Publisher and politician of note, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has advocated for Churches to be independent by having a business unit or department for investment.
He also suggested that dioceses should establish a special department on employment of youths and skill acquisition which he said is achievable if Churches work with government agencies and parastatals.
“Every diocese should have business department where some organs of the church can make investment” he suggested.
Chief Iwuanyanwu who stated this in a synod lecture entitled, ” Strategies for raising a self-sustaining church ” delivered at Isseke in Ihiala local government area of Anambra State during the second session of the third synod of Ihiala diocese presided over by The Right Reverend Prof Israel ‘Kelue Okoye.
Chief Iwuanyanwu called on the church all over the world to make effort in addressing the needs of the congregants rather than dwell in preaching only salvation.
Earlier, the Anglican bishop of Ihiala diocese in Anambra State, Rt Rev’d Prof Israel Kelue Okoye said over Six hundred persons benefited from the diocesan free medical mission by Levitical Eye Foundation led by Dr Levi Monanu. He said some Primary and Secondary Schools in the diocese including Little Angles Primary School , Convent of Mary , and Bishop Patterson among others have been renovated.
He argued that Education that is Theoretical cannot enable the students to cope with the challenge of unemployment and development of potentialities, adding that education curriculum must be purpose driven.
Right Reverend Prof Okoye: ‘’ We urge the various state governments and the Federal government of Nigeria to pay a fresh attention to Comprehensive education at the Primary and Secondary schools. We cannot afford to continue producing school graduates who would most likely be frustrated and depressed when they are out of school.’’
Bishop Okoye called on the government at all levels to eliminate financial wastages in whatever form and increase the salaries of workers, saying that the debacle over minimum wage implementation in Nigeria is unnecessary.
He noted that market forces, coupled with greed and financial rascality will continue to devalue any amount paid to workers until leaders device means of liberating the country from dependency and economic parasitism to developing the productive sector of the economy.
According to him, “One issue that has not been given proper attention is why the value of Nigerian money cannot compete favourably with other currencies that dominate the world market.
His words: “As long as market forces influence the value of a currency, countries like Nigeria that are not competitively productive cannot make a head way with their currency”
Commenting on the 2019 general elections, Bishop Okoye hinted that dangerous trend is fast developing in the country following the the political build ups and permutations that usually characterise election years, calling on the INEC and security agencies not to be a tool in the hands of politicians.
The Ihiala Diocesan Bishop said that the “spate of manipulations, protests, violence, vote-buying and defections that characterise the party primaries and other activities associated with the 2019 elections in Nigeria put to rise of the locusts that surge aggressively towards 2019 elections.
The theme of the synod is ”Where are you” Genesis 3:9.