What else can one offer to God if not thanksgiving, gratitude and appreciation for His mercies and grace?
It is on this backdrop, that the family of Dr. Edwin Obiano of Nibo Community, Awka South Council Area in company of relations, top government officials, friends and well-wishers, thanked God for the elevation of Mrs. Nwando Obiano to the post of Permanent Secretary in the Anambra State Civil Service.
Correspondent Amaka Chibuzor-Okoye reports that in a homily at Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church Nibo, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor said that God called on his people to worship him in truth and faith and not for material gains.
Bishop Ezeokafor frowned at some people who only remember God in time of difficulties and noted that as Christians, it is important to show appreciation to God for his blessings because whatever height or status one acquires in life is only by the grace of God.
Speaking shortly after the mass, the speaker of the state Assembly, Right Honourable Uche Okafor thanked God for the elevation, which he described as the highest position any civil servant can attain and attributed it to her dedication to work and humility even as he appreciate Governor Willie Obiano for encouraging hard work.
For the State Head of Service, Barrister Harry Uduh , Mrs Obiano’s appointment was inevitable because she is hardworking, dedicated and humble to the core advising her to keep the flag flying while praying God to sustain the success.
In their goodwill messages, the Commissioner for Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, her Ministry of Justice and Environment counterparts, Barrister Uju Nwogu and Architect Mike Okonkwo respectively, including Dr. Maxwell Chinedu-Ijeoma said it takes resilience, confidentiality and persistence to duty for one to attain such position in civil service and prayed God for more grace.
Reacting to the success of his wife, Dr. Obiano said he thought they had it all but God decided to add another status to their lives and described his wife as humble, loving and God fearing, hence, the fruit they are enjoying.
While appreciating God for his blessings upon her family and for the promotion, the celebrant, Mrs. Obiano said that education is the bedrock to all successes and extolled Governor Obiano for the appointment.
The family was joined to the thanksgiving mass by the MD/CEO of the Anambra Broadcasting Service, Dr. Uche Nwora, the state chairman of APGA, Sir Norbert Obi and a host of others while thanksgiving, cutting of cake and other side attractions climaxed the event.