By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Bishop-elect of the Anglican Diocese of Oweri, Ven. Chukwuma Chinekezi Oparah, Ph.D, has expressed optimism that there will be better days ahead for all parastatals and schools owned by the Diocese.
He made the statement in an exclusive chat with Christian Voice during the official re-dedication and re-opening of Obazu Community Grammar School (OCOGRAM) Obazu Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.
Ven. Oparah, who was recently elected to succeed Bishop Okorocha, expressed gratitude to God that OCOGRAM has resurrected after 12 years of closure and described it as a blessing both for the host community and the Diocese, at large.
“We thank God for today. With this, there is hope for the school and by implication, other schools owned by the Diocese and by extension other parastatals owned by the Diocese,” he said.
The Bishop-elect, who will be consecrated on November 16th in Abuja, also expressed joy and gratitude to the Supervisory Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike (JP) for appointing him as the Chairman of the Strategic and Technical Committee for OCOGRAM.
He revealed that the members of the committee together with the Old Boys Association have worked tirelessly to ensure that the re-opening of the education institution was a reality.
The Bishop-elect also revealed that the Diocese has recruited teachers while more than 30 students have so far enrolled into the school, adding that parents and the host community attended the official re-dedication and re-opening ceremony.
He called on parents, teacher, host community and Old Boys to put all hands on deck to ensure the sustenance of the school.
“This place will be a place of learning and moral upbringing and students who come here will be celebrated in future. We will continue to encourage this project, to the glory of God,” the Bishop-elect assured.