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Why Alvan pulled down retired lecturers’ roofs – Provost



The Management of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) Owerri, has given reasons why it pulled down the roofs of some of her retired lecturers, namely those of late Sir Donatus Ngoladi and Chief H.U. Chukwudire.


Dr (Mrs) Blessing Ijioma

Dr (Mrs) Blessing Ijioma

Making the explanations at the college on Friday, July 25, 2014 during a press briefing, the Provost, Dr. (Mrs.) Blessing Ijioma said that the action followed a court injunction to that effect because the lecturers in question had overstayed the period approved.


She said that over 500 retirees who are under the same retirement scheme with late Donatus Ngoladi and Chief Chukwudire, have retired and gone their ways without making trouble with the college.  She said that the management had on several occasions told Engr. Tobechukwu Ngoladi, son of late Sir Donatus Ngoladi, Chief Chukwudire and many others that it is the state government that will pay them their benefits because Alvan is now running a different pension scheme.


Dr. Ijioma regretted that many staff living at the quarters have turned them into commercial areas by building shops and houses they rent out to people.  She said that some have poultry farms and many criminal activities have been going on there.


She described as false the alleged 65 million naira she was said to have paid to buy her way for a second term, disclosing that when she is ready to face her accusers in court, the newspaper that reported that story should be able to say “who paid, who was paid to and who received the money”.


Also speaking at the occasion, Comr. Osuji Chukwuma of COASU said that the reporter that published the story wanted to rubbish AIFCE administration, adding that newsmen should always investigate their stories matters before publishing them.


He accused the retired lecturers whose roofs were pulled down as biting the finger that fed them.


Comr. Chinwendu Cyril Ibe, Chairman of NASU at the college maintained that 95% of retired staff wives and children have been given appointments in the school.  He alleged that Chief Chukwudire has a baby factory.


Mr. Benjamine Nwokedi, Secretary of COASU also charged the management of the college to take legitimate steps to recover all their properties illegitimately occupied by some people in the school.


In a chat with THE LEADER, Engr. Tobechukwu Ngoladi whose roof was pulled down disclosed that his father, late Sir Donatus Ngoladi served Alvan for 35 years without receiving a dime as his benefits until 2012 when he died.  Engr. Ngoladi acknowledged the fact that Alvan authorities had asked them severally to vacate the building added “but we are still living there because of AIFCE’s indebtedness to my father and as his next of kin I have the right to seek for his benefits”.


He did not buy the idea of the state government for being asked to pay his father’s gratuity because his father worked for Alvan and not the state government.  He also said that he had sought for employment in the institution all to no avail.


Also speaking to THE LEADER, Chief Chukwudire whose roof was also pulled down, said he will leave the quarters under due process because he is not claiming nor contesting the ownership of the building.


He made it clear that he will leave when his benefits and damages done to his property are paid.


He denied the alleged running of a baby factory saying that his wife by God’s design has a motherless babies home which is called “Mary Franca Foundation Home, built in the same quarters where he lives.  “Mary Franca Foundation” is government approved.  Government picks and brings babies here as well as pregnant girls and takes them any time they want to.  The adoption of the babies are done by the government, he said.


Chief Chukwudire also stated that Lady Nma Onyechere, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development on Saturday, May 24, 2014 came there for the re-validation and re-certification of the Home.  “The foundation Home has about 12 to 13 persons, we do not do shady things”, he emphasized.



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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