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May 25, 2018

Imo gets 16 new Perm Secs – Dr. Iwuagwu for Education

The Imo State governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at the Government House Owerri, swore in 16 new Permanent Secretaries for the Imo State civil service. The swearing in ceremony which witnessed a huge gathering of friends and well-wishers at the Government House was the actual confirmation of the senior civil servants who were appointed acting permanent secretaries about a month ago. Speaking at the occasion, Governor Okorocha congratulated the new Perm Secs on their appointment. He urged them to work hard to meet up with the expectations of his rescue mission agenda. He challenged them to…

Jonathan condemns irregularities in Oguta rerun election – As PDP, APGA trade Accusations

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday in Abuja, condemned the irregularities that characterized the rerun election to the Imo State House of Assembly in Oguta on Saturday, June 29, saying that the conduct of certain persons and groups involved in the election negated the spirit of one man, one vote, which his administration was trying to foster in Nigeria. Speaking at an audience with a delegation from the Nigerian Senators’ Forum, President Jonathan urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and the nation’s security agencies to take immediate steps to bring all those who played any role in the violence and…

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…

Female Lawmaker Suspended Over Juju

The Ondo State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, suspended the member representing Ose State Constituency, Hon Fola Olasehinde, over her alleged possession of fetish materials. The Deputy Speaker, Dare Emiola, who announced the indefinite suspension on the floor of the House, said the decision was taken at the parliamentary meeting of the assembly. He said the House had inaugurated a five-member committee, led by Fatai Olotu, to investigate the allegation, following the revelation that the lawmaker was in possession of fetish item. Landlord of the lawmaker, Kolawole Ogunbadejo, had alleged that she was in possession of fetish items, saying she…

Angry Youths Disrupt Okorocha’s Convoy

The convoy of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s was yesterday attacked in Oguta LGA of Imo State by angry youths purportedly hired by a candidate for the postponed Imo House of Assembly elections scheduled for next week. Report has it that the Imo State Governor Okorocha, who was in Awa community in Oguta LGA to drum up support for the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) – Chief Walter Uzonwanne for the upcoming election scheduled for next week met with opposition candidate driving into Awara on his way out of the community. An eyewitness reports that one of the motorcyclists…

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…

Women of letters honoured in Owerri – Including Dr. Mrs. Joy Oguh

The Director of Continuing Education and Part-Time Studies of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, Dr. (Mrs.) Nneoma Joy Oguh (LSM) has advised women to be equipped with the great tool of education in order to prepare themselves for full participation in national development. She noted that women education when attained will enhance women in the world of excellence, labour and productivity, fulfillment, integrity and dignity. Dr. (Mrs.) Oguh stated this at a forum for celebration of Ladies of Letters and Womanhood organized by Imo Network of Professionals in conjunction with Opinion Research Communications Inc. in Owerri. Dr. (Mrs.) Oguh – a…

Illinois Bishops Welcome Delay in Marriage Legislation – Call Catholics to Advocate for What Is Right

The Catholic Conference of Illinois issued a statement this week after the Illinois House adjourned its spring session without considering redefinition of marriage legislation. Senate Bill 10 calls for the state to change its legal definition of marriage from “between a man and a woman” to “between two persons.” The legislation passed the Illinois Senate on Feb. 14, 2013, and was the subject of a contentious battle in the House. State Representative Greg Harris, sponsor of SB 10, announced that he would not call the measure for a vote, and asked his fellow lawmakers to return to their districts, talk…

Lady Ruth Duruiheoma: A woman must do her duty

If you think days are gone for the traditional woman, who cooks, cleans and looks after her husband and children, then you should have a word with Lady Ruth Duruiheoma.   A career woman, leader, wife and mother of five children, Lady Ruth is the Maria Assumpta Parish CWO President and head of her town Union, Umuma Isiaku in LGA.  She’s a busy woman with many meetings to attend, even on weekends and public holidays.  Yet the would-be grandmother joggles her responsibilities wisely to ensure they don’t clash with her primary duties as a wife.  According to her, the family…

Sunday Reading: ELEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (16/6/2013)

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ELEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (16/6/2013) OPENING PRAYER Almighty God, our hope and our strength, without you we falter. Help us to follow Christ and to live according to your will.   FIRST READING A reading from the second book of Samuel 12:7 – 10. 13 Theme: The Lord forgives your sin; you are not to die. Nathan said to David, “The Lord the God of Israel says this, ‘I anointed you king over Isreal; I delivered you from the hands of Saul; I gave your master’s house to you, his wives into your arms;  I gave you the…

Paid in Full with a Glass of Milk

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?” “You don’t owe me anything,” she replied….

Okorocha’s Administration and the Zenith Bank Loan Scandal

Not too long ago, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) wrote a petition to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) accusing Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and his team of taking an unauthorized loan that runs into many billions of naira from Zenith Bank using the monthly allocations for the 27 local government councils in the state as collateral for the loan. Consequently, the Imo State Commissioner for Finance, Deacon Chike Okafor and the Accountant General of the state, Mr. George Eche were arrested and detained by the EFCC in relation of the accusation. These government…

Editorial: Maintaining our Pro-Life Stand

The news that the House of Representatives, after 18 months of foot-dragging has finally toed the step of the Upper Legislative Chamber in proposing laws banning the practice of gay marriage, homosexuality, lesbianism and other sexual aberrations in the country, has gladdened many hearts. Henceforth, Churches and Mosques are forbidden from conducting same sex marriages while gay and lesbian couples who marry could face up to 14 years each in prison. Witnesses or anyone who helps such couples marry could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Anyone taking part in a group advocating for gay rights or caught in…

Lawmakers Pass Anti-Gay Marriage Bill

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban gay marriage and outlaw any groups actively supporting gay rights, endorsing a measure that also calls for 10-year prison sentences for any “public show” of affection by a same-sex couple. Representatives appeared to unanimously approve the proposal in a voice vote, sending it immediately to President Goodluck Jonathan for him to potentially sign into law in Africa’s most populous nation. It wasn’t immediately clear if Jonathan would sign the measure, though gays and lesbians already face public ridicule and possible prison sentences in the Country. While Western diplomats declined to immediately comment,…

Generator fumes kill mother, five children

Tragedy struck in Bayelsa State in the wee hours when generator fumes killed a mother and five of her children. Five children of Mr. Celestine Onwudili and his wife, Chinyere, were found dead in their house located at Azikoro village road by neighbours in the morning. Bayelsa State has been in total blackout since May 18 when, during a downpour, a tree fell and destroyed the 33KVA transmitter transmitting electricity to the state from the Ahoada-Owerri axis of the Transmission Power Station. Daily Sun learnt that the Onwudili family because of the harsh weather condition had moved their generator into…

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,…

Msgr. Emma Ogu celebrates 40th anniversary of priesthood

It was another remarkable day in the life of Very Rev. Msgr. Emma Onyebuchi Ogu, Spiritual Director, Mater Ecclesiae Seminary Nguru Aboh Mbais as he celebrated 40 years of his priestly ordination on April 28, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Parish Umunama. He was ordained priest on April 28 1973. The celebration attracted a cream of the society, priests and religious, members of the House of Senate, House of Representative, Honourable Members of Imo State House of Assembly, Knights of the Church, Royal Fathers and top civil servants. Delivering the homily at the solemn Mass presided over by Msgr. Emma Ogu…

Softly, softly on urbanization: more homes, less houses

Long before Abraham Maslow published his hierarchy of needs in 1943, there has always been some controversy on what truly constitutes basic human needs. The unending, amorphous list of needs (sometimes confused with ‘wants’) range from breathing (air) to self-actualization. In-between these two extremes fall in such other needs as food, safety, belongings and self-esteem. The desire to satisfy this galaxy of needs is the driving passion behind human enterprise and hard-work. It is this passion that has produced our great industrialists- the Aliko Dangotes, the Mike Adenugas, the Tim Ovias, the Paschal Dozies etc. Ironically, it is also this…