The Master's Vessel Seminary, Osumenyi has been officially commissioned to start academic activities.
The commissioning ceremony which was performed by His Lordship, Rt. Rev'd. E.O Ikeakor JP attracted parents, students' relations and parishioners from across the Diocese.
In his sermon at the occasion, the Bishop explained that the mission of the Diocese in establishing the seminary is to raise young boys from the cradle showing them how they should grow. He declared that in Master's Vessel Seminary, attention will be given to the character and welfare of students.
According to the Bishop, the Diocese decided to recruit students for JSS1 only in order to give attention to proper upbringing of the students. The Bishop lamented that the period of Government take over of schools from the Missions fostered an era of godless but educated people, stressing that leaving the affairs of the nation in the hands of godless people will not yield any positive dividend. He opined that the Government by their action deliberately kept God from the public domain; a situation that accounts for the evils prevalent in our society today.
Bishop Ikeakor regretted that unlike the situation in other countries even in Africa, education has been relegated to the background in Nigeria. Whereas a country like Ghana engages her best brains in the education sector, all kinds of quacks and unqualified people are left to owe, run or teach in our schools. He declared that as long as such situation is allowed to continue, things will never be right with our education.
The Master's Vessel Seminary according to the Bishop has been established to address critical issues in our education sector, to demonstrate to our generation that godly children can still be raised in our schools. He described as embarrassing a situation where students cannot defend the certificates they have, insisting that the new Seminary is set to set the standard.
In her address of welcome, the pioneer Principal, Miss Esther Ogbaji appreciated the proprietor and Bishop of the Diocese of Amichi, Rt. Rev'd. E.O Ikeakor for his passion and doggedness in seeing that a project of such magnitude could be completed in less than a year. She called on all to support the Bishop in order to actualize his noble dreams for the Diocese.
Addressing the gathering, the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi represented by Hon. Barr. Chukwuma Iruba expressed delight that the church is leading the campaign to restore the dignity of education in Nigeria. He pledged the continued support of the State to the school. Hon. Iruba made a personal donation of five sets of computer to the school. Chief Elozona Ezike announced a donation of twentypfive thousand (25,000:00) on behalf of the Nnewi Sought LGA Transitional Committee., Mr. Okezie Agazie also donated a generating set to power the school.
In his closing remarks, the Bishop Rt. Rev'd. O.E Ikeakor JP expressed his profound gratitude to the Government of Peter Obi for granting approval for the establishment of the seminary despite the subsisting embargo in the establishment of new schools. He also commended Osumenyi Anglican Communion and Osumenyi Community for all the sacrifices they made to ensure that the Seminary project became a reality.
The Bishop singled out their efforts in relocating Omaigwe Central School to pave way for the Seminary to start. He thanked all the people who contributed and prayed for God's blessings upon their lives.
The occasion featured the dedication of the school building and the commissioning of the pioneer staff and students of the school.