All set for Anglican Knights Convention in Owerri

The Owerri Diocesan Council of Knights has concluded arrangements to host the maiden, all inclusive convention of the Anglican knights nation wide at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri on Thursday, March 20.

The president of the Council of Knights, Owerri Diocese, Sir Israel Ekezie, told Christian Voice in an interview; “we are quite prepared for the convention”.

Sir Ekezie said that the convention slated to commence on March 20 and end on March 23, this year, would afford the Anglican knights in the federation an opportunity to interact with one another as well as grow spiritually by listening to talks and participating in the worship sessions at the event.

He expressed gratitude to the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, for his immeasurable efforts to see that the convention becomes a success.

According to him, the Bishop had made available the sum of N2 million to the council and an additional N2 million to the CATOL LOC for the convention.

Also he disclosed that a frontline politician and publisher of Champion Newspapers, Chief Sir Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu had promised to donate N1 million for the event while the Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, promised to help in security,  transportation, accommodation as well as funding. Expected at the convention which will be declared open by the Primate all Nigeria Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, are prominent Nigerians from all walks of life, including the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, as well as the Minister of Power, Ven. Prof. O.C. Nebo.

Sir Ekezie, who said that his council faces the difficulty of knowing the exact number of people in expected estimated that more than 2,000 people would be in attendance from the 56 councils belong to the joint council.

He, however, said that the convention Planning Committee, headed by Sir Levi Oguike and assisted by the vice chairman, Sir Ndukwe Nnawuchi, is working tirelessly with other sub-committees of security, transport, protocol accommodation, publicity and entertainment to ensure a hitch-free event.

Sir Ekezie said that after the event with the theme; “Ministry, Opportunities and Challenges for Christ Bearers in Today’s Nigeria”, “we expect that we will not be the same at the end of it all”

According to him, the all comers convention, rather than the annual delegates conference, became necessary to create the desired participatory awareness of members to the general objectives of the order of knighthood.

He praised the Owerri Council which he heads, describing it as the best organized in the Church of Nigeria, and the only one with a formal secretariat and paid staff.

Sir. Ekezie said that the council also has been meeting its objectives in evangelization by holding three outreaches every year to help smaller churches.

The council also helps in church activities such as synods and women ministries programmes as well as caters to the welfare of member knights.

“This convention will also be beneficial to the entire church”, he said.


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