Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has called for caution in the granting of permit for the establishment of hotels in the State. He said the State government should checkmate the rate at which these hospitality industries were being set up in the State capital,Owerri.
Bishop Okorafor gave the advice during a Eucharistic service of confirmation,admission and induction for Trans Egbu Parish at Jehovah Jireh Anglican Church, Trans Egbu in Owerri North local government , Imo State. He regretted that having over 300 hotels in the state capital was absurd and was capable of creating safe havens for criminals. Bishop Okorafor was particularly irked that the presence of these hotels have exposed the youths to such social vices as prostitution, unwanted pregnancy,viral infections adding that a good number of them have lost their lives prematurely.
The Bishop who also decried the deplorable state of roads in and around Owerri,the State capital, appealed to the State government to address the state of these roads,making particular reference to the almost divided road linking old Nekede road and Owerri.
The Anglican Prelate who bemoaned the level of lateness among the faithful noted that it was absurd to see people walking into Church after the sermon.
He commended the Vicar of the parish, Canon Edwin Ugwanya, his wife Chinwe, the priests and other Church workers in the parish for fishing out the number of candidates presented during the service, describing the parish as having presented the highest number of candidates so far.
Earlier the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev Progress Okoroafor in his sermon challenged Christians to emulate the early Church as they offered and distributed their possessions in common, especially among the less privileged in their midst. He urged them to give willingly towards the services of the Church of God and humanity. The cleric explained that they would be made to account for the ways they utilised the various opportunities and privileges God has bestowed on them. Rev Okoroafor pointed out that a day has been appointed when they would come and stand before the judgment throne of God and answer for their actions and inactions, stressing that there would be no defence counsel on that day. He said they have no better opportunity to defend themselves contending that now was the opportuned time to make their ways right with God. He noted that it is not the desire of God that the sinner would die rather that they turn away from their iniquities and repent, emphasizing that the design and plan of God was not for the condemnation of man but the ungodly man have preferred to die. Man, he stressed, has the option of choice between life and condemnation.