On Tuesday, 11th April 2017, the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Hilary Paul Okeke was honoured with the AREWA award on "Humanitarian Service" titled "PHILANTROPIST OF OUR TIME". This event took place at the Diocesan Utility Hall, Okwuani Nnewi. AREWA being the umbrella body of the entire Northen Youths in Nigeria was represented by its executives at the occassion. Presenting its address to the Bishop, the Body stated that the honour is a testimony of the Bishop's courage and unwavering support to serve Nigerians which is manifested both at the state and national levels. In his reponse, the Bishop appreciated AREWA for the zeal to promote unity, peace and soliderity among all Nigerians. Bishop Okeke stated that it is a great effort at national integration.
The visit was appreciated by the diocesan bodies comprising of the statutory bodies and parishes.
by Fr. Martin Onwudiwe