The Primate Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh has commended Nigerian Anglicans for their developmental strides since coming of age from the colonial masters but urged them to carry the clergy along especially in the regular payment of their emoluments.
The Anglican Primate threw the challenge recently while dedicating the magnificent Bishop’s Home of Ohaji/Egbema Diocese in Umuokanne, Ohaji, Imo State.
Other structures dedicated at the occasion were “He’s Alive Chapel” with all the items of worship located in the Bishop’s Home complex a sachet water factory and the Diocesan water project.
In a lighter mood, the Primate who was assisted by the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Caleb Maduoma and his predecessor, Most Rev. B.C.I. Okoro, declared the Bishop’s Home as an autonomous community and the Bishop, the “Eze”.
Earlier in his homily at a brief church service, Most Rev Okoh commended Bishop Oparaojiaku and the entire congregation of Ohaji/Egbema Diocese for putting up such magnificent structures, reminding them that the reward for a good job is more work which he said he expected them to replicate in their Cathedral building project in future.
The only lesson of the service was read by the chancellor of the Diocese, Hon. Justice Nnenna Chioma Otti, KSC.
In his remarks, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere promised to offer financial assistance to young churches in the Diocese annually as God elevates him.
He said that Ohaji/Egbema Diocese had made Imo State proud by putting up such magnificient structures which dedication had attracted people from far and near.
The Chairman of the dedication committee, Hon. Gideon Mefor, KSC noted that God has used Bishop Oparaojiaku as a vessel of transformation with the people of the area adding that the success has been made possible by the peace, love and unity among the parishioners.
In his vote of thanks, the host, Rt. Rev. Oparaojiaku disclosed that the Bishop’s home was started with an initial capital of N33,000 raised from a book launch. He then requested the Primate to pray for all those who contributed to the erection of the edifice and those who donated land for the project including Barr. Sir Noel Chukwukadibia.