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Bishop Ordains 10 Catholic Priests

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Port Harcourt Diocese of
the Catholic Church last weekend ordained ten priests at the Corpus Christi Cathedral in Port Harcourt.
Those ordained at a ceremony performed by the Catholic Bishop of Port Harcourt, Most Rev. C. A. Etokudoh include, Reverends Aloysius Ugoh, Paul Nwankwoala, Paschal Nwuju, Nwambo Legbo, Philip Okwai, Emmanuel John, Vincent Egeonu, Pius Nwako, Christian Okechukwu and Denis Sebeate.
In an address at the occasion, the chairman of the Laity Council of Port Harcourt Diocese, Joe Alawa charged the new priests to do their best in the work of God bearing in mind that the journey had just begun.
The Laity Council chairman said, “Don’t allow yourselves to be distracted from the Lord to the secular world. The task before you calls for prayerfulness, tolerance, dialogue and cooperation. As new entrants into the priesthood, there is need for solidarity and goodwill among you.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Omuma Local Government Area, Hon. John Anucha presented two Camry cars to two indigenes of the area ordained as priests at the Corpus Christi Cathedral, Port Harcourt. The two priests are Reverends Christian Okechukwu and Paschal Nwuju.
Making the presentation, Hon. Anucha said it had become a tradition of the local government council to support Omuma sons ordained into priesthood with cars to assist them carry out the work of evangelism.
According to him, “this is to set a pace for the younger ones to emulate” and urged Omuma youths to be of good behaviour and embrace God in all they do while enjoining the newly ordained priests to emulate the good examples of their older colleagues.
Anucha charged the new priests to use the cars to spread the gospel and make the people of Omuma proud in the discharge of their duties.

 

Shedie Okpara

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Senate Receives Buhari’s Request To Confirm Garba As FCT CJ

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Senate, yesterday at plenary received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari, to confirm the appointment of Acting Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, as substantive Chief Judge.
Buhari’s request is contained in a letter read by President of Senate , Ahmad Lawan.
Buhari, in the letter said his request was made pursuant to Section 256 subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The letter reads in part: “Request for the confirmation of the appointment of Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi as the Chief Judge for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
“Pursuant to Section 256(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“I hereby request for the Senate’s confirmation of the appointment of Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, the acting Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, as substantive Chief Judge of the Court.
“I trust that the Senate will favorably confirm Hon. Justice Salisu Abdullahi as substantive Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, in the usual expeditious manner.”
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, inaugurated Garba as the acting Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Garba hails from Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State.
He was called to the bar in 1984, and he completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in 1985.
Garba was appointed as a magistrate of the FCT High Court in 1989.
In 1997, he became the chief registrar of the FCT High Court, and was appointed a judge of the FCT High Court in 1998.

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Commissioner HailsWike On Healthcare

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The  State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Chike Princewill, says  why resident doctors in the state did not join the strike like their counterparts in other parts of the country was because of the efforts of Governor Nyesom Wike in the health sector.
Chike dropped the hint during a courtesy visit by members of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists that (NAWOJ), Rivers State Chapter, in his office.
He called on journalists  to exercise their mandate as the fourth estate of the realm, by reporting the ills in the society, while amplifying good government policies.
He expressed dismay at the sorry state of medical facilities in the country, adding there should be medical facilities for proper health care delivery for all Nigerians.
Chemists, laboratory scientists and pharmacists have hijacked the job of professional doctors by converting their  stores to hospitals at the same time, carrying out tests and prescribing drugs to patients,” he said.
The commissioner who lauded the state sovernor, enjoined members of NAWOJ to promote all the projects that the state government has embarked upon since 2015 till date expressed readiness of the state Ministry of Health  to partner with NAWOJ for proper dissemination of information on health issues for the benefit of the society.
Speaking earlier, the Chairperson of NAWOJ, Rivers State Chapter, Mrs Susan Serekara-Nwikhana, stated that the executive members of the association were in his office to partner with the ministry on issues affecting the health of women and girls in the society.

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Traditional Ruler Tasks Chiefs On Fear Of God

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The Nyerisi Mbam Oro Esara Kingdom in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Eze S.O. Worlu, has called on chiefs of various communities in the kingdom to rule with the fear of God.
Eze Worlu said this shortly after the capping and installing eleven chiefs at his palace in Rumuokwurushi.
Those installed are, Eze Stanford C. Achor, Chiefs Kingsley N. Wogu, Chima O. Worlu and Eze Fyneface Ejike Ikeani.
The rest are: Chief Bright Ogele, Godfrey W. Nnanna, Joel O. Amadi and Anthony O. Ogbonda, Chief Iloyd C. Otuonye, John O. Chinda, Collins Ogbonda, while a posthumous award was bestowed on late Chief Ephraim Ejekwu.
Addressing them shortly after the ceremony, Eze Worlu said the event was not by accident, but designed by God to improve the lot of people in the various communities in the kingdom.
He described the kingdom as one of the largest in the State.
“As chiefs in your various communities, you have been called to rule your people with the fear of God.
“You must therefore put God first in everything that you do,” he said.
Worlu, who is a second class recognised traditional ruler in the State, also urged them to be just in dealings with their people.
The monarch regretted the level of injustice in the society.
“Evil is now multiplying across the country, injustice everywhere. All sorts of strange things that were not happening before are happening now.
“As chiefs you have a covenant with God to be just in your dealings with the people.
“Put God first in all that you do, because God likes those who are sincere,” he said.
Later in an interview, the monarch said all the chiefs were people of proven integrity, adding that the Oro Esara Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs does not admit criminals into its fold.
Also speaking, the chairman of the council, Eze Nsirim Nwoke, said the Traditional Rulers’ Council was made up of people who have been found worthy in character, adding that those installed were chiefs who were recognised in their various communities.
Woke, who is the Eze Owhani Ke Esawu, described the ceremony as first of its kind in the kingdom.
Also speaking, one of the installed chiefs, Chief Chima Worlu, said he and his colleagues would remain grateful to the king and people of Oro Esara kingdom for the confidence reposed in them.
Chief Worlu also pledged to rule his people with the fear of God, urging for their continuous support and cooperation to succeed.

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