The newly elected Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ika, the Rt. Revd. Godfrey Ifeanyichukwu Ekpenisi elected by the Standing Committee of the House of Bishops at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Minna, Niger State, on Tuesday, September 18 and consecrated on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Cathedral Church of Ascension, Boji-Boji, Owa. He took the mantle from the former and pioneer Bishop of the Diocese, the Rt. Revd. Dr. Peter Imhona Onekpe on Monday, April 22, 2019 and gave thanks to God for the success of his consecration/enthronement and for finding him worthy of the prestigious elevation.
The thanksgiving was followed by N75m fund raising and foundation laying for the new Diocesan Hospital Project.
Giving his sermon titled, “The Benefits of Giving,” with bible text from Exodus 29:1-7 shortly after the foundation laying of the multi-million naira Diocesan Hospital project, situated at St. James Anglican Church, Agbor, the guest preacher, Rt. Revd. John Akao of Oleh Diocese charged the Diocese to always give thanks to God, stating that no child of God who gives willingly and genuinely suffers setback. He also enjoined them to lay memorial stones as a memorial to blessings or developments.
He charged the Diocese to give their unreserved support to the project and also ensure putting their best in making it the best Hospital in Ika land, saying that the project will not only create job opportunities but also open doors of favour for the Diocese and future generations.
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In his appreciation, the newly ordained Bishop Rt. Revd. Ekpenisi, expressed gratitude to God for the success of the thanksgiving and His mercies, grace and love upon his life, his family and all members of the Diocese.
The Bishop appreciated the Diocese and their support towards the new project and the day’s event while specially thanking the retired and pioneer Bishop of the Diocese, the Rt. Revd. Dr. Peter I. Onekpe and his wife, Dame Mercy Yetunde Onekpe for honouring the occasion with their presence.
BY SUNDAY MEMEH