The Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev Valerian Okeke says his skill acquisition centre project at the Onitsha prison will be commissioned by December or Easter next year.

The skill acquisition centre which costs several millions of naira will have ICT centre, tailoring and wood works.

He made this known while celebrating his birthday mass inside the prisons where priests, government officials, the faithful and prison inmates gathered to celebrate mass.

In his homily, the Archbishop urged the prison inmates to see their incarceration as a long period of prayers and Reformation and also take advantage of the skill acquisition centre to advance their education and attain whatever height they desired.

He urged the faihtful to use the opportunity of the Marian Year to draw the Mother of Christ, Mary to themselves in order to attract miracles to their lives.

On the forth coming Anambra elections, Archbishop Okeke urged politicians to conduct themselves peacefully and make Anambra an example to other states of the federation.

The Archbishop admonished them not to shed blood or throw the state into chaos adding that politics is not a do or die affair.

The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano was represented by his Chief of Staff Professor Asike, others include the traditional ruler of Mbaukwu Chief Peter Anugwu, Prof Kate Omenugha, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta, Hon Edward Ibuzo and Barrister Damian Okolo,PDP gubernatorial candidate, Mr Oseloka Obaze, Hon Dubem Obaze, Chief Mrs V. V. I. Okoye and Chief Gab Onwugbenu.

Also in attendance were: the Director General of CWO Onitsha, Lady Ngozi Nwanosike, Dame Beatrice Madueke, the CMO President General Hon Ifeanyi Nnajiaku and officials of the Onitsha Prisons.

Highlight of the ocassion was the presentation of food items and gifts worth several thousands of naira to the inmates by the Archbishop.There was also a presentation of cultural dance by the inmates.

Also, the traditional ruler of Adazi Ani, Ezeani Oruefi the third, Chief I. R. Ezenwa, also celebrated his 82nd birthday along with the Archbishop at the Onitsha prison. Chief Ezenwa is a regular visitor to the prison and has always gives out welfare materials to the prison inmates.

The Chaplain of the Prisons Rev Fr Pius Nwankwo in his remarks paid glowing tribute to the Archbishop whom he said has contributed enormously towards the welfare of the inmates by providing water, food, drugs and other amenities for upkeep of the inmates.


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