Fri. Jul 12th, 2024


The Catholic Lay faithful has encouraged Abia State Governor Alex Otti not relent to monitor the activities and polices of his Commissioners and appointees, to ensure they do not derail from his mission and vision for the state.

In his address at St. Michael’s
Catholic Parish, Ossah Road Umuahia, on the occasion the parish’s laity day celebration, Comrade Eugene Okonta, JP
President Laity Council who also appreciated the strides recorded by the governor within the shortest period of time particularly on road infrastructure, however appealed to him to passionately repeat same on stomach infrastructure, “because hunger is in the land”.

“We extend our warm congratulations to the Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR for his victory and we thank him specially for appointing one of our member as Manager ASEPA Umuahia Zone, in the person of Catechist Ambrose Jonah, we encourage the Governor to continue the good work he has started for the new Abia”.

“The state of our country Nigeria is not cordial, hence we should not relent, Let’s trust in God, be prayerful, God has the final say toward changing these situations”.

Okonta, who enjoined Mr. Ambrose Jonah, to be a light and salt of the earth, reminded him that there are expected roles for him to play towards the growth of the new Abia, and to whom much is given, much is expected.

Pix: Comrade Eugene Okonta.

Okonta, who also described the laity as the congregation of all the members of the body of Christ who are not
ordained either as a clergy or religious, pointed out that they are the largest group, of the catholic members.

“Due to the existence of the lay faithful who are also, visible, in all the nooks and crannies in the society, they remain, an integral vanguard of the gospel message of Christ to the public using the love of one another as their main tool. Proudly speaking, all except the priests, among us are members of the laity”.

He said that the objective of the laity week activities was also for the lay faithful to come together, learn, pray, see each other, rejoice together and remind themselves of the greater role the church entrusted to them in the ministry of Christ.

The Laity President also appreciated the Parish priest, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick
Chukwu, for his love, untiring support and personal commitment to the affairs of the parish.

In their respective speeches, the chairman of the occasion and the Vice Chairman, Nigerian Society Of Engineers, NSE Umuahia Branch, Engr. Nwachukwu Chris Chibuike, Ph.D; Vice Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Uzoukwu Christopher; Deputy Mayor of Umuahia North Local Government Area, Hon. Anthony Okechukwu Amah; and Manager ASEPA Umuahia Zone, Catechist Ambrose Jonah, reminded the congregation that the church belongs to them all, hence the need to support the church and work effectively, efficiently and selflessly for the growth of the Church.

Earlier in his homily, the officiating priest and the Vice Rector Nativity Spiritual Year Seminary Ozu-Abam, Rev. Fr. Callistus Onwughara, reminded the congregation that the gospel of Christ is birthed on love in a good world, hence the need to stand firm and kill the urge to sin.

He reminded the congregation of the Lenten period of 40 days of radical purification and the need to prepare their souls to welcome Christ, warning also that sin has brought to man eternal death.

“The world is suffering today as a result of sin. The world today is interested in the physical aspect of life, failing to understand the spiritual aspect of it. We should strive for eternal life because one day, at the end of the journey of life, we all will meet with our master. So, we should prepare our souls to welcome Christ”, Rev. Fr. Onwughara tasked the congregation, even as he cited the Bible book of Hebrews chapter 5 verses 7-9.

The Priest who pointed out that the world will be a better place when all do things in transparency and also embedded in love and peace, devoid of pride and selfishness.

He seized the opportunity to enjoined the Manager, Abia State Environmental Protection Agency, ASEPA Umuahia zone, Catechist Ambrose Jonah, whom he handed over a candle light and salt, to remain the biblical light and salt and help sustain the Abia must be clean and green initiative of Gov. Alex Otti’s administration.

The 2024 Laity day celebration of the Church offered an avenue to give a special reception to Catechist Ambrose Jonah and also featured two million naira laity fund raising for their projects.

The Umuahia Diocese President of Catholic Women Organization, CWO Mrs Eberechukwu Agbugba; former commissioner in Abia State, Mr. Gabriel Igboko; parish council members under the chairmanship of Sir Monday Edeh, the parish Catholic Men Organization, CMO under the leadership of Sir Victor Atuegbu; parish CWO under the leadership of Lolo Theresa Ibebuike and CYON under the leadership of Prince Ikedichukwu Okorie, the Deanery Laity President, Bro. Uche Paul Osuagwu, attended the event.


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