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June 21, 2018

Listen; obey your parents, teachers Vicar General charges school children

…As St Michael’s School Amakohia graduates 29 pupils Children have been charged to always listen to instructions and obey their parents and teachers if they hope to learn and achieve success in life. Very Rev Fr Patrick Ibole Parish priest of St Michael’s Catholic Church, Amakohia Uratta, gave this advice on Saturday, 14th July, 2017   during the graduation ceremony of St Michael’s Nursery/Primary school. Fr Ibole who is the Vicar General of the Owerri Archdiocese urged children to be thankful to their parents for sending them to be trained in the knowledge and fear of God. He equally thanked parents…

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…

Discrimination against polytechnics (1)

–        Strange paradox ANUMATA STANLEY – Education is said to be a social heritage which everybody yearns to have, irrespective of capabilities, family background and availability of funds etc.  In Nigeria, formal education starts from pre-primary through primary, secondary and then tertiary.  At these levels government has different programmes, policies, goals and objectives which must be attained.  The important thing about this is that they must reflect national goals/objectives and also solve societal problems. In life not everybody is fortunate to go through all the levels of education.   Some did not have the opportunity to attend school at all; others…

Pension: Not in my hands – Dr Mrs Uche Ejiogu

In church circles, she is popularly known as “Nwanyi Ukwa,” in recognition of her culinary skills in making the delicious, traditional dish Ukwa. Dr Mrs Uche Ejiogu has proudly defended that title every Harvest at Assumpta Cathedral. But she has other names not connected to her culinary ability. Nicknames such as Iron Lady and Air Raid refer to her penchant for rattling nerves when she pays a surprise visit to schools. In one of her visits, she found that teachers at the school had taken more money from students than was allowed for a particular exercise. She ordered a refund…

WHY ARE WE CRYING?

The mess started in the Primary Schools in the early ’70s when teachers introduced entertainment of Supervisors during Common Entrance and First School Leaving Certificate Examinations to enable them assist their school children in the examination hall. With this assistance, the two examinations started recording no failure. From mere entertainment to entertainment and envelop. Supervising exams became less stressful and more lucrative. As time went on, automatic promotion with or without taking promotion examination came in, in both primary and secondary schools. Teachers and heads of schools allowed that to continue. Parents gave their nod as that saved them the…

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….

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…

Priest harps on need for compassionate heart – As Knights visit Parish

Christians have been enjoined to develop a heart of compassion, the type that enables one to feel for others and take their pains as one’s own. Rev. Fr. Vitalis Anyanwu, Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Catholic Church Ikembara in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, gave this injunction in the homily he delivered during a Sunday Eucharistic celebration.  The occasion was the grassroots evangelization visit of the Owerri Chapter of Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba (KSM) to the KSM Uzoagba Zone 5. The clergyman and principal celebrant, who concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Betrand Ujunwa, said that this was…

Boko Haram kills 11 in Damaturu, 22 in Maiduguri

Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday, returned to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital almost nine months after the last attack, killing seven students and two teachers, Military authority also said three of the attackers were gunned down. The gunmen were said to have invaded Government Secondary School along Gashua road at about 9.15pm, shooting sporadically.  They also headed for the teachers’ quarters and killed two of the teachers. Apart from the 11 killed, three soldiers were critically injured in another clash with JTF, which lasted about five hours, a source said.  He disclosed that three of the insurgents were arrested by…

Governor Obi showers N100m on Mission Hospitals

… He is a  blessing to humanity –Bishop The Anglican Bishop of Amichi Diocese, Most Reverend Dr. Ephraim Ikeakor has described Governor Peter Obi as a blessing not just to Anambra State, but to humanity at large. He made this comment while receiving a cheque of N10m for the continued renovation of Amichi Diocesan Hospital which was among the missionary-owned institutions Anambra State is supporting in her strategic partnership with the churches. The Bishop who prayed to God to raise more Peter Obis said that people like him were needed for the edification of society. The governor who on June…

Primary School Pensioners cry out again over 10 months arrears

… Pay us now or we die Two keenly contested words in Imo State at the moment are pension-salary and pension-arrears.  While the pension authorities and the pension office argue that retired pensioners in the state are only owed pension arrears and not pension, the retirees maintain that there is no difference between pension and pension arrears. They insist that pension arrears are nothing other than accumulated unpaid pension which eventually translate into arrears. This was the position of some primary school retirees from 1992 till date who staggered into THE LEADER office on Thursday, June 11, to register their…

Fallen standard of Education

When Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation gained political independence from Britain in October 1960, she inherited that high standard of education that makes Great Britain to thick among the comity of nations. Candidates from Nigeria wrote the London General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations both at Ordinary and the Advanced levels and excelled.  They also did very well in the London Matriculation Examination.  When the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) came on board, our candidates maintained that high standard in the West African School Certificate (WASC) and Higher School Certificate (HSC) Examinations, which were in vogue before the outbreak of…

Should Nigerian Public Employees (Government Workers) also accept TIPS?

Whether you are cashing a cheque over the counter, going through immigration at the airports, making a complaint to a police officer, renewing your driver’s license, receiving a title from a royal father, ordering a drink in a bar, obtaining your transcripts from your college, arranging for a funeral with a clergy or even being rushed into the emergency room in Nigeria, be prepared to TIP. Technically, tip means “a sum of money given to someone as a reward for their services”.  It is not to be confused with wage or salary, which is a sum of money due to…

Engr. Obinna Nshirim: Spread the Money…

For a man who’s been around politics for most of his life, Engr Obinna Nshirim should know when a politician is playing politics or playing to the gallery. Additionally, for a man whose dream of obtaining good education was nearly aborted by lack of a mere two naira, in 1970, Engr. Nshirim also knows how to praise a Governor who removes school fees and tries to clean up the education system, especially primary and secondary. Even when it seems Engr. Nshirim is contradicting himself, one thing is certain; he knows the terrain well, having been around political circles for long. …

Extortion Rocks Junior School Cert Exam In Imo – Enraged Education Commissioner vows to punish culprits

A large scale extortion of candidates in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (a.k.a. Junior WAEC) by those charged with the supervision of the examination in Imo State, has been exposed Following public outcry, especially by parents of students involved in the examinations, who were shocked they were being demanded between N200 to N500 each examination day for their children and wards to “settle” their supervisor, THE LEADER embarked on a fact-finding tour of parts of the state including Isiala Mbano, Onuimo, Ehime Mbano, Ideato North and Ideato South Local Government Areas and made telephone contacts with Orlu, Oru West,…

Welcome home St. Michael – Ngwoma Obube

Turning through the pages of history one can say that some spiritual journeys are not planned.  Sometimes a person, family or a Christian community can proceed on an unplanned spiritual journey by merely following events as they unfold, without a clear cut vision as to what lies ahead, only following the orders of the hierarchy and making themselves relevant, not knowing what distance it entails and the many stops for whatever reasons. A journey covering a period of about seventy years must have encountered some rough pathways not to mention streams and rough weather. Such was the story of St….

No buying of Text-Books from Lecturers – VC tells students

-As IMSU SUG inaugurates Exco The students of the Imo State University, Owerri have been warned seriously to desist from illegal levies charged by their lectures.  This was part of the address made by the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university on May 28, 2013 at the school auditorium during the inauguration of 12-man executive members of the Student Union Government (SUG) 14th Republic. In his address, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie thanked the Governor of the State, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha on his efforts at making the university a focal point of his administration.  According to…

Irish Sister honoured for her “Save Igbo People Campaign”

-As Royal Father tasks Nigerians  over humanitarian services An Irish Reverend Sister, a septuagenarian, Mary Conchita McDonnel, has been honoured with the “Nwanne di namba” chieftaincy title by the Ihioma Community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State. The honour was in appreciation of the thousands of lives saved in the community during the Biafra-Nigeria war through the “Save Igbo People” campaign which the Reverend Sister, who was then in her twenties mounted in Europe and America. The conferment of the title  was celebrated by the entire community  at the palace of the traditional ruler  HRH (Sir) John Nwosu,…

Teachers asked to reciprocate Rochas’ good gesture

-As Ehime Mbano Council marks Children’s Day Lady Chioma Ogoke, Sole Administrator of Ehime Mbano LGA, has enjoined teachers, pupils and students in the area to reciprocate Governor Okorocha’s gesture of forfeiting his security vote worth over N4 billion annually to enhance education. Hon. Lady Ogoke stated this at the Children’s Day celebration held on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Ehime Mbano Stadium, Umuezeala Owerre.  According to her, education is the best legacy you can bequeath on any child which this present government is offering via the free education at all levels presently in place. She surged the teachers that…

Catholic Youths honour ANCOPS’ President

Nze Godwin Amaku, the President, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, Imo State Branch, Sunday, 26 May 2013 received an award from the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria, St. Charles Umunumo Chapter. The unique event took place at the St. Charles Parish Umunumo, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area. In a citation, the youths stated that Nze Godwin Amaku was being honoured for distinguishing himself in his career and for his unrivaled contributions towards societal development. The youths praised his support in championing the successful execution of communal projects which include freewill donations towards construction of community Town Hall…