Assistant Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Council, Rev. Fr. Charles Egwuenu, says being steadfast would endear believers to God who would in turn give them their heart desires at the appropriate time.
The priest made this declaration during a sermon he delivered to mark the Christmas.
He encouraged Christians not to despair in the face of the economic recession but to celebrate the birth of Christ with what they have, adding that the celebration of Christmas was beyond the physical realm, being a time to share and reflect on how to live a life of appreciation to God for sending His only son to die for mankind.
The Cleric exhorted believers to be joyful in the fact that they were alive and urged them not to indulge in unwholesome activities in the name of celebrating Christmas.
Highpoint of the service was a thanksgiving session by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, and his family.
In an interview, Mr. Ukah, and his wife, Barr. Perpetual Ukah, said the family thanksgiving was a yearly ceremony to appreciate God for His goodness to the family.
A reception was later held for guests at the Okpanam residence of the Information Commissioner.
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has disclosed that his vision for the state is to bridge critical infrastructure and create a conducive environment that encourages investments and the meaningful engagement of Deltans, especially the youths upon whom the future lies.
Okowa explained that such lofty vision which is lucidly encapsulated in the SMART Agenda is being vigorously pursued by his administration which, he said, has initiated an economic development approach aimed at integrating the entire land mass of the state through good network of roads that link communities and cities across the three Senatorial Districts of the state.
The Governor stated this on Friday during the fourth biennial public lecture of the Enuani Democratic League (EDL) held at Ejeme-Aniogor in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the State.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, Okowa said his administration is conscious of the challenges facing Nigeria, of which the state is not an exception, noting that his government is working assiduously to tackle the difficulties and deliver prosperity to all citizens.
His words: “Our vision is to achieve sustainable development by building necessary infrastructure and creating the conducive atmosphere that would encourage investments and the meaningful engagement of our people, especially the youths to whom the future really belongs.
“Our economic development approach aims at integrating the state through good network of roads that link communities and cities across the state. This will also include the building of a befitting state capital. It is our goal to see that the completion of on-going projects across the length and breadth of the state is to give nerve and impetus to commerce”.
He called on all Deltans to encourage investors and also contribute their quota in the task of developing the state, assuring that State Government will continue to encourage and assist genuine investors who are out to serve as agents of positive social and economic change in all communities of the state.
On the yuletide, Okowa called on Deltans to imbibe the spirit of good neighbourlines, love, understanding and peaceful coexistence, noting that there is no gain in violent exchanges.
The Governor also commended the EDL for holding tenaciously to the spirit and mission of the group which is geared towards deepening the root of democracy in the Anioma clime.
In his welcome address, the President/Founder of the EDL, Hon. Collins Iwebunor, observed that the festering woes of Nigeria is consequent upon a geometric growth in the number of graduates without a commensurate increase in the number of thinkers and a surge in the number of polititians without a similar increase in numeric strength of actual leaders.
Iwebunor said “when the harvest was plenty, the labourers were few” adding that at present, “the wealth gave way to poverty and penury, debt and slavery”.
He said the sterling qualities of Governor Okowa as typified in his commitment to leaving indelible marks in the annals of the state justify the biennial event which was held in his honour.
In a lecture entitled “The Anioma Nation and Democratic Consolidation in Delta State”, a professor of History and Strategic Studies at the University of Lagos, Prof. J. G. N. Onyekpe, urged political leaders to rise above the obnoxious divide and rule system of governance, noting that the principles of egalitarianism must be adhered to the distribution of resources and democratic dividends.
Prof. Onyekpe, who admitted that the Anioma has overcomed the shackles of perceived marginalization with the emergence of Okowa, advised the Governor’s kinsmen not expect the concentration of the state’s resources in their domain alone, noting that the pan-Deltan initiatives of the Governor must be sustained at all times and in all circumstances.
In an interview with newsmen, the member representing Aniocha South constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Angela Nwaka, urged Deltans to continuously support the current administration which, according to her, has achieved much despite palpable economic constraints.
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya on Saturday urged Nigerians to pursue their cause without bitterness and recrimination.
In his Christmas message, Igbuya asked politicians, businessmen and professionals in the country to follow Christ’s example and give hope to the poor, the oppressed and the helpless.
In the message titled; The Principles of Hospitality, Igbuya reflected on the virtues of peace, love, honesty, justice, equity, humility and service to God which Jesus Christ espoused during his earthly mission, calling on Nigerians to be generous to others.
“Christmas is a season of peace, an opportunity to revive hope, a day of love and a time to recall all that can be achieved through reflection, forgiveness and reconciliation”.
He urged Nigerians at home and abroad to continue the practice of tolerance, generosity and compassion.
He also called for positive thinking among Deltans towards the future of the state.
“We’ll continue to work as a team, make laws that will ensure development and motivate the workers” he said.
The speaker commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for creating transparent institutions and showing a high sense of responsibility, discipline and prudence.
He also praised his colleagues, associates, workers of the Delta State House of Assembly and the people of Sapele for their wonderful support.
“It is our duty to work day and night to see that Delta State is peaceful, conducive and prosperous for us all. I wish you all a Merry Christmas”.
The traditional marriage of Ijeoma Ikoku and Chukwuemeke Okeke took place at the tail end of 2016 in the ancient kingdom of Archochukwu, a marriage that brought together two states, and attracted notable personalities from home and the Diaspora.
The marriage ceremony happened at ‘Ogo’ Amannagwu, village square of the ancestral home of the Ikokus, where the groom and his kinsmen had visited to complete the marriage traditions, according to the traditions and customs of of the Igbo people.
The colourful affair, saw Ije and the bridal train, known as ‘odu mgbede’ in Arochukwu adorned in Omu Aro dress, as well as George clothes. On the other hand, Meke wore a gorgeous agbada suit, and a befitting okpu mmee (red cap) to match, which aptly identified him as a true son of Enugu Agidi Royal community, Anambra State.
After the initial customs of marriage have been observed by elders from both families, the couple entertained guests by dancing around the arena.
Speaking to JUNGLE JOURNALIST NEWS CORPORATION, the couple revealed that the meeting that led to the 16th December ceremony was purely accidental. They both worked at the WorldBank and there was a function called together by the then finance Minister of Nigeria (Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala) that was meant to bring together Nigeria professionals working with international organizations like the IMF, World Bank, IFC to discuss to discuss the government’s vision and plans for the Nigerian economy. The bride and groom were both in attendance, and met over a seating mishap. The rest they say is history.
In his own addition to the remarkable tale, Meke told our correspondent, when asked what he thought of the moment he saw Ije; “nothing really yet, she was very engaging, so we engaged. It sounds crazy but I am a peoples’ person and I like to chat people up, but I had no grand design. When I was taking her out for lunch, I was possibly flirting but with no grand intension but the moment you get to know Ije, you just fall in love with Ije. So, it wasn’t planned at all. I went, I saw, and I was conquered!”
When confronted with why he married Ije, even though people believe Anambrariansp love to marry themselves; he says: “I am not from Anambra then”. Further, he says that places of origin cannot come before person; “People’s upbringing and where they grow up practically don’t count because when you marry a person, you marry her place. Again, he says what he fancies most about Ije is “she lets me play a fatherly role”.
“Ije is Ije, to know Ije is to love her and sometimes also she drives you crazy, but again that’s what love is all about, you don’t know why you do it , you just do it”.
The only daughter of Prof. Chinyere Ikoku and the granddaughter of Late Alvan Ikoku, Ije the bride is currently the Chief Financial Officer and founding team member of CEC Africa Investments – a multi-country infrastructure investment platform. Prior to this she worked with the IFC/WorldBank infrastructure and technology teams, covering Africa and Latin America. She holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennysylvania.
On his side, Meke served as a Legal Officer with the United Nations from 1992 to 2001, moved to UNESCO same year and served till 2004 as a Legal Officer, before proceeding to World Bank, where he currently serves as a Senior Counsel in Washington DC, USA.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Meke had his early education in Eastern Nigeria, before moving back to Lagos for undergraduate studies. He later went to the United States to study law, and has worked most of his life in the international organisations.
Prominent among those who graced the occasion include former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank and APGA gubernatorial candidate for Abia 2015, Dr Alex Otti, former Minister for Power, Professor Barth Nnaji and his wife, Mazi Emma Nwokoro (HAPEL), Prof Nkanginieme, RTD Major General Emeka Onwuamaegbu, (Commandant, Nigeria Defence Academy and an intelligence chief), Rumundaka Wonodi, and many others.
As Christians the world over celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has urged them not to let the euphoria of the season becloud the essence of the celebration.
Mr. Ukah, in a goodwill message signed on his behalf by his Media Assistant, Mr. Sam Ijeh, in Asaba on Saturday reminded Christians that the season of the birth of Jesus Christ is to show love and tolerance among one another.
He called on religious leaders to continue to teach their subjects the importance of cultivating the spirit of peaceful coexistence irrespective of the circumstances.
The Commissioner for Information noted that at this time that the country is going through recession, serious prayers for divine guidance are needed for leaders at all levels.
He stressed that the prevailing economic realities facing the nation now will at last become a blessing in disguise as it has brought out the ingenuities in Nigerians in their bid to survive.
Mr. Ukah assured Deltans that the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, will not renege on his campaign promises of prosperity for all as he determined to bring the dividends of democracy to the footsteps of the people.
He called on the people to be their brothers keepers and as much as possible avoid the pull-him-down syndrome, which he said is of no benefit to anybody.
The Commissioner for Information wished all Deltans a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year in advance.
Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Monday Igbuya has described the passing of the member representing Warri South 1, Hon Beatrice Omawumi Udoh as unfortunate and painful.
Igbuya, who described Udoh as a dogged fighter, grassroots woman and leader,
declared open the last plenary for 2016 open on Thursday, 15th December called for a minute of silence in her honour, after which the lawmakers went out to sign the condolence register opened for her sake.
The members were all dressed in black to honour her.
The Assembly then moved a motion to adjourn sitting till January 17,2017, thus bringing to an end its sitting for the year.
In a condolence message to the family, the speaker said: “I wish to convey to you the deepest condolence of the Delta Sate House of Assembly”.
He described Hon Udoh as an extra-ordinary woman who demonstrated a life of service, love, compassion and excellence to her family, community and the state.
“Hon Omawumi Udoh distinguished herself as a member of the Delta State House of Assembly. Her death is a great loss to the state. We will miss her” he mourned.
To the people of Warri South, he said ‘Hon Omawumi Udoh built a bridge of hope and unity among her people. She played politics of development. She had a generous spirit. She was dependable in every facet of her life. She was also admired for her wit, charm, vision and steadfast devotion to her political associates and family” Igbuya said.
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has been admitted as a full member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
Dated December 13, 2016, the membership certificate was signed by the President/Chairman of Council, Dr. Rotimi Mathew Oladele, and the Registrar, Dr. Ben Ahiante.
According to a statement signed in Asaba by the Media Assistant to the Commissioner, Mr. Sam Ijeh, the admission was given under the authority of the Council of the Institute in accordance with Decree No 16 of 1990, now NIPR Act No 16 of 1990, Volume 12, Cap N114 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Mr. Ukah was among the two persons who made it to the rank of full membership of the council (mnipr) out of a total of 83 inductees.
The Commissioner for Information is also Fellow, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) and Associate Member, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), among others.