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Forwarded by: Rev. Nelson IlunoTuesday, June 27, 2017
nelsoniluno@gmail.com
Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria

DIOCESE OF NNEWI ANGLICAN COMMUNION) 2017 SYNOD COMMUNIQUE

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PREAMBLE:

he First Session of the Eighth Synod of the Diocese of Nnewi, Anglican Communion under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the leadership of his Lordship, The Rt. Revd. Prof. Godwin I.N. Okpala (JP, OON), Bishop Diocese of Nnewi with his wife, Mrs. Eugenia N. Okpala (JP) Nnebuife, President of the Women and Girls' Organizations in attendance, met at St. Andrew's DCC Nkwo Nnewi from Saturday 3rd day of June to Wednesday, 7th day of June, 2017.

Three hundred and sixty seven delegates from all the Parishes in the Diocese and beyond comprising the House of Bishop, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity attended the Synod.

The theme of the Synod was "PEACE, BE STILL" (Mark 4:39). At the end, the following Communiqué was adopted;

THE NATION:

1. Synod observes that Nigeria is in such a pitiable state that what happens in this country today touches everybody. The recession is occasioned by mismanagement and misapplication of our national resources. The economy is in comatose. Trade and commerce are strangulated by foreign exchange mismanagement. Synod calls on the Federal Government to do all within its powers to embark on economic policies that will create enabling environment for business to thrive. This will also help and encourage foreigners to do business in Nigeria and as a result help Nigeria come out of recession in the nearest possible time.

2. Synod notes that corruption has torn apart our hope for democratic values and gains. All sectors of our nationhood; Education, Electricity Power Supply, Industries, Economy, Road Networks and Commerce, Judiciary, etc are all limping on the crutches of inefficiency. Synod therefore, calls on all our public and private sectors to have a paradigm shift that will positively transform the aforementioned sectors thereby helping the Federal government in the fight against corruption.

3. Synod notes that our Nation is caught up in the storms of incertitude and that events in our land since independence simply portray a country staggering in the whirlwind of political, economic and social instability. Economic recession/depression since 2016 has rendered majority of Nigerians homeless and jobless, hungry and sick, abandoned and devalued, psychologically demented, deranged and jaundiced, disgruntled, disenchanted and violent. Synod also frowns at the rate at which Islamic fundamentalists have laid siege on the country especially the Southern Kaduna and middle belt regions of the country with no active measures being taken to curb the menace. While the Synod continues to pray for the full recovery of our President, His Excellency Mohammadu Buhari GCFR, Synod however, encourages the acting President to courageously do all that is necessary within the provisions of the law in bettering the lots of Nigerians.

4. Synod opines that Nigeria needs restructuring, to reflect true federalism and to remain as an entity. Synod therefore, urges the Federal Government to go back to the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference into which huge sums of money were sunk and implement same to enable the country move forward as this is believed to be the panacea for unity, love, harmony, peaceful co-existence and progress among the people of Nigeria.

5. Synod reiterates her proposal that confederation as a system of government with weak centre and strong regions be adopted. Synod hopes that this will help each region or state to develop at its own pace using their God given human and material resources and not to depend on sharing of oil revenue monthly.

6. Synod is disturbed by the recent threat allegedly publicized by a certain group in the North in which the Igbos residing in the Northern part of Nigeria were mandated to vacate their land before 1st October, 2017. Synod views the threat as a contravention of the Constitutional right of every Nigerian to reside in any part of the country of his choice. Synod therefore, urges the Government to take all necessary steps to protect all Nigerians living in any part of the country irrespective of ethnic or religious inclination.

ANAMBRA STATE:

7. Synod mourns and commiserates with the Executive Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike Global) and other members and relatives of Obiano family on the demise of their dear mother and matriarch of Obiano family, Mrs. Christiana Obiano. Synod appreciates her worthy contributions to the development of Anambra State especially for giving us a worthy and visionary leader who is our Governor. Synod prays for the repose of her soul in Jesus Name. Amen.

8. Synod commends the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Dr. Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano for his passion and efforts in the development of Anambra State through the instrumentality of his four pillars of development initiative. Synod notes his landmark achievements in the areas of Health, Agriculture, Road/Airport construction and erosion control, job creation, security and prompt payment of workers' salaries/allowances, pensions/gratuities, leading to his recognition by the workers as "Alert Governor".

9. Results from national examinations and educational competitions attest to the fact that Anambra State is almost the best in Nigeria educationally.

10. Synod is worried by the epileptic power supply and the high and outrageous electricity tariffs sent to consumers on monthly basis described as 'Estimated bills' and urges the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to take immediate steps to make pre-paid metres available to consumers.

11. Synod appreciates the support of the State Government to the Diocese so far in her effort to establish a University and appeals for further patronage and partnership in view of the importance of the project to the teeming population of admission seekers in our State and beyond.

THE CHURCH:

12. Synod calls on the Church to brace the challenge of reaching out to the disillusioned and disenchanted souls with the reassuring message of Peace and hope. This will in no doubt bring succor and relief to such perplexed lives.

13. Synod encourages the Church to have in its annual budget provisions for the sick, the less-privileged as a credible way of silencing diverse "storms" confronting such lives.

14. Synod calls on the Church to organize capacity building workshops and seminars geared towards making her members acquire relevant knowledge and skills that will position them for different work opportunities.

EDUCATION:

15. Synod appreciates the concerted efforts of the Board, Management and staff of Diocesan Special Education Centre (DSEC), domiciled at Diocesan Church Centre (DCC) Nnewi which culminated in the recent approval of the Institution to sit for Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination thereby enabling the students to further their education to University level. Synod appeals to parents who have vulnerable children in their homes to show them love by bringing them up to the centre for training while calling on well spirited individuals, governments, and philanthropists to assist the Diocese in the provision of infrastructure like classrooms, hostels, etc in the school.

16. Synod is encouraged by the Diocesan Bishop's optimism that the Pentecost University, which vision he caught in 2008 will receive NUC's blessing in their next fact finding visit and commends the efforts of the University's BOT members led by Dr. B.U.C Aghazu (Kpakpando Nnewi) and other major donors for their contributions to the infrastructural developments in the school and further calls on all and sundry to donate towards the development of the University.

17. Synod commends JAMB for keeping abreast with Global Technological trend of using ICT in conducting entrance examinations into Nigerian Tertiary Institutions, Synod however frowns at situations where candidates were taken to centres where facilities were inadequate and the available ones not functional; thereby leading to endangering the lives of candidates in taking examination as late as 3.00am. Synod therefore urges JAMB to ascertain the functionality of the facilities in the designated centres for the examination before approving same.

THE INDIVIDUAL:

18. Synod calls on all Christians to be aware of the fact that Christ's service does not exempt His servants from the storms of life and that everything may not run smoothly in our pilgrimage.

19. Synod calls on individual Christians to wake up to the fact that God uses afflictions to teach man some of the lessons of life and to draw man closer to Himself.

20. Synod emphasizes the fact that Christ is the master of the universe and hence the master over all the waves of life and can handle every life billows and turbulence.

21. Synod exhorts Christians to maintain a covenant relationship with Christ through a constant life of devotion as He only is the sure solution to man's helplessness in a troubled world.

22. Synod calls on all Christians of voting age to participate in the current voter registration/revalidation of voter's register so as to be able to exercise their franchise in the forth coming Anambra State governorship election in November, 2017 and other subsequent ones.

CONCLUSION:

Synod acknowledges the fact that Nigeria and her people are apparently caught in the devastating billows of political and economic turbulence and uncertainty, and this is as a result of her moral recklessness. Synod also observes that even though different successive governments in Nigeria have employed various economic/political strategies to curb her myriads of challenges, these have not yielded any sustainable result. Synod therefore, calls on Nigeria and her people to beckon on Christ who alone is the Author of Peace into their system for total peace and stability.

Synod strongly believes that if this is done, our navigation boat as a people will never sink but will eventually arrive at the much desired destination.

RT. REVD. PROF. GODWIN I.N. OKPALA (JP, OON)
Bishop and President of the Synod

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