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Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has reiterated that the government which he serves and the Church are partners in progress.
He made this known on Sunday after the second session of the 10th Anglican Synod of Isi-Mbano Diocese, Imo State which was monitored by The Eastern Updates.
‘Government is to complement what the Church is doing and government will continue to support the Church, as God is responsible for everything we do in life. As the Psalmist puts it, what we owe God is to trust and obey.’
This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, and made available to The Guardian.
When Uzodinma was introduced at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Amaraku, venue of the Synod, the entire congregation, led by the Bishop of Isi-Mbano Anglican Diocese, Godson Ukanwa, could not hide their feelings over the first phase of the newly reconstructed Owerri–Okigwe road that has eased movement for the people residing on that corridor
‘We cannot thank you enough for this road and your intervention on other roads in Imo. God will bless and support you,’ the bishop said.
Theme of the Synod, which was also the kernel of the day’s sermon, was: ‘From Trials to Triumph: The Test of Genuineness and Strength of True Faith.’
Addressing the congregation at the end of the Church service, the governor thanked God for keeping everybody alive to witness the synod and assured the people that by with the relative peace now in Imo, the government will do more in infrastructure and human capital development.
He said the Imo situation fitted the theme of the synod and the sermon.
“Despite the struggles, violence, jailbreaks and kidnappings, killing of innocent citizens and burning of individual and public property, God intervened and the trials of Imo people are now their triumph,” the governor said.
Uzodimma, who said the people are the reason government exists, noted that an occasion such as the synod helps to bring government nearer to the Church.
‘As a Christian, it is our heart that God looks at and not our Church,’ he added while pouring encomium on Bishop Ukanwa for being unique in the ways he goes about God’s work and other activities.
He used the opportunity to announce a N10 million donation in support of God’s work in the diocese.