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  • Ihiala Community fetes Cardinal @ 86, receives Obiano’s favour

GOVERNOR Willie Obiano, Chief Donald Amamgbo and Chief Obi Adimora, Sunday, received awards for social harmony from His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze at Christ the King Parish, Umuezeawala, Ihiala LGA.

The event attracted the attendance of the Secretary to the Government of Anambra State, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of Staff, Mr.Primus Odili ,Secretary to the Government of Anambra State, Prof.Solo Chukwulobelu, the Head of Service of the Anambra State Civil Service, Harry Uduh, among others.
The church service had gone on devoid of uproar until the state governor was called upon to address the congregation who were itching to hear what he would say to ameliorate their plight.

The governor reassured the people of Umuezeawala of the vantage position they occupied in his government. Thus, the entire congregation went agog when Governor Willie Obiano brought the contractor handling a major road project in the community in front of the congregation and in the presence of Francis Cardinal Arinze and declared that he has paid the contractor all the money required to get the road done and completed to reduce the sufferings community-dwellers go through in trying to access neighbouring communities.

Apart from that, Governor Obiano’s N3million donation for the completion of Christ The King Catholic Church, Umuezeawala, Ihiala, was equally unprecedented as evident in the encomiums showered on the governor and his amiable wife.

The governor described Cardinal Arinze as erudite and articulate in spite of being an octogenarian and prayed God to grant the Cardinal more fruitful years, good health and prosperity while assuring the people of Umuezeawala and entire Ihiala LGA that they would obtain whatever is due to them in his government.

Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment in Anambra State, C. Don Adinuba, who welcomed Governor Willie Obiano and other very important personalities to his community, went down memory lane, recalling how Cardinal Arinze conferred on him the Sacrament of Confirmation in July 1972 in Ihiala, where he also grew up and attended early childhood education .

Adinuba described Francis Cardinal Arinze as a living saint, saying that for the cardinal to come to a rural community like Umuezeawala to celebrate the Feast of Immaculate Conception. his 86th birthday, his 60th anniversary of ordination as a priest and 10th anniversary of retirement as Prefect of Congregation For Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacraments was historical, adding that posterity will remain grateful to him..

Also the lawmaker representing Ihiala 1 State Constituency where Umuezeawala belongs, Chidi Livinus Udemadu, underscored the visit of Francis Cardinal Arinze to his constituency,

saying that it’s a good omen. Udemadu equally stated that the governor’s efforts in infrastructural development were monumental as the people of Umuezeawala have been assured of the completion of one of the most strategic roads in the area.

Meanwhile Mr Ifeanyi Momah observed that the sufferings of the people who ply the road was unimaginable but the governor, has shown the people of Umuezeawala great benevolence by telling them that arrangements have been made for the road to be tarred and made motorable .

Chairman of the Organising Committee of the event, Dr.Donatus Iberi and Chris-Chuka Ezenyimulu concurred that the visit of the Cardinal was remarkable ,as well as a blessing to the community and that it equally brings about the completion of the church building project in no distant time .

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