By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, Ph.D, has said that quality education must be restored to secure the future of young people in Nigeria.
Bishop Okorocha stated this while speaking at the 10th anniversary celebration of Christ the King International Anglican Academy, Owerri recently.
He regretted that the quality of education in Nigeria collapsed in the 70s after the take-over of schools by the government.
The Bishop therefore called on government at all levels to be sensitive to the basic needs of the people, stressing that a good leader must love his people and his people will love him too and there will be peace.
Bishop Okorocha insisted that “we must educate people completely so that those who could not find jobs can employ themselves”, adding that “we must restore dignity to the teaching profession”.
He advised the students to take their studies serious now and to draw close to God so that they will see vision of their great future from God now.
The prelate also advised parents to train their children the way they want them to be.
In her address, the chairman of the school Management Board, Dr. (Mrs.) Joy Njemanze thanked the Bishop for his support to the school and for giving the board a free hand to run the school.
She also commended the principal and staff of the school for ensuring that the vision and mission of the school was achieved and reassured that the board will always uphold their welfare.
In his own remarks, the chairman of the occasion and Hon. Commissioner for Finance Imo State, Chief Obinna Mbata praise the Principal and his team for a job well done and acknowledged that education is important, stressing that education made him what he is today.
In his address tagged the with anniversary testimony, the Principal of the school Sir C.C.J. Obijiaku pointed out that the school, which is a mission school, was established to counter the rot brought into the education system as a result of government’s take-over of schools.
He also pointed out that the school which was established in 2007 actually chocked 10 last year, adding that the anniversary ceremony was shifted due to the congested Diocesan programmes including the 2017 Synod which Christ Church hosted.
Sir Obijiaku who is the pioneer Principal of the school enumerated the achievements and records of which included Excellence in external examinations.
He expressed profound appreciation to the Bishop, Board Chairman, past and present Vicars of Christ Church, staff and all others who have assisted the school in one way or the other.
Also speaking, in Commissioner for Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Imo State Mrs. Getrude Oduka who was represented by Dr. Mrs. Nlemadim called for the establishment of the school Old Students Association so that they can help the school at the appropriate time, stressing that they should not forget their Alma Mata.
The memorable occasion which took place at the school playground, inside Christ Anglican Church Owerri, featured cutting of the Anniversary cake, entertainment by the enterprising school choir and award of honours to some distinguished personalities including Ven. Zion Ngoka, Ven. Jame Onyekwelibe, Ven. Feddy Mbalisi and pioneer staff of the school.