Anglican prelate lauds Bishop Crowther Old Boys’ project
By Lawrence Nwimo
The proprietor of Bishop Crowther (Junior) Seminary, Awka and Archbishop Province of the Niger, Most Revd Alexander C. Ibezim, last Sunday, commended the give-back-to-society project of the Bishop Crowther’s Old Boys Association, BCOBA.
The commendation came during the official opening and dedication of an ultramodern administrative building built and donated to the seminary by the BCOBA in commemoration of the institution’s the 40th anniversary of the seminary.
Dedicating the new administrative block, Bishop Ibezim said that the old boys of the seminary ranked the best among equals. He praised them for thinking it wise to invest in their alma mater which gave them all ingredients to be successful in life. He said the building of the magnificent structure had, again, defined the institution as one of the best citadels of learning in the state and beyond.
Ibezim, who is also the Bishop of Awka Diocese, said that the old boys, through their effort, made the seminary proud urging them to extend their resources towards helping other schools, including building of resource centre, which he said could be named Bishop Crowther Lodge and Resource Center.
Ibezim charged current students of the institution to learn from the giant performances of the old boys and advised them to leverage on the facilities provided in the school. He urged them to remember the institution in due time like their predecessors had done.
Reiterating the importance of conducive environment to learning, Ibezim noted that there is need for a cohesive environment especially in today’s troubled world. He blamed poor education environment and facilities as the reason for student’s participation in cultism and other criminal activities.
In his sermon, Ibezim called on Christians to build their future on strong spiritual foundation for effective growth and warned that Christians must shun any other foundation that is not of Jesus Christ, if they are to succeed in life.
Reading from the book of Luke chapter 6: 46-49, Ibezim said there were principles that Christians must follow to avoid collapse in the journey of their life, noting that many people lost their greatness and riches because of improper foundation.
Meanwhile, the national president of BCOBA, Chijioke Nwankwo, said that the new administrative building donated to the seminary was built to celebrate the institution’s 40th year anniversary, noting that they had contributed a lot to the improvement of the facilities and structures in the institution.
Commending the association, the principal of the seminary, Venerable Nnamdi Emendu, described the project as a great achievement rarely found in other schools.
Ven. Emendu, who is also an old boy of the institution, said that the old boys had contributed a lot to the growth and development of the school. He reassured that every facility installed in the institution would be fully utilised and adequately maintained.