By Emma Onumah
A committee has been set up, to organize issues relating to the consecration, enthronement and reception of the Bishop-elect of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Ven. (Dr.) Chukwuma Chinekezie Oparah.
The Interim Chancellor of the Diocese, Hon. Justice (Lady) Evelyn Anyadike, is to chair the Committee, assisted^ by Sir Chukwuma Uchegbu, while Barr. C.C Uwadi serves as its Secretary.
The Committee, which was set up at an emergency Diocesan Board meeting held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri last Monday, also has the following people as members -Sir Chukwuma Ekomaru S.A.N., who is a member of the Interim Legal Team of the Diocese, Sir Gab Oduah, President of the Owerri Council of Knights, Ven. Chike Samuelson, Clerical Synod Secretary, Sir Martin Ebe, Managing Editor, Christian Voice Newspapers, Sir Emma Onumah, Diocesan Press Officer, Sir Uche Osoagba, Sir Jerry Opara, Sir Eugene Nwaigwe, Dame Uloma Igwe, Dr. (Lady) Lilian Nkwoada, Mrs. Ngozi Onyekwelibe, Dr. (Mrs.) Ojiugo Akakuru, Sir Clifford Echendu, Diocesan Admin Secretary, Rev. Emma Onyearugbulem, who represents the Supervisory Bishop, in the committee, Hon. Dame Victoria Akanwa, Mr. ThankGod Amuzienwa, Diocesan Youth Leader. All the Archdeacons and Area Administrators in the Diocese are also members of the committee.
Another ad hoc committee was also set up at the meeting, known as Consolidation of Accounts/Resource Committee, to be chaired by Sir Sunny Nwosu.
Other members of the committee include Rev. Kenneth Udemba, Lady Dorathy Nwachukwu, Sir Lambert Njoku, Ven. Dr. James Onyekwelibe, and the Principal Accountant of the Diocese, Rev. Can. Dr. Japhet Nwachukwu.
The committee is charged with the task of going round the parastatals and other investments of the Diocese, with a view to determining the state of their finances and see the possibility of raising money from them in the immediacy and in future, for the running of the Diocese.
The committee was asked to submit its report on 18th October, 2018 when the Board meets again.
The decisions were taken at the Diocesan Board meeting held last week in CATOL, chaired by the Supervisory Bishop of the Diocese Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike JP. Bishop Maduwike is also the Bishop of Ikeduru.
Speaking after the constitution of the two committees, Bishop of Maduwike noted that the emergency situation in which the Diocese finds itself now, calls for personal and collective commitments, and dedication of all faithful in the Diocese in order to ensure success of the occasion and make the Diocese move forward, once again.
The Prelate, who used the occasion to introduce the Bishop-elect, Ven. (Dr.) Chukwuma Oparah, and welcomed him to the high table, commended the faithful in the Diocese, for their understanding and peaceful conduct during the trying period a couple of months ago.
He also expressed gratitude to God for His intervention in the episcopal matter, and the show of understanding exhibited by the Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, His Grace, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh, by not insisting on translating another Bishop to the Owerri Diocese, or electing a priest that is not from this Diocese to be here.
Earlier in an admonition, a Curate in the Cathedral, Rev. Donald Awujo, charged the Board members, to be faithful to God in whatever He has entrusted into their hands to do for Him and to the Church.
He condemned the idea of anyone living a life of sycophancy and comparison, as this, he posited, often leads to division, both in the Church, society, and family.
Rev. Awujo, who drew his text from 1Cor. 4:1-2, spoke against doing things that are canal in nature, but asked all children of God, to allow God to direct and rule their hearts, adding that, looking up to Jesus would enable everyone to follow Him and also behave like Him.
The Board will hold its next meeting Thursday 18th October, 2018.