Enugu: Rt. Rev. Sosthenes Eze, Anglican Bishop of Enugu North Diocese, says the Church established a college of education to remould and regain the lost moral and character in the society.
Eze said this on Sunday in Enugu while declaring the name of the college as ‘Christian Chukwuma Onoh College of Education’, after the late former Gov. Christian Onoh of old Anambra State.
He said that the vision for the college was borne out of the conviction to address societal decay, negligence and bankruptcy in character due to the government takeover of schools, which had produced students lacking character.
According to him, the products, in terms of teachers trained in the college, will be a crop educated people that will form the rebirth of a new Nigeria society that upholds and builds ethical and moral standards; and character with integrity.
He said: “This project is a formable way of kick-starting the education mission of the Church, where well-trained teachers both in character and learning will be produced to deal with the moral decadence and lack of character in the society.
“We value education in this part of the country, and have several institutions. There is a need to groom teachers/ lecturers for these institutions/schools for them to further groom the students/pupils properly in the fear of God and good character”.
On the Christening of the college as, ‘Christian Chukwuma Onoh College of Education’, after the late former Gov. Christain Onoh, he said that Onoh used his life and time to promote the Church and education in the entire Enugu State.
“It is Onoh that first got the vision that missionaries were excellent in education; he built this Colliery Comprehensive Technical College, Ngwo and handed it over to the Church. This place serves as the take-off point of the new college.
“The naming of the college after him is to honour him and ensure that this place produces exceptional teachers/lecturers that will impact sound character and learning on students/pupils,” he said.
In a lecture titled: “The C.C. Onoh I Know and Imperative of Higher Education”, Emeritus Bishop Emmanuel Ugwu, said that Onoh was an enigma that touched a lot of lives in many different ways.
Ugwu, former Bishop of Awgu/Aninri Anglican Diocese, said: “Onoh did a lot in the educational advancement of many Enugu State residents and gave lots of scholarship as a private individual and as a governor; which I also benefited from.”
Speaking, the Chairman of the Diocesan Higher Education Committee, Prof. Gab Agu, said that the resumption of academic activities in the institution was on course.
Agu, who is a renowned legal luminary, said that the institution would kick-off academic session soon with an anticipated 500 students.
“The academic work of this institution will kick-start this fourth quarter of the year as we have already secured approval for the institution and are about to conclude on the accreditation of courses to be offered here,” he said. (Flowerbudnews)