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July 18, 2018

Tears, agony in Owerri again

- Commuters scrambling to enter one of the few cars available at Owerri Metropolis Thursday - (Inset) Stranded passengers along a major road in Owerri (Pix: innonews.com)

  Pain and misery can only capture the mood in Owerri the Imo state Capital, and No words can better describe the agonizing business environment, since the past two weeks, than fear, anxiety and harassment. This follows government’s insistence on enforcement of its order on relocation of businesses from major roads close to demolished Ekeukwu market to designated markets in satellite towns. The situation has been worsened by the ban of certain classes of commercial vehicles from entering the metropolis. While the business community and artisans complain that the markets they are directed to relocate to have not been completed…

HRH Eze Alozie’s coronation at St Dominic’s Church Onicha

Eze Sir Jude Mbamaonye-ukwu

  … As he becomes pace-setter to Christian Royal Fathers The coronation ceremony of His Royal Highness Eze Sir Jude Mbamaonye-ukwu Alozie (KSJI) the Onuoha II of Onicha Autonomous Community Ezinihitte LGA Mbaise, at St Dominic’s Catholic Parish Onicha Ezinihitte on Easter Monday, April 2 2018, marked a new era of coronation of royal fathers among the faithful this area, especially Catholics. This coronation began with Holy Mass officiated by many priests with Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theo Nwalo Chaplain, District 9 Commandery (KSJI) Mbaise as the chief celebrant. Calling for attention was how Eze Sir J.M. Alozie’s coronation paraphernalia were…

Hon. Igbokwe builds, equips Health Centre at Mbaise

Raphael Nnanna Igbokwe Project

  Hon. Chief Nnanna Igbokwe, member representing Ahiazu-Ezinihitte Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has put smiles on the faces of natives and residents of Ezeagbogu Ezinihitte Mbaise by facilitating the construction of an ultra-modern Health Centre and equipping it with modern equipment. Handing over the facility through the Head Matron/Sister in-charge of Ezeagbogu Health Centre, Mrs. Uwazie Caroline and the Traditional Ruler of the community, HRH Eze Dr. S.O. Uwaegbu, Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe canvassed for judicious use of the facilities and adequate security for the centre. Hon Igbokwe cautioned against abuse of the N14m project which constitutes part…

Onicha Amairi hosts Oji Ezinihitte …Stakeholders harp on unity

All roads, on New Year Day 2017 led to the combined primary school, Ekeoha Onicha, Ezinihitte Mbaise L.G.A, where the community finally took their turn in hosting the popular Oji Ezinihtte cultural festival, which rotates among the 14 communities of the local government. The other 13 communities are Oboama na Umunama, Ife na Owutu, Ihitte, Akpodim, Amumara, Eziudo, Itu, Okpofe, Ezeagbogu, Udo, Obizi, and Okwuato (Umuhu/Ibeku/Lagwa). The success story was the outcome of the combined efforts of the entire Onicha Amairi indigenes including those in Diaspora, Ezinihitte Traditional rulers and Ezinihitte Development Association (EDA). The entire project was co-ordinated by…

Man hangs self in Mbaise

  A young man, Mr. Chinenyeze Chilaka Ukpo committed abomination on Sunday, Sept. 4 by killing himself. Mr. Ukpo from Umunama in Ezinihitte LGA Mbaise committed suicide at about 9.30am when the wife, Ngozi Chilaka and her little children – four boys and one girl and the entire members of Chilaka Ukpo, 35 years, extended family had gone to church.  None of his children is above seven years old. Chilaka a carpenter by profession hung himself on a kola nut tree at their back yard.  When the news got to his wife and mother, Mrs. Florence Chilaka, they left the…

Ahiara Diocesan Mary League celebrates Feast Day

…As 12 bag title of Great Wisdom   Great was the day, Saturday December 12, 2015, for Ahiara Diocesan Mary League Girls Association as they celebrated Feast of Immaculate Conception with pomp and pageantry at the Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral Ahiara Diocese Mbaise. The highlights of the occasion were the award of title to twelve nominees as “Men and Women of Great Wisdom” and the cutting of the celebration cake. The awardees include: Ezinna Celestine Ezeji, Diocesan President of Patron and Patroness Mary League Girls Association, Chief Amb. Mrs. Pat Eke Diocesan Matron and Chief Mrs. Felicia Nwogu, President Diocesan CWO…

Christians advised to prepare for second coming of Christ – As Canice Nwigwe gives thanks to God for his mercies

Dee Canice Nwigwe flanked by his wife, children and priests at the event.  A thanksgiving Mass for God’s infinite mercies on Dee Chukwudi Elochi Canice Nwigwe was celebrated on Sunday 15th November, 2015 by Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwobi Cmf, Provincial Superior of Claretians Missionaries East Nigeria Province  at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Eziama Oparanadim, Ekwereazu, Ahiazu-Mbaise Local Government Area of lmo State. He was assisted by Rev. Fr. Chukwudi Onuoha and Rev. Fr. Damian Emekwuru, Parish Priest. In his homily, Fr. Onuoha postulated that soon the Church of Christ will celebrate the coming of Christ for the second time, warning…

Knighthood, sacred call to serve – Priest, As KSM Ahiara Diocese initiates 12

Fr Anthony Anyanwu (Rector St. Brigids)  with the newly initiated KSM members shortly after the thanksgiving Mass Members of the Catholic Knighthood have been enjoined to see their status in the Church as a call to serve God and humanity, even as they are told that sincerity should remain a watchword in the discharge of their duties. Rev. Fr. Anthony Anyanwu, Rector, St. Brigids Catholic Church Ahiara, Mbaise gave this charge while preaching during a thanksgiving Mass held in honour of 12 new members of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Ahiara Diocese, Sunday August 30, 2015. The new members, drawn…

CWO Ahiara Diocese ends Home/Abroad August Meeting

L – R Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Msgr. Nwalo, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Fr. Akuchie, Nneoha Felicia Nwogu …Prof. (Mrs.) Viola Onwuliri honoured To say that the month of August is, in recent time becoming synonymous with women of Igbo extraction may be stressing the obvious. This is because it is within this period that women residing far and near converge at their various communities in solidarity with those at home, where they saddle themselves with the task of deliberating issues of urgent attention that affect their communities, as well as those which may be quite peculiar to the women folk. However,…

Community Health Insurance Scheme kick-off in Mbaise

  Dr. Hamza Aliu, National Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has flagged-off Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS) at Amuzu Primary Health Centre, Aboh Mbaise LGA, Mbaise, May 19, 2015. In his address, presented by Mrs. Mma Gertrude Ossi, Dr. Hamza Aliu commended Oha-na-Eze Mutual Health Association Mbaise especially Lady Philo Anokwu whose doggedness brought the goodluck charm to the community.  He opined that Community Health Insurance Scheme program is life-saving as it encourages people in the community to pool their resources together to ensure health safety. Dr. Hamza, who was represented by Mrs….

Ahiara City Development: “Go Slow Is Not Our Portion!”

His Excellency, the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, in  2012 announced the creation of seven new cities in Imo State. The cities are Ahiara, Akokwa, Anara, Mgbidi, Nwaorieubi, Okpala and Umuaka. The development of these cities which is a strong plank in the Governor’s Agenda to rescue Imo State from “underdevelopment” and “rural-urban migration” thereby “creating employment, wealth and improved standard of living” was very welcome especially in Ahiara which has enormous comparative advantage for urban development. This comparative advantage has been waiting for years to be exploited. The Catholic Church saw it long ago and located…

SOLAD Osuagwu Commends Itu Women August Meeting

Itu Ezinihitte Community Women August Meeting better known as “Oha Ndom Itu” in Ezinihitte LGA, which started Tuesday, August 27, 2013 came to a successful end, Thursday, August 29, 2013 at ‘Oha Ndom Itu’ hall with the Ezinihitte Local Government SOLAD, Hon. Dr. Kelechi Osuagwu giving the mothers accolades for their credible performance. The three-day programme featured many activities including plucking of ‘Mkpuru Omumu’ which was one of the major sources of raising funds for developmental projects in their community. On his arrival at the Women’s August Meeting venue, Wednesday, August 28, 2013, the SOLAD, Hon. Dr. Kelechi Osuagwu was…

Oboama Women inaugurates Security outfit – OWASU

The Women August Meeting, which usually characterizes fund-raising activities meetings, lectures, funfairs etc., throughout Mbaise and Imo State in general for Oboama Women Association (OWA) in Ezinihitte LGA, Mbaise this year took a dramatic turn by not only encompassing the obvious, but scaled to the height of inaugurating a security outfit to be known as Oboama Women Association Security Unit, OWASU, that ensures orderliness within the environs of the OWA August meetings. This OWA Police, which is the ingenuity of Mrs. Rose Anawanti, the OWA President, Mrs. Pauline Nwachukwu, Vice-President and the OWA Exco, was lauded by Imo State Assistant…

KSM Mbaise Sub-Council initiates 19

– As Sir Basil Emeka Iwu looks forward to defending the Church GOZIE UKASOANYA – The thanksgiving Mass that preceded the initiation of 19 members into the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba, Mbaise Sub-Council was held on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Maria Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral, Ahiara Mbaise. The Mass which was well attended by the Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba as well as family members and well-wishers of the newly initiated was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Godson Okoro, the Ahiara Diocesan Chancellor. During his homily, Fr. Okoro noted that the essence of human existence is to serve…

A welcome address presented to His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan by the Ahiara Diocese

A welcome address presented to His Eminence, John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja by the Catholic Faithful of Ahiara Diocese on the occasion of his Reception as the Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese, Mbaise, on Sunday, July 21, 2013. Your Eminence, What a wonderful day the Lord has made!  And what a great joy for us to have Your Eminence in our midst as the Apostolic Administrator of our beloved Diocese of Ahiara, Mbaise!  We say thank you for accepting to be our Apostolic Administrator.  We therefore ask Your Eminence to convey our deepest gratitude, love and…

Mbaise Jubilates over new Administrator

The news of John Cardinal ‘s appointment by Pope Francis  as the Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese, was received in Mbaise with wide ovation by both the clergy and the  lay  faithful. The now former Administrator of the diocese, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theo Nwalo, summoned all the priests at the Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral — July 2013 to inform them of the latest development and for them to behold the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese. Msgr. Nwalo later led the Apostolic Administrator and the diocesan clergy to the tomb of Bishop…

St. Augustine’s Deanery Ezinihitte inaugurates Two Hearts of Love: Jesus and Mary

The association of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary has become solidly founded in St. Augustine’s Deanery Ezinihitte through its inauguration ceremony at the deanery centre, St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish Itu Ezinihitte, Saturday, June 8, 2013.  The exercise attracted members and invitees from 21 parishes in the deanery who appeared in their full uniform. Among the people were 28 persons who were inaugurated Matrons and Patrons while 62 new members were consecrated including an infant of 11 month old, Esther Adibe from Queen of Peace Parish Oboama Ezinihitte. In his homily during the Eucharistic celebration, presided over…

THE POOR CRYING FOR A MOSES

One thing is certain.  From the earliest recorded history man has always sought and developed methods and systems of organizing himself according to what is befitting his true nature as a natural being.  He remains a political animal and can only realize himself fully in a well organized political state.  How well he can organize his political society is the problem. Over two thousand years, when the situation in the world was apparently not as bad as what obtains today, the same hopelessness of the human character was well evident in Christ’s lamentation.  “Oh you generation of vipers.  How can…

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…

Ihedioha restates commitment of NASS to Rural Development

.. flags off N6.2b road project in Mbaise Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha has assured that the National Assembly (NASS) would continue to appropriate funds to complete all projects initiated for execution in all parts of the country. He however warned that this would be contingent upon the cooperation and support of the benefiting states LGAs and communities to the contractors executing such projects. Chief Ihedioha gave the assurance weekend, while flagging off the construction of 30km Mbaise Ring Road estimated at nearly N6.2billion. The road project, which according to him cuts across the 25…