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  •  Soludo urges Churches to promote unity for healthy nation
    Soludo urges Churches to promote unity for healthy nation 
     Soludo urges Churches to promote unity for healthy nation
    Soludo urges Churches to promote unity for healthy nation 
    General news20 hours ago

    Soludo urges Churches to promote unity for healthy nation 

    Prof. Charles Soludo, the Governor of Anambra, has called on the churches to have spirit of ecumenism to build a healthy nation.

    Soludo made the call at a Holy Eucharistic Thanksgiving Services for His Grace, Most Revd Alexander Ibezim, on his 60th birthday in Awka on Sunday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ecumenism is the principle or aim of promoting unity among the world’s Christian Churches.

    NAN reports that the thanksgiving service was a wrap up of a week-long ceremony to mark Ibezim’s 60th birthday, three years of Archiepiscopacy, 12 years of Episcopacy, amongst others.

    Soludo commended the giant strides of the cleric of the Anglican Diocese of Awka, who has through his 38 years in God’s vineyard, 12 years of Episcopacy and three years of Archiepiscopacy, improved the society.

    The governor said that if churches could promote ecumenism, irrespective of their denominations, it would be a link bridge to enthrone peace, unity and progress of the nation.

    He appealed to the churches not to relent but to always pray fervently for the nation’s unity and development.

    Soludo said that the state would not be tired of fighting insecurity, urging the people to join hands with the state government to fight insecurity in the state.

    “There is nothing like unknown gunmen, the gunmen are known; you should report any suspicious character around you and save the state pains of insecurity,” he said.

    The governor said that Anambra would be 31 years of its creation on Aug. 27, assuring the people that his administration would make schools, road network and other basic amenities, its priority.

    “I will not celebrate now, but will celebrate when poverty is chased out of the state by making every one economically fit to fend for his family.

    “When the work of seen  growth and development is rooted in all sectors of Anambra’s economy,” he said.

    In a sermon, Most Revd Henry Ndukuba, the Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, encouraged Ibezim to stand strong in the things of God and ensure that his light do not dim.

    Ndukuba, also urged religious leaders and the laity to give quality support to the cleric for him to fulfill his calling into the vineyard of God. He urged all political leaders present to serve responsibly, saying they are to give account of their stewardship.

    Ndukuba urged the faithful to support the church to build a healthy society through its developmental projects in Awka Diocese.

    The Archbishop said that over 10 projects were inugrauated and dedicated including, Mary Summer Vocational Institute Awka; Millennium Nursing School; Renaissance Modern Polytechnic,Mbaukwu; Anglican Village; Faculty of Law, Paul’s University; Chapel of Redemption, among others.

    “All these projects would not only offer quality education to youths, but also wealth creation and spiritual growth of the people; it is a noble action by the diocese,” he said.

    In his remarks, Ibezim assured the church that he would not relent in evangelism and social development as a way to promote the gospel till it gets to nooks and crannies of the state.

    He said that the years spent in the vineyard of God and his 28 years of progressive marriage union “encourages him to serve God more”.

    Also, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, attended the programme, where he urged the faithful to always pray for oneness of the nation as spiritual leaders.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Anambra Renaissance Modern Poly graduates 300 pioneer students
    Anambra: Renaissance Modern Poly graduates 300 pioneer students  
     Anambra Renaissance Modern Poly graduates 300 pioneer students
    Anambra: Renaissance Modern Poly graduates 300 pioneer students  
    Education2 days ago

    Anambra: Renaissance Modern Poly graduates 300 pioneer students  

    The Renaissance Modern Polytechnic, Mbaukwu in Anambra Saturday held its maiden graduation ceremony for its 300 pioneer students.

    The Anglican Church-run polytechnic, which was founded in 2021, was formally dedicated by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, on Friday.

    The event was part of the activities marking the 60th birthday of Most Rev. Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, the Archbishop, Eccliastical Province Of The Niger and Bishop, Diocese of Awka. In a speech at the graduation, the Acting Rector of the institution, Prof. Clifford Nwanna, said the school had commenced certificate courses.

    Nwanna, however, said that the institution was waiting for accreditation by the National Board for Technical Education in order to begin its Diploma programmes.

    He said the three months certificate programmes were in Fine Arts, Multimedia, Para-legal Studies, Hospitality and Home Management, Photography, Online Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

    He congratulated the graduating students on the successful completion of their studies.

    Nwanna urged them to sustain their training, build on it and become problem solvers in society.

    “We are in serious business here and from what has happened so far, this polytechnic is going to be a centre for technology incubation, entrepreneurship development and metal fabrication.

    “Already, some of these graduates have started putting their training into work, thereby creating wealth through these economic activities.

    “This is in addition to the knowledge acquired in the art of entrepreneurship, which is being able to manage a business,” Nwanna said.

    Also, Ibezim said that education and health were cardinal in his missionary mandate.

    The cleric, therefore, described the establishment of the institution as part of the fulfillment of his mandate.


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  •  Misconduct Board suspends radiographer for 2 years
    Misconduct: Board suspends radiographer for 2 years
     Misconduct Board suspends radiographer for 2 years
    Misconduct: Board suspends radiographer for 2 years
    General news2 days ago

    Misconduct: Board suspends radiographer for 2 years

    The Disciplinary Committee of the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN), has suspended one Dr Anthony Ugwu, for two years over alleged professional misconduct.

    Prof. Mark Okeji, the Registrar of RRBN, said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

    Ugwu is a lecturer in the Department of Radiography, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra and the owner of St. Michael Diagnostic Center, Nnewi, Anambra.

    The Registrar said the board heard and determined a case  against Ugwu, who was found guilty of contravening the code of conduct.

    “Consequent upon the above, Ugwu has been suspended for the period of 24 months within which time he will cease from practising as a radiographer.

    “He also ceases from being involved in radiograhy activities with effect from Aug. 5,’’ he said.

    The registrar said that Ugwu was also ordered by the disciplinary committee to pay N1million to offset the incidentals incurred by the board.

    He said that Ugwu refused to honour invitations by the Investigative Panel and Disciplinary Committee of the board and had allegedly posted several derogatory remarks about the board to a fellow senior colleague.

    Okeji said Ugwu also had circulated an official letter of the board not addressed to him on the social media.

    He said the committee found such acts as disrespectful, abusive, insulting, unwholesome and unbecoming of a professional.

    According to him, the committee is established by the same Act that established RRBN and empowered to receive and attend to cases of misdemeanors, indiscipline and misconduct among members.

    He said the act also gave directives on the disciplinary measures that should be meted out to erring members in the country.

    “This is to ensure that members of the profession conformed to  the ethics of the profession,’’ Okeji said.

    He said that the committee’s decision showed that the board had taken one step forward to perform one of its functions.

    He said the decision was an assurance to radiographers, patients and the general public that radiography practice was safe and handled by qualified professionals.


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  •  How we struggle to achieve exclusive breastfeeding Anambra working mothers
    How we struggle to achieve exclusive breastfeeding – Anambra working mothers
     How we struggle to achieve exclusive breastfeeding Anambra working mothers
    How we struggle to achieve exclusive breastfeeding – Anambra working mothers
    General news2 days ago

    How we struggle to achieve exclusive breastfeeding – Anambra working mothers

    Some working mothers in Anambra have decried the three months maternity leave policy of the state, saying they are caught between trying to achieve exclusive breastfeeding and maintaining their career.

    They expressed their displeasure while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Awka to mark the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week. According to the nursing mothers, they go the extra mile to breastfeed exclusively because  their babies’ delicate immune systems depend on breast milk nutrition for proper development.

    Mrs Irene Dike, a civil servant, said that she takes her mother and five-month-old baby to work everyday to achieve exclusive breastfeeding.

    “I was determined to defy all odds when I resumed work after three months maternity leave.

    My mother comes to work with me and she stays with the baby in my car.

    “I have to run down to the car park every two hours whenever my mum calls so I can breastfeed my baby.

    It is not easy at all but my mum keeps encouraging me, saying I’m making the healthiest choice for my baby.

    “So, there is need for the state government to increase  maternity leave to six months like we have in states like Lagos.

    It will help working mothers to achieve exclusive breastfeeding,” she said.


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  •  Okoli LP chieftain urges issues based electioneering cautions against divisive campaigns
    Okoli, LP chieftain urges issues-based electioneering, cautions against divisive campaigns
     Okoli LP chieftain urges issues based electioneering cautions against divisive campaigns
    Okoli, LP chieftain urges issues-based electioneering, cautions against divisive campaigns
    General news3 days ago

    Okoli, LP chieftain urges issues-based electioneering, cautions against divisive campaigns

    Chief Rommy Okoli, a chieftain of the Labour Party has called on the Nigerian electorate to focus on electing candidates that can give them the future they want and avoid distractions from divisive elements.

    Okoli, a former governorship aspirant in Anambra on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gave the advice while speaking to newsmen Awka on Friday.

    The former chairman of Nnewi South Local Government Area condemned deliberate attempts by politicians and their media handlers to divert attention from issues of national importance to attacks on peoples and ethnic nationalities.

    Okoli said Peter Obi had the experience, capacity, discipline, integrity, humility and managerial skills to turn things around in Nigeria.

    According to him, Obi has economic ideas, he is in a better position to manage Nigeria’s economy with the vice presidential candidate, Sen. Yusuff Datti Ahmed; therefore I urge Nigerians to support him.

    “It is sad that instead of dwelling on the state of the nation and type of leaders we need to address these challenges, paid agents are busy stoking the embers of hatred, ethnicity, religion and division.

    “Even if opinions are free they say, they should be within the limits of decency, objectivity and respect for one another with national unity, safety and peace in mind.

    “It is only when a politician doesn’t have any programme or manifesto that he will mobilise hirelings to be attacking opponents; thank God, Nigerians don’t fall for such antics anymore,” he said.

    Okoli, who is popularly known as apostle, thanked Nigerians for their massive participation in the just concluded Continuous Voters Registration which drove the number of prospective voters to an all time high of over 90 million.

    He said the surge in the number of voters was as a result of improved confidence in the electoral system and their desire to have a say in who would become their next president.

    “I wanted to thank the Independent National Electoral Commission for a job well done, to capture as much people as wanted to register or regularise their voting status, it was a huge success.

    “My advice is that people should endeavour to get their permanent voter cards and make sure they vote for their preferred candidate in February next year, not just the presidential election but all the contested positions,” he said.

    Okoli expressed worries about the security situation in the country especially the terrorism scare in Abuja, the federal capital territory and urged security chiefs to act on the directive of Mr President to rid Nigeria of all form criminality.

    He said the country should be secured to ensure that the election took place as scheduled without problems.


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  •  Anglican Primate Inaugurates new law faculty building in Paul University Awka
    Anglican Primate Inaugurates new law faculty building in Paul University Awka
     Anglican Primate Inaugurates new law faculty building in Paul University Awka
    Anglican Primate Inaugurates new law faculty building in Paul University Awka
    Education3 days ago

    Anglican Primate Inaugurates new law faculty building in Paul University Awka

    The Anglican Primate, Most Rev Henry Ndukuba on Friday inaugurated a new law faculty building donated to Paul’s University, Awka, by the Anglican Diocese of Awka in Anambra.

    The inauguration was part of activities to mark the 60th birthday of Most Rev Alexander Ibezim, the Archbishop of Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese.

    Ndukuba commended the diocese for its contribution to the development of education in the country.

    He said that education was part of what the church inherited from early missionary through late Bishop Ajayi Crowther.

    “Education is a tool with which any nation develops its society,” the primate said.

    He appealed for more partnership from other Anglican dioceses to promote education of the citizens.

    “The students in public universities have been out of school for over five months and it is not a developmental plan for the nation.

    “The students need quality teaching so as to meet up with their counterpart in western world,” he said.

    He thanked the diocese for standing in the gap in the development of education in the country.

    Ibezim said that the diocese intended to have a classic University that would train and produce seasoned graduates to contribute to development of the nation.

    The Vice Chancellor of the University and Venerable, Prof.Obiora Nwosu said that the university had adequate human resources to reposition the school to compete with other universities.

    Nwosu said that Awka Diocese had demonstrated that the church was prepared to offer quality education to students.

    Prof Chinyere Okunna, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic said that the church was prepared to run the university rightly.

    Okunna said that the university though owned by the Anglican communion had what it took to train undergraduates of repute.

    She said that the university already have four faculties  of Law, Art, Social and Management Sciences.

    Highlights of the event included the handing over of the building to the Primate for the operational excellence of the 55 dioceses of East of the  Niger that owned the University. 

    The primate also inaugurated the Millennium College of Nursing Science, Awka.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Babies breastfeeding exclusively can also fall sick Expert
    Babies breastfeeding exclusively can also fall sick – Expert
     Babies breastfeeding exclusively can also fall sick Expert
    Babies breastfeeding exclusively can also fall sick – Expert
    General news3 days ago

    Babies breastfeeding exclusively can also fall sick – Expert

    Dr Moses Ohamaeme, Cluster Coordinator representing the World Health Organisation and the United Nations agencies in Anambra, says that a baby who is exclusively breastfed can also fall sick.

    Ohamaeme made the assertion at the ongoing 2022 World Breastfeeding Week at Maternal and Child Healthcare Centre, Amawbia, Awka, on Friday.

    World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is observed from August 1 to 7 every year.

    It was first started in 1992 to promote the benefits of breastfeeding on both mother and the baby.

    The theme for this year’s commemoration – “Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support.

    ” He said: “Exclusive breastfeeding protects your baby from all kinds of illnesses, but sometimes your baby gets sick anyway.

    “It is still possible that your baby will come down with a cold or infection.

    And if that happens, make sure you take the baby to the hospital for proper diagnosis and treatment.

    “Mothers must make sure that they give their babies prescribed medication while they continue to breastfeed.

    Medication does not deter exclusive breastfeeding.

    ” Also speaking, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said that exclusive breastfeeding would help eradicate childhood malnutrition in the state.

    “Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both moms and babies.

    For mothers, breastfeeding reduces their risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.

    “For babies, breast milk contains nutrients your baby needs for growth and development.

    It also protects your baby against infections and diseases.

    “I urge mothers to see breastfeeding as a duty because it is the most effective measures for ensuring a child’s health and survival,” she said.

    According to the World Health Organisation and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), baby should be breastfed within an hour of birth and this should continue for the first six months of the child’s Life and given no other food or drinks, including water.


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  •  Anambra Police Command reaffirms commitment to sustaining security
    Anambra Police Command reaffirms commitment to sustaining security
     Anambra Police Command reaffirms commitment to sustaining security
    Anambra Police Command reaffirms commitment to sustaining security
    Defence/Security3 days ago

    Anambra Police Command reaffirms commitment to sustaining security

    The Anambra State Police command has reaffirmed its readiness to ensure security of lives and property of the people in the state.

    The Command made this known in a statement by DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), on Friday in Awka. Ikenga said that the officers were equipped and ready to stamp out criminal activities in the state so as to maintain peace among the people.

    The PPRO urged the public to be security alert of their environment and avoid late night trips.

    He urged the public never to cover up for anybody with suspicious character near their area of residences.

    “Anybody that will look for your trouble, shall come through us.

    “Anybody that wants to fight you, let them come because we will be right beside you, we will be the Police for you,” he said.

    The police urged the public not to be afraid to report any movement within their business and residential areas as the police needs quality information to work with.

    “Develop the morale to quickly reach out to security personnel to help the police to serve humanity optimally. 

    When we hear your complaints, we are ready to serve you better.

    Don’t get tired of accessing us,” he said.

    He said that the public should see  Police as a partner in progress and always confide in the Command.

    He further advised the people to call the police command on 07039194332 or the PRO on 08039334002 for urgent response.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Anambra exclusive breastfeeding rate increase from 17 to 27 Agency
    Anambra  exclusive breastfeeding rate increase from 17% to 27% – Agency
     Anambra exclusive breastfeeding rate increase from 17 to 27 Agency
    Anambra  exclusive breastfeeding rate increase from 17% to 27% – Agency
    General news4 days ago

    Anambra  exclusive breastfeeding rate increase from 17% to 27% – Agency

    The Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), says that the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the state increased from 17 per cent in 2018 to 27 per cent in 2022.Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, Executive Secretary of the agency made the disclosure at the opening of the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) at the Maternal and Child Health Centre, Amawbia in Awka, on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that WBW is celebrated on Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 every year, to raise awareness and galvanise actions to promote exclusive breastfeeding.

    The theme for this year’s commemoration – ‘Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support’.

    Ezenyimulu said that Anambra recorded an increase in the rate of exclusive breastfeeding due to intensified awareness and counseling programmes at health facilities.

    “The figure of 27 per cent is still low and below the national target of 50 per cent by 2025.“We are calling on residents to become advocates of exclusive breastfeeding and support mothers to practice optimal breastfeeding.

    “The practice of exclusive breast feeding will ensure the provision of vital and adequate nutrients required for healthy and maximal growth and development as well as eradication of childhood malnutrition in the state, ” she said.

    Also speaking, Dr Afam Obidike, state’s Commissioner for Health, said that the efforts of the current administration were geared towards the promotion of maternal and child survival strategies.

    Obidike urged fathers to support their breastfeeding wives as exclusive breastfeeding could be exhausting for mothers.

    “A mother needs to be psychologically, physically and emotionally balanced to breastfeed optimally.

    Therefore, fathers should be there to provide all that the woman needs,” he said.

    In his remarks Dr Moses Ohamaeme, Cluster Coordinator representing the World Health Organisation and United Nations agencies, said that exclusively breastfed children become healthy and productive adults.

    According to him, such children are protected from severe complications arising from childhood killer diseases.


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  •  Anambra commissioner educates nursing mothers on gains of breastfeeding
    Anambra commissioner educates nursing mothers on gains of breastfeeding
     Anambra commissioner educates nursing mothers on gains of breastfeeding
    Anambra commissioner educates nursing mothers on gains of breastfeeding
    General news5 days ago

    Anambra commissioner educates nursing mothers on gains of breastfeeding

    The Commissioner for Health in Anambra, Dr Afam Obisike, has advised nursing mothers in the state not to relent in giving exclusive breastfeeding to their newborn because of its numerous health benefits.

    Obidike gave the advice in Awka on Wednesday during a newsbriefing to herald the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week. He said that exclusive breastfeeding helps to protect the child from ovarian cancer, diarrhea, heart diseases and pneumonia, among other diseases.

    According to him, the practice also helps to protect the nursing mothers from diseases and reduces infant morbidity and maternal mortality.

    Obidike was represented at the briefing by Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, the Executive Secretary of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

    He said that non-adherence to exclusive breastfeeding exposes children to sicknesses, which often result in infant mortality.

    The commissioner said that the state had made significant improvement in the nutrition of children since 2018. “UNICEF reported that about 60 per cent of the world’s infants are missing in the recommended first six months of exclusive breastfeeding,” he said.

    He further said that the World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated from August 1 to 7 every year to encourage breastfeeding, is intended to improve the children’s wellbeing.

    Speaking on the activities of ASPHDA, Ezenyimulu said that the agency would also organise a programme for nursing mothers.

    She said that commodities and bed nets would be distributed free of charge during the programme.

    The ASPHDA boss said that the celebration would be devoted to informing people about their role in strengthening the bond between mother and child.

    She expressed delight that the state had moved from 14 per cent to nine per cent in the number of children under five with stunted growth.

    She said that the week-long event would be launched on Thursday, August 4 by Gov. Chukwuma Soludo.

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