The Anglican Bishop of Oru, Rt. Rev. G.N. Chukwunenye, PhD has spotted some defects that could work against the realization of the full objectives of the free education programme of the ImoStategovernment.
In his presidential address at the last Diocesan Synod held at St. Bartholomew’s (Ang) Church, Nempi he recommended that to make the scheme complete and more meaningful, “the government should either allow parents to buy text books for their children and wards or provide the text books”, lamenting that the public schools have completed the first and second terms “without recommended text books”.
But he commended theImoStategovernment under Governor Rochas Okorocha for a job well done so far.
“The fast rate of development in the state the last one year is an eye-opener to the fact that most of the people who ruled the state in the past have no focus and indeed no agenda for he good of the people”.
Expatiating the theme of the synod theme, “Christian Stewardship”, Bishop Chukwunenye noted that Christians practice stewardship as a mere ritual and a way of showing our membership of the Church and proceeded to define it.
According to the prelate of Oru “Christian stewardship is the grateful and reasonable use of God’s gift in the light of God’s purpose as revealed in Jesus Christ”.
He added that God instituted the system of stewardship in two phases-prior to sin entering the world and after sin entered into the world when man became separated from God.
In conclusion, Bishop Chukwunenye submitted that God instituted stewardship to remind Christians of His love for them and the need for Christians to return to Him.
Later at the thanksgiving service to round off the synod, the preacher, the Bishop of Isiukwuato/Nnochi Diocese, Rt Rev. Samuel Chukwuka whose sermon was on “Christian stewardship” submitted that God entrusted enormous responsibilities on man because of His love for man despite his failings.
He argued that but for that, God would have made His Angels His stewards.
On tithing, the bishop referred to those who failed to pay their tithe to God as thiefs who steal from God and would not be forgiven condemning some parents who advised their children against donating towards the work of God in the Church.
The service was conducted by Rev. Can. Lawrence Ikegwonu as the 1st lesson was read by the chancellor of the Diocese, Sir Barr. Innocent Oguajudike while the second was read by Sir Sydney Okeke.
One of the highlights of the Synod was the award to some persons in recognition of their contributions to society and humanity among them prominent politician educationist, a devout Catholic, Dr B.U. Nzeribe who arrived at the venue in wheel chair.