Abia returns mission schools to owners

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Abia State government has returned East Street Primary School and Clifford Road Primary School, both in Aba, to the original owners-the Assemblies of God Church. The church had, in the past, pleaded with the government to return the schools to it.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu made the announcement during this year’s Men’s Day celebration of the Assemblies of God Church, 222 Clifford Road, Aba.

He directed the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji to liaise with the church authorities to ensure that the handover process is completed by October.

In their address read by the Secretary of the Men’s Ministry, Deacon David J. Okai, the church passionately pleaded with Governor Ikpeazu to facilitate the return of the schools to their church, a process they said began during the immediate past administration, but was stalled due to the leadership crisis in the church then, which has been settled.

The letter reads: “Your Excellency, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu Sir, please, on behalf of the entire church, we are appealing with you to approve the recovery of our primary schools; East Street and Clifford Road Primary schools which were approved during the tenure of former Governor of the state, T. A. Orji. But because of internal misunderstanding we had then, it was withheld. Now that it has been resolved, we plead that you use your good offices and give them back to us. This church will never forget you for helping us out. We thank you in anticipation for doing it for us, Your Excellency. Divinity and humanity will never forget you in Jesus name, Amen.”

Responding after Ikpeazu announced the pledge to return the schools, the Assistant District Superintendent of the Church, Rev Don Njoku, thanked him for the gesture and assured him that the church will continue to support and pray for his government.

Earlier in his address, the President of the Men’s Ministry of the Church, Deacon Kalu Egbe, praised the leadership and development strides of the governor and assured him of their support in his determined efforts to positively change the narrative of Aba and Abia State.

Governor Ikpeazu, who was received at the Church by Rev (Dr) Ogboso Ejindu, Assistant District Superintendent and the executive of the men’s ministry was accompanied by top government officials, including the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Uzor Azubuike, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Umeh Kalu (SAN), Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, Commissioner for Petroleum, Mr. Chizuru Kanu and Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area, Chief Emmanuel Emereuwa.

 

 

 


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