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60 pupils graduate from Assumpta Nursery/Primary School



The graduating pupilsMaria Assumpta Cathedral Nursery/Primary School, Owerri has rolled out her second set of nursery three pupils numbering 60 in a graduation ceremony held at the school play ground  on July 25, 2013.

The ceremony which attracted members of Maria Assumpta Parish, parents of the pupils and their well-wishers started with a Holy Mass celebrated at the Odenigbo pavilion by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha.

Delivering a homily during the Holy Mass, Rev. Fr. Nkwocha called on parents to do their best to give their children the best training to enable them face the challenges of life, which according to him, sending their children to catholic schools is a good step in the quest of giving such training.  The reverend gentleman admonished the pupils to avoid bad behaviours such as stealing their parents’ money, fighting and lying.  He reminded them of their Christian life and responsibilities; receiving their first Holy Communion between the ages of 7 and 10, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation thereafter and serving God and his church by joining Catholic Youth Organization and Mary League.

Later, Fr. Nkwocha on behalf of the school’s Proprietor, Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna who was unavoidably absent, thanked the  staff and management  of the school for giving the pupils the right formation.

Flagging off the graduation ceremony, the chairman of the occasion, Mr. Emmanuel Uzoka remarked that starting at a tender age to train children will go a long way in correcting the ills in the society, especially those crimes associated with the young such as armed robbery, cultism and kidnapping and that Catholic education offers great hope in dealing with the present societal malaise.  Mr. Uzoka thanked God that many parents find it worthy to send their wards to Catholic schools.

In her address, the headmistress of the school, Mrs. Justina Dominic, informed the parents of the desire of the Proprietor, Archbishop Anthony Obinna to make their little  ones become stars of future generation, hence his constant visit to the school to advise the staff and pupils, his visits being complimented by the Cathedral Administrator and the Parish Council.  She pointed out that the school is presently equipped with standard library and computer laboratory even  as a second academic block  is  under construction.

Mrs. Dominic however called on parents to reciprocate by paying their wards school fees on time, equip them with reading and writing materials, dressing them neatly in the correct uniform and bringing them to school promptly as well as collecting them from school as soon as school dismisses.

Prizes were given to the best well-behaved pupils from each class and best pupils in academic performance.

Giving a vote of thanks, the Chairman of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council, Chief Sylvester Obasi appreciated parents for their support both in materials and advice to the school.

Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna was represented by the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus Oha.

It would be recalled that Maria Assumpta Cathedral Nursery/Primary School started in September 2009 with a population of 45 pupils under the watch of only two teachers.  Presently, the school population has grown to 430 pupils in nursery one to nursery three and primary one to four, each class having two streams and a staff strength of 23.

Parents who spoke to our reporter commended the school for the academic  performance of the pupils.



Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital



Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

Oge Iwu at fmc

L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Lessons from the Melee in Mali



Lessons from the Melee in Mali

Just a couple of days ago, former president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, penned an assuring message on his successful mediation trips – leading the ECOWAS fact-finding and resolution team to Mali. The ink is still wet on that page when we however, woke up to the news of a coup in Mali. Whether it is Gambia, Guinea, Sudan, name them, Africa seems to be on the back foot when it comes to democratic gains. Is this a recurring narrative?

Mali should be another stark reminder to other African governments especially Nigeria that when an ineffective, out of touch and repressive government is about to come to an end, it always happens suddenly, not gradually. The tempo always builds up but from the inside, presenting a false calm exterior. Then like a landslide, it unexpectedly gives; the whole mountain comes crumbling as can be seen happening right now in Mali.

Seething resentments towards kleptocratic African governments always showcase themselves at the fall. African governments are miles behind, regarding the yearnings of their people and just like it happened in the ’60’s and ’70’s during our independence and subsequent coups and counter coups, Africa – led by its yearning youths connected globally through technology and the internet –is again bursting at the seams for legitimacy, effective leadership, direction and global integration.

The elitist old folks at the helm, unable to catch up and belligerent towards inclusive prosperity and development, are using their incumbent powers and minions to thwart the wishes of the people but for how long?

After the World War II, the world is again witnessing an unprecedented degree of untold suffering and death at peacetime, as a result of human disaster, but in Africa. It seems like the world rebuilt itself and moved on without us. How did we get here? How did we get left behind? First we started the blame game with the effect of slave trade, then the shackles of colonialism, yet Eastern countries have come out of both and are prosperous regardless.

China and the rest of the block are another testament that most of our arguments though with their merits, don’t hold water in their entirety. We are the makers of our destinies.
The origin of Mali’s problems, like every other Africa country, is government sectarianism – where a people in power skew electoral outcomes to favor themselves and their minions. This always led to widespread corruption, mismanagement of the economy, worsening security situations and exacerbating communal violence consequently.

For Mali, it started on June 5 when thousands of people went on street protest against the hijacked outcome of the parliamentary elections which took place on March 25. It turned deadly and 11 people were killed. As it is, regional security is threatened, at a time when COVID-19 and economic positions of these countries, indeed the whole world, are in tatters.

Whether it is Nigeria, Congo, Somalia, Kenya, name it, the problem is the same. When responsibility is alienated from governance, it breeds impunity which leads to corruption.

Like cancer, this corruption feeds and sustains itself by permeating all democratic institutions in its bid to replicate, validate and perpetuate itself, thus adulterating the electoral process which ultimately leads to political disintegration with the people seen as the enemy.

Our present crop of leaders has worked constitutions and political structures to such an extent that they sit home and predict electoral and judicial outcomes to the last digit.

This begs the question, is democracy working for Africa and if it doesn’t, what works? At times like this, we as Africans, should look inwards and take stock of how far we have come with the advent of constitutional democracy, where we have lost it and what should be done. The Chinese have found their formula, the Russians too. We too must find our path to an all inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future.

By Iboro Otu

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To the Clergy, Religious and Laity of
Ahiara Diocese.

Dear people of God!

Compliments of the season: peace and joy!

As bishop, it is my duty to uphold authentic gospel values, sound Catholic traditions in worship and defend the teaching of the Catholic Church on faith and morals. It is also my responsibility to ensure that it is transmitted to the faithful in its purity and integrity in my area of pastoral jurisdiction.

Having established that there are serious abuses in the administration of the sacraments and sacramentals in the Canaanland Adoration Ministry a.k.a E-Dey Work as well as many other practices in the Adoration Ministry which are contrary to the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church, I withdrew the Faculties of the Diocese of Ahiara from Fr. Magnus Ebere a priest of the Society of Divine Vocation (SDV), who started the Adoration Ministry without the required permission from an ecclesiastical authority. Consequently, he can no longer legitimately carry out priestly ministry such as preaching, celebration of the Mass, hearing confessions and administration of the other Sacraments and Sacramentals in the Diocese of Ahiara.

Nevertheless, Fr. Magnus has continued his private Ministry at his Centre in Onicha Ezinihitte in the Diocese of Ahiara in gross disobedience to me the bishop and also his Superior General in Rome who has also directed him to stop his Adoration Ministry. I hereby state that the Catholic Church has nothing to do with his Ministry. Accordingly, the faithful of Ahiara Catholic Diocese and other Dioceses are hereby warned to desist from attending the Ministry of a defiant priest, who has no respect for Church authority and Church law. Those who attend his private Ministry do so at their own spiritual peril.

God bless you!

Sincerely yours

Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji
Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese

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