Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has urged residents of the state to be diligent, prayerful and have faith in God in order to survive the economic hardship in the country.
The governor said he firmly believes in miracles from God which are available through prayers and diligent application of faith.
Making reference to the miracle of five loaves of bread and two fishes with which Christ fed thousands of people, the governor said he was inspired by it, adding that notwithstanding plans to combat the economic meltdown, ‘there is other better time to pray than now.’
‘‘This is the time to pray for God’s intervention. All stakeholders should key into this administration’s recourse to diligence and careful consideration of options before handling economic and other state matters,” the governor demanded.
Ugwuanyi stated this during a send-forth party organised for the Government House Chaplain, Rev. Father Sylvester Nwodo, at the Government Lodge. He assured that he would not relent in his prayers to surmount the challenges facing the state.
He thanked the priest for his spiritual work at the Government House and promised that his administration would continue to partner with the church in imploring God’s guidance in all activities.
Earlier in a sermon, the Vicar-General of the Catholic Diocese of
Enugu, Monsignor Obiora Ike, urged Christians to continue to pray for people in leadership positions.
He thanked the Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Okonkwo Gbuji, for introducing
a chaplaincy at the Government House, to give the governor and his aides spiritual backing and upliftment.
Dignitaries, who witnessed the occasion included the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the immediate past governor, Chief Sullivan Chime, the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, the Senator representing Enugu North, Chuka Utazi, members of the House of Assembly and commissioners.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor has assured women suffering from breast cancer in the state of government’s assistance.
She made the promise in an address at Saint Mulumba
Catholic Church, New Haven, Enugu, during a fund raising and breast cancer outreach/enlightenment campaign organised by Breast Care Foundation.
Earlier in his address, President of the Breast Cancer Care
Foundation, Mr. Osita Agha, said their activities include enlightenment and creation of awareness about breast cancer.
Agha added that there are people who do not know anything about breast cancer, saying successful combat of the killer disease lies in early detection.
In their separate remarks, the Commissioner for Health in Delta State, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, Dr. Kenneth Nwankwo of Breast Cancer Unit, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, highlighted facts about breast cancer and advised people to go to the hospital whenever they notice a lump on their breast, adding that monthly check-up is a must for every woman.

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