Rt. Rev. Sosthenes Eze, Anglican Bishop of Enugu North Diocese, says the Church has established its College of Education to remodel and regain lost morals and character.
Eze said this on Sunday in Enugu while declaring the name of the college as Christian Chukwuma Onoh College of Education, named after deceased former Governor Christian Onoh of defunct Anambra State.
He said the college’s vision was born out of a belief in tackling societal decline, neglect and bankruptcy.
The vices, he noted, have crept into the sphere of education with the takeover of schools by governments and the consequent production of students lacking in character.
He pointed out that graduates of the college would be educated people who would form the rebirth of a new Nigerian society that upholds and builds ethical and moral standards, character and integrity.
“This project is a formable way to launch the educational mission of the Church where teachers, well trained in character and learning will be produced.
“Graduates will deal with moral decay and lack of character in society.
“We value education in this part of the country and have several institutions.
“There is a need to prepare teachers and lecturers for these institutions and schools to further prepare students and pupils in the fear of God and good character,” Eze said.
Regarding the naming of the college in honor of the deceased former Governor Onoh, he said that Onoh had used his life and time to promote the Church and education throughout Enugu State.
“It was Onoh who had the first vision that the missionaries were excellent in education; he built this Colliery Comprehensive Technical College, Ngwo, and handed it over to the Church.
“This college serves as the starting point for the new College of Education.
“The college’s name after him is to honor him and ensure that this place produces exceptional teachers and lecturers who will impact the character and learning of students and pupils,” Eze said.
In a lecture titled, “The CC Onoh I Know and Imperative of Higher Education,” Bishop Emeritus Emmanuel Ugwu, said Onoh was an enigma that touched many lives in different ways.
Ugwu, former Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Awgu/Aninri, said, “Onoh has contributed a lot to the educational advancement of many residents of Enugu State and has provided scholarships as an individual and as a Governor. .
“I am one of his scholarship recipients,” he said.
In his address, the Chairman of the Diocesan Committee for Higher Education, Prof. Gab Agu said that the resumption of academic activities in the institution is underway.
Agu, a renowned legal luminary, said the institution will soon launch its academic session with an expected 500 students.
“The academic work of this institution will start this last quarter of the year.
“We have already obtained institutional approval and are in the process of concluding the accreditation of the courses that will be offered here,” he said. (NOPE)