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Owerri Zone sends olive branch to Okigwe Zone – Allow us to produce next Governor

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Members of Owerri Zonal Political Leaders Forum (OZOPOLF) led by Chief I.D. Nwoga stormed Okigwe zone at the weakened with a high profile delegation soliciting support to produce the next Governor of Imo State come 2015.

The unique visitation was held at the “IYINZE COURT” residence of Chief Ozichukwu F. Chukwu (KSM), Amakoha in Ihitte Uboma LGA of Imo State on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Chief Ozichukwu F. Chukwu is the incumbent Chairman of Okigwe Political Elders Council of Peoples Democratic Party and former National Vice-Chairman of the Party. The meeting was attended by top brass politicians from both zones.

In an address at the event, Chief Ozichukwu F. Chukwu quoted Dwight D. Eisenhower, former President of United States of America “that our problem then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow”.  He heralded the August visitors with kind words for consciously and proactively displaying rare heroism in towing pro-party lines, in extending hands of fellowship.  Chief Ozichukwu eulogized Chief Innocent Nwoga (mni) describing him as a game changer.

Glowing encomiums were paid to the high-brow leaders including, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Dr. Mrs. Kema Chikwe, Sen. Ogbonna and others for picking up the gauntlet in this precarious moments in history.

There was a consensus agreement against political violence, warning that anyone who contemplates, contributes, condones or compromises violence will be a victim.  Chief Ozichukwu further quoted John F. Kennedy, former President of USA that “we must seek above all, a world of peace, a world which people dwells together, in mutual respect”.  He warned all those who glamorizes violence and crime to repent so as to avoid debilitating curses and spontaneous reactions.

He appreciates the legacy of Chief I.D. Nwoga, first Chairman of PDP in Imo State for his magisterial dispositions and speeches which were always delivered with outstanding lucidity, passion and precision.  According to him, Okigwe people mired in the mud, sustained only by hope and literarily living on charity and clinging on faith with worn and weary fingers, take their destiny in their own hands, standing and speaking out.

He praised the leaders from Owerri zone by sending on olive branch as they hold “OFO NA OGU”, Chief Ozichukwu F. Chukwu, a reporters delight spoke eloquently on unambiguous terms that Okigwe people had earlier in January 2014 decided to ensure that the zone completes their second year tenure of governance of Imo State from 2015 to 2019.

She warns that unless the evil of betrayal of Okigwe zonal interest occasioned by lack of trust and devilish manipulations and machinations by chore party leaders from the three zones in Imo State is redressed, more fatal reoccurrence is imminent.

He observed that since PDP leaders shot themselves on the leg, adding that remorsefulness, penitence and redress is the only viable option as what is good to the goose is also good for the gander, he insisted.

In his response, Chief I.D. Nwoga regretted the overt or covert actions and deceptions of the past, but prayed that Okigwe zone should lend support to the desire of Owerri zone to produce the next Governor of Imo State.

Chief Nwoga who was accompanied by Chief Charles Amadi and a galaxy of political heavyweights representing the nine LGAs in the zone, postulate that they accepted the nine-month tenure of late Governor Evan Enwerem in good faith as providence would have it.

 

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USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas

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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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