Bishops call for return of mission primary schools By Chinasa Ogbonna

Anglican Bishops in Imo State have called for the return of primary schools located within church compounds in keeping with the promises of Gov. Rochas Anayo Okorocha.

The Anglican Bishop of Orlu and the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Archbishop Benneth Okoro, made the call recently when the bishops in the state paid a courtesy call on the governor.

The Archbishop, who led the bishops, thanked the governor for introducing free education in the state, returning schools to missions and also for the education intervention fund approved for the returned schools.

He also reminded the governor of the appeal by missions for the government to take over payment of the salaries of teachers in mission schools.

The prelate urged the movement to pay more attention to agriculture with the aim of creating jobs for Imo people.

According to him, the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province has offered more than 1,000 jobs to Imo people through the ordained ministry and other clerical and non-clerical jobs created by various dioceses in the province.

Responding, Gov. Okorocha said that it would be difficult for the state to pay teachers in mission schools but promised that the government would assist them with materials for teaching and learning.

He urged them to make their schools boarding for proper character molding, and stressed the need for churches to partner with the state government on youth empowerment to reduce crime and poverty.

The governor also called on churches to establish charity homes, adding that the government would be willing to partner with churches in that direction.

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