Some that come to mind in Nigeria include: Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Association of Nigerian Medical Practitioners (ANMP), Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), etc. I asked several Nigerians what these associations stand for. Hundred percent of those asked said they fight for the right of their members. “Why do you think so?” I asked. “Because they are always…

Retired Alvan Staff groan under unpaid entitlements

– Head of Service says govt is addressing their problems Retired staff of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) Owerri beween 2007-2009 have carried to the media their battle for survival over their unpaid end-of-service financial benefits (July 2007-Dec. 2009). Two spokespersons of this Group Sir Alex Onyemekara, former Dean School of Sciences and Sir Alex Ukaegbu, Principal Lecturer, Department of Agriculture, who were interviewed, described their members as “The Unfortunate Group”.  They lamented that those who retired before them, (1993-2007) have fully received their gratuities and were enjoying their pensions without any outstanding arrears while those who…