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August 18, 2018

Accept criticisms in good faith – Peter Obi advises Nigerian leaders

  Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has advised Nigerians to continue talking about the problems being faced under the present administration. Obi dispelled the belief that leaders viewed criticism as subversive to Government, saying, on the contrary, that great leaders listen to criticisms from genuine patriots and act on the basis of that. According to him, those in power might be shielded by their aides from knowing the true position of things in the country; hence the reason for consistency in criticism. Obi said this on Wednesday when he paid a visit to Pope John 11 Major Seminary…

RECAP: 2018 PRESTIGIOUS EDUCATION WEEK AWARDS

AWARD RECIPIENTS / CATEGORIES The list of award recipients for the 2018 Prestigious Education Week Awards is by no means exhaustive. These people are those who in one form or another have contributed or impacted in some special ways to our society, our mission schools and education in general. This is only a token of our appreciation for all the support we have received from many of our benefactors and benefactresses. The presentation of the awards is not ranked, all are outstanding and distinct in their own unique support and contribution to education. MTN FOUNDATION 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to…

Education Week: Archbishop Obinna proffers solutions to corruption in education

  Anything, behaviour or intervention that degrades education by compromising laid down principles and standards, by misleading or exploiting learners or abusing one’s teacher-master position belongs to the sphere of corruption. Such acts constitute unhealthy and unworthy criminal and sinful associate . This view was contained in the Presidential Address delivered by His Grace, the Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri,  Tuesday February 13, during the Open Forum of the 2018 Owerri Archdiocesan Education Week, held at the Obiri Odenigbo Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. The theme for this year is: Promoting Excellence in Education and fighting corruption…

Gov Obiano doles out N367m to mission schools in Anambra

While some state governors in Igbo land are segregating between mission and state schools, and subjecting schools to various forms of levy and taxations, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has once again demonstrated that state and mission are partners in progress in the education sub-sector. Last week, Governor Obiano presented a cheque for N217 million to the Catholic Church in Anambra State. The donation was for execution of Universal Basic Education (UBE) 2015 projects in schools under the management of the mission. A similar gesture was granted to the Anglican Mission at Ekwulobia where a cheque for one hundred…

Free Education or Frivolous Education (2)

  Unfortunately we have found ourselves in an era when the buying of admissions into our higher institutions and what the students refer to as sorting for examination marks have become the order of the day in our tertiary institutions. But after all the sorting with either money or sex and the accompanying fake graduation and when the chips are down, light will dispel the darkness and the obvious will happen. For instance, today, many storey buildings in our urban centers like Abuja and Lagos designed and manned by our certified architects and engineers are collapsing on our heads, while…

Catholic Bishops Honour Prof. Ogunu, Peter Obi

Professor Michael Ogunu, one of Nigeria’s foremost Catholic writers and a great defender of the Catholic faith has been given an Award by the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria for his “outstanding and significant contribution to Catholic Education in Nigeria”. Professor Ogunu was given the Award on Thursday 30th October 2014 during the 2nd National Catholic Education Summit held at the National Centre for Women Development in Abuja. Presenting the Award on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and in the presence of many bishops including the Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony V. Obinna and the Archbishop…

Why I didn’t ban Okada – Obi

Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has said the state’s socio-economic indices do not support the ban of Okada as a means of transportation in the state. He spoke during the one year memorial service of Mother Luxcy Okoli-Ogudebe, mother of Uche Ekwunife, at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Igboukwu. Obi, who revealed that he was under pressure to ban Okada when he was the governor, explained that he always considered the socio-economic implication of policies and actions before taking them. He said: “I agree that Okada contributes to crime, but we must also accept that many of them…

At last, true friends of Abia speak up

My state of Abia is in the news and this news is very elating. For so very long we have carried on as if there is no conscience in Abia nay Igbo land.  Recently a section of the press has risen to expose the charade that has been going on in the state in the name of governance. The people of Abia have been living in squalor for the past seven going to eight years, their rights are being trampled, and their collective patrimony being so shamelessly pilfered and frittered by a few equally shameless persons masquerading as operators of…

Bad Governance; Our Headache ….Professor Nwajiuba

Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba delivering the 2014 Odenigbo Lecture, Saturday, Sept. 6. Nigeria’s political, social and economic woes have, once again, been blamed on poor governance and an unbridled quest for wealth and primitive accumulation of same.  He spoke on the theme: “Ochichi Oma: Olileanya Ohanaeze (Good Governance: The People’s Expectation). Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, a distinguished Imo-University don, told thousands of Ndigbo at the annual Odenigbo lecture that selfishness, greed and moral hollowness of the elite were responsible for their problem and those of the country in general. Prof. Nwajiuba who took a critical look at the country’s governing system and…

Again, Anambra comes first in WASSCE

– Success attributed to return of Mission Schools The education reforms embarked upon by Anambra State in the last couple of years has continued to yield results, as schools in the state emerged the overall best in the 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), a repeat of the feat recorded last year. The official WAEC result made available to the media showed that Anambra State with 65.92 per cent, Abia State with 58.52 percent and Edo State 57.82 per cent came topmost. Nevertheless, eight of the 36 states in Nigeria recorded a score less than 10 per cent. …

Seminary honours Ex-governor Peter Obi, Prof. Dan Dan Ekezie, others – Launches Endowment Fund

The Assumpta Spiritual Year Seminary Ogbaku, Owerri Archdiocese has honoured some committed Catholics who have sustained the Endowment Fund for the training of seminarians in the Archdiocese. Those honoured were, the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Prof. Dan Dan Ekezie of the Imo State University Owerri, Chief Durueke, Chief Willington Okam, Prof. Onukogu, Chief Raphael Ajoku, Barr.  (Lady) Ngozi Adindu and Engr. C.C. Emeribe.   Also honoured were the CWO Owerri Archdiocese and Totus Tus. The awards were presented to them by the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, during the “Re-launching of the Seminary…

The secret of my success: I cut down cost of governance – Gov. Peter Obi

Looking back at his eight years in office, the Anambra State former Governor Mr. Peter Obi said he left about N5 billion for his successor, and expressed dissatisfaction with how state funds were being spent in frivolities by those entrusted with them. Speaking after a Thanksgiving Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri, on Sunday June 1 the ex-Governor Obi said the cost of governance was outrageous in Nigeria and shared how he was able to cut it down during his regime to save money. “For example, a situation where over 50 politicians would accompany a governor to a meeting…

Prof. Dora Akunyili dies at 59

Former Minister of Information and former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC)Professor  Dora Akunyili has died. Professor Akunyili died at the age of 59 after a long battle with cancer. Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi,  confirmed the death of Professor Dora Akunyili on behalf of the Akunyili family. Obi in a statement yesterday said: “On behalf of the Akunyili’s family, I wish to officially confirm the death of Prof. Mrs Dora Akunyili in a Specialist Cancer Hospital in India this morning at 10 am, Nigerian time, after a two-year…

Obi visits Akunyili in India, calls on Nigerians to pray for her

Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on Nigerians to remember Prof. Dora Akunyili, former Minister of Information in their prayers. He made the call in India, when he had gone to visit the former minister who is undergoing treatment. Obi thanked God for tremendous improvement of Akunyli and said the reality he saw was direct opposite of the grim picture some people painted about her condition.  He prayed to God to grant her total healing.  He also thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for directing the Nigerian High Commissioner to India to visit her in hospital and monitor…

Gov Obi accepts chieftaincy title at last – Crowned Okwute Ndigbo

The out-gone Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi finally bowed to pressure and accepted a chieftaincy title as the Okwute of Igbo land in Awka amidst pomp and pageantry. The conferment took place on Saturday, March 15, two days before Mr. Obi handed over to Mr. Obiano. The traditional ruler of Onitsha Kingdom, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe decorated him assisted by other prominent monarchs in Anambra like Igwe K.O. Irizu of Nnewi, Igwe P.C. Ezenwa of Oba and Igwe Onwuneme of Ikenga. Obi Achebe in a remark said the traditional rulers in the South-east unanimously agreed to bestow on Obi…

Obi bows out in glory

SUNNEWSONLINE – As Peter Obi quits the stage as Anambra State governor, after a meritorious two terms of eight years, tomorrow, he leaves behind gaudy footprints in the sands of time. Before he assumed office in 2005, the state was in the hands of political buccaneers who ran rough shod over the people. It was indeed very difficult to make any distinction between the governance of the state and the activities of motor park touts. Anarchy reigned supreme. The state was permanently in the news for all the wrong reasons. His emergence as governor was not smooth sailing as he…

Gov. Obi Distributes 38 Coaster buses to Mission Health Institutions, Others

As part of what Gov. Obi termed “Final Push” towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Anambra State by the year 2015, his Government has procured and is distributing 38 coaster buses to critical institutions in the State. Receiving two coasters for the School of Nursing and School of midwifery of Iyienu Hospital, the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Most Rev. Owen Nwokolo thanked the Governor for always having the interest of the State at heart. He expressed surprise that even when the Governor has less than two weeks to go, he is still going about doing good for the…

Jonathan kicks-off Second Niger Bridge

President Goodluck Jonathan kicked off the construction of the second bridge across River Niger in a grand style with an assurance that the project will be completed on schedule and to specifications. Performing the ground-breaking ceremony at the Krisoral ground, Atani in Ogbaru Council Area of Anambra State, President Jonathan assured the people of South-East and the rest of the country of timely completion of the project which was awarded to Julius Berger Construction Company. The President said the construction of the Second Niger Bridge was critical to his administration’s resolve to improve the economic fortunes of the country, adding…

Obi donates N2.7bn to mission schools

Encouraged by the success of his government’s collaboration with mission schools and hospitals, the Anambra State Governor has presented another set of funds to the Catholic and Anglican denominations to rehabilitate the schools handed over to them two years ago. Catholic and Anglican Churches got N1,589 billion and N1,108 billion respectively, while government-owned schools got N2,697 billion.  The amount was shared proportional to the number of schools owned by each organization.  In the case of the churches, it was for the continued rehabilitation of their schools taken forcefully by the government, which Obi returned to them in 2011. In her…

Anglican bishop commends Gov Obi …for support to Mission Hospitals, Schools

The Anglican Bishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Owen Nwokolo has commended Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi for his understanding that the Church serves the needs of the people by extending massive support to them through grants for rebuilding mission hospitals and  schools returned by the government. He said this while receiving the cheque of N100 million from the government for ongoing work at the Iyienu Hospital. The Bishop said that every day, their brother-bishops from other states had asked them if all the cheques they received from the government were real.  He said he assured the bishops who made…