A one-day seminar for Knights/ Ladies and clergy/wives of Ohaji/Egbema Anglican Diocese held at St. Paul’s Church, Mgbirichi, recently came to a close with the responsibilities of knights/ladies as well as clergy and their wives clearly reiterated in a 12-point communiqué.
The communiqué depicted knights as the stop gap between the bishop, the clergy and the laity whose duties are to participate actively in church activities, promote and propagate the gospel, be a role model at all times and render unalloyed service to the church and society.
On the other hand, the delegates charged the clergy to be open and pragmatic in administration, promote Christ’s interest through dedicated service, discover and encourage talents for the growth of the church and should interact regularly with the laity to ease tension in working relationship.
The communiqué proferred six conditions for a successful Christian marriage including, among others, expression of words of appreciation between couples at all times, couples spending quality time together and the rekindling of love through body contacts.
The communiqué was signed by Sir Engr. Ray Ogara and Sir Anayo Ikeh, president and secretary, respectively, of the Council of Knights of the Diocese.
Present at the seminar, described as an intellectual and interactive harvest where erudite scholars presented papers, were the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Chidi Oparaojiaku, and his wife, Mrs Joy Oparaojiaku, among others.
At the occasion, the clergy and knights rated Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha as one of the few politicians who keep to their election promises.
In a statement also signed by the President and Secretary of the Council of Knights of the Diocese, Engr. Ray Ogara and Sir Anayo Ikeh, respectively, the knights and clergy observed with dismay the “clandestine and slippery nature of politicians” who regarded their election campaign promises “as glib talk”.
But they exempted Gov. Okorocha from the harsh generalization, adding that his campaign promises had seen and are seeing the light of the day, especially in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area in particular and the state in general”.
They observed that many roads in the area are under construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation which they said have touched the lives of the people in the area.
Ohaji/Egbema clergy and knights, however, noted that the rains had slowed down the rate of work on the roads but urged the governor to ensure that work resumed on the roads as soon as the rains ceased “to ensure that the dreams of the people do not go into the blues like in the past regimes”.