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Imo House of Assembly Repeals Abortion Law – As Anti-life Group Campaigns in Abuja

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Bowing to unprecedented pressure and public outcry from Imo indigenes, the Imo State House of Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 26, repealed the controversial  Imo State of Nigeria Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law No 12 of 2012 (aka Abortion Law).

The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, recently brought an amendment bill to the controversial Law to the House of Assembly, asking them to either amend or repeal the entire Law. The Committee set by the House had recommended that the entire Law which has generated much furor in the State be repealed.  The Leader gathered reliably that the House felt they were better-of getting rid of the entire law. They hope to redraft a completely new law to take care of the other less offensive aspects o this law at an appropriate time.

As the house of Assembly was deciding on how to get the abortion law kicked out, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), encouraged by the speedy and clandestine passage of the Abortion Law, had called on the National Assembly to copy the example of the Imo State House of Assembly and pass the bill into Law.

Addressing the Press in Abuja on Wednesday, the National President of FIDA, Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau, commended the courage of the Imo House of Assembly and Governor Rochas Okorocha for being the first and the only State so far in the Federation to enact the Law.

According to Radio Nigeria 7am Network News of Thursday, Sept. 26, Mrs. Shakarau expressed confidence that the National Assembly will toe the line of the Imo House of Assembly.

Describing Imo State as a trail blazer, Mr. Shekarau however supported the amendment of the contentious section of the law which deals with the reproductive health of women to suit the yearnings of the people.

It should be recalled that the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill has been at the National Assembly since 2003.

In a related development, Dr. Philip Njemanze, Chairman Global Pro-life Alliance, has said that he warned Governor Rochas Okorocha against anti-life laws in Imo State.

Speaking on HOT FM Owerri Radio Programme, “The “Peoples Parliament” on Monday, Dr. Njamanze said he drew the attention of Governor Okorocha to the Imo State of Nigeria Gender and Equal Opportunities Law No 7 of 2007, enacted by Governor Achike Udenwa. He said he advised Governor Okorocha to repeal the law because it is not only abortion law, it supports same-sex marriage. “I made it known to him that the law (Udenwa Abortion Law) must be repealed because it is anti-human and anti-Igbo.”

The Governor agreed and said he would draw the attention of the House to the Law, said Dr Njemanze.

“Actually a Committee was set up with Hon. Dr. Obioma Ekenia and Hon Simeon Iwunze to look at the law, with a view to repealing it.” He further said.

Dr. Njenanze regretted that the Imo House not only retained the obnoxious Udenwa abortion law but went ahead to pass a much more dangerous law- the Imo State of Nigeria Law No 12 of 2012.

Dr. Njemanze who is the Chairman, Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, observed that while the abortion law signed by Governor Achike Udenwa in 2007 made provision for medical advice, that of Governor Okorocha has no time limit, and no medical advice. So, abortion is total in Imo State, no restriction at all, “Dr. Njemanze lamented

According to him, The Imo State of Nigeria 2012 Law No 12, Section 40 (1) (i) states a follows: “Every woman shall have the right to enjoy reproductive rights, including right to medical abortion in case of sexual assault, rape, incest and where the continued pregnancy endangers the life or physical, mental, psychological or emotional health of the mother.”

“That means if a woman has headache a day to the time she is going to deliver, because there is no time limit, she can have abortion. That is called partial birth abortion, it is the worst type of abortion.” he noted

He advised the Imo State House of Assembly and Governor Rochas Okorocha to heed the advice of well meaning Nigerians, including the Catholic Bishops Conference “to remove from the Governor Udenwa Law No 7 of 2007 and Governor Okorocha’s Law No 12 0f 2013, these abortion-promoting sections and all anti-life and (anti-Igbo) clauses in them.”

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USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas

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USAID averts 25,000 unwanted pregnancies in Ebonyi, Kogi

…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.”

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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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