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Easter: Shun Idolatrous Lifestyle, Cleric Urges Christians

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The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Bishop Hillary Okeke, has urged Christians to fully submit their lives to the teachings of Jesus Christ and shun all forms of idolatry.
Okeke made the call while delivering his Easter message at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral, Nnewi yesterday.
The theme of the message is: “New Way of Life with Jesus Christ Risen from the Dead”.
He said Christians must live above love for the world and strive to show love worthy of their call in Jesus Christ.
The cleric who used 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10, to describe the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, warned Christians against committing vices such as immoral sex, idolatry among others.
According to him, thieves, misers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
“As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after the death on the cross and burying in the tomb, Christians should reflect the new way of life.
“In all truth, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born through water and the Spirit.
“What is born of human nature is human; what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
“By our baptism into his death, we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin to live a new life,” he said.
Okeke said that people who practiced neo-paganism would not inherit the kingdom of God.
He said that neo-paganism could be described as where people who professed Christianity still indulged in cultural and traditional ways of life that were laced with idol worship.

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Our Investment On Infrastructure, Paying Off-Banigo

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The Rivers State Government has said that its huge investment in infrastructure development was yielding significant dividends.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo stated this while playing host to a delegation of the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists and Venereology at the Government House in Port Harcourt, last Friday.
According to Banigo: “With the ongoing infrastructure development, Rivers State is fast becoming the easiest state to do business and the most secured state in the country.”
The deputy governor, who maintained that the State Chief Executive, Chief Nyesom Wike’s commitment to reduce the disease burden of the Rivers people was not negotiable, said “Our governor is healthcare-friendly, he believes that health has taken a huge bite of his budget, and I know he does as much in education, social services and security.”
On the practice of the dermatology and venereology in the country, she expressed delight that the association and its members have endeavoured to improve on the quality of life of the Nigerian society, with the promotion and application of Dermatological Sciences and Technology.
Banigo, while commending the choice of Port Harcourt to host the 2022 Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the association, said: “I thank you for choosing Port Harcourt, I do not think you have made a mistake at all, we will announce to the governor that you have also chosen him to be the patron, and I am sure in his usual manner he will be happy to receive it”.
In his remarks, the President, Nigerian Association of Dermatologists and Venereology, Dr.Tahir Mohammed said they were proud of the achievements of the state government under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike in the health sector where most governments pay less attention.
According to him, they were in the state to inform the deputy governor that Port Harcourt has been chosen to play host to the 2022 Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the association in collaboration with the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology.

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RSUBEB Inaugurates Project Monitoring Committees In 23 LGAs

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To ensure compliance and adherence to standards on job specifications, the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB) has inaugurated committees for project supervisors and monitors to ensure that 2020 Federal Government/Universal Basic Education Intervention Fund projects execution across the 23 local government areas of the state meet quality assurance matrix.
The committees had their memberships drawn from the teaching staff of the board at the various local government areas as well as those whose specialisations were in areas of Engineering, Building Technology, Urban and Regional Planning as well as Surveying.
Inaugurating the committees at the Board Headquarters in Port Harcourt, over the weekend, the Executive Chairman of the Board, Ven.FynefaceAkah said the board functions and responsibilities do not stop at classroom activities only but also in undertaking technical functions which require technical manpower, saying that they were selected to serve in the committees because of their technical, professional skills and experience.
Akah told them that the board placed high premium on integrity of work delivery through due diligence, adding that such informed the board’s commitment to work round the clock to achieve due process as set out in their relevant statutory codes and guidelines.
According to him, that formed the guidelines of processes the board has taken in implementing government programmes and policies, especially in areas where government money wastied to projects, adding that the state was not lacking in the basic education as the government has always released funds for the provision of needs in development of basic education.
The RSUBEB boss said that the committee members were chosen to contribute and add value to the improvement of basic education in the state, adding that they were appointed to help bring their technical experienceand support the contractors handling the projects in their various LGAs so as to deliver quality jobs.
Akah cautioned the committee members to avoid creating stumbling blocks and obstacles in the way of quality job delivery.
He warned that the board would not fail to bring appropriate sanctions and disciplinary measures against any member who compromised in accordance with the civil service rules, and assured that reward awaits a diligence and sincere worker.
“I am happy meeting with all of you here today because since our appointment, this is the first time we are meeting. You were selected based on your professional experience, so we will from time to time get reports from you all because you are our eyes at the LGA level. Make sure you do not compromise in your assignment,”he stated.
In their various goodwill messages, the Director,Physical Planning, Mrs Joy Ojirika; and the Director, Social Mobilisation, Mr IbeOgwe; said they were appointed to help move the board forward, adding that they were expected to visit the project sites in other to bring feedback to the board.
Also speaking, the Technical Assistant to the RSUBEB Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Ogbugo said the objectives of engaging and assigning the LGA supervisors/monitors, include having value for the money spent on the projects as well as ensure that contractors work towards job specifications in line with approved Bill of Quantities(BOQs).

By: Akujobi Amadi

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Church Celebrates Advent Liturgy Service

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The Lynn Chancel & Towers mission, Port Harcourt, has celebrated the Advent Liturgy Service to herald the beginning of a new ecclesiastic calendar year.
The advent liturgy which is an Anglican rites, is celebrated among Anglican, Catholic and Methodist faithful as a season of expectations by the church in celebration of the second coming of Jesus Christ and also His coming as a judge at the end of time.
Therefore, this year’s celebration is the second season organised by the Chancel of Our Lady Lynn and Towers Mission, Woji in Port Harcourt, Rivers State since its establishment and was specially designed to give hopeful edification for Christians and friends of the mission.
Speaking at the Advent Liturgy Service and Worship held at the Chancel of Our Lady Lynn & Towers Mission, Woji yesterday, the Presiding Priest and cleric, Ven. Fyneface Ndubishi Akah said the essence of the celebration was an expression of gratitude of God’s kindness and His benevolence and grace in ushering mankind into another new year through forgiveness of our sins.
Akah said the advent liturgy, an annual spiritual ritual, observed and celebrated by the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and Eastern Othordox churches is marked four weeks to Christmas and kick starts the commencement of a new ecclesiastical calendar year.
He said it is an opportunity God offers to mankind to take a sober reflection of his or her past life in the past year ended with a view to having a renewed Christian life, adding that “the stock taking of our life activities should be both in our stewardship and relationship with one another”.
“Every year, there is new beginning, men take new resolutions. When we stage Advent Liturgy, we appreciate God for not killing us for our sins because we make mistakes in both spiritual and rational relationships. We are selfish. We fail in our marriage relationships and also in our societal responsibilities. The new year calendar date begins today, advent day, it is seasonal and does not have a regular date like the circular calendar but is celebrated four weeks before Christmas”, he stated.
The Anglican priest, who also doubles as the Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, (RSUBEB) used the opportunity to call on leaders at all levels to discharge the thrust of leadership entrusted to them with the fear of God and ensure that they provide those projects that will impact positively on the lives of the people.
“Our country is grieving. If you are President, governor or local government chairman rule with human face,” he stated.
The Tide reports that the service featured hymns, Eucharist, and climaxed with an award presentation to Ven Fyneface Akah by the Niger Delta Provincial Students Association, Institute of Theology and Paul University, Akwa, Anambra State.

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