By Nick Chibunna
It was a great home-coming and happy reunion last December when prominent sons and daughters of Ikeduru Anglican Diocese, with their friends, well-wishers and other delegates gathered at the Bishop’s Court for their annual stakeholders meeting.
The event which brought together, the Bishop of the Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike, JP thanked them for finding time to come in spite of their fight schedules.
Bishop Maduwike who was full of thanks to God for His mercies and loving-kindness said that it was a great miracle to have survived the numerous man-made problems and hardship of the year and congratulated for coming.
He expressed his appreciation to all those who have continued to make worthy contributions toward the development and growth of the young Diocese which come into being on July 14, 2009, adding that their labour shall never be in vain.
The prelate intimated the forum on the various activities and progrmames of the Diocese, including some land-mark projects and ongoing projects.
According to him, just under nine years of existence, the Diocese has towered into revolutionary day in both physical and spiritual realms, adding that the success was a team work.
He highlighted the major projects which included, the ongoing Cathedral building which is almost completed and thanked Chief Sir E.C. Iwuanyanwu, whom he described as the Nehemiah of our time for his resolve to see that the edifice is completed in a record time.
Others projects according to the prelate include, the lock-up stores projects at Umuagwo, the multi-million Naira event Centre at Atta, the Diocesan Charity Outfit (St. Luke’s Day) which to date had gulfed over N3.5mikkon, the new Bishop’s Court and other projects.
Bishop Maduwike also intimated the Forum of the forth coming 10th year anniversary, celebration of the Diocese and the Bishop’s 10th year anniversary of his consecration both which would be celebrated in 2019.
He thanked all for their support and prayers.
Also speaking at the forum, the chairman of the Ikeduru Diocesan Stakeholders Forum (IDSF), Prof. Sir Clif Anonuso thanked all for their continued support to the young diocese. He said that Ikeduru sons and daughters have no other Diocese accept, Ikeduru and enjoined all to work very hard to see that the visions of the founding fathers were actualized.
Earlier, in their separate address and report, both the chaplain to the forum, Ven. J.I.O Emeribe, and the Diocesan Clerical Secretary, Ven. J.B.C. Njoku had enjoined all to continue to support and cherish the young Diocese in accordance with the visions of the founding father.