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St. Molumba’s College Amaimo Describes Dep. Gov. As Product Of Grace

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Thursday, the 7th day of January 2021 will ever remain indelible in the life of the State Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku as it was the day he was gloriously taken back to his root and received in a grand style.

The occasion was the historic homecoming of the deputy governor to his Alma mater as organized by the management, staff and students of the college.

Preaching a homily at a Holy Mass that preceded the ceremony, the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr Anthony J. V Obinna who officiated the mass compared the homecoming of the deputy governor to that of Jesus Christ to Nazareth,  recalling the biblical question, “can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Archbishop Obinna who reiterated that the journey of a thousand miles, begins with one serious step, noted that it was the formation Prof. Njoku received at St. Columba’s college that helped him all through his course in life.

The prelate, however, stated that at a time when our leaders have abused and lowered the standard and importance of education, and a time when leaders with low or no quality education have occupied the seats of power, he is proud to

Identify with prof. Njoku whom he said earned his degrees and positions by dint of hard labour and not by malpractice or certificate forgery.

Archbishop Obinna who told the students that their behaviour today will determine their future, charged them to stand by the best standards no matter the corrupt level of the leaders borrowing a leaf from the life of Prof. Placid Njoku.

In his speech, the celebrant, Prof. Placid Njoku who gave a testimony of his humble beginning, said he came into St. Columba’s college in the year 1960, and from there, rose to greater heights.

Prof. Njoku described his success in life as a great privilege and as a result of hardwork and humility. He told the students to remain focused and resilient even in the face of challenges as it is only them that can stop themselves from succeeding.

Presenting an address, the Principal of St. Columba’s College, Amaimo, Rev. Fr. Maxwell Berechi disclosed that the occasion was conceived to give honour to one of their own who has been blessed and highly lifted by providential grace to the status of the number two of the state.

Fr. Berechi also noted that the ceremony also intended to evoke a nostalgic reminiscence of the humble beginning of a great icon and to stir up hunger and desire among the present generation of students to toe same route of hard work and dedication in achieving honour and greatness.

Delving into the life of the deputy governor, the principal hinted that as a student, Prof. Njoku had a great passion for learning and had exceptional feats during his time, a time he described as” The Glorious Days of Education”.

The priest however expressed displeasure that those era of glorious education has disappeared with the government take over of schools marked by abandonment, moral decadence, decay of school structures and facilities which resulted in inferior quality output.

Speaking, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof  B. T. O Ikegwuoha promised that under his watch and the leadership of the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Imo will return to becoming the premier education state in the country and made a donation of about 500 international books to the school.

In his vote of thanks, the Director of Education, Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Bethran Ujunwa stressed that the role the Catholic/ Mission schools play in the formation of children can never be underrated in terms of quality and functional education and gave kudos to the Archbishop for maintaining that standard in the Archdiocese.

Other Priests at the occasion were the Chancellor and Secretary of Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, the Parish Priest of St. Columba’s Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Joseph Enyiaka and others.

Others in the Entourage of the deputy governor include: the Commissioners for Agriculture, Dr. Lambert Olisakwe, Entrepreneurship Development, Sir. Noble Atulegwu, Science and Technology, Hon. Iyke Umeh, SA on Special Education, Lady Chidinma Oparaocha, Director, Universal Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs. Mmirikwe D. A, and the Head of service, Imo State civil service, Dr. Camillus Iwuagwu.

Highlights of the day were interactive session between the deputy governor and the students, presentation of gift items to the deputy governor, dedication of the science laboratory hall attracted to the school by Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, a friendly football match in honour of the deputy governor, and other side attractions by the students.

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Three construction workers kidnapped in Ondo

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Nigerian Police

Three construction workers have been kidnapped along Ikaramu-Akunnu Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State on Tuesday evening by some unknown gunmen.

The workers whose name has not yet been revealed were working at the ongoing rehabilitation of Ikaramu-Akunnu road when the hoodlums struck.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident, saying an investigation had commenced into it.

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“Our men are already in the area to rescue the victims,” the PPRO stated.

The traditional ruler of Ikaram, Oba Andrew Momodu, in a reaction, confirmed that the workers were kidnapped after they closed for the day’s job.

According to him, the hoodlums struck when the expatriate contractor handling the project had just left with his policemen.

The monarch appealed for more security men to comb the forest for a rescue operation.

Similarly, the Alauga of Auga Akoko, Oba Samuel Agunloye, added, “The incessant kidnapping and other criminal acts are now worrisome in the area.”

It was gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Okeagbe Akoko, Mr Ade Akinwande, has led other officers to search the forest in a bid to rescue and release the victims.

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Airtel signs $500m loan with Bank of America, others

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Airtel signs $500m loan with Bank of America, others

Airtel Africa has announced the signing of a new $500m loan facility with a group of relationship banks to partially refinance the group’s €750m Euro-denominated bond (c.$880m) due May 20, 2021.

In a statement signed on Wednesday, by its Group Company Secretary, Simon O’Hara, the banks that participated in the facility include, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Citibank, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank, and two Indian relationship banks, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank.

O’Hara said the new committed facility consisted of a combination of a revolving credit facility and term loans with tenor of up to four years.

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He stated that the balance of the Euro-denominated bond would be repaid with existing group cash to reduce gross debt and associated interest costs.

“The new loan facility further strengthens the core liquidity of the group,” the group said in the statement.

The telecommunication company also said it had prepayment flexibilities that would allow the group to optimize the efficiency of its capital structure with the free cash flows and cash receipts anticipated over the next 12 months, following the recent announcements related to tower sales and mobile money minority investments.

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Reigning Mrs. World, Caroline Jurie resigns, runner up takes over

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Reigning Mrs. World resigns, runner up takes over

The reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, has resigned her title, the organization running the pageant, said late on Tuesday, weeks after she was involved in a controversy at the Mrs Sri Lanka event.

I stand proud today, knowing that I stood up for what is right. I believe the Mrs World Crown stands for a purpose,” Jurie wrote in a statement shared on her Instagram page.

She continued: “I know Mrs World Inc. does not condone malpractices. Therefore, wearing the Mrs World crown and holding the title on unfair grounds go against the purpose of ensuring a fair and equal stage for every woman.”

” Hence, I am stepping down from the title of Mrs World 2020 and I am handing over my Mrs World 2020 Crown. I hereby terminate the Mrs World 2020 contract I entered into on November 4, 2019, with Mrs World Inc.”

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Jurie was arrested and released on bail this month after a fracas at the Mrs Sri Lanka pageant in Colombo, where Jurie forcibly removed the winner’s crown, claiming the other woman was a divorcee and not qualified to win the title.

“Her voluntary resignation decision was made solely by Caroline herself,” Mrs World Inc said late on Tuesday, in a news release on social media.

Jurie was not immediately reachable for comment.

Kate Schneider of Ireland, the runner-up in the 2020 contest which Jurie won, will be the new Mrs World 2020, the organization said.

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