Imo Govt willing to return schools to original owners – Uzodimma




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Governor Hope Uzodimma receives a copy of the Joy Bible from the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev David Onuoha when they paid the Governor a courtesy visit at Sam Mbakwe Ex9 Chambers, Owerri on Tuesday

– Governor of , Hope Uzodimma has expressed the willingness of his government to return some primary schools to the original owners – the .

The governor gave the indication on Tuesday at the State Council Chambers Government House , when he received the body of Anglican Bishops of Ecclesiastical Province led by the Archbishop, Most Reverend Bishop David Onuoha.

Governor Hope Uzodimma receives a copy of the Joy Bible the Archbishop of Ecclesiastical Province of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev David Onuoha when they paid the Governor a courtesy visit at Sam Mbakwe Ex9 Chambers, on Tuesday

Responding to the Bishops’ request that primary schools be returned to the Anglican , the Governor said government is willing to do so but that certain issues such as teachers’ welfare, affordable cost and benefit to the parents and school owners needed to be fine tuned.

The Governor however said he soon set-up a joint committee to work on the Bishops proposal.

He acknowledged that the and the government have enjoyed many years of relationship, and that as in progress his government is ever ready to work the Church.

Governor Uzodimma said while the Church deploys persuasion to positively impact the society morally, the government on its part relies on policy formulations and implementations to also positively impact the society.

He commended Archbishop Onuoha and his team for coming to visit him, congratulated him on his elevation and leadership style that have endeared him to the Church and humanity and him to keep up the good works.

Earlier, the Bishops told the Governor they were at the Government House to inform him that the Anglican Communion, Owerri Province, now has a new boss in the person of Archbishop Onuoha who also doubles as the Bishop of Okigwe South Anglican Diocese.

They said they came to honour the governor in line biblical injunctions, pray for him and support and encourage him.

They commended the Governor on his approach to policies and programmes since assuming office, especially his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic which they said made possible for the Church in the State to receive palliatives the government of .

 

Archbishop Onuoha reiterated that the Church has always maintained a strong relationship the government based on symbiotic responsibility to the society.

 

On behalf of his brother Bishops, he made a passionate request to the Governor that primary schools originally owned by the Anglican Church be returned to them, saying help rebuild the moral decadence in the society.

 

They commended the governor’ fight against corruption and fraud in the payroll and pensions system in the state, but appealed that efforts be facilitated to conclude the process for the benefit of all.

 

While reiterating earlier assurance of continued prayer, support and partnership with the Governor and his administration, they advised him to “always be close to God.”

“Endeavour to rule in righteousness, reign in holiness, and serve God to please the people,” Archbishop Onuoha told the Governor.

The Bishops thereafter presented a symbolic Holy Bible to the Governor.

Ten of the 12 Bishops of the Province were present at the visit.

The deputy governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the House of Assembly, Chiji Collins, and other government officials and lawmakers were present at the event.