The Renaissance Modern Polytechnic, Mbaukwu in Anambra Saturday held its maiden graduation ceremony for its 300 pioneer students.
The Anglican Church-run polytechnic, which was founded in 2021, was formally dedicated by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, on Friday.
The event was part of the activities marking the 60th birthday of Most Rev. Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, the Archbishop, Eccliastical Province Of The Niger and Bishop, Diocese of Awka. In a speech at the graduation, the Acting Rector of the institution, Prof. Clifford Nwanna, said the school had commenced certificate courses.
Nwanna, however, said that the institution was waiting for accreditation by the National Board for Technical Education in order to begin its Diploma programmes.
He said the three months certificate programmes were in Fine Arts, Multimedia, Para-legal Studies, Hospitality and Home Management, Photography, Online Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
He congratulated the graduating students on the successful completion of their studies.
Nwanna urged them to sustain their training, build on it and become problem solvers in society.
“We are in serious business here and from what has happened so far, this polytechnic is going to be a centre for technology incubation, entrepreneurship development and metal fabrication.
“Already, some of these graduates have started putting their training into work, thereby creating wealth through these economic activities.
“This is in addition to the knowledge acquired in the art of entrepreneurship, which is being able to manage a business,” Nwanna said.
Also, Ibezim said that education and health were cardinal in his missionary mandate.
The cleric, therefore, described the establishment of the institution as part of the fulfillment of his mandate.
The Anglican Primate, Most Rev Henry Ndukuba on Friday inaugurated a new law faculty building donated to Paul’s University, Awka, by the Anglican Diocese of Awka in Anambra.
The inauguration was part of activities to mark the 60th birthday of Most Rev Alexander Ibezim, the Archbishop of Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese.
Ndukuba commended the diocese for its contribution to the development of education in the country.
He said that education was part of what the church inherited from early missionary through late Bishop Ajayi Crowther.
“Education is a tool with which any nation develops its society,” the primate said.
He appealed for more partnership from other Anglican dioceses to promote education of the citizens.
“The students in public universities have been out of school for over five months and it is not a developmental plan for the nation.
“The students need quality teaching so as to meet up with their counterpart in western world,” he said.
He thanked the diocese for standing in the gap in the development of education in the country.
Ibezim said that the diocese intended to have a classic University that would train and produce seasoned graduates to contribute to development of the nation.
The Vice Chancellor of the University and Venerable, Prof.Obiora Nwosu said that the university had adequate human resources to reposition the school to compete with other universities.
Nwosu said that Awka Diocese had demonstrated that the church was prepared to offer quality education to students.
Prof Chinyere Okunna, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic said that the church was prepared to run the university rightly.
Okunna said that the university though owned by the Anglican communion had what it took to train undergraduates of repute.
She said that the university already have four faculties of Law, Art, Social and Management Sciences.
Highlights of the event included the handing over of the building to the Primate for the operational excellence of the 55 dioceses of East of the Niger that owned the University.
The primate also inaugurated the Millennium College of Nursing Science, Awka.
The Anglican Primate of all Nigeria, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, has tasked all eligible Nigerians to ensure that they participate in the 2023 general elections to elect credible leaders for the country.
Ndukuba, also the metropolitan archbishop gave the advise at the Conference of Chancellors, Registrars and Legal Officers from Anglican dominion in Abuja on Tuesday with the theme”Behold, I will do a new thing”.
He said Nigerians must use their votes to elect credible leaders that would turn around things in the county for the better.
He said that the conference was aimed at enhancing the welfare of the citizens through the operation of the church judicial team.
According to Ndukuba, the Church with its members in the judiciary are meeting to consider their role in the church and society.
”There are issues and the team will have to consider better ways on how to work in the communities.
“It is a time also for fellowship, a time to reconsider, renew and reinvigorate, encourage everyone to be in prayers for the judiciary and country at large,” he said.
> The Most Rev Henry Ndukuba, the Archbishop, Metropolitan Anglican communion, has admonished Christians to be good ambassadors of the church and country for positive change.
He gave the advice at the service of confirmation and admission of candidates into the Women’s Guild and Mothers Union on Sunday at the All Saints Church Wuse, Abuja.
Rev Ndukuba, also the Primate of All Nigeria, maintained that social vices had persisted because people no longer listened to each other.
The bishop said such sacraments act as a watch, reminder and guide for individuals not to lose guards in activities of the Church and society.
The Primate expressed worry on the high level of disconnect, rivalry, disunity, injustice and insecurity bedeviling the nation today.
He noted that the vices symbolised the unjust treatment of people all over the country and the world.
He explained that the sacrament of confirmation placed a responsibility on the shoulders of recipients to be ‘’Soldiers of Christ” in a world of today where the faith was constantly threatened.
“Confirmation thus and admission in various groups and positions in the Church recall that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
” The spirit of right judgement and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God’s presence.
Guard what you have received,” he urged.
The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion has urged Nigerians to shun drug abuse to save themselves from its negative effects.
Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, gave the advice in Abuja at the 2021 Annual Divine Commonwealth Conference with the theme: “Quit You Like Men.’’
Ndukuba, who took his reading from the scriptures in first Corinthians Chapter 16, Verse 13: “Watch ye, be vigilant, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong,” said the message was a call not be afraid because God was with them.
According him, drug abuse was sapping Nigerians off their money, resources and mental health.
“If you drive around this city, you may see or know of spots where drugs are openly peddled and they are patronised sundry cutting across classes.
“It does not matter where, even in the rural areas, drugs are also having a field day dehumanising our people and as you may see the primary school children, young men and women, even married women are also addicted to drugs.
“This is one thing that does not respect class; a man was killed in Lagos, the issue is that they had drugs so you find out that even CEOs can still be drug addicts.
“Do we talk of the security organisations, in fact most of the crimes that we suffer in Nigeria including banditry and other things are rooted in drug addiction.
“Deal with drugs, deal with gun control and you will subdue most of our problems,” he said
Ndukuba, therefore, said that the Church of Nigeria had taken this as a challenge to sensitise people, “to tell them drug is bad, it is evil, it dehumanises, it eats up fices and robs them off their dignity.”
He said that the most painful aspect of it was that the sponsors of drugs in Nigeria were well to do because the ordinary young boy in the streets made the sales, and would not be able to pay his air ticket abroad or know how to process heroin.
He said that there was need to rise up against the menace, adding that “our people should not be enslaved or sold for pittance because somebody wants to make money quick.‘’
Ndukuba also called on politicians to back to their primary responsibility.
“Nigerians are not asking too much, ordinary Nigerians are not begging for food, what we are begging is for security and the environment that will make us to be able to fend for ourselves.
“We are not lazy, the ordinary Nigerian is not a beggar and we want to ask them to do what they should in order to create environment that will make our people thrive to feed themselves, we are not asking too much,” he said.
Ndukuba also urged Nigerians to be alert about their mental health, adding that in spite of the challenges of the nation they should not give up hope.
He said that he believed God at such a time when the hearts of men failed them, when people did not know where help would come from, it was better to look up to the Lord .
He said that although the problems might look enormous, Nigeria may seem as though she was engulfed but the word of the Lord to the nation was be courageous, because “this is a passing time.’’
According to Ndukuba, God is saying `Be courageous, I will be with you, I will not leave you nor forsake you, no matter the challenges.’’
He said that God is warning people to be careful the way they live, to make sure they are in faith, to make sure that they are working with the Lord in obedience to His word.
Ndukuba said that the conference started in 2011 and it was meant to be a gathering to just sit at the feet of the Lord.
He further urged Nigerians to listen to God’s words, and to pray for families, the church and for the nation.
By Chijioke OkoronkwoVice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday led Federal Government’s delegations to church buildings’ dedication services where clergymen offered prayers for Nigeria’s unity.
The church buildings dedicated are All Saints Anglican Church Wuse, Zone 5, and the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David Parish, Utako, Abuja.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement said that clergymen at both churches prayed for an end to the spate of violent attacks in parts of the country.
They prayed God to intercede on behalf of Nigeria and grant it victory over the sponsors and perpetrators of violence in the country.
Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, the Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, assisted by Bishop of Kubwa Diocese, Bishop Duke Akamisoko, led the prayers for the security, peace and prosperity of Nigeria.
Ndukaba offered prayers to God for the unity of the country, peace and protection of leaders.
He prayed God to give the president and the vice president and other officials of the administration wisdom to lead the country.
“God give all who serve in the Federal Government the wisdom from above.
“When they speak, grant them utterance that comes from the Holy Spirit, fill their hearts with wisdom, and give them kindness of mind. And being filled and led by you, oh Holy Spirit, they will fulfill their purpose.
“And in this government, Lord, may your name be glorified,” he prayed.
On his part, Akamisoko prayed for that God’s blessings reigned in the East, West, North, and South.
“Let your blessings reign on this country, let your glory reign.
“All the plans of the evil one against this country; Lord, it shall not come to pass in Jesus name.
”We shall remain united serving and loving you on this day of the dedication of the Church of All Saints Anglican Church.
“All together, we unite our faith and pray that this nation shall be great again in Jesus name,” he prayed.
The dedication of the new Church building of RCCG, City of David Parish, Utako, was led by Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, an Assistant General Overseer and Regional Pastor from the RCCG City of David Parish, Apapa, Lagos.
He thanked God for His blessings that had culminated in the dedication of a new church building over a short period of time and urged Christians to remain steadfast with God especially in times of difficulty.
Iluyomade prayed for leaders of the country, including President Muhammadu Buhari and Osinbajo and assured that sponsors of trouble in parts of the country would soon be arrested.
“God will intervene personally and arrest those causing trouble in the country,” he said.
Speaking shortly after the dedication of the new church auditorium at the All Saints Anglican Church, Osinbajo urged members to see the occasion as a call to the greater work of transforming the entire society.
According to the vice president, the dedication of the physical building called the church must only reminds Christians that the real work of building the church is that of bringing up men and women in the knowledge of the Lord.
“The forces of evil and of hate are more vehement than ever. The battle between light and darkness is more intense than ever, but we will prevail.”
At the dedication, Osinbajo urged members of the parish to look beyond the physical dedication of the church building and focus on bringing up great leaders that would carry on the legacies of the church.
He commended the Pastor of City of David Parish, Abuja, Pastor Gbolade Okenla, for his dedication and hard work.
He also praised the members of the congregation for the sacrifices that birthed the new building, assuring them of the blessings that would follow their contributions.
Osinbajo cited the example of David in the Bible.
“David only thought he did not build a church; he thought about building a church and the Lord blessed his generations forever.
“But you have not only thought of building a Church, you have built a church.
“So, the wonders and miracles of God will attend to you and your families forever more in the name of the Lord Jesus,” he said.
Other dignitaries at the dedication of the City of the David building include Sen. Philip Aduda, Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, among other officials.
Beside the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who joined the vice president at the Anglican Church, was also the former Information Minister, Prof. Jerry Gana, among others.
The Primate of all Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, on Monday urged Nigerians to remain hopeful and continue to trust in God, especially during this time.
Ndukuba who gave the advice during the Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON), in Abuja stressed that Nigerians are currently facing many challenges.
”We are in a time that is so uncertain and the courage of many have left them, people are not sure what will happen next, it is now from one challenge to another,
”At a time like this, it is good for us to know that our God is an unchanging God, situations may change but God never changes and he has authority and power over all that he created.
‘‘Even the challenges facing us are not just physical; there are spiritual dimensions to what we are facing. There are spiritual forces that we are contending against.
”We must remember that we have the word of God and the promises of God and in times like this, we must look up to Jesus, who has been there for us, we must encourage ourselves in the lord,” he said.
Ndukuba also said that the EndSARS protest had good intentions but along the line, it was hijacked and havoc was caused.
”I want to plead with the Federal government to know that they are the care givers.
“Thank God that government has put in place panels to listen and find out the grievances and also ensure that some people are accountable.
”But this issue of freezing personal accounts and seizing of passports is not providing the level ground for the young people to come forward.
”Government should treat the issue in such a way that we can use our diplomatic relationship to get them from wherever they are, even if they run away,
”We would like government to treat this issue in such a way that even the system of looking for the scapegoat should not be employed.
“Let there be open discussions that will treat these issues objectively, after all we have video records of people who were breaking and looting,
”Police and security agencies should go after those pictures and trace people who are culpable, people cannot go and commit wickedness, robbery and criminality and go free,
”And those who are making genuine demands are being witch-hunted, let us go for the criminals and also listen to what these young people are saying,” he said.
The Primate of All Nigeria Church (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba has urged the Federal and State governments to engage the youths constructively in the ongoing peaceful protest.
Ndukuba, who gave the advice at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, stressed that Government must urgently address the neglect and poor conditions of service of the Nigeria Police Force through holistic reforms.
”The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has in the past week observed the ongoing #EndSARS protests and wishes to express its solidarity with the courageous young people of this country.
“They have been peacefully protesting police brutality, impunity and injustice in cities across Nigeria.
”The undeniable tales of untold brutality and atrocities allegedly committed by this particular Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, which have come to light, must be thoroughly investigated and the culprits made to face the due process of law.
”The Church cannot be silent in the midst of such credible reports of widespread abuse of power and oppression of citizens, especially by those empowered by the state to protect citizens rights, lives and property,” he said.
”The government must first fully assimilate the demands on behalf of countless victims of police brutality and address the issues of gross abuse of power and privilege.
”Violation of human rights, and the consequences of youth frustration and anger highlighted through the ongoing #EndSARS, EndSWAT protest.
”As a Church and as Nigerian citizens of all faiths we have a responsibility to help reshape our country.
”The #EndSARS cry against those who perpetuate and perpetrate injustice by spilling innocent blood in our land is a passionate appeal for the enforcement of the rule of law that the government should embrace.
”We therefore pray for wisdom for our political leaders at all IeveIs to explore peaceful and non-violent means to contain this crisis and bring an end to impunity and injustice in all its forms and ramifications in Nigeria.
”We pray also for our youth generally and especially for all those participating in the protests at this time, to remain peaceful and law abiding, and also for wisdom and calm to focus on realizing the change in our country that all Nigerians seek,” he added.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has lauded Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the retired Primate of Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, for his fight against same-sex marriage.
Okowa gave the commendation on Saturday at the retirement thanksgiving service for the primate at St. Michael’s Anglican Church Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said Okoh stood for truth and deserved all the accolades for not succumbing to global pressure on the subject.
“We have come here to thank God for giving us a brother and father such as our retired Primate, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh.
“Since 2010 when he became primate, life has returned to Owa Kingdom and Ika nation because he is always praying for us.
“He is true to his faith of Anglicanism, and I have always seen him as a role model. He lived true to that and I am glad he carried on that position and the Lord blessed him.
“At a time when a lot of things are going on in the Anglican Communion worldwide, he stood like the soldier of truth that he is.
“He was one of the few African primates who declined to attend a meeting over gay marriage. We thank God that he was not carried away by the global sentiments,” he said.
Okowa thanked God for preserving Okoh’s life who he described as truly a shining star and a humble man.
“We are proud of him. Sometimes people say Okowa is humble, but when you look at the people he looks up to, you see humility is their lifestyle.
“As a builder in the body of Christ, Okoh has done a lot in building for Christ and we will continue to be proud of him at all times.
“Being the first ever primate from Delta, you made us proud and we give God the glory,” the governor said.
He commended the current Primate of the church Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, for his sermon and urged him to continue speaking the truth to power.
Earlier in his sermon, Ndukuba called on Nigerians to put their trust in God and seek His help in solving the problems bedevilling the nation.
He said God is willing to restore the nation’s glory if the people were willing to serve Him in truth and in spirit.
“We can only receive help from God if we are joint operators with God, for He will never send you without helping you.
“It is the grace and support of God in the life of our father that we are celebrating today. The Lord has indeed helped him in life and ministry,” he said.
On his part, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor II, the Obi of Owa Kingdom, commended the retired primate for fighting immorality in the church and described him as an illustrious son of the kingdom.
“You are a soldier of Christ, an agent of the truth and the pointer of light. If not for God, who would have taken you through this path?
“You met your people better than you left them 10 years ago when you were curated primate. What only God can do, no man can do.” the Owa monarch said.
Responding, Okoh thanked Gov. Okowa for his support throughout his tenure as primate.
He said he was not just thanking God because he was retiring from active service in the church, but for surviving when he took the bold step to leave his village 51 years ago.
“I left the village 51 years ago at 4 a.m. on foot. I am happy that I am able to come back alive and whatever achievemen and promotion we have attained, it is by the grace of God.” Okoh said. .
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
The Primate, Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, on Sunday charged Nigerians to examine themselves and turn to God because Jesus Christ is the sure foundation and on Him the country must build.
Ndukuba, who gave the charge during a thanksgiving service of the first session of the 11th synod in Abuja, stressed that there was no point wasting more time in sin and iniquity.
While noting the theme as ”Building on the Sure Foundation” the Primate explained that the society which we live in today is full of evil and inequity starting from the home, church, political space and the entire country.
He said that the things happening around us showed that Nigerians had deviated from the part which God created for us.
”Nigeria is one of the most religious countries in the world, yet, there is no evil you will not find here.
“For instance, when a man rapes a child, is it the body that is attracting him or is it being possessed by demonic power that has changed his way of thinking?”
”In our today’s world the things that are evil that we should run away from are the things we glorify.
“Just look at the wickedness of killings going on in our nation, this means that we have lost the right foundation and we are building on the wrong foundation.
”We have left the foundation that God laid for us and we are building on the wrong foundation which we laid for ourselves, which is a foundation of selfishness, greed, wickedness, a foundation of destruction.
”We must join hands together and retrace our steps by moving to the right foundation, the wicked will surely be punished, now or hereafter. We will all stand to answer before God,” he said.
The Bishop of Ibadan Diocese, Most Rev Joseph Akinfenwa, in his sermon urged Nigerians to stop glorifying evil and call a spade a spade.
Akinfenwa said that Jesus Christ is the only way and we must put our lives straight saying what shall it profit a man to steal money he could not use.
”Corruption is theft. We have a way of renaming atrocities to make them sound pleasant and suit us.
“Oil theft is called oil bunkering and immorality is called an affair, stealing is called embezzlement. This is wrong and we must turn away from evil.
”Anybody involved in corruption in any organisation is an enemy of the people and of God.
“The scriptures say, no corrupt, violent, immoral person, or homosexual will inherit the kingdom of God.
“Until we have a national guideline for behaviour and attitude towards assignments, and the expectations of the people are respected, we will not make a headway,” he said.
Edited By: Franca Ofili/Donald Ugwu (NAN)