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Uzodimma swears-in four new Commissioners

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… Explains why some workers have not been paid

Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has sworn-in four new Commissioners with a charge on them to avoid corruption and serve the people sincerely.

The Governor who performed the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday March 24, at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House Owerri said the ceremony is symbolic in many respects because “oath taking signals readiness to serve with commitment, diligence and honesty.”

Those who were sworn-in as Commissioners were Dr. Mrs. Doris Nkeiruka Uzoka Anite (Ministry of Finance and Coordinating Economy), Prof. Boniface Ginikanwa Nwogu (Ministry of Science and Technology), Mazi Uche John Ohia (Ministry of Tourism) and Dr. Bartholomew Chukwunonye Okorochukwu (Ministry of Health).

It was also on a day Governor Uzodimma inaugurated the six- member Board of the Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), Owerri.

The governor charged the Commissioners to do everything possible to avoid the banana pill of corruption as “there is no window or door to corruption in the Shared Prosperity Government of his administration.”

He explained that the Commissioners were chosen to reinvigorate and fuse in new blood into the Cabinet for the journey ahead.

Furthermore, he reminded the new appointees that “the job is a very serious one” and “they need to be constantly on their toes to justify their commitment in service of Imo State and the confidence reposed in them.”

Governor Uzodimma admonished them to “serve transparently with accountability and honesty at the back of their mind always,” noting that “the mandate being handed over to them is to serve Imo people with all at their disposal.”

He reiterated government’s commitment to the welfare of the civil servants and teachers in Imo State, insisting that over 42,000 verified and cleared civil and public servants in the State have been paid their salaries up to date with 10,000 workers discovered to be ghost workers.

Also, he said of the 947 civil servants who are yet to be paid many of them were found to be receiving double salaries and cannot be paid by the government until they come up to explain what transpired and how they plan to refund such public funds they fraudulently took from government.

However, the Governor did not mince words to say that while efforts are being made to sustain payment of pensioners salary and gratuities, government cannot afford to pay gratuities now that have accumulated to over N58billion.

“In the past the Civil Service was excluded from governance but we have made efforts to return the system to its former glory,” the Governor explained.

Governor Uzodimma also inaugurated the Board Chairman and Members of Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) Owerri.

They are Hon. Emma Dike (Chairman) and Sir James Egbuchulam, Director-General, IBC as Secretary.
Other members include Engr. Onwuelingo Okechukwu, Ms. Ify Onyegbule, Sir John Uchechukwu Nnabuihe, and Sir Kennedy Amanze who represents the Ministry of Information and Strategy.
The Governor congratulated the new appointees and wished them well.

In her appreciation speech on behalf of her colleagues, Dr. (Mrs.) Anite thanked the Governor and Imo people for trusting in their capacity to serve and pledged they will do so with honour and distinction. She also promised that they will not to disappoint the Governor, the Government and the people of Imo State.

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DSS alerted Uzodinma, police three times before Imo attacks, says ex-director

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DSS alerted Uzodinma, police three times before Imo attacks, says ex-director

A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the secret police alerted the Nigeria Police Force and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, at least three times before Monday attacks in the state.

Amachree, however, said the police and the governor, who is the chief security of the state, failed to act on the intelligence by the DSS.

The former DSS official said this in an interview with press men, Thursday on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily programme’.

Speaking on the television programme, the ex-DSS director said, “There was enough intelligence, enough actionable intelligence. Actionable in the sense that it allows for space for people to execute it, one week ahead of the event and of course 72 hours before the event and then 48 hours before the event”.

Amachree stressed that the Imo State Governor was aware that the prison and the police headquarters was about to be attacked.

Amachree lamented, “Some people are just too lazy to do their jobs.”

He also faulted claims by the then Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that members of IPOB masterminded the attacks. “He (Adamu) doesn’t have his fact right because I don’t see how he can identify them. You identify people by either arresting some of them or from what they say but there was no person that was arrested,” the ex-DSS director said, adding that the DSS was investigating the attacks and would identify who the attackers were.

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Site & Services Estate, Owerri plunged into darkness

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Site & Services Estate, Owerri plunged into darkness

…As Learner rams car into electric pole

Residents of Site and Services Estate, World Bank Owerri, have been plunged into darkness for nearly two weeks now as a lady alleged to be a Learner rammed her car into an electric pole in the highly populated residential area.

An eyewitness said a young man was teaching his girl friend/wife how to drive and the Learner lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into a high tension electric pole in the heart of the estate, which plunged a section of the estate into darkness.

Another source said; “As soon as the incident happened, residents alerted the World Bank office of the Enugu Electrical Distribution Company (EEDC). They arrived the scene quickly and ordered the Learner to pay for the cost of the damage estimated at over N300,000. The young man said he didn’t have such amount, and they impounded his vehicle pending when he will pay for the repairs.”

Meanwhile, the residents have been appealing to the EEDC World Bank to restore light to the area while they sort it out with the Learner but all appeals have fallen into deaf ears.

A resident said, “Before the incident, we have been enjoying relative improvement in power supply which encouraged me to stock my fridge with meat and other perishables for the Easter celebration. Now everything has perished.

“So, if the guy does not have the money to pay for the repairs, we will remain in darkness and under the prevailing scorching heat? We know that EEDC has been insensitive to the plight of the residents of Site and Services, but this particular blackout is insensitivity to the lightest level.”

“Supposing the damage was caused by rain storm, will EEDC wait till the god of Thunder pays for the repair?” another aggrieved resident asked.

The residents however blamed the Learner for practising in a residential area instead of registering with a Licensed Driving School.

“Supposing she had ran into a human being; the story would have been different by now,” another resident noted.

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Chief/Sir Eugene and Nneoma Lady Anthonia Osuagwu turns gold in marriage

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Chief/Sir Eugene and Nneoma Lady Anthonia Osuagwu turns gold in marriage

…Gives thanks to God for blessings

It was to the glory of God that Chief Sir E.A. and Nneoma Lady Anthonia Osuagwu (KSM/LSM) celebrated the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of their Holy Matrimony with a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Joseph Duru at St. Joseph Parish Umualumaku Ehime Mbano LGA, Sunday April 4. Fr. Duru, Parish Priest, was joined at Mass by Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Emmanuel Osuji, Rev. Fr. Modestus Ikwugbu and Rev. Fr. Kingsley Eze.

In his homily, Fr. Duru gave thanks to God for the gift of the couple to the parish, community, Ehime Deanery and Okigwe Diocese and humanity. According to him, Christians and the parishioners in particular should always be hopeful and believe that the risen Christ has taken away all our sorrows, tribulations and above all, brought salvation of our souls in its wake.

The homilist encouraged the congregation to always be mindful that it was the resurrection of Christ from the dead that brought salvation to humanity. “The risen Christ is ever ready to take away our iniquities if only we believe and stop doubting like Thomas.”

Fr. Duru admonished young couples that marriage is not a bed of roses. According to him, the celebrants were happily celebrating the golden jubilee anniversary of their marriage with friends, associates and family members, they also suffered deprivations, anger, bitterness, ill-health and challenging moments but overcame because of the efficacy of prayers, dedication, love and mutual trust.

He advised the golden jubilarians to continue to be submissive and love each other. He encouraged their children to continue lending a hand of support, care and provide goodwill to their parents more, now they are no more in service. The couple exchanged rings and renewed their marital vows. He then prayed God to continue to keep them together in love and good health so that they remain role models and source of encouragement to young and prospective couples.

The matrimony between Nneoma Lady Anthonia Ewenkechi (LSM) nee Ihechinyere of Umuebo, Umuezeala Owerri and Hon. Chief Sir Eugene Akunaka Osuagwu (KSM, PEN) was validated on January 4, 1970 and the marriage is blessed with five children, three boys and two girls, numerous grandchildren, in-laws and other relatives.

Through dint of hardwork, diligence, doggedness and perseverance, the couple rose to the pinnacle of their careers as Principals of Secondary Schools graduating from teaching cadre. As Knight and Lady of St. Mulumba, they rose to the 4th Degrees. As community leaders, they became chiefs of cabinet ranks and as proactive Catholics, Lady Anthonia Osuagwu was conferred with the prestigious Nneoma title by His Lordship, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, Bishop of Okigwe Diocese.

The Leader spoke with Chief Sir E.A. Osuagwu (KSM PEN) moments after the celebration at his Umunjoku Umunonyia abode on how it has been all these years. According to him, it is not an easy roller coaster without hitches, obstacles and challenges. Life is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony. Life over 50 years is brutish, never easy but tough like battle; but with prayer and faith, he counted himself as one of those blessed by God. “If I have the same opportunity, I will also marry my heartthrob, Nneoma Anthonia.” He expressed profound gratitude to God for his multiple blessings and increase in the family long life and resources. He prayed God who started the good works to continue. He gave all glory to God.

The thanksgiving wedding anniversary took an upscale with the cutting of cake by the couple, taking a dramatic note as the golden jubilarians took to the dancing floor displaying rich dancing prowess and skills to the admiration of friends, well wishers, family members and Knights and Ladies of both St. Mulumba and St. John International.

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