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July 16, 2018

Mass wedding: 35 wed at CKC Agwa

Mass wedding: 35 wed at CKC Agwa

…Parish priest lists marriage lubricants As the Church continues to avail various avenues for the graceful and faithful reception of the sacraments worshippers at Christ the King Church Agwa Oguta LGA turned out in joyful mood as no fewer than 35 couples received the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Friday June 29. The event it was learnt came in part as a response to the pastoral call of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna who recently paid a pastoral visit to the Catholic community. While Rev. Fr. Emma Ohiri, a neighbouring parish priest presided at the wedding…

28 couples wed at Sacred Heart Oguta

28 couples wed at Sacred Heart Parish Oguta

  …As Parish marks feast Day To ensure that this year’s feast of Sacred Heart remained not just socially enriched but also spiritually impactful, worshippers at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Oguta kick-started their feast Day with a historical mass wedding where 28 couples received the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Saturday June 9. This reporter who witnessed the event noticed how the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Mike Chiagoro, his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Julian Iro and parishioners exuded joy as they continued to thank God for the newly embraced life of the couples who hitherto were living for years without tying…

OGUTA: Priest harps on gratitude as out-going CMO President holds thanksgiving

OGUTA: Priest harps on gratitude as out-going CMO President holds thanksgiving

  Christians have been called upon to be thankful to God at all times and make sacrifices for propagation of the gospel. Rev. Fr. Lawrence Nwachukwu Okwosa (SDV) said this in a homily during Easter Sunday Mass/Thanksgiving in appreciation of God’s graces/favours by Prince Faith Uche Iwuorisha for his two-term tenure (December 2010 – Feb. 2018) as President of the CMO of the Parish/Zone. The celebration took place at Sacred Heart Parish Oguta. Fr. Okwosa asserted that nothing is impossible for God to do (Ifeanyichukwu) and whosoever professes Christ and work in his ways shall never be disappointed. He enjoined…

Maria Assumpta Girls High School Oguta gets ultra-modern ICT Centre

It was jubilation galore as the students of Oguta Girls High School, now Maria Assumpta Girls High School, gathered in high spirit to witness the commissioning of the ultra-modern ICT Centre, donated by the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Thursday August 17 at the School premises which was in line of giving back to the host community as one of the oil producing area in the state. In her remarks, the principal of the School Lady Angela Obua represented by her Vice-Principal, Mr. Charles Ofili, expressed gratitude to the NCDMB for the donation, saying the ultra ICT…

Fr Onyekwere celebrates memorial Mass for late parents

St. Michael’s Catholic Church Awa Oguta LGA, Imo State was filled to the brim on Sunday July 9 as friends and well-wishers converged on the church for the memorial Mass of the parents of Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere – Late Ezinne Nnepuruiche Georginia Fanny Onyekwere who passed on a year ago and Late Mazi Matthias Ogbonnaya Onyekwere who died 14 years ago.   The Mass was presided over by their son, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere, Administrator, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, Chancellor/Secretary Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Christian Iwuagwu, Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Awa,…

They came home, met their death … How two foreign based Imolites were murdered in Imo during Christmas

Insecurity is rearing its ugly head strongly again in Imo State, kidnappers and cold-blooded murderers are back, with at least two families mourning the brutal killings of their sons, in strange circumstances, last Christmas. Friday Nduka from Egbuoma in Oguta, returned home from Indonesia to celebrate Christmas and also get married. He was unbelievably gunned down at the NNPC filling station at the Control Post in Owerri, by a policeman, over a minor incident. Nduka’s shocking death occurred on December 22, while he, his bride-to -be and her mother stopped at the petrol station to fuel their car.  An eyewitness…

Gov Okorocha appoints wife…as amnesty committee chairman

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has appointed his wife, Nkechi Okorocha, as the chairman of the state Amnesty committee that will address issues concerning repentant militants. This committee was set up after some members of the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups surrendered their arms to the state government recently. According to Vanguard, during the inauguration of the committee, Okorocha urged the members to come up with ideas that would sustain the peace attained in some of the oil producing areas in the state such as Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta. He asked the committee to look into all the issues…

Archbishop Obinna charges Nigerians to initiate programmes …As Servants of Charity dedicate Novitiate Home

Archbishop Obinna unveils the statue of  Saint Luigi Guanella as he dedicates the Novitiate House at Don Guanella Centre Nnebukwu, Oguta L.G.A. The serene community of Nnebukwu in Oguta LGA came alive recently when the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna dedicated the novitiate house at the Don Guanella Centre Nnebukwu. In his sermon at the Mass preceding the dedication, Archbishop Obinna charged Nigerians to support and initiate programmes for the welfare of the indigent in society, stressing that those who due to their physical or mental disability cannot take care of themselves will…

Ezinne Georginia Onyekwere goes home

The remains of Ezinne Nnepuruiche Georginia Onyekwere, mother of  Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere, Administrator Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, were laid to rest on Thursday June 30, 2016 after a funeral Mass at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Parish Awa, Oguta LGA. The Mass was presided over by the Vicar-General, Owerri Archdiocese Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole assisted by Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, Chancellor, Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere (son of the deceased), and over 100 priests drawn from various dioceses. In a homily, he delivered at the funeral, Rev. Fr. Reginald Egbu exhorted Christians to be ready always for nobody knows…

Sacred Heart Parish Oguta celebrates Feast Day

The week-long celebration by the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Oguta to mark the celebration of the Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus for this year has ended. The feast which started with a benediction on Sunday May 29, 2016, followed by a three-day retreat and other social activities was rounded off on Sunday, June 5, 2016 with a thanksgiving Mass. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Michael Chiagorom, Zonal-Vicar of Oguta Zone 9 of the Catholic Archiocese of Owerri, who presided concelebrated with many priests, including Rev. Fr. Prof. John Obilor of the Imo State University, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nwachukwu Okwuosa…

Anchor your marriage on prayer – Priest advises couples as Modestus weds Favour

A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Miletus Ohanuma has stressed the need to anchor all Christian marriages on prayer, so as to ensure a happy home. He did this while preaching a homily at the wedding Mass of Bro. Modestus Ugonna Ugwuegbu and his wife, Sis. Favour Ogechi Ogaraku at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Orji Owerri North LGA last weekend. The homilist, who described marriage as a covenant that symbolizes the union of Christ and his Church, explained that prayer will enable their love to be rooted on complementality and companionship. He told husbands and wives to do…

Okorocha swears in seven new commissioners

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has sworn in seven new commissioners, including Patience Mbakwe, daughter of the first executive governor of old Imo state, the late Chief Sam Mbakwe and seven new local government caretaker committee chairmen. The new commissioners and local government caretaker committee chairmen were appointed to replace their predecessors who had resigned their appointments to pursue their political ambitions. The new commissioners, who have been assigned portfolios are Chief Chidi Ibe (Information and Strategy), Mr. Obinna Mbata (Internal Generated revenue), Ms. Patience Mbakwe (Industry and Non-formal Sector), Mr. Victor Ogbonna Amadi (Commerce and Market Development), Mr. Ikechukwu…

How CharlyBoy Buried his Father, Justice Oputa – Amidst celebration, controversy

The body of late Hon Justice Chukwudifu Oputa was laid to rest in his compound, Friday June 27 after a pontifical concelebrated Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Oguta, Imo State. The Mass was presided over by the Most Rev. Matthew Hassan- Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, assisted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Jude Eziokwubundu Ike and over 50 priests from various dioceses in Nigeria. Before the burial,  Mr. Charles Emeka Oputa alias CharlyBoy, the son of the deceased had told well-wishers not to send condolence messages on the death of his father. Rather they should send congratulatory…

CHARLY BOY SAGA: Open letter to Okorocha’s media aide, Sam Onwuamaedo

One begins to wonder why a governor will be attending a burial service with not less than 30 peasant women, more than 50 students under the APC students group called NUISS, and when his name is called, even inside the church, all you will hear is “Owelleeee”. This is just to deceive the visitors that he is on ground not knowing that those shouting are rented crowd mounted inside the church just to shout “Owelleeee”. Instead of our governor to berate his SSG who hails from Uguta, and his protocol officers, he is busy pointing fingers on Abuja based politicians….

Oguta CMO honours distinguished personalities – Counsels members to be role models

Members of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of Sacred Heart Parish, Oguta in Oguta LGA of Imo State have been advised to be role models in their homes and have faith in God. The Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Maxwel Nwoha gave the advice on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in a homily during the celebration of the feast of St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of the Catholic Men Organization.  Fr. Nwoha enjoined  fathers to have faith in God and be role models as the foundation of their families and posited that their wives and children look up to them for…

Bishop Okorocha reassures ISOPADEC youths Over N500m youth empowerment fund – As restive youths smash Women Ministry louvers

Youths of Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas have been assured of equitable sharing of the N500 million economic empowerment fund given to youths of oil producing communities (ISOPADEC Youths) by the Imo State Government.   Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, the Bishop of the diocese of Owerri Anglican Communion and Chairman of the five clergymen-committee appointed to handle the fund gave the assurance recently while addressing youths of the areas at St. James Anglican Church Mbaise Road, Owerri.   According to the prelate, the N500 million will be shared into two equal parts of N250 million per local government.  He…

INEC blacklists Imo over Electoral violence

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would not conduct elections in Imo State until the violence and unruly conduct by some politicians that led to the inconclusiveness of the Oguta constituency in the State Assembly re-run on June 29, 2013 are addressed by politicians in the state. Chairman of the electoral body, Prof. Attahiru Jega announced this at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room organized by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC). Jega, who insisted that eight polling units remained canceled, indicted officials of Imo State Government and some members of the National Assembly for flouting the…

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…

OGUTA STATE CONSTITUENCY RE-ELECTION: Why I am not excited

On the 29th of June 2013, there will be a re-run election for the representative of Oguta State Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly. This is as a result of the nullification of the election of Hon. Eugene Dibiagwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the court. The front runners in the election, the PDP and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)/yet-to-be registered All Progressive Congress (APC) have been campaigning and mobilizing in a very big way. The battle line seems to be drawn between both parties. On the side of the PDP are Senator Hope Uzodinma, Rt….