From January 13 (my birthday) to January 20, 2013, the seventy “Senior Elders” from Nigeria held all-night vigils at St. Peter’s Square, Rome, as supplicants. The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, overwhelmed us all by his beneficence and goodwill. However, he gently admonished us: “The God we worship does not encourage selfish prayers. You should pray for others, not yourselves.” It was a salutary intervention and wake up call. What was truly amazing was that the more earnestly we prayed for others, especially the poor and the downtrodden, the more the Almighty blessed us!
The supervisory board of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), which was constituted in December, was finally inaugurated last Tuesday. This is a welcome development as it is expected to bring some sort of relief to electricity consumers because the contracts signed with Manitoba Hydro International can now be implemented.
The Federal Ministry of Information recently designed a programme in collaboration with other agencies to tour projects in states across the country. It is said to be “a non-partisan tour involving the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ); the Radio, Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU); leaders of women and youth organisations; National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS); National Council of Women Societies (NCWS); leaders of non-governmental organisations; operatives of security agencies; representative(s) of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat; and reporters from the nation’s print and electronic media”.
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