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August 15, 2018

Pope clears way for canonization of Fatima visionaries

On Thursday March 30 Pope Francis approved the second and final miracle needed to canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the shepherd children who witnessed the Fatima Marian apparitions. The Pope approved the miracle in a March 23 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he advanced six other causes, approving one other miracle, two causes for martyrdom and three of heroic virtue. In addition, the Pope also approved a positive vote from members of the canonization causes for six martyrs who are already Blessed, but do not yet…

KSJ 422 celebrates birth of John the Baptist – commissions security house

Knights of St. John International (KSJ) Holy Cross Commandary, and their Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX) 350 Owerri, last Sunday, June 30, 2013 celebrated the birthday of the patron Saint of the Ancient and Nobel Order, St. John the Baptist. The Grand finale of the week-long activity –packed celebration were: the two-day seminar featuring talks by two distinguished personalities- ”Who is John the Baptist and what does he stand for?” by Prof. Goody Obodo and ”Waves of Doctrine” by Major Peter Opara, the Worthy President. There were also Sunday Eucharist celebration at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Special Awards and commissioning of the…

Prof. Celestine Onwuliri; A demise that would continue to live in our minds – Msgr Theo Nwalo

– As family commissions academic block for Major Seminary Activities slated to mark the one-year remembrance of Prof. Celestine Onwuliri who died in Lagos in the ill-fated Dana air crash which occurred on June 3rd, 2012 have been concluded with a memorial Mass at St. Jude’s Catholic Parish Amuzi Mbaise and the commissioning of a Philosophy Block built in memory of Prof. C. Onwuliri at the Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary Ariam, Abia State on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June respectively. The Mass which witnessed a mammoth crowd of people who came from all walks of life had Msgr….

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…

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,…

SOLAD Flags off 2013 Immunization Week

Lady Chioma Ogoke the Sole Administrator Ehime Mbano LGA last week kicked off the Maternal and new born child- health week at Umuanunu-Umunumo Health centre. She was represented by the Chairperson lady Chinwe Ubah who personally applied Oral polio vaccines, vitamin A and general immunization drug against the five child killer diseases which include Cholera Hepatitis B, Measles, Malaria, Yellow fever and Tetanus. Comrade Eke Godson Chinedu, the disease surveillance and notification officer, Ehime-Mbano LGA Urged parents to report cases of fever and body rashes to his office for investigation. He enjoined them to ensure that cases of suspected polio,…

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…

KSJI St. Charles Borromeo Commandery ends retreat – As Rev. Fr. Dieme harps on love

Knights and Ladies of St. John’s International Borromeo Commandery (565), Ehime Mbano concluded a two-day retreat on Saturday June 16, 2013 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. In his homily at the concelebrated Mass to round-off the two-day retreat, Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, the Spiritual Director of the commandery, harped on the virtue of love, forgiveness and charity. He went biblical citing the Apostle John, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ, who in all his preaching and writings emphasized on love of man, love of God, charity and forgiveness. Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme who was assisted by Rev. Fr. Jude…

Ikenegbu aglow as Archbishop Obinna visits Maria Goretti Parish

For more than one week, the residents of Ikenegbu Layout, a highbrow area of Owerri, Imo State capital, was agog, excitedly awaiting the Pastoral Visit of Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, to St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish Ikenegbu.  Catholics and non-Catholics showed a loving interest in the maiden Pastoral Visit. It was therefore not surprising that the residents, trooped out in their large numbers to Wethedral Road, on Saturday, June 8, 2013, to receive the Archbishop and his entourage. Those who did not go for the boundary reception watched the prelates ”triumphant entry” into Ikenegbu from…

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…

SOLAD distributes Governor’s free Uniforms to School

Hon. Lady Chioma Ogoke, Sole Administrator, Ehime-Mbano LGA. On Friday May 24th 2013 distributed school uniforms to both primary and secondary schools in the area. The school uniforms for girls and boys, procured by the State Government from abroad are part and parcel of the free education programme currently going on in the state. Heads of schools in the Council Area which comprise 58 primary schools and 66 secondary schools in Ehime Mbano LGA collected the uniforms on behalf of their students and pupils. In an address at the handover ceremony, Lady Chioma Ogoke paid glowing encomiums on the State…

Ndom Owere hold thanksgiving

The newly elected executive of Udodiri Ndom Owerre in Owerri Municipal will hold a thanksgiving Mass today at St. Mulumba Catholic Church, Wetheral Road. The thanksgiving followed their successful election and swearing-in by the President-General of Owerre Community Assembly (OCA), Chief Christian Oweaya Anukam at their ancestral home Ugwu-Ekwema. Speaking with our reporter on Wednesday, Chief Anukam expressed gratitude to God that Ndom Owerre did not allow themselves to be used by self-seeking women and advised the new executive to carry every member along.  He also advised the former President-General of the union, Chief Mrs. Comfort Mere to accept the…

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…

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…

Exclusive Interview: Why I converted to Catholic faith

–          Former Anglican  Knight, Sir Abel Ikenyiri   Chief Sir Abel Ezeala Ikenyiri, native of Umuemeke-Ama Ibeowere Agbaja, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State, born into a family of Anglican ancestry, rose to the ranks of a knight of the Anglican Church and lay pay-master narrates verbatim how he was caught up in the “whirlwind” of Catholic faith and the “mountain” moved over. Our Okigwe reporter, PeterClaver Ubochi, traced the former Anglican ‘Big Oga’ to his tranquil Umuemekeama (Agbaja) village, had a field day with the man of faith as he speaks on the circumstances of his conversion, its aftermath, an assessment…