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May 22, 2018

PRESS RELEASE – NIGERIA UNION OF PENSIONERS, IMO STATE CHAPTER

The Protesting workers and pensioners on Tuesday.

    The attention of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Imo State Chapter has been drawn to the recent announcement of Imo State Government on its decision to remove all allowances that form part of pension, and the Union therefore states as follows:   1. The union went to National Industrial Court to challenge the Imo State Government payment of 40% pensions and forfeiture of 60% and obtained judgment in her favour. The judgment stated that “there is no law permitting the Imo State Government to alter or withhold any part of the pension of pensioners in the Public service…

Legislator and the dying Imo Pensioners

Legislators all over the world are known to make laws for the benefit of the living. One may wonder whether our legislators really understand their functions.  I am not surprised that in their midst are some confirmed certificated illiterates who can only write their names and sign their signatures and  don’t understand what it means to be a legislator. Once they are addressed as Honourables, their life ambition is accomplished. It is clear to me that the Nigerian legislator is unaware or pretends that the plight of traumatized Imo pensioners don’t come within the purview of the assignment of Imo…

Imo Govt restores Maria Assumpta Avenue

Assumpta-Avenue

  The Imo State Government has at last restored Maria Assumpta Avenue to its original physical extent. The State Government had in December 2017 changed Maria Assumpta Avenue (which stretched from the Cathedral Roundabout through Orlu Road Roundabout, terminating at Government House Roundabout) to Muhammadu Buhari Road. Worshippers were stunned by the imposing signboard in front of the Cathedral with the inscription “Okporo uzo Buhari: Muhammadu Buhari Road”. The signpost sparked off outrage by Catholics. The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri said he was surprised to see the signpost in front of the Cathedral on Friday, December…

Claretian University kicks off October

Imo Claretian University Opening October 2018

  …Resource persons, stakeholders brainstorm on way forward Going by the realities on ground, orchestrated by the event of Monday January 15, when the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha affirmed his support for the takeoff of the proposed Imo Claretian University, stakeholders and resource persons all gathered at the Imo International Conference Centre Owerri with the intention of putting the dreams into fruition come October this year. The event started with a Press Conference at the    Government House Owerri where  Governor  Okorocha revealed that part of his philosophy of leadership was anchored on the belief that every Nigerian child would…

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR: Owerri Archdiocese to feed 2000 indigents

  Seeks support from Govt, organizations, individuals The Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri will join the universal church on Sunday November 19, 2017, to celebrate the first World Day of the Poor, an event announced by Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The aim of the Day is to make believers and humans in general to respond practically to the cries of the poor and the suffering in our common world. The theme for this year is, “Let us love, not with words but with deeds.” Addressing the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council on Saturday Nov. 4, Most…

The Militarized Government of Imo State (1)

Of all the different types of government, Nigeria has experimented on only two, namely: Democracy and Militocracy, which she has been practicing interchangeaby since independence in 1960. Democracy is from 1960-1966; 1979-1983; 1999 – till date while the other occupies the periods in-between. The Military Government Style This is unique, dynamic and full of regimentation. It goes with the highest degree of obedience or compliance to the command of the authority. Its motto is “Obey before Complain”. It rules by fiat and things are done or achieved without delay. The civilians are not consulted before policies are made. They are…

We still have Herods in Nigeria – Archbishop Obinna …Vows to continue to speak out

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

You know the story of Herod, the Roman-appointed king of the Jews. You are also familiar with the biblical account of how this tyrant ordered the massacre of the Innocents in order to keep his throne. According to Biblical account, Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a new born king of the Jews, whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. Preaching at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, during the Epiphany of the Lord, January 8, the Catholic Archbishop of…

Fixing Owerri Roads

Roads in Owerri demolished by the Government

Time was, when Owerri, the Imo State capital was widely acclaimed the cleanest state capital in the Country. Owerri roads, though mostly one or two lanes were given the best maintenance, with bad spots promptly detected and repaired by the relevant agencies of government on regular basis. The immediate past administration, not only maintained the roads regularly, but constructed sidewalks for pedestrians, planted and maintained beautiful grasses at such sidewalks in order to raise the aesthetic level of the city.  But all that is now history. They have been all obliterated. The roads progressively degenerated in quality maintenance in the…

Urban Renewal and Governor Okorocha’s Demolition Exercise (2)

Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened, and then it is the job of the people to decide whether they have faith in their leaders or government.  We are faithful to our profession in telling the truth.  That’s the only faith to which journalists need adhere.   –   Walter Cronkite URBAN RENEWAL Earlier in this write-up we stated that change was the only permanent thing.  The city is like an organism.  As the population of the city increases, infrastructural facilities must be provided and existing ones improved not only…

Tunnel construction threatens T.C.K. Osuji’s residence, others

The tunnel being constructed by the Imo State Government across Assumpta Avenue Owerri is posing a great danger to the house of an elder stateman, Mr. T.C.K. Osuji and other residents of the area. Showing our reporter round the building, Dame Rose Osuji, wife of T.C.K. Osuji said flood from Control Post has eaten deep into their fence and it could give way any moment from now unless those constructing the tunnel did something urgently to check the menace. She said that despite her warning at the beginning of the construction that blocking the water channel would pose great danger…

OCA restates opposition to relocation of Ekeukwu market

Visits member representing Owerri Municipal The Owerri Communities Assembly led by Chief Christian Oweaya Anukam (Agbawodikeizu) has restated its strong opposition to the relocation of Ekeukwu market, vowing to resist the move by all lawful means. Rising from an enlarged executive meeting at the Oha Owere hall on Sunday, 31st July, 2016, OCA resolved unanimously that Ekeukwu Owere remains where it is and that their stand is unshakable. The group, which represents all the villages in Owere Nchi Ise said the communities will view seriously any attempt by anybody of Owere Nchi Ise extraction hobnobbing openly or clandestinely with the…

Judiciary workers Vs Government imbroglio: Nigerians shriek in pain

·    I lost my father as I couldn’t access my bank account” – Civil Servant ·    My brother has been in police cell for 21 days” – Policeman ·    My impounded vehicle in police station since 2 weeks” – Driver ·    “I lost my life-time opportunity to travel overseas” – Artisan It is like “one week one trouble” for embattled common Nigerians whose woes are “too numerous to mention”. In a battle of the elephants, the grass and “small” trees suffer. Since the month of May 2016 when the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria resumed its earlier suspended strike over…

Imo Govt crushes kidnappers’ homes

As if being woken up from a dogmatic slumber and in the face of deteriorating security situation, the Imo state Government has launched an attack on kidnappers, destroying some known hideouts and sending a strong signal that more will follow. The State Government demolished several houses belonging to suspected kidnappers some of whom are already in police custody. This follows a recent onslaught against kidnappers and other perpetrators of heinous crimes by the State Police Command. The current raid dubbed “Operation Osheebe” was conducted last week and led by Deputy Governor  Prince Eze Madumere in collaboration with the State’s Police…

Open Letter to Gov. Rochas Okorocha

In a meeting of Retired Permanent Secretaries held on December, 2015, it was decided that the payment of only three months of pension to some pensioners by the Imo State Government be acknowledged. However, the arrears left to be paid vary from individual to individual as the minimum arrears yet to be paid is nine months. The government is therefore urged to pay the outstanding arrears immediately.   It is important to note that section 210 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended does not permit withholding of pensions for even one day unless in…

Ochiedike And IMSU: The Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis For Kidney Patients

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

There are primarily two facilities that offer diagnosis and treatment for Kidney related problems owned by the Imo state government. One is the Imo state teaching hospital at Orlu and the other, the Ochie Dike Centre at Owerri. I am not aware of any such similar facility in Okigwe but there should be  one sooner than later  given the extreme fatigue faced by Kidney patients in long distant exertions or mere walking: The state has to build expansive institutions of compassion in the relentless match of progress in the spirit of parity. The Ochie Dike dialysis centre established by the…

St. Joseph Church Round about finally attracts State Govt’s attention

St. Joseph Church Round about The long abandoned St. Joseph’s Round-About, along Amaigbo road Orlu, has finally attracted the attention of the Imo State Government after inflicting misfortunes on commercial drivers and individuals who make use of the road. THE LEADER was reliably informed that the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his team visited the scene and condemned the appearance of the round-about and directed for its immediate repair. The round-about during the raining season was not motorable, which made the motorists to create alternative routes. People from the area described the construction of the round-about as a welcome…

Okorocha’s Chief of Staff denies keeping bailout funds in his house – Says no money was stolen by his staff

  The Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor, Chief Uche Nwosu, has denied media reports that the sum of $4 million dollars he kept in his house was stolen by a domestic staff. A press release issued by V.O. Onwuka, Press Secretary to the Chief of Staff, said the publications by two Owerri-based newspapers were “spurious and false” The statement reads: “The attention of the office of the Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor of Imo State has been drawn to a spurious and false publication in the Edition of two local Newspapers of Tuesday 3rd November,…

Imo government moves to recover agricultural loans

Those who obtained agricultural loans from the Imo State Agricultural Loans Board but have failed to repay them have been given a deadline of 30th November, 2015 to redeem their indebtedness or face sanctions from government. Chairman of the Imo State Task Force on Recovery of Agricultural Loans, Barr. (Lady) Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro who gave this charge at the maiden meeting of the task force with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources frowned at a situation where people who obtained loans between 2011 and 2014 have refused to repay. According to her, the loans are meant to be revolving and…

COMMUNIQUE – SOUTH EAST COUNCIL OF TRADITIONAL RULERS

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A ONE-DAY MEETING OF THE STATES’ CHAIRMEN OF THE COUNCILS OF TRADITIONAL RULERS IN THE SOUTH EAST OF NIGERIA, IN ENUGU, ON MONDAY, 19TH OCTOBER 2015 We, the Chairmen of the Councils of Traditional Rulers of the States in the South East Nigeria, held a meeting in Enugu today, 19th October, 2015. After a careful review of the state of affairs in the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, we: a) Noted that the tenure of Cletus Ikechukwu Ilomuanya as both the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and of the South East…

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…