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May 22, 2018

Community Hospital Eziobodo reopens

…Fr Eke commits project to God Members of the general public who feel that availability of enough materials and structural facilities as well as financial capital are the only primary requirements for establishing long term investments should pause awhile. This is because Community General Hospital Eziobodo, Owerri West LGA has been reopened following a prayer and blessing exercise showered on the project. Mrs. Stella Okere, the chief medical director who ensured that the hitherto moribund hospital would not resume without passing through spiritual rebirth, believed that submitting the new hospital into God’s hands would serve not only as a prelude…

INTRODUCTION TO THE IMO STATE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

LAW OF 2012 WITH ANNOTATIONS PART III: COMPOSITION OF AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY GOVERNING COUNCIL AND ELECTION.   5.Every Autonomous Community Council shall consist of- (a) the chairman (Eze of the Autonomous Community): (b) the Secretary (Head of Town Union): (b) the Woman Leader (d) the youth Leader; and (e) the Community Liaison Officer (CLO)   COMMENT:   S.5. Deals with the composition of the Autonomous Community Government Council which provides for the Chairman, the secretary, the woman leader, the youth leader and the Community liaison officer as members of the Community Council. The composition of the council is seemly fixed. This…

Stop further attacks on Enugu communities – Labour union charges Buhari

The Enugu State Chapter of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has called on the federal government to take urgent and drastic measures to put an end to the incessant attacks and killings of innocent citizens by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Reacting to the recent attack on Ndiagu Attakwu Akegbeugwu community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, which led to the death of a catholic seminarian and four injured persons, the labour leaders in a statement jointly signed by the State Chairman of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe and its secretary, Comrade Benneth…

INTRODUCTION TO THE IMO STATE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION LAW OF 2012 WITH ANNOTATIONS

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The long Title of the Imo State Autonomous Community Councils Administration Law No.1 of 2012 instructively provides an insight to the purpose of the law which is to provide for the establishment, structure, composition, finance, functions, and administration of Autonomous Communities in the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State. This objective is not unlike the mandate placed upon states under S. 7(7) of the 1999 constitution on the creation of Local government System. S.7 (7) provides: “The system of Local Government by democratically elected Local Government Councils is under this constitution guaranteed and accordingly, the government of every state…

Church In Nigeria: Quo Vadis (4)

A Presentation At The Nec Meeting Of The Catholic Laity Council Of Nigerial (CLCN), Held In Kafanchan; 6-7th. March 2015, at the Cathedral of St. Peter Claver Kafanchan by Most Rev. Joseph D. Bagobiri   Common Good, Community, Marriage And Family Life The Human Person Is Both Sacred And Social. We Realize Our Dignity And Rights In Relationship With Others, In Community. Human Beings Grow And Achieve Fulfillment In Community. Human Dignity Can Only Be Realized And Protected In The Context Of Relationships With The Wider Society.  How We Organize Our Society — In Economics And Politics, In Law And Policy…

Knights of St. Mulumba, St. Paul’s Sub-Council hold 2013 Youth Holiday Programme

The 2013 Youth Holiday Programme organized by the Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria, St. Paul’s Sub-Council Owerri has ended at Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Wetheral Road, Owerri, August 31. In a homily at the Holy Mass preceding the event, Rev. Fr. Michael Konye called on Christians to put into work the blessings they received from God. According to him, God’s given talents must be improved upon instead of preserving them.  The homilist, who represented the Chaplain of the Sub-Council, Rev. Fr. Lawrence. Nwachukwu, noted that God in his love surrounded them with people and things to make their world better.  They…

When a Christian may be convicted for marrying more than one wife

We live in a country where both the rich and the poor marry more than one wife and no one raises an eyelid It is important to understand that the Christian marriage is based on monogamy. Adam had one wife, Eve, to the exclusion of any other woman. God also made for Adam, a wife, rather than wives. Thus polygamy is man made and influenced by a zealous desire to multiply and dominate the Earth in the agrarian era, when we depended on subsistence farming. A marriage celebrated under the Act is therefore monogamous. It follows therefore that a person…

August Meeting – A Message For All Dignified Christian Women In 2013 August Meeting

Who is a dignified Christian woman? A dignified Christian woman is a God-fearing woman, a woman of honour with good reputation who appreciates and upholds God’s divine plan for woman right from creation as a mother, wife and a helper to her husband. She realizes that right from creation God gave her vocation and bestowed honour on her which rest on order of love and care to humanity. The dignity of a Christian woman cannot be purchased by money rather it was established by God as if woman is “Ordained” to be a mother, a wife and helper to her…

August Meeting

As this year’s “August Meeting” draws near, a lot of anticipations and preparations are made in order to make it a fruitful one.  Women from all over the world, especially the married Igbo women flock back home for this annual meeting. It is during this meeting that decisions are made for the betterment of the Igbo women and the community at large.  This very meeting of theirs is taken very seriously, in the sense that anyone who fails to attend it pays a fine (especially those who have been mandated). The concept of the meetings evolved from the annual mass…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT BREAK THE HOME (2)

As October 1 draws near

INFIDELITY Infidelity in marriage can also be referred to as cheating, adultery or extramarital affair. Wikipedia defines it as the subjective feeling that one’s partner has violated a set of rules or relationship norms and this violation results in feelings of sexual jealousy and rivalry. The violation can be sexual in nature, for example involving kissing, sexual fondling or sex with another individual outside of the marriage relationship. Statistics reveal that the rate of infidelity in marriage is higher in men than in women. In their book, Close Encounters: Communication in relationships, Guerrero, Anderson and Afifi maintained that men are…

Prof. Viola Onwuliri commissions Ultra-Modern School Gate at Amuzi

– Harps on Education as short-cut to bigmanism One of the activities lined up for the one-year memorial of late Prof. C.O.E. Onwuliri (KSJI), the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) is the commissioning of an ultra-modern school gate of Community Secondary School Amuzi, Ahiazu LGA Mbaise, which took place Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs State I, Prof. Viola Onwuliri (LAUX), wife of the late former Vice-Chancellor. Before her arrival, the students and their teachers filed out from the school gate to the Eke Amuzi market to accord her a…

Holy See Mourns Death of Syrian Monk

Fr. Francois Mourad Murdered by Extremists in Predominantly Christian Village Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches mourned the murder of Fr. Francois Mourad, a monk who lived in Syria. According to Fides News Agency, Fr. Mourad was killed in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land where he had taken refuge. While the circumstances of his death are not confirmed, local sources believe that the monastery of St. Anthony of Padua where he was residing was attacked by militants linked to an Islamic extremist group known as Jabhat al-Nusra. The monastery is located in…

I begin every programme with Novena – CGC Commissioner

The Commissioner for Community Government Council (CGC) and Chieftaincy Affairs, Imo State, Barr. Lady Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro has attributed the success of her ministry so far to the power of Novena. A Novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually as a prayer of petition. Speaking during an interactive session with the press on the ongoing chieftaincy dispute resolution in the state, Barr. Nnanna-Okoro said God is using Governor Rochas Okorocha to bring peace to several communities most of which have been in turmoil for decades following ezeship tussles. Emphasizing the efficacy of Novena prayer,…

Community denies kidnap of 18 pupils

Leaders of Ngor Autonomous Community in the Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State, have described as false and misleading, newspaper reports (not THE LEADER) that a commercial bus driver (name withheld) and a female teacher (name withheld) were intercepted by eagle-eyed security men as they were conveying 18 abducted pupils. According to newspaper reports, the children who are pupils of Umuohie Primary School in the Ngor-Okpala LGA, were being ferried to Rivers State before the abductors were caught. In a reaction to the news, the President General of the community, Mr. Justus Ugochukwu Okoh, who told our correspondent that…

Community appeals to Njaba SOLAD over abandoned road projects

The Okponakuma Community in Njaba Local Government Area, Imo State, has appealed to the Sole Administrator of the local government, Rtd. Captain Chris Ibekwe to look into the deplorable state of the roads in the area and direct the contractors who abandoned the projects to return to site. In an address read during the familiarization visit to the community, they decried the abandonment of some roads by the contactors handling the projects, especially the road that passes through the secretariat leading to their neighbouring towns Umuokpo and Nkume, the road from Timber Market through their community to Umunama-Atta on which…

Newly elected Eze Irete recommends Option A4 -To Ezeship-torn communities

Communities which for years have known no socio-economic progress, as a result of being enmeshed in intractable internal strife over their royal stool, can now heave a sigh of relief as an incontrovertible way out, has been found.  The solution lies in Option A4 system of voting, which has been described as most transparent, as it simply involves counting those queuing behind each candidate in an open field. This recommendation came from His Royal Highness, Eze Ethelbert Ekwelibe, the Agubiam I of Irete, who personally emerged through the Option A4 method on Wednesday, June 20, 2013, when he pulled 1110…

St. Charles’ Umunumo Catholic Youths honour “Friends”

The Catholic Youth Organization of St. Charles Parish Umunumo, Ehime Mbano recently gave awards to some members of the community. The occasion started with Mass celebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Donatus Uwah, Parish Priest, assisted by Rev. Fr. Innocent Okoronkwo, Rev. Fr. Leonard Nwosu and a Deacon on internship. In a homily, Rev. Fr. Nwosu urged the “Ezienyi” awardees to be generous so as to facilitate the realization of the parish showroom project. He enjoined the parishioners to make sacrifices with their resources and their names will be written in the book of life. The theme of the event was…

FUTO VC counts blessings, challenges – After two years in office

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Chigozie C. Asiabaka (KSM) was two years in office on June 19, 2013, having assumed office on June 19, 2011. To mark the second anniversary as the 6th substantive Vice-Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Asiabaka addressed the press, June 17, during which he counted his blessings, prospects and challenges. Reflecting on the past two years, Asiabaka said: “We have indeed made remarkable and commendable progress towards re-positioning this university to world class standard”, adding that the laudable success which they have recoded so far would not have been possible without the support…

Widow, family members, others escape death from food poisoning in Ohaji

-As couple dies after meal in PH The Ministry of Community Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has relocated to its permanent office at No. 14 Orlu Road Owerri, after being commissioned by Governor Okorocha. Commissioning the office complex, Owelle Rochas Okorocha said that Community Government Council (CGC) is government of the people for the people and by the people. He further said that development can only be achieved if powers are decentralized to the communities for them to manage their affairs. Responding shortly after the commissioning of the office, the Commissioner for Community Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lady Barr. Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro…

Umuezeala-Owerre receives Sister Aririatu

It was celebration galore at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Umuezeala-Owerre in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area when a daughter of the community and newly professed Sister Lilian Okwudiri Aririatu returned home to thank God for His favour. Dozens of priests from the various parishes Sister Lilian had worked during her teenage years, trooped out to celebrate with her. Also several of her colleagues from the Missionary sisters of Divine Providence, who were professed together with her at Holy Ghost Parish, Bertua Archdiocese, Cameroun on May 25, 2013 were at the church to celebrate with their colleague. In his homily,…