2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Interdenominational Church Service ongoing at Victory Chapel, Government House, Owerri.
The Deputy Governor, Hon. (Engr.) Gerald Irona, the Wife of the Governor, Lady Ebere Ihedioha, Heads Of Security Agencies, among other top Goverment officials are all in attendance.
STARS SHINE AS GOVERNOR IHEDIOHA OPENS HIS GATES FOR 2019 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION WITH CANTATA & FESTIVAL OF SONGS
It was indeed a Festival of Songs yesterday evening at the 2019 edition of the Emeka Ihedioha Christmas Cantata & Festival of Songs.
The Annual ritual which had the theme: O God, our help in Ages Past, started in 2012 and was brought to a climax on this year’s edition.
The epoch-making event took place at the Aronta Mbutu country home of His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha, in Aboh Mbaise.
This is the first time the Governor is observing the ritual in his official capacity as the first citizen of the State, in the Christmas Cantata’s 8-year history.
It was an evening of warmth and fellowship with a steady flow of Congregational Hymns, Anthems and Spiritual songs to herald the occasion of Christmas.
There was thrilling music rendition from the likes of Donaldians Ensemble, Anglican Chapel of Light, FUTO; Clementine theatre Awka; Port Harcourt male ensemble international, Royal City Chorale Owerri, Harmonic Chorale Amaifeke Orlu, and Lucian Heights Chorale Okigwe.
The Anglican Bishop of Mbaise Diocese, His Lordship, Rt Rev’d Chamberlain Ogunedo, was on hand to lead the congregation in a brief exhortation.
High point of the Festival of Songs was when special prayers were offered for the Governor and the State, by the head ministers of the different Christian denominations present at the event.
The exciting evening was well attended by the Governor of Sokoto State, Waziri Aminu Tambuwal; Former Governor Ikedi Ohakim, Former Deputy Governor Prince Eze Madumere, Nze Harbert and Dr Mrs Kema Chikwe, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Martin Agbaso, the State PDP Chairman, Ikmeba Charles Ezekwem, Senators of the federal republic of Nigeria, members of the State & National Assembly; members of the State and National Judiciary, members of the State Executive Council, members of the Clergy, Traditional Rulers, friends and well wishers of the Ihedioha Family, amongst other men and women of goodwill from all walks of life.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi.
Yesterday, His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha attended the celebration of life ceremony of the late Obi of Ogwashi Uku kingdom, His Royal Majesty (Prof.) Chukwuka Okonjo.
The service was held at Immanuel Anglican Church, Ikelike Quarters Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha-South L.G.A. Delta State.
The late Obi who is described as a ‘Man of the People’, was the father of the former Nigerian Minister for Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The ceremony was well attended by top government officials and captains of industry.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi.
ADDRESS BY THE GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, EMEKA IHEDIOHA, CON, ON THE OCCASION OF THE IMO DAY OF THANKSGIVING, THE CENOTAPH, NEW OWERRI, IMO STATE.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2019.
It with great joy that I welcome you all to the Imo State Day of Thanksgiving. The theme for this event is very apt and taken from Psalm 34: 3-4; “Oh, Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” I welcome, the Guest Speaker for today, God’s servant, Evangelist Uma Ukpai.
2. As Christians, gratitude to God is one of the fundamental tenets of our faith. It is enjoined in the teachings of Christ, especially in the Parable of the Ten Lepers in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter17. In it, Jesus had healed ten lepers, but unfortunately, it was only one, and indeed, a Samaritan, who came back to express gratitude to Christ. The rest nine simply melted away into the society.
3. Unlike the nine, Imo State government recognizes the magnitude of the grace of God upon the State. The significant transformations we have recorded in seven months could not have been possible without God. We are conscious of the warning in Deuteronomy 8:17 never to say “…My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.” We take heed to acknowledge, therefore, the Lord our God, for it is He that has given us the grace to make this progress.
4. In our infrastructure rebuilding efforts, security, agriculture, sports and all. His mercies have been evident. The Imo narrative has changed. We are now a State known for positive developments.
• We are rated the least corrupt state in the country, by no less an agency than the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS);
• Rated the fastest growing economy by the leading economic journal in the country: Businessday, and
• Rated the Best Overall Performing State in ICT Development after the assessment conducted by the National Council on Communication and Digital Economy, in Gombe State, this month.
5. Today Imo State is sought after by many investors, international agencies and corporations. From aviation to oil and gas, commerce to tourism, Imo has become the favoured destination.
6. In another breath, this event affords us the opportunity to present our prayers and petitions before God for the coming year. We certainly need His wisdom, the resources and strength to pursue our MISSION, to rebuild, reposition and transform Imo State into a modern ecosystem. We also strive to create an enabling environment for sustainable economic growth and improved quality life for our people. Similarly, we implore His grace to make Imo State one of the top three most developed state economies in Nigeria by 2025 and ranked within Africa’s top ten economies by 2030.
7. I urge us all to make these points our prayer focus for the coming year. I must specially thank all our Fathers in the Faith; Arch-Bishops, Bishops, Priests, Ministers and, indeed, all the faithful. You have been to us what Aaron and Hur were to Moses in a critical period in the journey to the Promise Land. You have continually borne our hands up in our developmental efforts, by your prayers and the altars you have raised to God for the State. We pray the Almighty God would reward you all for your labour.
8. One again, I invite us all to join hands and let us Rebuild Imo. “Imo bu nke anyi.”
Merry Christmas to the good people of Imo State and a prosperous New Year.
Today, His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha attended the funeral service of the Late Hon. Tony Okere at his hometown, Obiakpu, in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.
A solemn valedictory session was held for Hon. Tony Okere at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Chambers of Imo State Government House, Owerri, after which his remains made the journey to his Obiakpu country home.
In his commiseration at the interment, Governor Ihedioha bemoaned the untimely death of the Commissioner, describing him as a great friend and ambassador of the #RebuildImo project, who spent a large part of his life in service to his fatherland and humanity at large.
Until his demise, Hon. Tony Okere was the Honorable Commissioner for Petroleum & Environment in the #RebuildImo administration.
Hon. Tony Okere began his foray into public service in 1991 as a Supervisor in charge of Education, Finance and Planning in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area.
Between 1992 and 1993, Hon. Tony Okere was the Executive Secretary for Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area. He represented Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta/Oru West Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003.
Hon. Okere went on to become the Sole Administrator, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area in 2004 and Special Adviser to the Governor of Imo State on Niger Delta Affairs between 2010 and 2011.
Hon. Okere’s burial ceremony was also attended by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Gerald Irona; the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Uche Onyeagocha; and other members of the State Executive Council.
Hon. Tony Okere will be fondly remembered for his good humour, dedication and diligence to service.
Imo Bu Nke Anyi.