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ONITSHA PRISONS: ARCHBISHOP OKEKE CELEBRATING 64TH BIRTHDAY WITH INMATE
Oct 25, 2017








ONITSHA, NIGERIA -

The Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev Valerian Okeke says he will commission the new skill acquisition centre he is building at the Onitsha prison by December or latest by Easter next year.

The skill acquisition centre which costs several millions of naira will have ICT centre, tailoring and wood works.

He made this known while celebrating his birthday mass inside the prisons where priests, government officials, the faithful and prison inmates gathered to celebrate mass.

In his homily, the Archbishop urged the prison inmates to see their incarceration as a long period of prayers and Reformation and also take advantage of the skill acquisition centre to advance their education and reach whatever height they want to attain.

He urged the faihtful to use the opportunity of the Marian Year to draw the Mother of Christ, Mary to themselves in order to attract miracles to their lives.

On the forth coming Anambra elections, Archbishop Okeke urged politicians to conduct themselves peacefully and make Anambra an example to other states of the federation.

The Archbishop admonished them not to shed blood or throw the state into chaos adding that politics is not a do or die affair.
Some of the dignitaries in attendance include, the Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano represented by the state Chief of Staff Professor Asike, the traditional ruler of Mbaukwu Chief Peter Anugwu, Prof Kate Omenugha, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta, Hon Edward Ibuzo and Barrister Damian Okolo.

Others are, the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Mr Oseloka Obaze, Hon Dubem Obaze, Chief Mrs V. V. I. Okoye and Chief Gab Onwugbenu.

Others are, the Director General of CWO Onitsha, Lady NGOZI NWANOSIKE, Dame Beatrice Madueke, the CMO President General Hon Ifeanyi Nnajiaku and officials of the Onitsha Prisons.

Highlight on the ocassion is presentation of food items and gifts worth several thousands of naira to the inmates by the Archbishop.There was also presentation of cultural dance by the inmates.

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of Adazi Ani, Ezeani Oruefi the third, Chief I. R. EZENWA, today also celebrated his 82nd birthday along with the Archbishop. Chief EZENWA has been a regular visitor to the prison where he gives out welfare materials and he was present at the Prisons.

The Chaplain of the Prisons Rev Fr Pius Nwankwo in his remarks paid glowing tribute to the Archbishop whom he said has contributed enormously towards the welfare of the inmates by providing water, food, drugs and other amenities for upkeep of the inmates.

BY SUNNY A. DAVID / AWKA


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