Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State has urged governments in the Federation to help maintain mission schools returned to their original owners.
The governor was speaking at the thanksgiving service to wrap up the Second Session of the Sixth Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu at the Cathederal Church of All Saints, Egbu, recently.
He emphasized the need to have such schools brought back to their original conditions before the takeover after the civil war.
Gov Obi, who read the first Bible lesson, paid glowing tributes to the Bishop of Egbu, Rt Rev Prof Emmanuel Iheagwam, regretting that the 2012 Synod was the Bishop’s valedictory synod.
In his own remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, described the Diocese as one with a difference, pointing out that though the Bishop was about to retire, his footprints bear eloquent testimonies and legacies that challenge every Anglican in Nigeria.
He promised to assist the Diocese in rehabilitating Egbu Girls Secondary School which was returned to it by the Imo State government.
Earlier, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Nwogu, who spoke on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan called on the Church to support the Federal Government’s transformation programme. He reaffirmed the FG’s commitment to ensure that the welfare of Nigerians takes centre stage in the transformation agenda of the administration.
The Imo State Governor, Qwelle Rochas Okorocha, represented by the Special Adviser on Peace and Conflict Resolution, Engr. Peter Ohagwa, enjoined the Church to partner with the government in the fight against crime in the State. Engr. Ohagwa also read the second bible lesson.
Earlier, while delivering his sermon on the theme, “The Task thy Wisdom has assigned…it is finished” the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Iheagwam, noted that God gave every one specific assignment and stressed the need for Christians to diligently accomplish every task before them. He explained that they can only attain desired results by trusting on God who promised that His grace was sufficient in resolving tasks. The Anglican Prelate advised all those who suffer in Christ to be encouraged by the word of God.
Highpoint of the service was the appreciation of six prominent Nigerians for their contributions to the development of the Diocese and they include Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Amb. Dr (Mrs.) Kema Chikwe, Engr. Lawrence Umez-Eronini, Chief Innocent Oparadike KSC, Barr Mrs. Elsie RBK Okafor, and Chief Achike Udenwa, one time governor of Imo State.