By Gid Ahanonu
Women have been advised to train their children in the ways of the Lord by living exemplary life of a true Christian that are likely to influence children as they incline so much on their mothers.
Giving the advise while preaching the sermon at the Mothering Sunday service held in Emmanuel (Ang) Church Eziome Mbieri last Sunday, the priest in-charge, Rev J.C. Ebere, posited that mothers are pacesetters and role models in the society since the adage of “if you train a woman, you have trained a nation” is manifested in them.
Rev Ebere counseled mothers to eschew pride, arrogance and unGodly behaviours like indecent dressing as well as compromising their domestic affairs with political activities and stressed the need for them to submit to their husband in fulfilment to their marital vows as listed in the scriptures.
On the theme of the Mothering Sunday “Spiritual transformation”, the preacher enjoined the congregation to renew their style and do the will of God as transformation is for the believers according to the book of Romans 12:2, and assured them of God’s guidance no matter the devils challenges that may come their ways on surrendering their lives to God. He then urged them to shun idiolatry, hypocrisy, falsehood and other vices that negate Christian religion.
The first lesson drawn from Isiah 52:13 – end was read by Mrs Phoebe Osuagwu while Lady Victoria Echerue took the second lesson from Matthew 27:1-31, as the intercessory prayers were handled by Mrs Ihuoma Egbu, Virginia Onyelekese, Theresa Ofonye, Patricia Obi and Charity Ahaneku.
Highlight of the ceremony was a playlet session by the choral group of Mbieri Community Secondary School who also thrilled the congregation with melodians songs. The occasion also featured a fund raising activity for the upkeep of the church in which members responded positively.
…Husbands urged to show love
The Christ Anglican Church Umuahii Mbieri last Sunday celebrated this year’s Mothering Sunday with a call to husbands to maintain adequate love for their wives and children as the head of the family.
In her admonition at the service conducted by Mrs Ngozi Udemba, Mrs Chigozie Njoku traced the origin of the family, saying that it comprises the father, mother and children including the extended ones. She submitted that the father as the leader should do all within his power to ensure love and harmony of the family, stressing the need for him not to handle the wife and children with hostility and provocation respectively.
Mrs Njoku observed that the quality of the family determines that of the church and society and urged individual families to live up to expectation.
She advised mothers to always abide by the biblical injunction of being submissive to their husbands as recorded in the book of Ephesians 5:22 as well as children who she urged to honour their parents as written in Ephesians 6:1-3, so that their symbolic actions would bring glory to God and blessings to mankind.
The preacher then enjoined mothers to maintain high moral standards especially with the type of dresses they put on as their female children were likely to copy from them, adding that a well behaved child is a credit to the mother, and vice versa.
The first lesson from Proverbs 31:10-31 was read by Mrs Dora Nwanyanwu while Mrs Happiness Nnorom took the second lesson from 1st Peter 3:1-12.
The celebration featured awards of honour of special mothers of the year conferred on Mrs Edith Amaechi, Mrs Patricia Okoro; Mrs Janneth Onwu; Ezinne Jospehine Chukwuocha, Mrs Faith Onyeulo and Mrs Agness Iwuorie.
House seeks more High Courts
By Ebere Osuka
The Imo State House of Assembly has passed a motion encouraging the State Chief Judge, Justice B.A. Njemanze, to work out modalities for the creation of more Judicial Divisions of the State High Court.
Chief sponsor of the motion, Barr Greg Okemili, lamented that the administration of justice has suffered setback as evidenced by the heaps of case files before the High Court judges waiting to be attended to.
According to Okemili who represents Oru East, this setback arose from population explosion and the increase crime, as well as insufficient number of lawyers which hinder the accelerate of justice by the few judicial divisions of the state High Court.
Barr Okemili argued that the inadequacy in the number of judicial divisions and legal practitioners have caused a lot of pressure on the few existing division of the High Court, thereby leading to delay in the administrative of justice and congestion of prison cells.
He, therefore, implored his colleagues to support the motion which is co-sponsored by 11 others, pointing out that by creating more judicial divisions, more judges would be appointed while the senior ones would move to the higher bench and cases would be given accelerated dispensation.
Supporting the motion, the member for Onuimo, Prince Robertson Ekwebelem, stated that the Chief Judge and the government be encouraged to create more judicial divisions in order to decongest the prison cells.
Contributing, the member for Orlu, Barr Mike Ndubuaku suggested that each judicial divison should have more than one court so as to quicken the dispensation of justice.
When the speaker, Chief Uwajumogu put the motion to vote, it was unanimously passed.
Meanwhile, all the standing committees of the House have been dissolved.
Announcing this in the House, the Speaker, Chief Ben Uwajumogu, said that the various committees would, however, continue on acting capacity because of the on-going scrutiny of the 2012 budget.
Presbyterian Church opposes national conference
The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria has expressed reservations for the raging demand for a national conference to discuss the modalities for Nigeria’s existence for fear that such could threaten the unity and indivisibility of the Nigerian nation.
In a 10-point communiqué after the quarterly meeting of the General Assembly Executive Committee at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Aba, the Church conceded that though there was the need to address some socio-political anomalies and ambiguities in the country, Nigeria’s continued existence should neither be compromised nor negotiated.
The communiqué signed by the Prelate and Moderator of the General Assembly, Most Rev Prof Emele Mba Uka and the Principal Clerk, Rev Ndukwe Nwachukwu Eme, called on the federal government to probe the donation of N100 million to Kano bomb blast victims by the Governor of Central Bank, Mallam Sanusi Lamido who hails from the state whereas he made an after-thought donation of the paltry sum of N25 million to the victims of the Mandalla Church bombing.
The Church called on the federal government to immediately publish the white paper of the presidential committee on the security challenges of Boko Haram just as they hailed the recent decision of the 19 Northern State Governors to combat the menace of Boko Haram urging the governors to match their words with action.
UNN sued over non-payment of N845m PAYE tax
In a landmark suit, Enugu State government last week took the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) to an Enugu High Court for failing to remit the sum of over N845 million being the amount of tax deducted from the University’s staff under the pay as you earn (PAYE) system since 2009.
The suit filed by the Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) as the agency responsible for tax collection on behalf of the government, alleged that UNN had ignored to perform its duty by failing to remit tax deductions accordingly.
In its defence, however, UNN through its lawyer, Chief Ejike Ume (SAN) argued that being a federal institution, the State High Court has no power to hear the case.
But lawyers for the Enugu State BIR, Ngozi Onyia, Bamiyi Adejo and Akintunde Akinola countered that PAYE tax involves staff in both private and public sectors.
Further hearing was adjourned to April 18 by the presiding judge, Justice Oluedo.
Catholic mass server ordained Anglican priest
By F.O.C Okoroego
The predominantly Catholic community of Umuokirika, Ahiazu Mbaise recently witnessed an unprecedented event when a former mass-server in the Catholic church who later converted to the Anglican Church, celebrated his post-ordination thanksgiving service in his home Church, All Saints (Anglican) Church Chapel, Umuokirika.
The story of the conversion of the celebrant, Rev. Evaristus Oguga who was ordained priest in far away Maiduguri, makes a thrilling reading.
According to testimonies at the thanksgiving, Rev. Ogugua was captivated by the songs he always heard during practices by an Anglican choir p near his residence in Maiduguri.
This eventually kindled his interest in the activities in the Anglican Church and with the encouragement of his childhood friend, an Anglican, Rev Ogugua participated actively in the programmes.
Thrilled by the zeal of a former staunch Catholic in the Anglican Church his friend brought his case to the attention of the authorities of Holy Trinity Cathedral Church, Wulari, Maiduguri.
With his WAEC result, he was eventual sent for deaconate training and was ordained deacon at the Holy Trinity (Ang) Cathedral Wulari, Maiduguri by Rt Rev. Emmanuel Kanami in December 2010 after his successful training. Finally, Rev. Ogugua was ordained Priest by the same bishop at the same venue in July 2011.
Rev Ogugua who was visiting his home for the first time after ordination told Christian Voice that he was selected for an exchange programme in Chad by the Bishop of Maiduguri, adding that he is currently the Vicar of Christ (Ang) Church, Moundon, Chad.
In his sermon at the thanksgiving service, the Church Teacher of All Saints (Ang) Church Chapel, Umuokirika Engr. Ugonna Bekwere thanked God for making it possible for His glory to pass through His anointed, Rev. Evaristus Ogugua.
One of the high points of the thanksgiving was the massive turn out of members of the priest’s family who had earlier objected.
Again, Rev. Ogugua seized the opportunity of his home-coming to take a wife with who he was wedded at St. James (Ang) Church, Ihiteaforukwu by the Bishop of Mbaise, Rt. Rev. Chamberlain Ogunedo.