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Archbishop Okeke Lauds Obiano's Doggedness

By Emeka Ozumba
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The Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Maduka Okeke‎has commended the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano for his doggedness, abilities and the clear vision with which he is piloting the affairs of the state that is yielding positive results.

Archbishop Okeke made the commendation at St Pius X Seminary Feast Day/ Investiture of Seminarians at St Pius x Spiritual Year Seminary, Akwu-Ukwu, Idemili South Local Government Area, Anambra State.

The Archbishop noted that Governor Obiano has distinguished Anambra in the area of security as one of the safest states in Nigeria; being amongst the three states that continue to pay salaries as at and when due, as well as maintaining the best network of roads. Said the Archbishop, "We pray for you to continue to Excel, you have spent two years, but the next three years of your administration will see the sustenance of your good work and more success."

Also in his Penticost Homily, t‎he Archbishop stated that, “the Holy Spirit is the Chief protector, the chief builder; we pray that the Holy Spirit will renew the face of the earth even now including our dear state, that it continues to be a model for other states always."

Speaking to the congregation after the Mass, Governor Obiano thanked the Archbishop for his prayers for him and the state. He urged the new senior Seminarians to stand fast in the commitment to the journey to Priesthood so that ultimately many of them would become Priests.

The Governor also commended the Rector of the Seminary, Rev. Fr Cornelius Okoye for the programme of the institution in the area of agriculture and vocational training. Obiano assured the Rector that he deliberately came along with ‎his aides and experts who will take a look at what they are doing to explore areas of collaboration and assistance.

The highpoint of the Investiture programme was the Vesting of thirty-two Seminarians including Damian Omenugha, son of Hon Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha. The Seminarians spend one-year term at the Seminary in preparation for Priesthood before embarking on another phase for philosophy studies at Senior Seminary.

The governor and his team were later conducted round the agricultural ventures of the Seminary including Fish farm with a capacity for twenty one thousand fingerlings in seven fish ponds as well as Piggery with over five hundred pigs‎.