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Obi remains best governor of Anambra – Bishops



– He has brought life to mission hospitals, schools

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor and the Anglican Bishop of Amichi, Bishop Ephraim Ikeakor, have said that Governor Peter Obi remains the best Governor Anambra State has ever had.  The bishps spoke at different for a recently.


While Bishop Ezeokafor made the submission at St. Joseph Hospital Adazi-Nnukwu, while receiving a life ambulance and a cheque of N50m for the continued re-building of the hospital, Bishop Ikeakor spoke during a reception for Governor Obi.


The Catholic bishop said everybody was pleased with the government in Anambra State because of its visible achievements.  “It is no longer ear-making in the state, it is now eye-marking”, he said.


Accordingly, he advised the person that will take over from Obi to be as humble as he is.  He, therefore, warned all those jostling to take over from Obi to strive to do more than he had done at least equal his records.  The bishop said he would personally declare and lead the war against whoever replaces Obi, but fails to govern the state the way Obi is doing now.


“Look at the schools in Anambra State, they are improving.  Anambra State now has the best network of roads; our education facilities are receiving lots of support, among other improvements.  We do not want somebody that will lead us backwards and that is why we are all supporting continuity”, the bishop said.


In his own remarks, Governor Obi said more assistance would be offered to the hospital as government was determined to have it upgraded as a specialist hospital.  He pledged to continue to work for the good of the state till the day he would hand over to his successor.


In a related development, the Anglican Bishop of Amichi, Most Rev. Ephraim Ikeakor has described as blatant liars, those who, inspite of the monumental work of the Governor, still say he is not performing.


According to “Newsreel”, the bishop said Governor Obi had done very well and that only those possessed by the devil will say anything to the contrary.


The prelate observed that despite the fact that Governor Obi is about to leave office, he is still working with the same commitment and dedication with which he started.  “Others would have been more interested in using the last year in office to amass filthy wealth”, he added.


Though the bishop did not call names of the “blatant liars”, reporters said he was referring to some governorship candidates in the November gubernatorial election in Anambra State.


Earlier, the Anglican bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo had commended Governor Obi, saying no government has equaled his efforts in partnering and empowering the church to provide efficient health and education services to the people.  He also noted that God was using the Governor as a vessel of honour to touch the lives of the people.


The bishop was speaking while receiving a cheque for N20m as part of the money for the construction of the hostel project of its School of Nursing.


Earlier, the Hospital Administrator, Rev. John Amaizu said God used the Governor to answer the prayer of the hospital and recalled his prompt response in saving the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in the state and ensuring their accreditation.


Rev. Amaizu disclosed that the Governor had also provided the hospital with N120m to upgrade structures and facilities for second accreditation, adding that the Governor has brought life to mission schools.



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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