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Governor Obi showers N100m on Mission Hospitals

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He is a  blessing to humanity –Bishop

Peter-ObiThe 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 4, toured some missionary institutions and gave them cheques totaling N120m continued with the tour the nextday and also gave out cheque of N100m, making it a total of N220m in two days, assured that the gesture will continue.

The tour took him to St. Raphael’s School Abatete, where he presented the cheque of N10m to them; Premier Secondary School, Unubi where he presented a cheque of N10m; Mother of Mercy Secondary School, Azigbo, where he promised to support the school; Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Ihiala, where he presented the cheque totaling N60m for various projects.

In all the institutions the Governor visited, especially schools returned to the missionaries, he lamented the level of dilapidation, regretted and apologized for the takeover of the schools and pledged government continued support to them until they are returned to their original glory. Speaking further, the governor explained the support to missionary institutions on the reason that those institutions are in Anambra State and serve the people of Anambra State.  He said the missionaries were better in terms of service to the people without looking at material gains.

At Mother of Mercy Girls Secondary School, Azigbo, Bishop Hilary Okeke of Catholic Diocese of Nnewi extolled Governor Obi’s qualities and commended him for working satisfactorily not just in education and health sectors, but in all sectors. He noted that today, Anambra State has best network of roads, developed industrial sector and that  the governor was making giant stride at rebuilding human infrastructure that has made Anambra State to move from being a pariah state to the one reckoned  with in Nigeria today.

Speaking to the press of various developments in the state, Sister Alessia Spinellio, an Italian, said that she had not seen a governor like Obi in her 10years of working in Anambra State among the Dominicans.

 

… donates 200 SUVs to Anambra monarchs

Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has presented 200 Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) to all traditional rulers in the state.  He said the gesture, which was free from any charge, was in recognition of the pivotal roles of traditional rulers in the state and the need to ensure they work in relative comfort for the good and progress of the state.

He said the choice of Innoson manufactured vehicles was to tell Nigerians that with a motor manufacturing company in the state, they needed not search elsewhere.  He said the state government had unofficially adopted Innoson vehicles as the state brand and revealed that the next set of official vehicles he would use would be bought from Innoson and called on Nigerians to be proud of their own.

On the source of finance for the projects, the governor said it was mainly from the money he attracted to the state.  Using the education sector as an example, he said the budget was N3 billion but that by the end of the year, N13 billion would have been spent.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Anambra Traditional Rulers Council, Obi Alfred Achebe described what the state was witnessing under Obi as unprecedented.  He said he was particularly thrilled not by the vehicles but by the revolution in schools, which he noted would be for the benefit of the children of the state.  He assured the support of traditional rulers for what he described as renaissance of learning taking place in the state.

In his own remarks, the traditional ruler of Umuoji, Igwe Cyril Iwueze, thanked the governor for his attention to all sectors.  Agreeing that what was taking place in the state was a revolution, he said that after witnessing billions given to the Church to rehabilitate schools handed over to them, it was encouraging witnessing the extension of the same gesture to public schools in the state.

In another development, the governor said what would happen to the state by the end of the year, would be revolutionary by all accounts and that all sectors would benefit.  He said this at the Women Development Centre, Awka, during a town hall meeting at which he explained to critical stakeholders – traditional rulers, presidents general of towns, religious leaders, among others, how his government intended to carry out comprehensive rehabilitation of 253 government-owned secondary schools in the state.  This followed the rehabilitation of the schools already handed over to the churches by the government.

The governor, who at the event flagged off distribution of N10 million, totaling N2.53 billion, to principals of those secondary schools, said it represented the first phase of the exercise.  He explained the delay on the need to set up a monitoring group for proper deployment of the money and warned that any principal who would be found wanting would be dealt with accordingly.

 

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USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas

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…Umuagwo Varsity of Agric kicks-off October

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun Covid-19 testing in the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State, “in a bid to reduce the impact of community spread of the virus in the rural areas of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba disclosed this in Owerri while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday.

Chief Emelumba said so far, the USAID officials have carried out reasonable number of testing in Njaba LGA and reported that all those tested came out negative and that the council prayed that the result from other Local Government Areas will be the same.

He announced that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the take off of the Imo State University for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Umuagwo in October this year.

According to him, the approval underscores the efforts which the Imo State Government ably led by Governor Hope Uzodinma has made towards the establishment of a second university for the state.

Recently, the NUC panel was in Imo State to carry out the necessary verification exercises on the state facilities, human and physical infrastructures.

Mr. Declan Emelumba, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health Dr. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the Executive Council is happy that something new is happening in the Education Sector of the State.

Emelumba said that the Imo State University of Science and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo will take off by October when other universities would be resuming for a new academic session.

In the same vein, the Council has approved the immediate relocation of Faculty of Engineering Imo State University Owerri to its permanent site at Okigwe, stressing that Government has put all processes and facilities on ground to ensure the immediate take–off of the faculty.

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

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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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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has inaugurated a new Governing Council, for the Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri.

At the inauguration ceremony on Monday, August 31, the governor named Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji as the Chairman of the Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Other members of the Council include: Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief Tony Ezenna, Prof. (Ven.) Chinedu Nebo, Sir. Louis Ezeigwe, Chief Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Dr. (Mrs.) Uwandu Uzoma, Ugoeze Victoria Adaku Ekezie, Prof. Adaobi Obasi (Vice Chancellor) and others.

Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Uzodimma said the choice of the members is to infuse fresh air into the university because “It is in dire need to bounce back to reckoning.”
He added that the choice of the members was because they have carved a niche for themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour and that they have earned solid reputation as men and women of substance in their individual trade, indices that qualified them for the appointment.

He challenged the members to bring their reputation to bear on the University, bearing in mind the task for good quality scholarship in Imo State University as well as service to humanity.

The Governor urged the members to deploy their individual accomplishments, excellence, expertise, passion for service as effectively as necessary to actualize the dream of his administration of having a highly reputable University comparable to the best Universities in the World.

He also requested the Council to “restore in words and deeds the motto of Imo State University, which is Excellence in Service”.

“Imo State University currently is a classical example of a failed University,” Governor Uzodimma said but strongly believed that “with a star studded Governing Council such as the one inaugurated there is no doubt that Imo is on the track to realize the dreams of her founding fathers.”

He further enjoined the Council members to quickly hit the ground running and come up with policies and programmes that will reassure Imo people that the University that made them proud 20 years back is on track as he assured them of Government partnership in this regard.

In an acceptance speech, on behalf of the Council, the Chairman, Most Rev. Ugorji who is the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia thanked the Governor for the absolute confidence reposed in them by giving them the assignment and acknowledged that though the task is daunting he has a strong belief that with the calibre of members of the Council and support of the management, staff and students the University will be returned to a centre of excellence which was the dream of the founding fathers.

He said that Imo State University deserves the best and that he and his members as inaugurated will work acidulously to ensure that the target of the governor in making Imo State University one of the best universities in Africa is realised.

He congratulated fellow members and promised that God’s willing, they will not fail the government and people of Imo State.

Present at the inauguration were the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, and other members of the expanded State Executive Council.

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