Bishops demand return of mission primary schools

The 26th Owerri Provincial Council Meeting of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) ended last week at All Saints’ Cathderal, Egbu at which sundry spiritual and national issues were extensively deliberated upon.
In his charge, the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province who presided over the meeting, Most Rev. Dr. Anny Maduoma, called on the Imo State government to give a serious thought to handing over primary schools established by the missionaries to their owners, especially those located within church premises.
The archbishop contended that handing over such schools would reduce the land disputes and conflicts between the churches, school managements on one hand and the host communities, adding that such were undesirable as they were essentially from one community.
He equally urged the government, as a matter of urgency, to adequately fund the schools handed over to the missionaries given their dilapidated conditions considering their states before their take-over by government.
The primate of Owerri Province also alleged that pensioners and workers were afraid to complain of the arrears of salaries owed them for fear of victimization adding that such should not be the case as, in his words, “Imo is a Christian state and Egbu the heart of Christianity in this part of Igboland.”
Appealing for the payment of workers’ salaries in the state, the archbishop said that workers welfare in the state was a matter of concern to the council adding that the settlement of workers and pensioners’ arrears of salaries would ameliorate the sufferings of families especially where both spouses were workers.
Speaking on the theme of the meeting “chose for yourself whom you will serve,” Most Rev. Maduoma listed materialism, pleasure, health, culture and cultism as some of the things people prefer to serve instead of God.
He then disclosed that the essence of the meeting was to help them review their past performances and to choose the way forward.
The host and the Bishop of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor who took his extortions from Acts 12 noted that right from the origin the church has been subjected to persecution.
He urged Christians to persist in prayers adding that God will answer genuine prayers like He did in the new and old Testaments.

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