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News » Bishop Ikeakor rolls out achievements in Amichi, 10 years after

Mon Jan 07 2019 - VEN. CHUKWUEBUKA CHUKWUEMEKA

The Anglican Bishop of Amichi diocese, Most Revd Ephraim Okechukwu Ikeakor has commended Anglican faithful and clergy of Amichi diocese for their support and prayers in realization of his dreams of preaching the gospel, especially in the key areas of infrastructural development that mainly empowered the people of the area and as well, served as source of revenue for the diocese.

 

Bishop Ikeakor addressing a Press Conference

 The bishop who stated this at the Cathedral church of St Andrews, Amchi during a world press conference to mark the 10th year anniversary celebration of the diocese as well as the 10th year anniversary of his consecration as the bishop of the diocese noted that he resolved upon consecration to preach the gospel in the diocese in four major areas of education, healthcare, agriculture and social welfare.

 

He further observed that the diocese has witnessed a tremendous growth and development, both physically and spiritually in those areas, having established a world class College of nursing Sciences, Masters Vessel Seminary, Sure Anchor Micro Finance bank, diocesan integrated farm among others.

 

He also informed that the Archbishop of  Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev Nicolas Dikeriehi Orogodo Okoh will lead other bishops and clergy to dedicate the ultra modern diocesan Secretariat on Saturday, January, 12 as part of the activities marking the anniversary celebration.

 

Bishop Ikeakor and wife Dame Nkem Ikeakor sharing ideas at the press Conference

He also informed that a world class Women Bethany House and a business complex for the diocese built in the diocese will also be dedicated.

 

According to him, “We are grateful to God that all the things we set out to do have all been achieved and we give God all the glory. I thank all the parishners, men and women who fought for the creation of this diocese and ensured that this diocese keep growing from strength to strength. If they did not work passionately, we wouldn't have been where we are today.

 

“We said during the first session of our maiden Synod at St Stephen's church in Osumenyi as contained in our vision and mission statement that we will build a diocese where God is sincerely honoured. We also said that we are going to preach the gospel holistically and propagate the evangelism in four dimensions, namely; quality education, robust healthcare provision, agriculture, and through pragmatic social welfare and services and by God's grace, we have not done all but looking back, we can lift up our hands and say, thank you Jesus.

 

The ultra-modern Diocesan Secretariat to be dedicated by the Primate

“On spirituality, we started some key programmes in the diocese' the popular prayer breakfast, wailing women prayer summit for the women, the first born search, lining in his presence for the women, covenant Sunday, night of evidence and we update our pastors and clergy from time to time through retreats and seminars. We also embarked on radio evangelism which we call, ‘in touch with God' radio broadcast. The feedback we get shows that the impact is so wonderful.

 

“On infrastructural development, nothing was virtually on ground when this diocese was created. The only institution we had when we came in was Holy Child Convent and it was in a very sorry state. The classroom building was plastered without windows, doors, no single facility on ground for effective teaching and learning but because we said we will preach the gospel through education, the first we did was to invest all we had to fix the Holy Child Convent to compete with any school anywhere in this country. The school is today one of the pride of my episcopacy and that of this diocese.

 

“On the boys, I took the challenge of building for them a seminary. It started like a dream; we conceived it, prayed about it, and named it Masters Vessel Seminary. We started the building. But today, without being boastful, all to the Glory of God, that school seemed to be the only school with very good structure in the East of the Niger. Masters Vessel seminary is one of the schools I can raise my hand any day and ask anybody to come let us compete in terms of infrastructure and quality teachers and teaching.