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Three storey building collapses in Orlu

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Three storey building collapses in Orlu

A three storey building along Okwoji Owerre-ebiri in Orlu LGA, owned by an indigene of the community was on Saturday morning, April 3, 2021 collapsed. The building had reached roofing stage before the incident happened.

An eyewitness, Mr. Humphrey Oluigbo, told The Leader that on Saturday morning at about 8am, when some shop owners within the area had already opened for business and some passersby and motorist were passing, they heard a crack in the building and the next thing, the whole structure collapsed as people scampered for safety.

“The building was very close to the road, so when we heard a crack and some sand dropping from the building, we thought someone had thrown stone in the building, but before we could realize what was happening the whole building was already on the ground raising a lot of dust it”.

Another eyewitness at the scene, told The Leader that some doors at the first floor of the building were already fixed.”It is remaining to complete the paint house which is about one or two rooms and then roofing, before the ugly incident occurred”. He said the contractor handling the project was a direct brother to the owner of the building, adding that he had handled many projects before and wondered why the recent one became a huge failure.

The Leader sought to know the cause of the incident. Some people replied that the foundation of the building was not solid enough to carry the three storey building. They said that using substandard materials could also cause building collapse and advised that builders should take feasibility study before embarking on projects as well as to assess the materials used to avoid regret.

The Leader further observed that the building also affected other buildings and shops around it but no life was lost.

It was not possible to reach the Orlu Town Planning Authority to know the status of the building, whether ecessary approvals/permits were obtained before construction.

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Prof. Dozie appointed Vice Chancellor, Kingsley Mbadiwe University

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Prof. Dozie appointed Vice Chancellor, Kingsley Mbadiwe University

Erudite professor of Microbiology at the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Prof Ikechukwu Nosike Simplicius Dozie has been appointed the Acting Vice Chancellor of Kingsley Mbadiwe University at Ideato in Imo State by Governor Hope Uzodimma.
Prof Dozie’s appointment is with immediate effect.

According to the Imo State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Thompson O. Ikegwuoha, with the appointment of Prof Dozie, “the former Vice Chancellor, Prof Tola Badejo, has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect.”

“This is sequel to the former Vice Chancellor’s unauthorized announcement, illegally suspending academic activities in the university for the 2020/2021 academic year.

“All students and staff of the University are consequently advised to disregard the unauthorized announcement of the former Vice Chancellor and return to normal academic and administrative life without delay,” Prof. Ikegwuoha added.

Born March 3, 1966, in Umuokazi Amuzi, Ahiazu Mbaise local government area of Imo State, Nigeria

Professor Dozie was one of the contenders for the office of the Vice Chancellor of FUTO which was filled recently.

He had his First School Leaving Certificate from Agbani Road Primary School, Enugu , Enugu State and attended Mbaise Secondary School, Aboh-Mbaise , Imo State where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate with Division One in 1980.

Prof. Dozie holds a BSc. combined honours in Microbiology/Biochemistry and an MSc Medical Microbiology from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a PhD in Public Health Parasitology from the University of Jos.

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Fr. Mbaka: Enugu Diocese calls for ‘Prayer of Atonement and Reparation’

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Fr. Mbaka: Enugu Diocese calls for 'Prayer of Atonement and Reparation'

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has called for Prayer of Atonement and Reparation over the desecration of “the holy altar of sacrifice” at the Diocesan Cathedral by the followers of Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka of Adoration Ministry.

A statement issued on Thursday, May 6 and signed by Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, called on all Parishes, Chaplaincies and Religious Houses in the Diocese to embark on this prayer.

The statement reads:
“On 5 May 2021, the followers of Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria violently broke into the diocesan cathedral Church and desecrated the holy altar of sacrifice. Over and above this, they brutally vandalized the diocesan bishop’s residence, the cathedral parish house and the secretariat building complex.

“Therefore, I hereby declare and call for a one week union of prayer in reparation and atonement for this heinous act against our central place of worship and the sanctity of the Church. The prayer begins from Friday, 7th May to Friday, 14th May 2021. Every parish, chaplaincy and religious community in the diocese is obliged to participate in this holy activity.

“In addition to the traditional May devotion prayers (like daily benediction), the following prayers are to be offered for this purpose: 5 decades of the Holy Rosary; Act of Reparation to the Most Blessed Sacrament (attached to this letter) and Psalms 51 and 23.

“I enjoin you to remain sober and keep the diocese in prayer. With divine assistance and grace, we shall overcome this challenging moment. May Our Lady, the Queen of May intercede for us, Amen.”

It should be recalled that on Wednesday, 5th of May, the followers of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka took to the streets of Enugu to protest alleged disappearance of Fr. Mbaka, Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu. The controversial priest has been having face-off with the presidency. The protesters invaded the Bishop’s official residence at Igboeze Street, Independence Layout Enugu and the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Ogui Road where they destroyed some parts of the building and desecrated the place of worship.

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CAN warns politicians against fuelling crisis in Imo

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Imo State Chapter, has called on the political class to stop fueling crisis and fanning embers of war, particularly in Imo State, while keeping their own family members outside the country.

Addressing a Press Conference at their State Headquarters in Owerri, Wednesday, the Chairman, Revd. Eches Divine Eches (Ph.D) not only condemned in strong terms the attack on Governor Hope Uzodimma’s Country home at Omuma, but also the killing of innocent security personnel who are in the state to discharge their constitutional duties.

The CAN Chairman said while the Church is not taking sides, the leadership will not fail to call on all the gladiators to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance.

He pleaded with all concerned to stop making Imo State unsafe and sending out panic capable of causing health hazards, especially for the aged.

The Church strongly called for ceasefire and calm at all quarters, noting that Imo people are not known for crisis and destruction, “rather Imo people are known for intellectualism, decorum, resilience and their united spirit not in any way the current banditry.”

The CAN Chairman noted with nostalgia  that a State like Imo where almost everyone is a member of one Christian Church or the another should not be associated with the development going on currently.

“There is need for caution because like the saying goes, the danger of creating a monster is that, one day it will turn against its master”.

He emphasized: “The world should note that wherever the terror is coming from, whosoever and any group fanning these embers of war, supporting and appropriating it, because it is happening to other person(s) and also in another location, to security agencies, to Governors, CAN condemns their actions.”

He concluded: “Terror like danger does not spare anyone, once it assumes a life of its own, it turns to torment the initiators and soon it might be the person’s turn”.

The CAN Chairman noted that as Christians we are known for patience and tolerance and for allowing the will of God to reign supreme in our lives for which Imo State and her people are known for.

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