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July 17, 2018

Information Commissioner (former) drums support for Gov. Okorocha

Former Honorable Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Public Utilities, Engr. Obinna Nsirim, before his dissolution by the Rochas Okorocha recently, held a media parley with journalists in the state at the new conference centre built by the State Government for his ministry. Flanked by Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Uwandu, the Permanent Secretary, and Chief Innocent Igwe, NUJ Chairman, he expressed profound gratitude to the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for facilitating the construction and enhancement of the new conference centre. He said that the Governor has fulfilled his campaign promises and has also brought Governance to the grassroots through the institution…

St Vincent De Paul feeds inmates of Owerri Prisons

Donates White Board The prison unit of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul Owerri Archdiocese was recently at the Federal Prison Owerri in conjunction with the Zone 2 of the society, led by the Particular Council President, Bro. Anthony Okere, comprising five conferences from Ngor Okpala, to feed the prison inmates. The outing was made colourful by the presence of the President Owerri Central Council, Bro. Nichodemus Duru, some members of the executive and the Chaplain of the society in Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. K.K. Nzewuji. Fr. Nzewuji prayed for the inmates, advising them to always pray, as prayer…

Federal wage bill hits N1.8trn

Federal Government yesterday bemoaned its rising wage bill, disclosing that emoluments of public servants have hit N1.8 trillion  from N857 billion in 2009.It also announced that the  number of public servants in the employ of the Federal Government had risen to  1.2 million.Minister of  Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, disclosed this at a tripartite meeting held at the instance of the House Committee on Health.The meeting was targeted at  finding an end to the ongoing  nationwide strike by Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).The minister was  represented by  the Director General, Budget Office, Dr. Bright Okogu. She  lamented…

FUTO holds Intellectual Products Exhibition

The 2013 FUTO Intellectual Products Exhibition tagged FUTOLITE has ended at the university’s convocation arena, July 2.  It was declared open by the Chairman of the 10th Governing Council of the University, Dr. (Chief) E.M.I. Enemuo. In his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chigozie Asiabaka said that the institution was established in 1981 as a foremost university of technology in the country with a mandate among others to “operate practical and result-oriented programmes and training geared towards transforming the nation’s economy from consumer-oriented with a sound technological base”. By this mandate, FUTO was commissioned to be the hub of technological…

Answer God’s call promptly – Fr. Diala

-As St. Paul’s Boys’ Int’l Secondary  School Chaplaincy marks feast day It was indeed a busy weekend at St. Paul’s Boys’ int’l Secondary School Chaplaincy as they celebrated the feast of St. Paul who is their patron saint on June 30, 2013. The Assistant Chaplain, Fr. Emma Diala in his sermon during the Holy Mass spoke about vocation – calling on people like Elisha in the Bible who left everything and followed Elijah whom he succeeded.  Also the calling by Jesus of a man who requested to go and bury his dead father.  With this he told the congregation that…

KSJ 422 celebrates birth of John the Baptist – commissions security house

Knights of St. John International (KSJ) Holy Cross Commandary, and their Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX) 350 Owerri, last Sunday, June 30, 2013 celebrated the birthday of the patron Saint of the Ancient and Nobel Order, St. John the Baptist. The Grand finale of the week-long activity –packed celebration were: the two-day seminar featuring talks by two distinguished personalities- ”Who is John the Baptist and what does he stand for?” by Prof. Goody Obodo and ”Waves of Doctrine” by Major Peter Opara, the Worthy President. There were also Sunday Eucharist celebration at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Special Awards and commissioning of the…

Police kill seven suspected kidnappers

Seven out of the nine suspected kidnappers who abducted the Chairman of Ejigbo Local Government Development Area, Mr. Kehinde Bamgbetan recently were shot dead by the police.  Two other suspects have been arrested and are currently facing interrogation at the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja, Lagos. The leader of the gang was a Chinese national whose mother is a Nigerian. The suspects met their waterloo after they had abducted an Indian and the police stormed their hideouts.  The police were said to have condoned off the kidnappers camp in Agbara Area of Ogun States for over 72 hours before…

Priest harps on need for compassionate heart – As Knights visit Parish

Christians have been enjoined to develop a heart of compassion, the type that enables one to feel for others and take their pains as one’s own. Rev. Fr. Vitalis Anyanwu, Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Catholic Church Ikembara in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, gave this injunction in the homily he delivered during a Sunday Eucharistic celebration.  The occasion was the grassroots evangelization visit of the Owerri Chapter of Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba (KSM) to the KSM Uzoagba Zone 5. The clergyman and principal celebrant, who concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Betrand Ujunwa, said that this was…

Engr. Obinna Nshirim: Spread the Money…

For a man who’s been around politics for most of his life, Engr Obinna Nshirim should know when a politician is playing politics or playing to the gallery. Additionally, for a man whose dream of obtaining good education was nearly aborted by lack of a mere two naira, in 1970, Engr. Nshirim also knows how to praise a Governor who removes school fees and tries to clean up the education system, especially primary and secondary. Even when it seems Engr. Nshirim is contradicting himself, one thing is certain; he knows the terrain well, having been around political circles for long. …

House of horror: Silence grips home of Ngor Okpala poison victims

The house of the victims of the food poison in Egbelu, Nguru Umuowa community in Ngor Okpala was almost scary; the silence around the house was frightening as even fowls in the compound felt the impact of the cold hands of death.  Our reporter,  who visited the deserted house said that it took the courage of a journalist to come close to the house where the meal that wiped out the family of eight stood above. Few villagers who walked across the compound took a conscious glance at the home of the Nwosus as if to say, “Woe betides this…

St. Hilary’s Parish rolls out the drums – As Archbishop inaugurates parish

It was jubilation galore throughout Amaukwu Orodo in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, Sunday, June 2, 2013 when the entire community: Catholics and non-Catholics, men and women, youths and children, trooped out in their thousands to celebrate the inauguration of St. Hilary’s Catholic Parish, Amaukwu Orodo. The occasion which marked the maiden pastoral visit of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna to that church also, featured the administration of the Sacrament of confirmation on 47 candidates (10 boys and 37 girls). It would be recalled that the parish which was carved out…

CMO Sacred Heart Parish Akwakuma honours 10

The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Akwakuma, Owerri North LGA has bestowed prestigious Honourary Awards on 10 of their members in appreciation of their continued selfless services to the parish. Among those Honoured were: Chief Sir Tonny Nnadi, Sir Anene Ogidi (KSM), Sir Eusebius Egbuacho (KSM) and Chief R.N. Onyewuenyi. Others are: Engr. C.C. Ihezukwu, Chief Leo Dike, Sir Albert Oragba (KSM), Engr. K.C. Nganna and Sir Henry Okoroafor (KSM). The brief but colourful ceremony took place as part of the activities marking the ”Father’s Day Celebration” held on Sunday 5th May, 2013. The event,…

Catholic Youths honour ANCOPS’ President

Nze Godwin Amaku, the President, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, Imo State Branch, Sunday, 26 May 2013 received an award from the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria, St. Charles Umunumo Chapter. The unique event took place at the St. Charles Parish Umunumo, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area. In a citation, the youths stated that Nze Godwin Amaku was being honoured for distinguishing himself in his career and for his unrivaled contributions towards societal development. The youths praised his support in championing the successful execution of communal projects which include freewill donations towards construction of community Town Hall…

Shun Cultism – Archbishop Obinna Tells Holy Ghost College Students

… As He pays one day Pastoral  Visit to the School The catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, His Grace Most Rev. Dr. A.J.V Obinna has charged the students of Holy Ghost College, Owerri to desist from social vices. His Grace stated this on Thursday 30th May 2013 during a pastoral visit at Holy Ghost College. He thanked God for such a day because the school was once a hotbed  for criminals but now it’s a place of decency and a home. He thanked God for saving the life of Fr. Cyprain Oguh, the Chaplain and principal of the school. He…

NIGERIAN GOVERNORS FORUM: WHICH WAY NOW?

When the Chief Executives of the 36 states of the federation formed the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) soon after the return to civil rule in 1999, Nigerians welcomed the idea as a laudable development capable of strengthening the then fledging nascent democracy. The Forum, as a coalition of the elected governors is a non-partisan association which seeks to promote unity in governance and better understanding among states to ensure a healthy and beneficial relationship between the states and other tiers of government.  It is on record that the Forum has played useful role at certain critical moments of crisis in…

Owerri Laity Council kicks-off Outreach visit to Parishes

-Begins with Emekuku Zone 1 In order to sensitize the laity on the need to be more active in their apostolate, the Owerri Archdiocesan Catholic Laity Council has embarked on interactive outreach visit to parishes in the Archdiocese. The outreach programme kicked-off on May 26, at Mt. Carmel Parish Emekuku for all the parishes in Zone One. Addressing representatives of the parishes in the zone, the Chairman of Owerri Archdiocesan Catholic Laity Council (OACLCN), Engr. (Prof.) C.D. Okereke (KSM) said the outreach programme was part and parcel of its work-plan in 2013 to visit parishes at zonal level to sensitize…

Hon Pat-Ekeji identifies with Okada riders -Distributes 500 sets of rain-coat

Ngozi Pat-Ekeji, member representing Aboh Mbaise in the Imo State House of Assembly on Friday, May 10, 2013 distributed about 500 sets of rain-coat outfits to all okada riders in Aboh Mbaise LGA, Imo State. Speaking during the hand-over event at Community Primary School Hall Umuopara Nguru Mbaise, Hon. Pat-Ekeji, who is also the Minority Leader in the Imo House of Assembly (IMHA), reminded the members of Okada Riders Association that the occasion was part of her effort to deliver on her election promises to the people of Aboh Mbaise State Constituency.  “My brothers, I have come to tell you…

Polynek welcomes new Governing Council

The newly inaugurated Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede received a red carpet reception on Monday, May 13, 2013 as the management, staff and students of the institution defied the ongoing strike by the academic staff union to welcome the Council. The Rector of the school, Dr. Mrs. Celestina Njoku in her speech promised to work in harmony and love with them. She solicited the cooperation of the staff to enable the new governing council to succeed in the task of realizing their set goals and objectives. The Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Yusuf Ado said he was…

APGA Leaders storm Ehime-Mbano -As SOLAD urges Governor to vie for 2nd term

Chief Mrs. Chioma Ogoke, the Sole Administrator of Ehime Mbano Local Government Council, on May 10, 2013 implored the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to consolidate his achievements by running for a second tenure in the 2015 gubernatorial elections. She made this appeal through the State Working Committee of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) which visited Ehime-Mbano. According to her “the monumental achievements of the present regime and its benefits will manifest fully if Governor Okorocha serves another tenure”, she said.  She urged the Governor to shelve his presidential ambition for now. In address at the event, the…

CMO Atta Parish honours Imo NUJ Chairman

Activities marking the 2013 Father’s Day celebration at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Atta, in Ikeduru LGA were rounded off on Sunday, May 5 with a Thanksgiving Mass, funds-raising and the conferment of “EZI-NWA” title on the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Imo State, Chief Innocent Igwe by the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the parish. Presenting the award on the NUJ Chairman, who was accompanied by his wife, Lady Angela Igwe, the Chairman of the Father’s Day Planning Committee, Mr. Matthew Aguguom described Chief Igwe as a worthy son of Atta Ikeduru in whom they are well pleased. They…