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Imo CGC begins payment of pensions in rural areas -As Ada and Opara Imo competition holds tomorrow

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The Imo State Community Government Council (CGC) has begun payment of pensions in the 637 communities in the state.

The Commissioner for Community Government Council and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr. (Lady) Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro disclosed this while interacting with the press in Owerri on Monday.

She said that cheques were being distributed to the pensioners in their various kindreds.

Lady Nnanna-Okoro explained that pensioners who did not see their names were those who did not fill the forms distributed to pensioners in their various areas.

Barr. Okoro announced that the grand finale of Ada and Opara Imo competition will take place on Monday, May 27 at the Ahiajioku Conference Centre New Owerri.

The Commissioner said the contestants will parade in their cultural attires, stressing that the aim of the competition is to revive our cultural values especially at this era of increasing immorality.

The contestants will address the audience in both Igbo and English languages and the overall Ada and Opara winners will go home with a brand new car each and a trip to South Africa.  The first runners-up will get one million naira each and a trip to Abuja while the second runners up will go home with N500,000 each and a relaxation trip to Concorde Hotel Owerri.

The Commissioner added that the community that produces the overall winner will receive a brand new bus from the State Government.

Enumerating the benefits of the CGC, Mrs. Okoro said many communities are now embarking on agriculture to enable them access the agric loan from the State Government while others are negotiating with investors on industrialization of their communities.

Apart from money accruing from government and other investments, the communities now have additional avenues of generating internal revenue like market and motor park tolls which hitherto went into the pockets of the Local Government Councils.

On the insinuations that a woman should not head a ministry that superintends over traditional rulers in Igboland, Lady Okoro described it as “petty reasoning”, adding that those making the disruptive comments are ignorant of the role of women both in the biblical era and modern society.  She enumerated instances in the Bible when God used women to solve difficult problems, stressing that God used Virgin Mary to rescue mankind.

She asked: “If a woman is a governor of the state, will Ndieze not co-operate with her?  When Dame Etiaba was Governor of Anambra State, did Ndieze go on strike?”  She said she was not worried by the side-talks because Ndieze in Imo State love her and some even call her “Mama Ndieze”.

The Commissioner said her ministry has raised the dignity and portfolio of traditional rulers in the state and many of them will admit that they never had it so good before.

On the role of Government Liaison Officers (GLOs) in the CGC, Mrs. Okoro said they are not part of CGC exco, explaining GLOs are people of means in the communities who are expected to use their contacts to attract amenities and projects to their communities.  They are expected to liaise with sons and daughters of the communities in diaspora and convince them on the need to help develop their communities.

In answer to a question, she said it is not true that the CGC has taken over the role of Local Government Councils.  “Local Government Councils work in synergy with CGC, and their roles are complementary.

She announced that the Governor has approved N10,000 allowance to youth corpers serving in the state as most of them will either teach in community schools or work in community health centres depending on their course of study.

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Mrs. Comfort Mbonu passes on

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Mrs. Comfort Mbonu passes on

The death has been announced of Mrs. Comfort Chikamnele Mbonu, wife of Mr. Ambrose Mbonu, a retired staff of Assumpta Secretariat, Owerri. She was aged 64.

Mrs. Mbonu was a renowned seamstress and popularly known as “Omenka” because of her professionalism in dress making.

A release signed by her family said her remains would be buried on Saturday September 12, 2020 after a funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish Isiekenesi, Ideato South LGA, Imo State. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Ambrose Mbonu and children.

May her soul rest in peace.

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2020 FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION HOLDS AUGUST 30

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2020 FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION HOLDS AUGUST 30

This year’s rescheduled Father’s Day Celebration in Owerri Catholic Archdiocese will now take place in all the Parishes/Chaplaincies on Sunday, 30th August, 2020.

The President, Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO), Prince Faith Uche Iwuorisha, announced this to CMO members during their monthly general meeting held Saturday July 25. Prince Faith said he met with the Archbishop, Most Rev. Anthony J. V Obinna who approved the date to enable CMO members celebrate the Feast of their Patron Saint, Joseph in their various parishes.

“The event did not hold on 3rd May, 2020 as earlier scheduled due to Covid 19 pandemic lockdown and August 30 is the “D-day”, Prince Faith remarked.

He however called on parish executives to put in motion necessary machineries to ensure successful celebration and expressed his gratitude for the Archbishop’s fatherly consideration and approval of the date.

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Veteran journalist Nwariwe loses wife

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Veteran journalist Nwariwe loses wife

The death has been announced of Lolo Olivia Chizuru Nwariwe.

Late Lolo Olivia Nwariwe, wife of Chief Ifeanyi Nwariwe, a retired Deputy Director, News and Current Affairs of Imo Broadcasting Corporation, Owerri.

She was aged 59.

A release by the family said, her remains would be laid to rest on July 31, 2020 at Nwariwe compound, Umuezeala Uba Umuaka, Njaba LGA, after a funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Umuaka at 10am.

May her soul rest in peace.

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