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August 14, 2018

The Constitutionality Of CGC and The Roles Of Local Government Council in Economic Development (1)

The law is not an exact science. In this regard in certain circumstance we cannot by mathematical exactitude interpret all enactments of parliament. This is because words have intrinsic and varied connotations. They do not always convey what they mean or mean what they say. However the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended are very clear in the 4th schedule, the role the legislature has mapped out for the 774 Local government Councils in Nigeria. Unfortunately, for reasons I have examined earlier on, in another article, in Law and Society, (see NULGE STRIKES: ARISING ISSUES OF CORRUPTION AND CONSTITUTIONALISM)….

Free Education is not free Certificate!!!

Whether teachers are born or made depends on which teacher you meet. But Sir Andrew Ajaero is every inch a teacher only he’s from the old school. Mbaise-born and a principal for 20 years, Sir Andrew would not negotiate discipline with any school board neither would he spare the rod and spoil the child. Any offence will get the desired punishment – flogging included. But the veteran educator knows times have changed. Having gone to school before the war and started teaching after, he knows that tremendous changes have occurred both in and out of the classroom.  The man who…

Church demands Subvention to Catholic Hospitals – As Imo State Council on Health meets

Catholic Health Services of Imo State has once again appealed to the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to approve subvention to Catholic Hospitals in the state. This is contained in their submission to the 2nd Imo State Council on Health Meeting held July 9-12 at the Imo Concorde Hotel Owerri. The State Council on Health meeting is convened to bring together all stakeholders to assess the situation in the health sector, identify areas of priority and proffer solutions. The Catholic Church’s submission was read on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in Imo State by the Provincial Health Co-ordinator, Lady Stella…

St Peter’s Egbeada Celebrates Feast Of Patron Saint

It was indeed all joy at St Peter’s parish Egbeada, Imo state, Sunday 30th June 2013. The event began with a holy mass officiated by Very Rev Dr. Innocent Osuagwu assisted by Rev Fr. Innocent Orji Parish Priest and Rev Fr. Aloysius Iwuanoruo.  Fr. Innocent Orji in his introduction thanked God for the gift of life, his blessings and also making it possible for the day to come to fulfillment. Delivering the homily, Very Rev Dr. Innocent M. Osuagwu expressed how happy he was being with the parishioners. He began by letting the people know that Jesus Christ calls us…

OGUTA STATE CONSTITUENCY RE-ELECTION (2) – Why I am not excited

Also, there are many students in state public schools that have not gotten this so called stipend before but fund is regularly allocated on their behalf monthly. Interestingly, allocation for this project has been made available for more than 12 months now but no student in the state can claim that he or she has received stipend for up to 12 months. The rest of the fund for the supposed stipend is not remitted to government coffers but ‘disappear’ at the end of the day and PDP is still in the majority. Generally, the selective sharing of this stipend is…

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…

Justice Not Sympathy for Imo State Pensioners

Recently the democratically elected government of Imo State declared that with effect from April 2013 retired civil servants will be paid pension only at the Community Government Council offices of their home communities where the traditional rulers are to identify them as genuine pensioners. The general meaning of this directive is that government gazettes of appointments, promotions and retirements of these pensioners as well as the series of biometric capturing exercises held since 2006 are unreliable records until they are confirmed by traditional rulers who have no records to verify the claims of the pensioners. No wonder that in its…

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…

Archbishop of Canterbury to Meet with Pope Francis on Friday

……His Grace Justin Welby Makes Special Request to Pray Before Tomb of Blessed John Paul II His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury will be visiting Pope Francis Friday June 21 at Vatican City. Archbishop Welby was enthroned shortly after the Holy Father’s election to the papacy. This will be their first meeting since beginning their respective ministries. In a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the Archbishop of Canterbury will not only visit the tomb of St. Peter, but upon a special request, will also pray in front of the tomb of Blessed Pope John Paul II….

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…

Pope Francis Warns Against Temptation to Worldliness

During his daily mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis reminded those present that following Jesus is not a calling to power, but a calling to follow the way of the Cross. The Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Rino Fisichella and Msgr. José Octavio Ruiz Arenas, president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, respectively. Also in attendance were a group of priests from the Council and staff from the Vatican Power Station and Technical Laboratory of the Governorate of Vatican carpentry, accompanied by Engineer Pier Carlo Cuscianna, Director of Technical Services of the Governorate. Placing emphasis…

Imo CGC begins payment of pensions in rural areas -As Ada and Opara Imo competition holds tomorrow

The Imo State Community Government Council (CGC) has begun payment of pensions in the 637 communities in the state. The Commissioner for Community Government Council and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr. (Lady) Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro disclosed this while interacting with the press in Owerri on Monday. She said that cheques were being distributed to the pensioners in their various kindreds. Lady Nnanna-Okoro explained that pensioners who did not see their names were those who did not fill the forms distributed to pensioners in their various areas. Barr. Okoro announced that the grand finale of Ada and Opara Imo competition will take place on…

Church Finance Officers hold workshop in Owerri …Chancellor calls for honesty, accountability

A one-day training workshop organized by the Owerri Catholic Archdiocesan Finance Council for Finance Officers in parishes, service centres, Catholic hospitals, schools and industries, have ended in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The activity-packed workshop, which took place at the Pastoral Centre, Wetheral Road Owerri, featured the presentation of four papers by finance experts, interventions by prominent personalities, interactive session and fielding of questions by participants. The Chairman of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, Sir Hartly Egbulefu, delivered a paper on “Keeping to Budget”, while, Mr. Ray Ahumibe, Zonal Area Manager, United Bank for Africa, UBA, lectured on “Increasing Revenue in…

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…

Community Government: Is it viable?

Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has on several occasions enumerated what Imo people stand to gain from embracing his Fourth-Tier System of Government, otherwise called, Community Government.  The novelty of it all, being that the state power base will, as it were, relocate from Douglas House Owerri (Government House) to the various autonomous communities in the 27 local government areas of the state. According to the new structure, the duly recognized traditional ruler of each autonomous community will preside over the Community Government Council (CGC), which will include: a Government Liaison Officer (GLO), a Community Liaison Officer (CLO), a Woman leader,…

FUTO 10th Governing Council inaugurated

-We are not here to run the university – Chairman The internal members of the10th Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) have been inaugurated. Speaking while inaugurating the Council, May 8, 2013 the Pro-chancellor of the University Dr. Emma Enemuo (MD), declared his intention to operate an open-door policy, by being accessible to anybody or group of people who for one reason or the  another may wish to speak with him on issues of concern to the university or to themselves. Dr. Enemuo who is also the chairman of the Governing Council, said their functions are…