By Nick Chibunna
The last lap of the year, 2014 and the beginning of 2015 was a beehive of activities in the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru as prominent sons and daughters of the Diocese, within and in the diaspora resolved to make invaluable contributions that would take the five-year-old diocese to an enviable height.
Parishioners who spoke to Christian Voice described the period as the beginning of new things.
Apart from the annual stakeholders forum which brings together all sons and daughters of the Diocese within and outside, the diocese also feted her retired church workers in her annual get- together to the admiration of all .
The stakeholders’ forum is an annual event where prominent sons and daughters of Ikeduru diocese within and outside brainstorm and restrategize on how to move the diocese forward on the 29th December, of every year.
Addressing the 2014 edition, the Bishop of the Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike JP, highlighted the activities of the Diocese within the period under review, its achievements and challenges and urged Ikeduru sons and daughters to assist.
He intimated them on the completed and on-going projects in the diocese, including underdeveloped plots of land, education and health institutions, adding that the grace of God has been sufficient for the people of God.
Responding, the chairman of the occasion, Ord. David Duru thanked the prelate for the able way he has been piloting the affairs of the Diocese and promised that Ikeduru sons and daughters within and in the diaspora would contribute their quota towards making the diocese a huge success.
Earlier, in a brief word of exhortation, the Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry, Ven. J.B.C. Njoku had called on sons and daughters of Ikeduru diocese to rise up to the present occasion and make the diocese a model. He thanked them for their doggedness and resilience and urged them not to relent.
The highpoints of the event was a donation of a twelve-seater Toyota Bus by the Lagos Branch in aid of the diocesan women’s ministry.
A five-man steering committee with Chief E.C. Iwuanyanwu as chairman and Ven. Innocent Iwuji as secretary was also set up to oversee the affairs of the forum.
Other members of the committee include, Prof. C.I. Anunuso, Dame Queen Evans-Dike, Sir Emma Ukonu and Ven. John Akahara as chaplain.
Personalities who attended the occasion include, Mrs Anuli Maduwike (Nnedinma Ikeduru), many priests and church workers including Ven. Ben Nwanekwu from Lagos Diocese who promised to assist the diocese realize its objectives.
In another development, Ikeduru Diocese also had a party for her retired church workers.
The event which was well-packaged saw the senior church workers dancing with their spouse to the glory of God.
Items ranging from food stuff and special envelopes were distributed to the retired workers by the Diocesan, Bishop Maduwike.
A new impetus which was naira rain was introduced in this year’s edition as Bishop Maduwike showered the church elders with thousands of naira while dancing.
The elated chaplain of the retired workers, Rev. Canon Israel Ezuruike, enjoined them to always have faith in God, as Bishop Maduwike admonished them to remain steadfast.