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Ani Advises YWCAN Members … On Objectives Of Assocition

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The first Nigerian vice president of the World Young Women Christian Association (WYWCA) and National President, Young Women Christian Association of Nigeria (YWCAN), Lady Comfort Ani, has called on members of the association to remain focused at all times in order to achieve the aims and objectives for which the body was formed.

Mrs. Ani, who made the call in a chat with journalists in Enugu shortly after the end of the 2009 Synod of the Enugu Diocese of the Anglican Church, held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, noted that the world movement that presently has over 55 million women and girls as members work for humanity.

According to Lady Ani, who is also president of African Young Women Christian Association’s Network (AYNET), the work of the association include caring, housing capacity building, counseling, rehabilitation as well as advocacy for battered people.

Describing the association as very gender sensitive and youth focused, Lady Ani expressed happiness that they have raised a lot of people, helping most of them find a home of their choice, revealing that a lot of children in nursery schools have also been assisted by the association.

She, however, commended one time president of YWCAN, Dr. [Mrs] Joy Nwashili, for being the brain behind most of the activities as she has on her own inaugurated other branches of the body within the former Anambra State which include Enugu and Ebonyi States.

Asked how she was able to be elected president of different bodies of the association at different elections, Lady Ani further said: “It is not by coincidence but by the will of God that I will stand up to say that I am President of this and president of that. One does not follow the other. I ran the elections differently in different countries. And it was the will of God I should become even when I was expressing unwillingness to cope with the work”.

Continuing, Lady Ani equally said: “I am a shameless preacher of the word of God. I am a bus preacher. I go around nations to preach the word of God. It is the source of my strength that I cannot be derailed”.

Commenting on the major problem now facing the association, Lady Ani added: “The main problem behind the crisis in YWCAN was that YWCAN had a priced piece of land at No 1 Obideyi Close South West, Ikoyi. And a group of YWCAN members rose up about four of them without re-course to YWCAN and without any body knowing and sold the piece of land to one of the banks in Lagos for 120 million”.

Appealing to all members of the association not to be disturbed, Lady Ani further said. “YWCAN is still intact. We are still following our constitution. We are pursuing our objectives and goals and we are achieving them. In fact for the first time after 103 years of YWCAN in Nigeria, a Nigerian became the vice president of the world-wide Young Women Christian Association”.

On her advice for members of the “dissident group”, rather than advising them, Lady Ani called on all members of the association to pray for them because “ they are lost sheep so that God will touch their heart to come back because God does not want to destroy anybody he has created”.

Also speaking, former president of YWCAN and one of the trustees of the association, Dr. (Mrs) Joy Nwashili, described the attitude of some members of the association as very unfortunate.

Lady Ani, she went on, was not ready to be bought over by “the people who want to be stealing money that does not belong to them”.

She, therefore, enjoined all members of the association to remain calm and prayerful as one with God is majority, adding that sooner than later the storm would be over to the glory of God, she stressed.

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Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room

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The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”

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Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill

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The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.

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2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria

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Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.

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