Bishop Okorocha, wife empower seven youths

A total of seven young persons, comprising six females, have been empowered by the Lord Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, the Rt.  Rev. Cyril Okorocha, PhD, and his wife, Dr (Mrs) Eunice Okorocha, at a graduation ceremony for Batch Seven of the diocesan empowerment project held at the Hope Centre Hall in  CATOL Premises, Owerri.
While commissioning the items which included sewing machines, hair dryers and computer sets, which were given to the beneficiaries, the Bishop condemned laziness, and encouraged the people of God to get close to their priests in confidence, otherwise, the ministers would not know what they are passing through, adding that neither the Bishop’s Foundation for Mission and Development(BFMD) nor the Women’s Ministries discriminated against people on account of their religious inclinations.
He also announced that the activities of the Diocese can be accessed on the Diocesan website.
In her welcome address at the occasion attended by not only clergymen and their wives but also parents and relatives of the beneficiaries, including service providers, the programme coordinator, Mrs Christy Ngoka, said that since its inception in 2009, the programme, which began with only three candidates, has over the years empowered  more than 50 persons who are doing well in different areas of carpentary, computer work, tailoring, hair salon/dressing, etc.
In his pre-commissioning exhortation, the Women’s Ministries Chaplain, Rev. Canon Chris Ogbugh, urged the graduands to endeavour to make the best use of the opportunity and items to  justify the huge investment by the sponsors, and glorify God.
In her own brief remarks, the President of Women’s Ministries, and wife of the Bishop, Dr Mrs Eunice Okorocha (Mama Owerre) expressed satisfaction with the progress and testimonies of those who had earlier benefited from the programme, ascribing all the glory and credit to the Lord God who made it possible all these years.
The service providers, including a member of the Roman Catholic Church, and parents of the graduands, poured encomiums on Bishop Okorocha and his wife for their magnanimity, adding that they had not seen or heard of something like this elsewhere. They also prayed that God blesses and rewards the Lord Bishop’ household and ministry.
Before the vote of thanks moved by one of the happy parents, Mrs Roseline Onyeka, one of the Batch Six beneficiaries in the area of sewing clerical and choir vestments, Mr Chinonyerem Akuba, thanked the Bishop and Mama Owerre for changing their status from that of applicants to that of employers of labour. Earlier, Mr Okey Anorue testified that he was now running an Internet computer “company” at Orie Ochii Ogwa with the computer set he received in 2016.
The 2018 beneficiaries displayed the dresses they designed, and sewed themselves with the fabric materials provided by Mama Owerre. They were Goodness Ihenacho, Juliet Nwosu, Precious Onyeka, Divine Amazue and Peace Okoroafor. Henrietta Oluchi Ubochi (Hair Dresser) and Mr Chisom Elukposti (computer training) who also works at the Diocesan Bookshop Uzii Owerri.
Some of the dignitaries in attendance were   Dames Phoebe Anyanwu, Stella Dike and Dame Uboegbulam, and some vice presidents of the Women’s Ministries.
Ven. Paul Nwaozuzu and Rev. Canon Uneze Ukaegbu led the House in prayers for the graduands and both the service providers and the sponsors.