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An Introspective Contemplation on the Priestly Ideals Rev Orhungur

An Introspective Contemplation on the Priestly Ideals Rev Orhungur

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In a world where the priesthood is facing dire challenges like sexual abuse of children, spiritual aridity, misappropriation of funds and gross materialism among others, there is a need for priests who are well experienced in ministry and have developed themselves not only spiritually but intellectually and psychologically to help their fellow priests live above the challenges of the 21st century. One of those refined priests in Northern Nigeria is Reverend Father Professor Moses Orhungur, a scholar and legend. Fr Moses Orhungur has lived up to this task of helping in guiding and instructing his fellow priests in line with the challenges of the time. This is what Father has done in 2008 at the annual retreat in the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo. In this eight chapter book, Father Orhungur has reflected on the essence of a retreat and the attitude of priests during retreats; the true ideals of the priesthood, the challenges of the Nigerian priests in the 21st century; the collective responsibility of all priests; Mary, our mother and model; a lesson on patience; and the importance of reconciliation. Each of these chapters has a unique message for a contemporary priest and the lay faithful.

 
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An Introspective Contemplation on the Priestly Ideals

An Introspective Contemplation on the Priestly Ideals

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In a world where the priesthood is facing dire challenges like sexual abuse of children, spiritual aridity, misappropriation of funds and gross materialism among others, there is a need for priests who are well experienced in ministry and have developed themselves not only spiritually but intellectually and psychologically to help their fellow priests live above the challenges of the 21st century. One of those refined priests in Northern Nigeria is Reverend Father Professor Moses Orhungur, a scholar and legend. Fr Moses Orhungur has lived up to this task of helping in guiding and instructing his fellow priests in line with the challenges of the time. This is what Father has done in 2008 at the annual retreat in the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo. In this eight chapter book, Father Orhungur has reflected on the essence of a retreat and the attitude of priests during retreats; the true ideals of the priesthood, the challenges of the Nigerian priests in the 21st century; the collective responsibility of all priests; Mary, our mother and model; a lesson on patience; and the importance of reconciliation. Each of these chapters has a unique message for a contemporary priest and the lay faithful.

 
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Contemporary Sex

Contemporary Sex

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Many scholars have done studies in the area of sex education. Yet no treatment of sex education can be considered more credible from a Christian perspective than this. In this book, Contemporary Sex Education in the Light of Christianity, the author understands human sexuality as a fundamental modality of how we relate to other people, to ourselves and to God. Hence, sexuality is seen as a mystery of covenant between God and human kind. The author again sees sexual activity as being tied to one’s total development as a human person. Human beings exist and function as sexual persons; i.e sexuality is a characteristic of our very human nature and therefore, should be used to facilitate growth towards identity and maturity. Consequently, to understand our sexuality there is need for sex education with guidelines for the use and understanding of the sex act. I endorse this book. As a scholarly work, the author has been able to draw from many sources in a comprehensive and cogent message. While the topics covered here are controversial, they are handled with sober reflection and academic honesty. It is expected that the reader of this book of whatever age, at the end of going through would have acquired a rich knowledge of how to overcome his or her sexual problems. To the author’s credit, this book remains readable for every category of students, the teacher and the concerned Christian.

 
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Federalism in Historical Perspective

Federalism in Historical Perspective

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The book examines the emergence, growth and development of federalism in Nigeria through time, and discusses its many dimensions, problems as well as implications on the development of the country and its peoples. While establishing the pre-colonial antecedence of federalism as a political arrangement in Nigeria, contributors to this important volume attempted to analyze changes, continuities and adjustments during the colonial period and since independence. Some of the challenges underpinning federalism in Nigeria, their roots, basis and manifestations, were also thoroughly examined.

 
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Found Light in Darkness

Found Light in Darkness

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This book is a concise and deliberate effort to communicate the Christian faith from the point of view of the Catholic Church by elaborating in detail such areas of the faith that many people have not been able to come to terms with in the living experience of their faith. The book seeks to answer such salient questions that pertain to theology, moral ethics, spirituality, doctrine and scripture. It also touches on the metaphysical nature of life after death. It is a good material for scholars, students of theology, catechetical instructions on the sacraments, the church and other doctrinal issues. There could be no other good companion during dull and relaxed moments than a copy of this book.

 
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Gideon Jata the Chief Security

Gideon Jata the Chief Security

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The invasion of terrorist attacks has changed the face of security operation worldwide. Security has become a common theme considered by almost every person around the world. However, as security personnel already know, the basic concepts and theories of security and loss prevention are not changed by a single event. Antiterroristsprofessionalshadbeenpredicting much of what happened on 9/11 in USA as well as terrorist attacks in Africa in general terms for the past several decades. What is important is that we learn lessons that are present in the development of security operations, apply those that relates to our present situation, modify those that have potential to assist us in our efforts and discard outdated and outmodel ideas and technology.

 
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Inter-Group Relations in the Lower Benue Valley Since 1900: What Went Wrong?

Inter-Group Relations in the Lower Benue Valley Since 1900: What Went Wrong?

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This work examines why the Lower Benue Valley communities that were erstwhile at peace with themselves have now earned a reputation as an area noted for orgy of violence along the Settler-Indigene divide. In fact, the continuous struggle between groups of the zone has intensified with attendant consequences of group distrust, suspicion, antagonism and tension culminating in violent expressions. Thus, the Lower Benue area has been stigmatised as an area known for violence. Specifically, the work sees the changing trend of peaceful and mutual co-existence to the divisive legacy of colonialism which emphasised the differences of the people by bringing to the fore that, the people and communities were separated from great distances, differences of history and traditions, ethnology, political, social and religious barriers. Closely related, the nature and character of colonialism was economically exploitative. The work also argues that, even at independence, party politics emerged as a means of gaining power to enhance economic wellbeing of the political class and their friends, (prebendal politics) hence, the Lower Benue Valley communities have devised the means of survival, which is exploring the phenomenon of settler-indigene, so that, other communities are excluded in the scheme of things in order to benefit from power and resources alone, which often leads to violent conflicts. The work suggests that, when the diverse ethnic groups in the Lower Benue Valley are shown a sense of belonging, and they participate in the decision making through Democracy and the political class is determined to provide good governance: peace, harmony, accommodation, tolerance and the mutual co-existence that once existed in the Lower Benue Valley will return.

 
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Introduction to Special Education for Schools and Colleges by Revd Thani

Introduction to Special Education for Schools and Colleges by Revd Thani

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This book, Introduction to Special Education for Schools and Colleges, is designed to upgrade teachers and teachers in training by providing basic information on characteristics of various categories of exceptional children, provides also information on the causes of various impairments, helping teachers identify exceptional children within and outside their classroom, helping teachers to get use to various methods of teaching exceptional children in-inclusive settings, and also helping teachers develop positive attitudes towards exceptional persons. This book consists of eight chapters covering various aspects of special Education; Namely; Definition of special education, terms used in special Education, Philosophy of Education for exceptional persons, Provision of Education for exceptional children. Other areas covered by the book include Historical Developments of Special Education in Nigeria, Mental Retardation, the Gifted and Talented, Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Disorders, Hearing Impairments, Visual Impairments and Blindness, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders, Physical and Health impairments, Inclusive Education and Attitudes and Beliefs about Disabilities. It is my hope that this book will help teachers appreciate the provision of programmes for exceptional persons, and position them towards effective implementation of inclusive education programme in Nigeria.

 
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Living in Righteousness by Samson O

Living in Righteousness by Samson O

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This book has carefully addressed issues of life that have significant relationship with our journey from the mundane to heavenly bliss. The author prays that as you go through the book, you will take a decision to live in righteousness and enjoy the goodness of the Lord here on earth and in the world to come. Do not give up. You can make it if you are determined. Jesus is Lord!

 
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Management Issues in Education

Management Issues in Education

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The book Management Issues in Education is another attempt to meet the need of all categories of students in educational management. The topics chosen and discussed in this book were carefully determined from the context of their relevance in bringing some critical areas in educational management into focus. The book contains twelve chapters carefully packaged to address the nature and issues in educational management. The chapters are systematically arranged starting from the historical perspective and theories of educational management. Other issues which form part of the chapters in this book are educational planning, the principle and practice/issues in the management of school, leadership issues in education; school programmes, school and discipline, issues on modern school heads, school community relationship, management of human resources in education; politics and education in Nigeria, and contemporary issues in educational management. This book is therefore written not only to serve students of different categories, but also educational managers, educational administrators in the Ministry of Education, TSB, Primary School Board, serving teachers as well as other practitioners, who will find this a very useful volume. The authors welcome any genuine and constructive criticisms as well as suggestions for the improvement of this book, while they accept full responsibility for errors and imperfections that may appear in the text.

 
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Marketing Management

Marketing Management

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The book Marketing Management is primarily written to provide invaluable companionship for students, educators and professionals in the field of Marketing. Its unique position provides an all-round decision making tool that attempts to reflect the changes taking place in the modern landscape of marketing. As an integrated and comprehensive text, the book adopts a learner-friendly approach that lays emphasis on providing a clear understanding of the theoretical aspects of Marketing Management so as to enable readers easily apply them to real life situations. With its clear and comprehensive coverage, the book is ideal for practitioners, self study, and equally meets the requirements of undergraduate as well as postgraduate students of Marketing and Management.

 
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Million Miles Away

Million Miles Away

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A Million Miles Away is a biography of His Royal Majesty, Sen. Sir Emmanuel Onyatikpo Elayo. Events here-in have been Presented in six chapters. Chapter one makes straineous efforts to postulate some scanty information on the Historical background of the personality’s people, the Alago. The other five chapters all take an in-depth look into who the man is, attached also are memoirs of memory by his allies. At this juncture we would really like to urge scholars, particularly of historical and anthropological studies, to rise up and address the challenges posed by the controversial historical stands of some of the Niger-Benue Confluence nations, especially of the Alago-Idoma nations. This six chapter book is not an attempt to exaggerate or politicise the personality of Elayo and the traditional seat of Osana of Keana. It is a humble attempt to present to the society one of the life wires and source of inspiration and of political direction to the political stability of Nasarawa State and Nige- ria at large. Osana of Keana as a traditional ruler is able to excel because of his rich experiences as a born teacher, an ad- ministrator and a remarkable politician. Living an exemplary, humane, accommodative and philanthropic life and a Knight of Saint Murumba (KSM), Osana truly deserves a documenta- tion of his biography while he is still alive to avoid apologetic ambiguities in an attempt to have a comprehensive biography of his life in his absence. The first chapter traces the long history of the Alago and the emergence of Keana city with the institution of the tradi- tional stool of the Osana. The long history of the people is given prominence and intensity in this biography because the history of a king is a history of his place and people. The family, birth, growth and tutelage of His Royal Majesty, Senator Emmanuel Onyatikpo Elayo is captured in Chapter Two with the aim of presenting his diplomatic role to his people in Chapter Three.

 
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Moved by Passion

Moved by Passion

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This book, Moved by Passion for My Country is an important literature on problems we have created ourselves as a nation. It provides an insight into background of what we are feeling and seeing today. The author is not satisfied with the effort put in place to ameliorate the problem plaguing the nation. He has identified poverty as the greatest problem observed to be witnessed in recent times. He opines that only acquisition of adequate knowledge can salvage this problem. That is the type of knowledge that can make us self-reliant. The author rightly posits that Nigeria is at the crossroad, since leaders and the led have failed to initiate programmes to remove corrupt tendencies and practices with their attendant challenges and failures. For Nigeria to develop the right attitude to guarantee our nation development agenda, it demands entirely a new approach in our insight, thinking, perspective, reasoning and concern for the plight of the citizenry. In search for a panacea, this work leans heavily on the work of Professor Dora Akunyili, the initiator of the Rebranding Nigeria project, whose role model is that of re-orientation and development of policies predicated on seriousness and dedication in the implementation of policies and discussions that can lead to honest and committed leadership by example such as sincerity, transparency, accountability etc. for a better tomorrow. Thus, the author identifies MDGs, though foreign, as the most credible programme “fashioned to take care of the common man’s welfare”. This identification, together with the enriching factors that define the underdevelopment in the underdeveloped African countries at the beginning of the book, makes the book not only a good reference text, but also a practical manual. I commend the author, Mr Hemern Chabo, for providing this useful literature on an all-important subject of poverty as the greatest problem facing the nation. I am happy to recommend the book to students and practitioners alike.

 
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Nigeria and the Millennium Development Goals Some Needed Reforms Byokpe Mdgs

Nigeria and the Millennium Development Goals Some Needed Reforms Byokpe Mdgs

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In the last few years, there has been a lot of concern and debate, not only among policy makers, but also within the academia and the public at large, regarding the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria. This has led to the initiation of various reforms, beginning with the banking sector reforms, introduced towards the end of 2004, all aimed at creating a favorable environment for meeting the objectives of the MDGs. The present book of readings addresses some of these reforms and represents a contribution by our Department of Economics to the ongoing discussion. While the range of reforms advocated here is not exhaustive, it nevertheless emphasises once again the well known fact that there are also non-economic factors involved in economic development. In this regard, it must be pointed out that the sectors of the economy considered in the volume include, not only the purely economic ones like banking and finance, insurance, etc. but also the political and sociological areas such as corruption and the harmful effects of widowhood rites. It must also be noted that the recommendations emphasize that reforms are needed at all levels, including the public and private sectors of the economy, as well as the individual level. I commend the efforts of our Department of Economics, the editors and the contributors to this volume. The book deserves a most enthusiastic welcome by all (policy makers, the academia and the general public) who are working towards or looking forward to the attainment of the MDGs in Nigeria.

 
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Nigeria the Path to National Rebirth

Nigeria the Path to National Rebirth

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Recovery (MAMSER) and later, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) was geared towards the reorientation of Nigerians’ psyche on the cultivation of the virtue of decency and economic recovery, and while General Abdulsalam Abubakar was applauded as the harbinger of the May 29, 1999 nascent democracy when he willingly handed over the government to an elected civilian administration. President Olusegun Obasanjo, in his undaunted desire to move Nigeria ahead from her doldrums in the comity of nations from May 29, 1999, initiated many vibrant programmes. Amongst such remarkable schedules were the promulgation into law of the Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Act 2000, introduction of consensus politicsunlikeinthepastwhenthewinnertookall. Thiswasevident in the Federal Executive Council membership which composed representatives of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), the All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). President Obasanjo’s latest appeal and which has captured the admiration of most patriotic Nigerians is his “Declaration of Human Rights and Responsibilities to one’s self, one’s family, neighbours, community and to the state” at the formal launching of the campaign on National Rebirth in Abuja on September 10, 1999. Nigeria: The Path to National Rebirth is my widow’s mite in the nation’s bid to enhance its citizens’ awareness on the need to abhor all vices and adore virtues. I vehemently pray that Almighty God would make this book arouse the desired positive impacts on its readers so that we will patriotically develop Nigeria to the liking of all lovers of good things. If citizens of other countries have done so, why can’t Nigerians facilitate fast understanding and development?

 
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