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Lest our faith be ridiculed





My attention has been drawn to the numerous mis-representations and insinuations against our very revered Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, the Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna as published in the White Paper tabloid, Vol. 6 No. 100, Wednesday 18 — Thursday 19 March, 2015.

For the avoidance of doubt, His Grace, the Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna is neither an ingrate nor self-centred as those writers took him for.

His immediate family of which a member happens to be at present in the mo State Governor’s cabinet can honestly testify to this fact. Those who knew him from his seminary days, together with his co-lecturers at Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) Owerri can also bear witness.

It needs to be placed on record that Archbishop Obinna had long started expressing opinion on issues that affect the masses ever before he became a bishop.

All those being used to link his person and name maliciously with partisan politics should have a re-think before the wrath of God consumes whosoever that touches God’s anointed.

All who decided to use the name of Archbishop Obinna to increase their already fat allowances should desist from playing politics with the name of this chief shepherd of our province and Vicar of Christ in I Imo and Abia States.

Realizing that any slap or insult meted out to his person is an attack indirectly challenging the faith professed by the entire Catholics of this province says it all.

Where any dignitary sincerely doubts reasons for any deterioration of relationship with this revered cleric, he should humbly reach him and sort out issues amicably and directly too without the use of aides.

Where any aide or paid agent usurps the right of stooping on another person’s faeces, such action might attract divine justice if not checked early enough.

To call a spade a spade, is for whosoever that is involved to desist from biting the finger that fed him. “Nwa Ngwii puo eze, ya atagbuo onye zuru ya” (if an orphan grows teeth, he bites the one who trained him). Onye gburu dibia na-a gwooro ya ogwu, ndi na-emeere ya nshi agwubeghi”.

He who kills the doctor that treats him must remember that the enemies ready to poison him are still there).

The truth is that our chief shepherd remains part of all genuine true winner at the polls, irrespective of party affiliations, while at the same time shares the feelings of those who lost. So, he cannot be indifferent to any contest where Catholics participate.

We cannot easily forget where the helmsman chose to make his first public appearance soon after winning the supplementary elections in May 2011 when the present day political jobbers had not come on board. As Ndigbo say -‘Onye na-amaghi ebe a no lie ozu, n’esite n’ukwu abo ya’ (he who was not present at the burial of a corpse, starts exhuming it from the legs).

What happens to the keeping of those assurances declared publicly on that eventful day of May 2011? Are the present schemishes and manoeuvres calculated to sweep those declarations, explanations and assurances made in 2011 under the carpet? Ha-a-ba! Have we forgotten that

God is no respecter of persons?’ Nuru olu anyi, Nna nuru …. Olu anyi-o-oh! (hear our voice, Father hear… our voice)!

Christians who deny their faith as a result of temporal and perishable things stand condemnable. Such people should rescind, repent and amend their lives while the sun still shines.

Finally, I admonish everyone to desist from rubbishing the name and person of our revered ‘Innocent voice’ of the down-trodden henceforth.


– Chris Ozoemena wrote from World Bank Est



USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas



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



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



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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