July 2, 2022 10:18 am

Don’t fail the Church, play your roles effectively, Gov. Ikpeazu, Archbishop Opoko enjoins Lay Presidents

Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia State has urged Lay Presidents to represent the Church well according to their calling.

Gov. Ikpeazu who gave the charge during the presentation of Sir. Princewill Ikechukwu Ukaegbu as the Archbishop Lay President and Sir. Okechukwu Ndukwe as the Diocesan Lay President by the Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia, His Grace ,the Most Rev. Dr. Chibuzor Opoko moreover charged the newly inducted Lay President of the Methodist Church to lead the laity well and complement the work of the clergy in the Diocese.

Sir Oko Chukwu

 Gov. Ikpeazu represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu used the forum to reiterate Government’s willingness to collaborate with the Church and the newly inducted Lay Presidents in the governance of the State.

He urged the Church to intensify their prayers for the country’s leaders at various levels especially as the nation approaches another electioneering period.

He expressed optimism that with their pedigree, he is confident that Sir Ukaegbu and Sir Ndukwe will excel and perform exploits in winning souls to Christ through aggressive evangelism.

He congratulated the new inductees on their appointment while appreciating the Church’s leadership for the painstaking selection of their Archdiocese and Diocesan lay Presidents.

In his sermon, the Methodist Archbishop, His Grace, The Most Rev. Dr. Chibuzo Opoko congratulated the newly inductees, reminding them that as co-workers in God’s vineyard, they should not  compete with the clergy ,but work in synergy to ensure the growth and propagation of the Gospel of Christ .

Archbishop Opoko

Preaching on the topic “The Lord is my Shepherd; That’s All  I Want”,  Archbishop Opoko enjoined leaders to always acknowledge the supremacy of God in all their act of governance, while urging the inductees and every Christian to begin to work for God and ensure that God remain all that they will ever need in life.

Sir Okechukwu Ndukwe and Abia State Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu

Responding shortly after the ordination, the newly inducted Diocesan Lay President and General Manager of Abia State Estate Development Agency ( ABSEDA) Sir. Okechukwu Ndukwe said he was overwhelmed to be invested and presented as the 8th Diocesan Lay President of the Methodist Church Nigeria.

He appreciated the Church for finding him worthy to serve and promised not to betray the trust reposed in him.

Hon. Jerry Uzosike

The service which also featured the appreciation of Sir. Allan Okpokiri as the Archdiocesan Lay President Emeritus by the Methodist Archbishop attracted the presence of the Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial Zone, Chief Theodore Orji represented by Sir. Frank Ibe, Member representing Umuahia South State Constituency, Chief Jerry Uzosike, other state legislators, the Commissioner for Documentation and strategic  Communication, Chief Ugochukwu Emezue, body of Permanent Secretaries, top government officials, the house of clergy and other prominent personalities.

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