Archbishop Ibezim calls for govt support to mission schools
By Lawrence Nwimo
The Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, has called on the Anambra state government to support mission schools in the state.
Archbishop Ibezim made the call at the weekend during a thanksgiving service at the Queens Convent, Awka, stating that mission schools have done enough to deserve government attention and support in areas of supporting projects and infrastructure in mission schools.
Bishop Ibezim who specifically called the attention of the state government to the Queens Convent, a school of the Anglican diocese, urged the state government to encourage the church in their drive to champion and project the image of the state.
“We are trying to project the image of the government through the schools under us but the school is not a child’s play because, our people want good thing but nobody wants to pay for it.
“We want government to show strong presence because, at times the church gets weak when we don’t see direct involvement of government to help us.”
The Archbishop called on the first lady of the state, Dr (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano, to make her presence known in the school, stating that building structures in places like Queens’ College would bring the needed motivation to the students.
He, however, assured that Queens Convent, Awka, is bent on moulding students morally and physically in a way to prepare them for the future; while he also urged the state government to provide security to ensure safety of the girls in the convent.
Speaking, wife of the Anambra state governor, Ebelechukwu Obiano, while maintaining her resolve to promote girl child education, said that the place of the girl child is essential part of her programme, and assured that her foundation, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, is geared towards touching lives of girls. She also said that her foundation has built houses for the widows, as well as toilets to promote hygiene, dignity of women and to empower women of all facet.
Mrs. Obiano, who was represented by Hon Emeka Ozumba also said that Queens Convent is the best in the country and assured that she would do everything within her power to encourage girl-child education in the state. She challenged the management to churn out brilliant graduates that would make the state proud.
Also, the secretary to the state government, Mr. Solo Chukwulobelu, while assuring of government’s presence, urged the students to study hard and set records that Anambra state is known for and which other students can emulate or struggle to break.
Commending the school management for the swift progress it has recorded in a short period of existence, the chairman Awka Diocesan Education Board, Prof Nkechi Ikediugwu, urged the students to work hard to fulfil their purpose of being in school. “It is not enough to look beautiful; we need character and intelligence. The laboratory is well furnished and the library filled with laudable materials. The society is looking up to you to produce results.”
Earlier in his sermon, Principal of St. Paul’s College, Nibo – Nise, Reverend Joseph Onyibo, reminded Christians of the need to be relentless in the service of God, even as he cautioned them to be prayerful to avoid losing their faith.
Speaking on theme, “Celebration of God’s Faithfulness” he urged Christians to be thankful of the lord for His goodness, stating that “harvest is used to appreciate God, and those who sow in tears will reap in joy.”
Reverend Onyibo further said that harvest is a time of harvesting and reaping and Christians must endeavor to appreciate God to reap the blessings of God.
He reminded Christians of the final harvest, which is the harvest of end time, adding that the time is ripe for God to harvest his people. He urged Christians to work hard and pray so that they would not be found wanting on the day of God’s harvest.