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Abuja catholic Arch diocesan choir wins liturgical music competition

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Abuja catholic Arch diocesan choir wins liturgical music competition

By John Akubo

The Abuja Arch Diocesan Catholic Choir stole the show at this years Abuja provincial catholic Liturgical music council Conference Lokoja 2018 competition as it defeated seven others to clinch the first prize.
The choir came first in a keenly contested liturgical music competition held at St. Francis Parish Lokoja at the weekend with Lafia and Makurdi Diocesan choirs coming second and 3rd respectively.
The competition centered on new composition of new songs that that would be used for worship during communion rite, in the various local languages to enrich the worship during liturgy.
The conference with the theme: Restoring the dignity of catholic Liturgical music had participants from eight dioceses in the Abuja Ecclesiastical Province made up of Abuja, Lokoja, Idah, Lafia, Gboko, Katsina-Ala, Oturkpo.
The catholic Bishop of Lokoja Catholic Diocese most Rev Dr. Martin Olorunmolu challenged christians to worship God through songs that lift up the souls of worshipers to worship in spirit and in truth because he who sings well prays twice.
Olorunmolu said the council is called catholic Liturgical Music
“It started in 2008 in August when we had a national celebration of what we referred to as inculturation. Inculturation is how to make our christian faith be at home with our culture. “We use our culture, our language and our instruments. This council of Catholic Music was now eventually established at the national level. It was at about 2 years later that it came down to the pronvincial level.
According to him at the outset he was the Bishop in charge at the national level on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria. (CBCN).
He said the national Conference will hold at the end of this month precisely on the 30th and 31st of this month in Jos.
Olorunmolu explained that Liturgical music has to do with the songs rendered at liturgy which is the official worship in the catholic church.
“The bearing is clear, it is song rendered to make worship meaningful, enjoyable, to make worship appealing to our people. “Can you imagine a worship activity where there is no singing at all? It would be so dull, so singing during worship is very important that is why a great Saint like St. Augustine’s said ‘He who sings well prays twice.”
He said because cause liturgical music is very important, the church tries to control it because Gospel music is so rampant that it can get out of control.
According to him, “If the choir members are introducing anything that is contrary to the church practice they would be called to order by the Reverend Father in charge.

now and people can just sing anything and if it is not properly controlled and directed all kinds of things can be introduce into it. That is why we have a Bishop in charge at the National level. At the provincial level we have Priests in charge to ensure that the right thing is seen to be done
In this conference there would be competition and at the diocesan level we have two priests Father Daniel Didime as the coordinator and Father Augustine George as the assistant, both are catholic priests who are well informed in Catholic teaching and directives.

Father Daniel Obibine Lokoja diocesan choir chaplain said songs are meant to link the rhythms of the worship at mass with the celebration itself.
“Choristers have to link life and music together. This why we in the catholic have to promote good singing, as the singing ministry promote the work of evangelization Jesus left behind for his church.
“Like I said everything is geared towards evangelization, glorifying God through music which is the business of every Christian.
“We are created for God and for his own glory and like a saint said our life is to glorify God and so through music we want to be able to say we have come to thank God for all his wonders in our lives just like the book of psalms tells us to do everyday.” “We are also sending this message to everyone that it is good to praise God everyday. St. Augustine’s says he who sings well prays twice.”

The provincial coordinator of
Ike nwachuku said every three years they have program for the choir in the province made up of 8 diocese.
“This is the third edition, when we come to praise God and improve our ability in singing. For this edition we have a competition.
“Each of the eight dioceses were mandated to compose new songs that are meant for the communion rite, in the various local languages and that will enrich our worship during liturgy. He said as they depart from the conference the songs would be used in the various dioceses and across the Catholic world.

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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Humanitarian ministry insists States hoarded palliatives

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Humanitarian ministry insists States hoarded palliatives

The minister of Humanitathas denied having any link with hoarded palliatives meant for distribution to the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic by many states as she restated that all palliatives donated to the ministry were distributed accordingly.
The minister made the disclosure on Monday during a national Press conference in Abuja on the activities of the ministry since inception.
She said, “Recently, the world witnessed the unfortunate incidence of looting of palliatives and relief materials stashed away in warehouses in some states of the country during the #EndSars protest.

“As the Minister of
Humanitarian Affairs, I want to categorically state that the Palliatives
donated to the Ministry by the Nigerian Customs Services, National
Strategic Grain Reserve, and many good willing donors were handed to
State officials for onward distribution to the poor and vulnerable in thier
states.

“The Ministry identifies its strategic role and impact in the everyday lives of the Nigerian. We want to assure the public that we are on ground working every day for Nigerians.”

She expressed satisfaction with the success story of one of the Federal Government’s Investment programs, the N-POWER as 109, 823 benefitiaries have successfully started their own businesses

According to her, “After the two-year period, facts and reports show that some of the
beneficiaries of Batch A and Batch B of the programme have established
businesses in their communities, with no fewer than 109,823
beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme who have identified themselves
as business owners.

According to her, “Current Enrolment Status of beneficiaries for N-power Batch C closed in July 2020 and we have received over 5 Million applications since the portal opened.
“The application process will be concluded as soon as possible to provide additional Nigerian youths access to the programme.
“At this juncture, I want to officially announce that the Central Bank of
Nigeria in collaboration with the Ministry has developed a portal to
enable the exited N-Power beneficiaries to log on and apply for the
various economic empowerment and entrepreneurship options provided by the Central Bank such as the AGSMEIS loan and the AnchorBorrowers Program (ABP). “Interested N-Power exited beneficiaries
should log on to the CBN portal for more information.
The website portal is nexit-fmhds.cbn.gov.ng as displayed on the screen.

Farouq also refuted the claim that her ministry has been feeding the Internally Displaced persons with poor nutritious food saying the Ministry has been making different grains available and also allow other bodies who make donations of their choice which the Ministry cannot restrict or limit.

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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