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Catholic Archbishop plans online university for Onitsha Correctional Centre

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By Alphonsus Nweze, Onitsha

The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, Most Rev. Dr. Hillary Maduka Okeke, has expressed his plan to give those Onitsha Correctional Centre Inmates who have taken taken and passed their West African Examination School Certificate opportunity to further their education through Online University.

Speaking yesterday during his Easter celebration with the inmates at the the Correctional Centre, the Archbishop expressed gladness that what they have been doing in the Correctional Centre was bearing fruits.

He said since they started coming to the Correctional Centre, people of diverse background have joined in appreciating the need to come to show solidarity with the Inmates.

He said the skills acquisition centre commissioned last year has been running successfully, in addition to those who have graduated from Primary and post primary schools, having taking their examinations.

The Archbishop said their education would not be limited at that level, hence their is a plan for an online university for them to further their studies.

He was elated with the honour of Grand Commander of Nigerian Correctional Centres, which gives him free entry into any Colorectal Centre in the country.

Lauding the Controller General of Corrections for the award bestowed on him late last year during his birthday celebration, the Archbishop said nobody living or dead has been given the award before .

Earlier in his homily the Archbishop had challenged the inmates to set their desires on things above, not things on the earth.

He said all are partners with Christ through his resurrection and death, saying that anybody like Mary Magdalene can turn around to become an avid follower of Jesus Christ

The Archbishop said: Set your desires on things above by exhibiting such virtues as love, peace, truth, joy , looking after the interest of others instead of being selfish. As nothing held Jesus in the grave so you shall be if you exhibit all this Christ’s virtues “

He said said anybody can turn a new leaf if one sets his eyes on things above, saying that the power of resurrection would help us to change and sustain us.

The Archbishop presented two life cows, apart from the two already killed used to cook rice for the inmates, toiletries, laundry detergents, tissues, biscuits, bathroom slippers among other items to the Inmates.
He also announced that five children from Anambra State have been given scholarship by a woman from Hungary.

Peter Obi, Labour Party Presidential candidate who was at the mass gave the inmates five bags of rice and a half million naira.

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