Catholic priests hold thanksgiving mass for outgoing Enugu gov Ugwuanyi
A group of Priests across the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka and parishioners of St. Patrick’s Parish, Ohom Orba Catholic Community in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, have organized a thanksgiving mass for the outgoing Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to acknowledge his legacy projects he implemented in his eight years of administration which have brought development to the state.
While singing praises of the Governor at the thanksgiving Mass organized in his honour at St Patrick’s Parish, Ohom Orba, on Sunday, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Evaristus Emeka Isife, said, “the people of St. Patrick’s Parish, Ohom Orba, are thanking God for your foresight and the opportunity He gave you to be the Governor of Enugu State for eight years.”
At the event, the clerics enumerated the impressive achievements of Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration in all sectors of development in Enugu State, especially its legacy projects in Orba, Udenu Local Government Area and Enugu North Senatorial District, Nsukka zone.
Appreciating God on Governor Ugwuanyi’s immense contribution to the body of Christ, Fr Isife said Governor Ugwuanyi has impacted the lives of the parishioners of St. Patrick’s Parish, Ohom Orba in particular and the people of the community in general through the numerous works that he did in the state despite the daunting economy challenges occasioned by limited resources, public health and security confronting the country.
“We also want to use this opportunity to thank you because while you were doing those works we wanted to voice them out, but you asked us not to mention them, but it is time for us to mention them and celebrate you.
“So we are here to mention what you have done for us which did not just start today but while you were in the House of Representatives.
“So, the people that have gathered here have come to thank God for what He has done in your life. So, I call on all the priests in the house to join hands in thanking God on behalf of our brother, Rt. Hon. Dr. Lawrence Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuanyi,” the cleric said.
In a welcome address by St. Patrick’s Parish, Ohom Orba, presented by the Secretary of the Parish Council, Mr. Christopher Osita Ugwuona, the Catholic Community cited the significant donation of Governor Ugwuanyi towards the completion and dedication of the church in 2012 as a federal lawmaker as well as his renovation of the church in 2022 “to a world class standard with asphalt road and street lights around the church premises which made St. Patrick’s Ohom Orba to become a pilgrimage centre to the people of Nsukka Diocese and beyond.”
According to the clerics, Governor Ugwuanyi’s projects include “dualisation of Opi-Nsukka road with street and traffic lights; construction of new classroom blocks and renovation of dilapidated ones in most primary schools in Enugu State; construction of Agu-Orba road, Orba-Imilike-Obollo Afor-Amalla road, Imilike Ani-Ezimo Uno-Ezimo Agu road; construction of ring roads within Ohom Isiamanato; rehabilitation of Opi-Makurdi federal road; construction and equipping of Type-3 Hospital, Amalla Orba (and in 9 other locations across the state); and the Almighty State University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS) Igbo-Eno, Enugu State, to mention but a few of such projects that are near to us.”
The Catholic Community thanked God for how he had used Governor Ugwuany to transform and steer the ship of the state for the past eight years without hitches, saying, “May the Almighty God grant you more wisdom and courage as you continue to serve God and humanity with all your heart, mind and strength to the glory of God, amen.”
Prominent among the attendees include Governor Ugwuanyi was celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Bernard Ik. Ngwoke, the Parish Priest of St. Jacob’s Parish, Orba and the Dean of Orba Deanery, Rev. Fr. John Chibueze Ushi, and a host of other priests who were concelebrating.
The highest point of the event was the conferment of the title of Ide Ka Ide 1 of St. Patrick’s Parish, Ohom Orba on Governor Ugwuanyi by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Isife on behalf of the church.
In their separate goodwill messages, the traditional ruler of Ohom Orba Autonomous Community, HRH Igwe Evaristus Uchenna Onah, the President General of the Town Union, Cyril Ik. Odoh, and the Chairman of the Occasion, Dr. Patrick E. Eze backed the Catholic faithful to pay tribute to Governor Ugwuanyi to acknowledge his remarkable achievements in the state and Nsukka zone in particular in keeping with promises in his inaugural address.
Those also on ground to grace the occasion were the governor’s kinsmen, some politicians, supporters and well-wishers. including the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Enugu, Prof. Malachy Okwueze, the State Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and Chairman of Udenu LGA, Hon. Solomon Onah and the Member-elect for Igbo-Eze North II Constituency, Hon. Clifford Obe were present at the event.