By Adejumoke Aminat Alebiosu
St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Umueze, Isuofia, was filled to the brim as dignitaries from different walks of life celebrated with Engr. Emeka Ezewanne as he marked his 50th birthday, Sunday, March 13th, reports Adejumoke Aminat Alebiosu.
Engr. Ezewanne, who was the Commissioner of Public Utilities in the outgone Willie Obiano administration, in Anambra State, began his birthday with a Holy Mass at St Theresa’s Catholic Church. In attendance were His Lordship, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Catholic Bishop, Awka Diocese; His Lordship, Most Rev. Peter Ebere Okpaleke, Catholic Bishop, Ekwulobia Diocese, who was the Chief Celebrant; and His Lordship, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye, Catholic Bishop, Nnewi Diocese.
In his Homily, Bishop Okoye appreciated the celebrant for what he had been doing, especially offering scholarships to students of the community. He also encouraged the celebrant to meet with indigenes of the community to share his story with them.
‘I advise that you hold a meeting, especially with young people of the community, to share your story with them as this will help them to think better and wider,’ he said.
The Catholic Bishop also charged members of the congregation to continue to watch out for young people as hard drugs was doing more harm than good to them.
While addressing the congregation during the Mass, Gov Chukwuma Soludo appreciated God on behalf of the celebrant and described Engr Ezewanne as a great soul and a wonderful brother-in-law.
In his appreciation speech, the Commissioner appreciated God for protection. He also appreciated the bishops, priests, religious and people of God, for honouring him by attending the event.
He explained further that he built the skill acquisition centre to ensure that every youth in the community had at least one skill and also assured the community that the foundation belonging to his family, Dalchi Foundation, would cater for the community for two years. The Skill acquisition centre also houses a family meeting hall.
Highlights of the event were commissioning of the Skill Acquisition Centre, Family Meeting Hall and Chapel of Our Mother Most Pure, for the block rosary.