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9th Triennial Convention: Abanaga Deanery CWO Holds Launch for 20m Coaster Bus

  …Installs Ide, Ambassador, Patrons, Patronesses, Adadioramma, Ugosimba

By Chioma Ndife

In the keenly contested competitions St.  Mark’s parish Abagana and St. Paul’s Parish, Abba came first in the match past while St. Mark’s Parish also took first position in the Queen Pageantry and St Paul’s came second.

The Catholic Women’s Organization of Abagana Deanery made known her intention to acquire a coaster bus to facilitate their activities and grassroots evangelism of the Catholic Church.

The intention of the CWO members in Abagaba Deanery, Njikoka LGA of Anambra State, was demonstrated on Saturday, 16th October, during the Ninth Triennial Convention held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Abagana, the deanery headquarters.

Fides gathered that the CWO of Abagana Deanery which comprises five Catholic parishes, namely: St.  Mark’s Parish, Abagana; St. Paul’s Parish, Abba; St. Martins Parish, Abagana; St. Michael’s Parish, Abagana and St. Francis Parish, Abagana at the convention, held a launch to raise about 20 million Naira for the purchase of the coaster bus.

The convention also witnessed the installation of the CEO of Oxbow Concept & Resources Limited, Chief Dr. Chris Anyakorah, as the Ide; the Chairman of Cosco Investment Nigeria Ltd, Hon. Cosmas Ogugua Agagbo as the mayor, whereas Comdr. Chukwuemeka Akaenyi; Bro. Chinedu Onyekwelu; Chief Dr. Ellias Ezediegwu; Hon. Gabby Ananeh and Dr. Chinedu Umeadi, were decorated as the patrons.

The newly installed patroneses include Lady Rachael Okonkwo; Mrs. Bridget Orji Nweka; Mrs. Beatrice Okongwu; Mrs. Josephine Ezidima Okoye Ogidi; Mrs. Pricilla Eze; Lady Carlo Nwokolo and Mrs. Catherine Ifeyinwa Umeadi.

Ugosimba title was bestowed on Prof. Uchenna Agwagah; Dr. Mrs. Uche Achebe, and Mrs. Akaogu Bernadette Obianuju; while Mrs. Loretta Chika Okafor and Mrs. Maria Ezenwanne were given the titles of Adadioramma and grand patroness of Abagana CWO Deanery, respectively.

Speaking at the occasion, the Organizer CWO Abagana Deanery, Mrs. Stella Enibe, explained that the convention which was meant for CWO members, came up once in three years to enable the women’s organization to carry out her grassroots evangelization. She noted that the women, during the conventions, embarked on programmes and activities that helped members reduce the stress emanating from daily human activities.

The Abagana Deanery CWO Organizer noted that the year’s convention was geared towards raising the funds required for a coaster bus to facilitate the activities of the body and enable it to engage in rural evangelism.

She noted that the body at the deanery level had been able to take care of some sick and poor members and those that lost their property to fire disasters. She disclosed that the deanery assisted the diocesan bishop in sponsoring a Catholic Priest from Aguluzigbo through the seminary.

In his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Prince Chukwujekwu Paschal Ezekwe, represented by Mr. Ifeanyi Ojukwu, emphasized the need for the convention and commended the women for their intentions and ideas for the betterment of the Church of God. He called on all to support the women, describing them as catalysts for societal transformation.

He urged mothers to develop ways of drawing young mothers into the body and teaching them how to be effective mothers that would instill the needed virtues in the lives of the growing ones.

Speaking after his decoration as the Major of Abagana Deanery CWO, Hon. Cosmas Ogugua commended the women for their input in the affairs of the Church and described them as family moulders, urging them to be exemplary in their conduct.

Speaking to Fides, one of the newly installed Ugosimbas, Dr. Uche Achebe, appreciated the deanery CWO for bestowing the honour on her and reaffirmed her commitment towards making the affairs of the women better.

The highpoints of the convention were march-past competitions; unveiling of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s statue, cutting of the convention cake, lighting of the candle of Our Lady and Queen Pageant Competition, among others.

St. Mark’s Parish Abagana emerged winners of the march past and queen’s pageantry. St. Paul’s Parish also came first in the march past and emerged second in the Queen’s pageantry, while St. Michael’s Parish, Abagana, came third. The second position in the march past went to St. Martin’s, Abagana, leaving the third position for St. Michael’s Parish.