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August 14, 2018

Pastor arrested over alleged prophecy against Gov. Okorocha

Pastor arrested over alleged prophecy against Gov Okorocha

  Religious leaders in Imo State may now be arrested for what they say or probably did not say on the pulpit. Last week, operatives of the Imo State Police Command arrested a pastor in the Assemblies of God Church in Owerri, Chukwuma Okezuo, for allegedly giving prophecies against the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, during a church service. The state Police Public Relations Officer , Mr. Andrew Enwerem , who paraded the cleric before newsmen on Tuesday, accused him of giving a malicious prophesy during Sunday’s church service in the Uratta area of Owerri . The pastor was alleged to…

We are Dying Slowly, Imo Pensioners Cry Out … Advise Okorocha to top ill timed projects

Some pensioners in Imo State receive a monthly stipend of two thousand Naira (N2000), yet they have to wait indefinitely and sometimes go through hell to get paid. Some of them are dead and many are slowly dying. This is why retired workers in the state are collectively crying out again to Governor Okorocha to pay their pensions and stop embarking on expensive and ill-timed projects, which only create more misery and confusion. A joint statement issued by the Association of Retired Permanent Secretaries of Imo State and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners lamented the unfair situation. “As at now,…

Archbishop condemns Akokwa killings

– Says Jesus wants us to love one another, not to kill one another The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has condemned the ethnic crisis in Akokwa Community, Ideato-North LGA, Imo State, during which about three people were allegedly killed. Speaking during his pastoral visit to Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri, Saturday, August 13, Archbishop Obinna said “we don’t want killings; we want peace and love”, adding that “our faith teaches us to love one another and not to kill one another.” Initial reports had said over seven people were killed during the clashes before the police…

The need to establish science and technical Education board in Imo State school system

The importance of Technical Education as an instrument of Nation – Building and National Development has been argued and emphasized from the earliest times. Alfred marshal of U.S.A. whose marshal plan after the Second World War led to the quick revival and reconstruction of war ravaged Europe is of the view that most valuable of all capital is that invested in human beings. Karl Marx, arguing from a socialist perspective, sees education as a major part of social revolution. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in his Book, strategy and tactics of the people’s republics said that if Nigeria wanted to mordernise and…

About job cuts and employment scams

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

Our anger matches our Judgment. There is no doubt that there is a deepening despair in the land over the seemly lull in governance, and execution of government  projects  leading to liquidity squeeze in the backdrop of the electoral promises of Job! Job!! Job!! Factory!!Factory!!!Employment! Employment!! Employment!!! These familiar sound bites now sound increasingly like a cracked record and very annoying to some people especially those persons in need of jobs. There are no indicators months after reelection of the governor that the government would lift employment embargo but relatives and in-laws of government officials are smiling behind new desks….

At last, Okorocha sacks over 3000 workers … more to go

When the National Executive of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba visited Owerri penultimate week in solidarity with Imo workers, they paid a courtesy visit to Governor Okorocha, during which they condemned threats by the governor to sack some civil servants in the state without due process. During the interactive session, Governor Okorocha said there was no such threat and that the labour leaders were misinformed by union leaders in the state, insisting that government has no plans to sack any worker. But the national labour leaders had hardly returned to Abuja when the…

Companies call on govt to fix Industrial Layout road

Companies operating in the Onitsha Road Industrial Layout Owerri, have sent an SOS to the Owelle Rochas Okorocha-led government to take urgent steps to rehabilitate the road leading into Industrial Estate, now that the dry season has started. This passionate appeal was made recently by chief executives of the firms at an indoor meeting with youths of Irete, the host community of the industrial layout. They called on the state government to fix the road, which for many years has remained impassable during the rains. According to them, doing so will enable owners of plots there to move in to…

Okorocha wants to bankrupt Imo State –PDP

  The Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Governor Rochas Okorocha of attempting to drive the state to irredeemable indebtedness. In a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Kizito Onuoha, the PDP criticized the governor for applying for another N20 billion loan after he just received over N26 billion bailout funds from the federal government. Okoroca had made the request for the loan through a letter to the Federal Ministry of Finance, DMO/PMD/241//T/7, dated August 25, 2015, and signed by A. M. Daniel-Nwaobis, the permanent secretary, ministry of finance. The Federal Ministry of Finance had…

Catholic, Anglican Bishops Lament State of Roads …In Imo

  While Imolites await the promised factories and jobs by the Governor  Owelle Rochas Okorocha, they are sounding alarm over the deplorable state of the roads in Owerri and environs. Nearly all the roads, including some of the newly built ones have fallen apart, after only two months of rainfall. This has created more misery in the state, especially among motorists. People are wondering about the quality of work done by the contractors and the kind of materials they used in building the roads. His Grace Most Rev Anthony J. V.  Obinna, the Archbishop of  Owerri and the Bishop of…

Praises Trail Demolition Exercise in Owerri

  It is better late than never. This is true with the ongoing demolition and clean up exercise by the Imo State government and the people are happy. After several years of watching Owerri, capital of Imo State, decay and rot away in filth and rubbish, the State Government appeared to have woken up to the clamour by residents to return the city to its former pride as the cleanest State Capital in Nigeria. Last week, the government, under a new policy called Imo My Pride sent caterpillars and bulldozers, roaring in various parts of Owerri, pulling down illegal structures…

Archbishop prays for embattled Imo Royal Fathers – As 40 head to Court

  Disoriented by what apparently looks like a hammering from the top, this is not the best of times for Imo traditional rulers following their alleged harassment and intimidation by the State Government. With four already down and 50 more to go, the rest of Imo traditional rulers now live in fear of losing their staff of office and the  monthly stipend attached to it. Their anxiety and fear heightened with the recent suspension of four royal fathers in the state and the invitation to over 50 others to face a disciplinary panel set up by the Chairman of Imo…

Buhari visits Imo, hails Igbos

  The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has described Igbos as strong partners in Nigeria’s development during his first trip to Imo State after election. He noted that where a thousand Nigerians gather, there must be Igbos in their midst and commended the mercantile spirit of the people. “Igbos are all over the country and there is no part of the country where 1000 people gather without finding Igbos,” the president-elect said. Gen. Buhari, who was received by the party’s supporters at the Imo International Conference Centre, Owerri, Tuesday, April 7, also appealed to the people to support the All Progressives Congress…

Imo Guber Forum Aborted …As APC Supporters Desecrate God’s House, manhandle priests

  Five years ago, aides of serving Governor Chief Ikedi Ohakim, molested a priest in an action that enraged the whole state and manifested itself at the polls. Last Wednesday, March 11, supporters of Governor Rochas Okorocha did dramatically worse at the Assumpta Cathedral, disrupting a political forum organized by the church’s Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) at Obiri Odenigbo, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri.   Unashamedly led by known public figures and top Government officers such as Secretary to the Imo-State Government – Prof Tony Anwuka, who is also the Governor’s in-law, Chief of Staff – Mr Jude Ejiogu,…

PVC Collection: Onisa Ward I Cards Missing – No PVC No Election, Community Warns

HRH Eze Geoffrey Nnannah The collection of permanent voter card which lasted for three days as directed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come and gone. Here in Imo State, there were lots of reports of missing cards, while some political wards and polling units complained that, there was no PVC distributed in their area at all. The case is not different at Onisa ward 1 in Nkwerre Local Government Area when The Leader visited some polling units in the area to monitor the exercise but those of Onisa Ward 1 were missing. In a chart with the…

Okorocha justifies action over dethroned monarchs

Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, yesterday stated that the withdrawal of the certificates of recognition  of Eze Cletus Ilomuanya as the Obi of Obinugwu autonomous community and Eze Cosmas Onyeneke, the paramount ruler of Lagwa in Orlu and Aboh Mbaise  council areas of the state respectively, was in line with the resolution of the State House of Assembly, which had recommended that they be dethroned as traditional rulers. In a press statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor stated that the dethronement of the two royal fathers was not personal, but in exercise…

OCDA visits charity homes

It was all smiles and jubilation among inmates of three charity homes in Imo State on Thursday, April 24, 2014 when management and staff of the Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) drove into their premises with lots of food stuff, drinks, toiletries etc., to enhance their well-being. The places visited were: Owerri Motherless Babies Home, Okwelle Motherless Babies Home and Orlu Cheshire Home. The visit was the brain child of the new General Manager of the Authority, Barr. Chima Anozie to enable these less privileged enjoy the Easter festivity. The gifts donated included: babies’ food, bags of rice, pampers, toiletries,…

Rochas: I’m not eyeing vice-presidential ticket

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha said that he was not interested in the vice-presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as reported in a national newspaper. According to the report, Governors Okorocha and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers states have been penciled down by the party leadership as a likely running mate to former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). Okorocha, however, said he was under pressure to vie for the presidency, but he was consulting and had never considered the Office of the Vice-President. Speaking through his Special Assistant on media, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor said after…

We won’t pay fictitious tax – Banks, Present your records for reconciliation – Imo Govt

It is no longer news that banks in Imo State were shut down from Thursday, December 12 to Monday, December 16, following Imo State Government’s order to seal the branches of the banks that were affected by the distrain order for alleged non-payment of withholding taxes over their savings between 2004 and 2011.  What is news rather is that the banks in Imo State are accusing the state government of imposing arbitrary and fictitious sums of money as taxes on them.  The banks also accuse the government of parading wrong figures from banks, as the Imo State Government at no…

Governor Okorocha tasked NUJ on investigative journalism – As NUJ ends press week

Activities marking the 2013 press week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo State have ended at the NUJ Press Centre, PH Road Owerri on Friday, December 6. Speaking during the occasion, the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha praised Imo State journalists for their objectivity in reporting and urged them to increase the creativity of their writing and also practice investigative journalism. He said he wants to establish a good relationship with the NUJ and work with them for a better tomorrow.  He pledged the sum of 5 million Naira to help in the renovation of the NUJ…

Governor Okorocha settles Ezeship dispute in Umuaumaku/Umuihim

Governor Rochas Okorocha has “settled” the lingering ezeship tussle in Umualumaku/Umuihim Autonomous Community, Ehime Mbano LGA in favour of Nze Chimokem John Paul Okoronkwo as Eze-elect. Umualumaku/Umuihim Autonomous Community has been polarized as a result of who becomes the traditional ruler of the community following the demise of HRH Eze Cyril Nduka. The hitherto peaceful community has sat on the keg of gun powder following the belief in one section of the community that the ezeship stool is hereditary, while the other section insists that the stool is rotatory. A face-off ensued between the two camps and the proverbial sword…